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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.

HAWS License #267280-DS


It IS election day, after all...

HAWS (or as we're listed at their website "Human Animal Welfare Society (HAWS)") is one of the dozens of charities vying for donations in Waterstone Bank's Celebrating 90 Years with a $90,000 Donation contest.

Help HAWS win part of this great donation from WSB!

All during the month of April, click on this voting page:
Simply select HAWS from the drop-down menu, correctly enter the validation code...and do it all over again!  You can vote all day, every day if you like - there is no limit to the number of an individual's votes.  Go ahead, pretend you live in Chicago - vote early and often!  And while you're at it, spread the word to family and friends - you can even "like" it on Facebook and mention you're voting for HAWS!

HAWS thanks you for your help.  Get out and vote all month!

By the way - save the date for April 17th and "Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition."  This grooming competition, to be held at HAWS from noon - 4pm, will feature groomers from all over Wisconsin spiffing up HAWS own adoptable dogs and vying for the Best in Show title.  Watch HAWS dogs as they're transformed into stars!

By the way, part 2 - Have we mentioned our 28th Annual Pet Walkathon is coming?!?!!

Going to the "Extreme" at HAWS

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HAWS proudly announces “Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition,” a special grooming competition to benefit the shelter. The competition, featuring HAWS’ adoptable dogs as models/muses, is Sunday, April 17th from noon - 4:00 p.m. at the shelter, 701 Northview Road, Waukesha.

This unique fundraising and awareness event will showcase 11 talented pet groomers who will transform HAWS resident dogs into stars. Competitors are from throughout the state of Wisconsin including Waukesha County, Wausau, Racine, Greenleaf and Saukville. Collectively the 11 groomers have 144 years of experience.  Judging the event is Christein Sertzal, a certified Master Pet Stylist who shows Cavalier King Charles Spaniels as well as fostering rescue dogs.  She owns and operates Finer Details Pet Spa in Mazomanie, is the author of The Competition Grooming Guidebook, and has her own canine beauty line called Canine Spa Therapies.

Groomers will begin with a “blank canvas” – the dogs will have only been given baths and nail trims. The groomers will be allotted 2 hours to complete their work on the dog chosen for them at random. Decorative objects such as bows and coloring sprays will not be permitted.

“All of the dogs participating in our Makeover competition are available for adoption at HAWS, and will be placed into their new homes after the event,” notes event coordinator/HAWS employee Angela Ng, who is herself a groomer. “This is a great opportunity for groomers to show their talent, and for the adopters to have their new family member professionally groomed – all in support of HAWS!”

The event is FREE for spectators and will include raffle prizes and a doggie treat bake sale.

By the way - HAWS 28th Annual Pet Walkathon is coming soon - Saturday, May 7th!  Raise money on foot...or online with a personal fundraising webpage!  Best of all:  ALL donations raised go directly to the animals at HAWS.  Come for a day of fun for pets and their people - play, eat, shop, the HAWS cause.

 See you on the 7th at our
NEW LOCATION, Sussex Village Park!

Have a Hoppy Easter...with a CHOCOLATE Rabbit, Please!

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Each year around this time we get inquiries at HAWS about adoption of rabbits as gifts for Easter.  Advertising campaigns have painted the adorable picture of a lop-eared bunny hopping around the Easter basket of goodies, or a child in their Sunday best outfit cuddling with a new fluffy rabbit friend.

And each year around this time our mantra is:  BAD IDEA.  (Better idea:  go with the chocolate or plush toy version!)

The created vision is all warm and fuzzy, but the realities are stark and cold.

- Dozens of rabbits are surrendered to HAWS each year because the owner had no idea of the type of care involved with a house rabbit (they are NOT a carefree pet - far from it, actually).  Often they were given the rabbit as a gift and really didn't want it to begin with.

- "Cuddly bunny" can actually be a misnomer - many rabbits aren't all that thrilled with being held...and they may bite to show their disapproval!  Rabbits have needs, likes, dislikes...just like you.

- Just like other domesticated animals, rabbits are part of the pet-overpopulation problem.  There is much truth to the "multiply like rabbits" saying! Spaying or neutering also helps with spraying and behavioral issues.

Rabbits CAN make wonderful pets...if the owner does their research and is fully prepared.  To help, HAWS is hosting our annual Bunny Day on Sunday, May 1st, from 12:00-4:30pm.  Come learn from rabbit experts from the WIsconsin House Rabbit Society and a bunny veterinarian.  Ask your questions, find out helpful hints from other rabbit fans, and get all you need to know to make the decision as to whether or not a pet house rabbit is right for you.  Admission is $5, free for children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult.

We'll see you Sunday, May 1st.  And enjoy nibbling on your chocolate rabbit this weekend...

By the way - Have you voted?  HAWS is one of the charities in the running for Waterstone Bank's 90 years, $90K donations contest, running throughout April.  Log on to their voting page and choose Humane Animal Welfare Society.  Vote often!!

By the way, part 2 - HAWS 28th Annual Pet Walkathon is coming on Saturday, May 7th.  Support the HAWS cause on foot...or online with a personal fundraising webpage!  Get all the details and start raising money for HAWS today!

Support the HAWS Cause...on foot OR online!

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HAWS' 28th Annual Pet Walkathon is coming up quickly!

On Saturday, May 7th, from 9am - 3pm, family and friends of HAWS will take over Sussex Village Park (our NEW LOCATION!) for a day of fun and fundraising, for pets and their people...all in support of the HAWS cause.  (Just announced:  the Win at the Walk raffle prizes include tickets to Josh Groban, the Brewers, Summerfest, the Admirals...and lots more great items!)

We'll be joined by some very special guests, friends who always help us out and we love them for it!  Come visit with Marilynn Mee of WKLH, Roscoe from the Milwaukee Admirals, Brad Beach of the Milwaukee Wave, Friendly the Eagle from Waukesha State Bank...just a few of our extended family we'll be welcoming on Saturday!

For almost 3 decades, the Friends of HAWS have made the Walk a tremendous event for our shelter, raising upwards of $40,000 in recent years to help HAWS will animal care, services and programs.

We can't do this alone - we need our community's help...and we've made it easier than ever!  You can do the old-fashioned door-to-door collecting, or you can support HAWS in cyberspace with a personal online fundraising page.

(Online fundraising pages are fun, easy, and VERY effective!  Almost 20% of recent Walk donations have been from online donors thru these pages.  So click here...and get started!)

Join us at Sussex Village Park on Saturday, May 7th.  And in the meantime, tap family and friends for their support, via email, Facebook posts and so on....

By the way - HAWS Annual Bunny Day is this Sunday, May 1st at HAWS.  Come learn, socialize, shop and become immersed in all things House Rabbit!  We'll see you THIS SUNDAY.

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