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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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HAWS and the Holidays!

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HAWS heads into the holiday season with shop-portunities, “Kodak” moments, a “TTouch”-ing seminar and more at our Waukesha shelter.

The Friends of HAWS annual Holiday Craft Bazaar & Bake Sale is Saturday, Nov. 5, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pet-related merchandise, seasonal items and sweet treats make for great early holiday shopping. Stop by for lunch, enter prize drawings, browse and buy, with proceeds supporting HAWS.

T-Touch for Little Critters will be demonstrated Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1:00 p.m. Lead by Dr. Claudeen E. McAuliffe, this hands-on class shows ways to alleviate stress in our small pets. Pre-registration is required – call 262-542-8851 or log onto

Get Fido dressed in his holiday finest and ready to smile for the Holiday Pet Photos on Nov. 12 - 13. Call 262-542-8851 to reserve a sitting. Photos taken by Unlimited Vision Photography Club, with proceeds donated to HAWS.

HAWS’ Mod Squad™ celebrates two years of success with a “birthday” party on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome - meet current Mod Squad™ dogs and learn more about this behavior program!

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center is in full holiday-prep mode, with the Dog Wash on Nov. 13 at Petlicious Spa. Stops at the Petco stores in Waukesha, Germantown and Delafield are planned, as well as a day at PetSmart – Brookfield and Pet Supplies ‘N More of Muskego.  All details are at!

By the way - be sure to register the kids today for HAWS’ Winter Kids ‘N Critters Day Camp. Held December 26-30, sessions include both 2- and 3-day camps and are available for children ages 7 – 13 years. Spots fill quickly – don’t miss out on a great way to spend holiday break!

HAWS Takes Time to Celebrate

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Miesha has gone home!Recently a great number of HAWS pets found homes after lengthy stays at our shelter - thanks in no small part to the dedication of our staff and volunteers.  We are THRILLED they have landed in their new, loving homes and wanted to share the news.  (There is no time limit for a pet's length of stay at our facility.)

- Miesha-cat-surrendered 2/26/11-adopted 10/1/11
- Billy Bob-cat-found as stray 6/6/11-adopted 11/5/11
- Misty-Dwarf rabbit-surrendered 6/11/11-adopted 10/10/11
- Pepper-Border Collie mix-surrendered 7/12/11-adopted 10/3/11
- Tito-cat-surrendered 7/12/11-adopted 10/2/11
- Bucky-Coonhound-surrendered 7/21/11-adopted 10/5/11
- Darcy-Shih Tzu/Poodle mix-surrendered 8/3/11-adopted 10/19/11
- Zeus-Lionhead rabbit-found as stray-8/20/11-adopted 10/25/11
- Marvin-Guinea Pig-found as stray 8/22/11-adopted 11/6/11

We celebrate not only because of the length of time of each pet's stay, but because of the diversity of the animals and their new families!  Looking for a GREAT pet?  Adopt 4 paws from HAWS.

By the way - this weekend is HOLIDAY PET PHOTOS weekend - call today to reserve your sitting (262-542-8851) and be all set for holiday cards featuring your Best Friend!

Not What They Expected

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Wendell is a HAWS alumni and Mod Squad grad!This past Tuesday, HAWS had the pleasure of hosting the monthly Waukesha Business Alliance "Networking After 5."

More than 100 area business people came to our shelter for a few hours of food, fun - and warm fuzzies.  We found out the latter wasn't what some of them had expected!  Over and over again we heard comments that the NA5 attendees didn't know our shelter was so warm and inviting.  They didn't expect the upbeat vibe they received - from both staff and volunteers, and especially from our animal guests.

We've been told we're the best kept secret in Waukesha County - maybe there's some truth to that? Those of us who spend our workdays here, those who come to volunteer and socialize with the pets-in-residence, those who've adopted from us, kids who have come to camp at HAWS, guests at our various seminars/events...they all know we're really quite a fun bunch to hang around with!  Now we just need to make sure EVERYONE knows that.

At HAWS, we strive every day to be the pet-person's resource, a place to learn, a place to experience the joy of a companion animal.  When people visit, they start to realize this isn't "the pound" - nor is it drab, dreary, depressing or antiseptic.  From our yellow, orange and green color-scheme to our loving caretakers to our well-socialized and happy adoptables, you can be sure you're entering a positive place with postivie outcomes.

So, don't be shy, c'mon over and see us - we don't bite, we purr!   And smile, and laugh, and...

By the way - our Mod Squad program is celebrating it's 2nd birthday, and you're invited to attend the party!  (See what I mean about upbeat - 2 parties in one week!)  Stop by HAWS between 2:30-4:00pm on Sunday to meet Mod Squad volunteers, learn about this important program within our Behavior Department...and have some cake!

Giving Thanks for the Giving Season

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HAWS annual holiday appeal has already reached mailboxes in our community.  This fundraiser gives us a chance to tell of the many great successes we have during the year.  This year our story features Fred.

Fred is the poster child for all HAWS does for the animals of our community.

This vibrant young Shepherd/Lab mix was surrendered to HAWS due to a household move. Returned after his first adoption, Fred was found to have some very interesting habits – in particular, he had a compulstion to eat everything in sight! This made for some dramatic days at HAWS. 

Fred received emergency surgery from the staff at the Veterinary Referral Center, our community partner, paid for by Annie’s Medical Fund. HAWS’ Caretakers gave him daily TLC including a diet of sweet potatoes, olive oil and Essfacid supplements. He spent one-on-one time with a loving foster care family to complete his recovery. Once back at HAWS, Fred participated in Camp Gone to the Dogs through our Education Department, learning basic skills from the kids in camp – and widening his circle of friends since he was such a willing student! The Adoptions staff made sure prospective new homes heard all about his activities (including training with the Mod Squad™), and once the right home came along HAWS’ Behavior Department consulted both before and after his adoption to assist with his transition.

Fred just wanted to be loved and cared for…but he also needed structure, attention and guidance – all of which HAWS offers through the teamwork of our Animal Care staff, SNIP clinic/vet techs, Behavior Department, Education Department, Adoptions staff, Community partners and volunteers.

All is well with Fred: He is now called Duke, and even has his own Duchess – a sister to romp and play with. His new family reports Duke has a heart of gold and is an incredible companion. He is obedient and eager-to-please!

Just like Fred, dozens of dogs, cats, small animals and their owners look to HAWS each year for help. YOUR support allows us to offer so much to them! HAWS gives care and training to our in-house pets to ensure the best possible adoption. HAWS provides spay-neuter services for shelter residents, rescue groups and low-income households. Our Outdoor Owned Cat Program has helped to dramatically curb the population of unwanted cats in our community. And educational opportunities abound – including Kids ‘N Critters camp, Critter Club, K’HAWS, individual behavior consults, free seminars and more…for all members of your family!

WE CAN DO GREAT THINGS – TOGETHER.  Support the HAWS cause - Adopt, Learn, GIVE!

By the way - looking ahead, December is going to be a fantastic month at HAWS.  The Winter Symposium is December 3rd, we're hosting a (human) Blood Drive on the 22nd, Kids 'N Critters Winter Day Camp is December 26-30.  Learn more about all the HAWS happenings here!

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