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Established in 1965, HAWS assists over 6,000 animals and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors annually. As an "open admissions" shelter we lead the community in animal welfare and assure sanctuary for all animals in need, regardless of age, health or temperament. HAWS is a non-profit, entirely donor-fund organization with an active humane education program, and both wildlife and companion animal rescue services for Waukesha County.

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This "MAY" be the Best Month at HAWS

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HAWS declares this “may” be the best month of the year for the shelter!

The Friends of HAWS present the 29th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 5th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Sussex Village Park. Collect pledges or set up a personalized webpage – 100% of donations raised at the Walk are used for animal care and programs at HAWS. Details at the Walkathon webpage of

Kids ‘N Critters Summer Camps start soon – send your child to this fully interactive experience! Sessions for ages 7-14 run from 2 to 5 days and include animal interaction, training, games, field trips and more. Detailed information and registration available at or by calling 262-542-8851, x118.

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center “brings happy tails to you!”  Join the crew at New Berlin Safety Saturday on May 19th and at Pugfest on May 20th. And, again this year, HAWS is the special beneficiary of Casa del Rio’s annual MargaritaFest the weekend of May 18 - 19! Check out all the Mobile stops at

Highlights from HAWS’ May Calendar:
- “Tame the Tiger in Your House” on May 14 – at this FREE seminar featuring Victoria Papa from Cats International. Call Khris at 262-542-8851, x118 to register.
- The Friends of HAWS monthly meeting is May 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the shelter.
Pedicures for both Cats and Small Animal are available, both at HAWS’ shelter and offsite.  Check HAWS’ Events calendar for dates/locations.
- The First Aid for Pets session will be offered on May 19.  Register at 262-879-0165.
- GPA’s monthly Greyhound Meet’n’Greet at HAWS is May 26. Learn about adoption of this “greyt” breed!

All the details, times and registration for all HAWS events are available at

By the way - Be prepared for seasonal weather and outdoor emergencies. Have an emergency kit stocked with basic pet needs including medications, food and water. Also research emergency housing options for your pet; have a back-up person ready if you are unable to take care of your pet. Do a quick survey of landscaping, fences, patios, decks and garage areas for hazards like toxic plants/bedding; easy-to-find fertilizers; sharp tools, edges and splintering wood. Make sure outside play time is safe time!

Adopt 4 Little Paws from HAWS...this Saturday at our R

Adopt 4 Little Paws from HAWS!

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The Roborovski Dwarf Hamster sisters.HAWS has so many adorable little pets available for adoption that we're having a "RODENT RALLY" this Saturday, 5/12,  from 11am - 4pm.

Come meet the Roborovski Hamster Sisters, pictured at top, or mingle with Sprite the Mouse, or get rowdy with the Yanet Rat Family (also pictured)!  Check them out, along with all the other great adoptable HAWS' pets at our Pet Showcase.

As a Rally special, aThe Yanet rat familyll little pets will go home with a bonus gift.  HAWS' Small Animal Ward Volunteers will be on hand to answer all your questions and make sure you're set for life with your new little best friend.

And don't forget:  you can visit all the adoptables at
HAWS - 7 days a week at our shelter at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha, or 24/7/365 at our website,

By the way – don’t miss Casa del Rio’s annual MargaritaFest weekend – next Friday and Saturday, May 18-19.  Again this year, HAWS is the beneficiary for this fabulous community event…talk about FUN-draising!!!  We’ll see you there.

Fest for the Pets!

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HAWS is excited to announce that we have again been chosen as the beneficiary of Casa del Rio’s annual Margaritafest, the weekend fundraising party at the popular Waukesha restaurant!

The event runs this Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at 408 E. Main Street, Waukesha.  Friday’s festivities run from 4 - 11pm and feature FREE admission with a donated item from HAWS' Wish List.  The cookout will include a trivia contest at 6:30pm, raffle prizes, giveaways and music by Los Guys from 7 - 11pm.  The Bacardi Girls will keep things hopping at the outside bar area.

On Saturday, the action happens between 2 - 11pm, with a Zumba Dance Workout kicking things off from 2-4pm.  The evening will again include a cookout, outside bar, more trivia (6:30pm) and raffle prizes, music by Sound Therapy from 7-11pm and a visit from the Jose Cuervo Girls.

Proceeds from the weekend and sales from raffle tickets will be donated to HAWS. HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center will have pictures of adoptable pets at HAWS on display, and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the shelter and it’s programs for the community.

Cover charge for Margaritafest 2012 is $3.  Join us and "Fest for the pets!!!"

By the way - Also this weekend, at the HAWS' shelter at 701 Northview Road, we'll be hosting our usual Pet First Aid class (1-4pm) and our Small Pet Pedicures (9:30-10:30am).  All the details for these and other HAWS' programs are available on our Upcoming Events calendar on our website!

Happy Dog Bite Prevention Week!

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Initially created years ago by a partnership through the American Veterinary Medical Association and letter carriers from the Postal Service, at HAWS we think Dog Bite Prevention Week is a great time to remind us all how to interact safely with our canine friends!

Most dog bites occur during what seem to be "harmless" everyday interactions - a child meeting a dog out on a walk, a family member playing with their pet and so on.

There are a number of very simple things we can do to avoid dog bites, from proper training and socialization of our pets to educating children AND adults on how to properly approach a dog...or when they should just leave the dog be.

Carefully select the right pet for your family:  Don't get your pet on impulse, but rather research the breed that will best fit with your lifestyle.  Is your family active?  Don't get a couch potato dog that will feel overwhelmed.  Are your kids shy?  Don't get a big, rambunctious dog that will intimidate them just by being his goofy self.

Training is key...for everyone!  Properly socialize your pup from day one - go to puppy playtimes, enroll in dog training classes as a family, expose your pet to many different situations so everyone gains an understanding of what is going on - and is more comfortable during new experiences.

Be healthy, be happy:  Exercise your pet regularly - the walks and games of fetch are great for people and pets alike!  Create a good rapport with your vet so you both can spot health issues right away that may affect your pet's demeanor.  Ensure a long, happy life together.

Be mindful of others:  Always maintain control of your pet - keep dogs on a leash while in public and make sure your backyard fence and gate are secure.  While you know your dog, others don't - and no one can predict how a dog will act at all times.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T:  Use caution around dogs you don't know.  Never leave kids and dogs unattended - dogs and kids don't speak the same language and rarely understand what the other is doing.  Teach children how to act around dogs, and remind them dogs are living beings with feelings just like them!  (Dogs don't "get" hugs - and running up to a dog is an aggressive move in their world!)

By the way - HAWS is having a "Kitten Shower" on Saturday, June 9th.  Help us care for the hundreds of new little babies with monetary donations or kitten food/formula donations.  Learn how YOU can become a foster caregiver, or, if its the right time for you, adopt a kitten or mother cat.  HAWS is "expecting" - share our joy!

HAWS is "Expecting" a Great June!

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HAWS kicks off the warm summer months with a hot June at the shelter!

Hundreds of cute kittens will RAIN on HAWS this we're having a Kitten Shower for them!  Join in the fun on Saturday, June 9, from 11am-4pm.  Help care for the too-young-to-adopt-yet babies with formula and food donations. Learn how to be a Foster Family, giving a litter a strong start to life.  Bring home your new best friend – adopt a kitten or 2, or find out the joys of adopting a MOTHER CAT. Enjoy cake and prizes and adoption specials all day.

Come to The Barkin’ Lounge in Pewaukee for doggy daycare during “The Date Night Special. On Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd, from 6–11pm, drop off your dog while you go out, host a party or just take a break. Admission “fee” is a Wish List supply donation or a monetary donation to HAWS!  Space is limited and reservations required, so contact The Barkin’ Lounge at (262) 691-2010.

Kids ‘N Critters Summer Camps start June 11th:  Send your child to this fully interactive experience! Sessions for ages 7-14 run from 2 to 5 days and include animal playtime, training, games, field trips and more. Detailed information and registration available at or by calling Khris at 262-542-8851, x118.

HAWS’ Behavior Department wants you to have a great life with your best canine friend!  Get training advice every third Thursday at the “Behavior Chats with Dr. Claudeen,” hosted by End of the Leash in Mukwonago. Coming July 1st:  Puppy Parties!  The first few months of a puppy’s life are crucial for establishing good socialization habits that will last a lifetime – help your puppy develop crucial interactive skills that will help him into adulthood…and interactive play is a great way for your puppy to burn energy! Details and registration are available by calling 262-542-8851, x114.

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center “brings happy tails to you!”  Join the crew at West Allis Ala Carte on June 3rd, Take Your Dog to Work Day at First Weber-Lake Country on June 22nd and VICI Capilli at Brookfield Square on June 30th.  Check out these and all the regular monthly Mobile stops at

By the way - Thinking of bringing your pet along on vacation?  Call ahead to ensure it is welcome wherever you go! Take vaccination records and your vet’s phone number – and don’t forget ample supplies of any medications for your pet. Always have an I.D. tag on your pet and have a microchip implanted. I.D. tags and microchips are available at HAWS for a nominal fee.

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