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The Fur (& Feather!) Flyer

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.

HAWS License #267280-DS

HAWS has the Cure for the Summertime Blues!

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At HAWS we have something for every member of the family – pet or person – this month!  

HAWS’ busy calendar of activities for June is highlighted by the grand-opening House Warming Party on June 21st, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  All members of the public are welcome to tour the newly expanded and remodeled shelter - even the "behind the scenes areas," learn about HAWS’ programs and services, visit adoptable animals and enjoy a cookout.  Pets are welcome, too!

Starting June 1st, we will have new summer hours of operation.
  Monday through Friday viewing/visiting hours are from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., with the shelter open to receive animals from 9:00a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on those days.  On Saturdays, HAWS will open to receive animals from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with kennel viewing between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  On Sundays the shelter will have both receiving and viewing hours from Noon until 4:00 p.m.  We'll see you then.

The Ride for Rover motorcycle rally to benefit HAWS is Saturday, June 12th. The Ride, lead by Dave Cook of Cook Customs, starts at the Harley-Davidson Museum on Canal St. in Milwaukee at 9:00 a.m., “pit-stops” at the HAWS shelter at 10:00 a.m. for tours and socializing with the shelter residents and staff, and ends at the Doggy Office in Brookfield for a picnic lunch, music by Cold Brew, shopping for the HAWS’ cause and fun for all! HAWS’ Mobile Adoptions Center and adoptable pets will be featured. Both riders and non-riders are welcome to participate - $15/person, $5 with a HAWS Wish List donation.

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center will be active all month, and not just at the Ride for Rover!  Scheduled stops include Franklin Safety Day (6/5), West Allis Ala Carte (6/6), Culver’s in Sussex for a donation night (6/15) and Lake Country Rehab Center for a dog wash (6/26).

And, the final Nature of Dogs partnership event with the Waukesha Museum – the Best Friends Bash for kids ages 5-12 – is on June 5th.  $3/child, $1 off when you bring your best stuffed friend.

By the way:  June kicks off months of summer fun.  If you bring your pet along on vacation, be sure to call ahead to make sure it is welcome wherever you go!  Take vet records and your vet’s phone number – and don’t forget ample supplies of any medications your pet may need. Always have an I.D. tag on your pet, or better yet, have a microchip implanted. I.D. tags and microchips are available for purchase at HAWS, 7 days a week, for a nominal fee.

Never leave pets unattended in your parked car. The temperature inside a car, even with windows open slightly, can quickly reach deadly levels. In sunlight temps can rise more than 30 degrees per minute.  Anytime your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun (a dog house does not provide relief from heat) and plenty of fresh, cool water.  


Get Your Motor Runnin' for HAWS...THIS Saturday!

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Saturday, June 12th

Join us at this rally for the paws and claws at HAWS.  Riders and Non-Riders are welcome for the all-ages fun...and a great way to help out the animals on a summer Saturday!

9:00 am 
Kick off the Ride at the Harley-Davidson Museum on Canal St., Milwaukee.  Lead by Dave Cook of Cooks Customs.

10:00 am (approx.)
Pit Stop at HAWS, 701 Northview Rd., Waukesha for snacks, beverages, potty breaks.  Tour HAWS and meet adoptable pets, even purchase HAWS gear!

Rally ends at the Doggy Office, 3515 N. 127th St., Brookfield.  Enjoy a picnic and music by Cold Brew, play games, get your limited edition "1st Annual Ride for Rover" t-shirt, visit with the HAWS Mobile Adoption Center, check out bikes from Cooks Customs and more!

Admission/ Rider Bracelets:
$15, or $10 with HAWS Wish List item.

Pre-register or register at any stop along the way!
Proceeds to benefit HAWS. 

Check out these links for details: HAWS WEBSITE   or   RIDE FOR ROVER WEBSITE.

By the way...there's not enough thanks to give to Jim Demos of the Milwaukee Small Breed Dog Group, the tireless organizer of this wonderful day!  Because of the generosity of his committee of volunteers and great support from sponsors and donors, this promises to be an amazing event for the HAWS cause.  Next time you see Jim, give him a high paw - he deserves it!!!

Camp Gone to the Dogs

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HAWS ever-popular Kids ‘N Critters Summer Day Camp began this week with a specially-themed session that will benefit campers and shelter dogs alike.

Children participating in this week’s Camp Gone to the Dogs are specifically working with resident shelter dogs, teaching them basic manners, training some fun tricks and generally helping the dogs to become more desirable to potential adoptive families that visit HAWS!

SherlockDogs participating in the program are Sherlock, Jersey, Dana, Poppa and Lily.  All the dogs are available for adoption at HAWS and will be able to go home with their new families at the end of the week, once the Camp Gone to the Dogs kids have completed their project.

HAWS Humane Educator Khris Erickson, who is our camp director, notes “The kids will not only be training the shelter dogs but they’ll also be learning about responsibility for pets.  They will be caring for the dogs – cleaning the kennels, ensuring their dogs have fresh water, food and clean bedding, etc.  It is a great way for them to learn all the aspects of having a pet – care plus training.”

Kids ‘N Critters Camp runs June through mid-August.   Details on the different sessions can be found at or by calling Khris at 262-542-8851, x118.

By the way - there's something for everyone this summer at HAWS!  Our Mobile Adoption Center is out and about every weekend, classes and seminars continue...and our Everyone-Is-Invited Housewarming Party is coming up Monday, June 21st from 4-7pm.  C'mon over - we'd love to see you!

Kids 'N Critters Day Camp has begun!

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We LOVE this time of year at HAWS - and I think our shelter residents do, too.

Kids 'N Critters Summer Day Camp is in it's second week already!

This year, because of our facility expansion, we are able to have 2 sessions running at once - allowing more kids to attend and for a greater variety of camp offerings.  Camp runs through mid-August, offering 2- and 5-day sessions, for ages 7 up to 14.  Each camp involves activites and hands-on animal experiences, learning about our shelter and our adoptable pets...even helping make the animals even more adoptable!

Our specially-themed sessions this year are:

  • Camp Gone to the Dogs
  • Shutterbug Camp
  • Art Camp
  • Horseback Riding Camp

Camp is popular - kids come back year after year...and then become counselors when they're too old to be campers!  Parents start contacting us already in January to see what our schedule will be for the coming summer, to make sure their kids don't miss out.

The learning at HAWS doesn't take a break for the summer - it just gets better!

By the way - our Mobile Adoption Center is also not taking a break - we have a Dog Wash coming up, along with a cookout and more "dine-out" nights.  Join us as we bring our 4 paws to YOUR neighborhood!  

A Happy Fourth to All!

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We at HAWS wish you and your entire family - including your pets - a safe, happy Fourth of July holiday!

But there are concerns during all the fun times:  fireworks and thunderstorms can stress some animals to the point of panic. While some find a great indoor hiding place under a bed or in the bathtub, others may injure themselves by jumping through screen doors or windows. 

We see lots more stray dogs coming into our shelter, and receive many more lost reports during severe weather and holiday celebrations including fireworks shows.  You can avoid the worry of a lost pet!

Here are some basics to remember:

  • Leave your pet at home, even if it is used to going places with you.
  • Leave your pet in an area of your home where it will be safe, comfortable and sheltered from any outside noise and lights. Turn on the air conditioning or a fan for background noise.
  • Be sure to put away anything that can be damaged or might harm your pet if chewed.
  • Never leave pets outside and unattended, even in a fenced-in yard.
  • Make sure your pet has identification tags, or better yet, a microchip. Microchips are available at HAWS, 7 days a week.
  • Consider having someone stay home with your pet during fireworks shows, especially if you will be away for several days on vacation.

If your pet goes missing, don't give up hope!  Call us at 262-542-8851 or stop by to see if you pet has made it to our safe haven.

And, to help dog owners make sure this summer is fun-filled and not stress-laden, Claudeen McAuliffe’s booklet "The Big Bang: How You Can Help Your Dog Cope with Storm and Noise Fears," is available at HAWS.  Pick up your copy today!

By the way - summer fun abounds at HAWS, at home, on the road!  Be safe wherever you are with your pet:  Keep your pet leashed (or safe at home - see above), always have water available for BOTH of you, stay in the shade or use sunscreen (seriously, some dogs need it, too - check with your vet!)...plan ahead to have a great time that will make many great memories to look back on when it snows again!

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