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, the Humane Animal Welfare Society, welcomes all pets and their people to join in support of the “HAWS cause” through festive events and fun learning opportunities throughout January.
NOSH AND MUSH AT HAWS: "Cool Your Paws at HAWS II" on Saturday, January 19th from 11:00am to 3:00pm as part of the Waukesha Jan-Boree festival. Activities include a Shelter Scavenger Hunt for kids, pet games of Hotdog Bobbing and the Peanut Butter Lick-Off, adoptable pets, HAWS’ mascot Lucky, raffles and giveaways including a flat screen TV and firepit! Pets DEFINITELY welcome, but they should be secured in a carrier or on a leash for safety.
Cool Your Paws at HAWS highlights:
· 11:30am: “K9 Cuisine with Dr. Claudeen” pet cooking class/demo focusing on healthy pet eating. Take home the leftovers for your best friend! Pre-registration and a $5 donation requested, call 262-542-8851 for details.
· 12 - 2:30pm: HAWS’ Executive Director Lynn and her team will be giving Dog Sled Rides! Sign-up begins at 11:30am, first come/first served, snow permitting; rides at 10-minute intervals, $5 donation to HAWS/run.
“Accordion” to the Friends of HAWS, this is one party you don’t want to miss – the 2nd annual Oom-Pa Paws, the Polka Party for HAWSon Saturday, January 26th from 7:00pm – midnight at Saxe’s in Genesee! Enjoy live music, snack on chili and cookies and keep your New Year’s resolution to exercise, all in support of HAWS. Admission is $20/advance, $30/door. All are invited to the annual HAWS for Paws Bowl on Sunday, January 29th from 11:00am – 2:00pm at Fracaro’s Lanes in Waukesha. Only $15/person includes 3 games and shoe rental; special rates available for teams of 4-6. Reserve your lane by calling Maria at 262-490-2102. More at hawspets.org.
HAWS’ January calendar also includes the FREE “Solving Common K9 Behavior Problems” seminar (1/14 at HAWS) and the Thursday “Behavior Chats with Dr. Claudeen” at End of the Leash (1/17 in Mukwonago, 1/24 in Pewaukee). All levels of dog training classes along with HAWS’ Puppy Parties begin new sessions this month – register at 262-542-8851, x114. The monthly Friends of HAWS meeting (1/9), First Aid for Pets (1/26), Small Pet Pedicures (1/9 at Pet Supplies Plus, 1/19 at HAWS), Cat Pedicures (1/12), the monthly GPA Greyhound meet’n’greet (1/26) and many great Mobile Adoption Center visits throughout the area round out a fun-filled calendar! Read all about it at hawspets.org.
By the way - some reminders for pet owners: as of January 1st, all dogs and many cats are required by law to have an updated license – owners should check with their city hall for details. Keep pets safely indoors when the temperature dips, other than for short walks and potty breaks. Clean salt off sensitive paw pads, check ears for frostbite, and have your short-coated dog wear a coat or sweater when outdoors. Make sure poisonous antifreeze is out of reach, and, if your vehicle is stored outdoors, be sure to bang the hood to scare away any hidden animals before starting your engine.
HAWS currently has a very special volunteer opportunity available for dog-lovers in our community. Our Behavior Department is looking for volunteers to join our Mod Squad program.
HAWS’ Mod Squad is a unique group of volunteers that works with special needs animals housed at our shelter. These volunteers are trained to help dogs “mod”-ify their behavior, using a variety of tools and techniques including EZ-Walk harnesses, Tellington TTouch®, clickers and interactive toys.
Dogs in our Mod Squad program are in several special needs categories, such as those who do not thrive in the shelter environment or have been here overly long; dogs who pass the behavior evaluation but who are not quite ready for adoption; dogs who do not pass the behavior evaluation but can with a little help; and dogs in our adoption ward who would benefit from basic manners training. Activities also provide a source of enrichment for all kenneled dogs.
Just as the Mod Squad’s work on the old TV show made good things happen for them, HAWS’ Mod Squad is helping good things happen for the dogs in our shelter!
- Our Mod Squad program has completely resolved many behavior problems and greatly increased the adoption odds for our at-risk canine population. More than 600 dogs have been a part of the Mod Squad, and of these, 90% have been adopted and are thriving with their new families!
- Mod Squad alumni dogs require fewer behavior consults than non-Mod Squad dogs (which is a FREE service we provide for the lifetime of your HAWS alumni pet)!
Interested in joining the ranks of HAWS’ Mod Squad? Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the shelter at 262-542-8851 and we’ll connect you!
By the way – Ever wonder why HAWS’ kennel dogs are happy napping in the afternoons when you come to visit? Not only do our dog walkers put in long hours every morning, but HAWS shelter dogs also attend a Basic Manners class some mornings, learning sit, stay, come, lie down…and the way to greet politely. The dogs are eager to participate in this class – and we see an improvement in their demeanor throughout the day!
Join in the fun of Waukesha Jan-Boree with HAWS at "Cool Your Paws at HAWS II" - this Saturday, January 19, from 11:00am to 3:00pm!
We'll have a Shelter Scavenger Hunt and coloring contest for kids, and Hotdog Bobbing and the Peanut Butter Lick-Off for pets! Enjoy treats for the whole family, meet adoptable pets, "hang" with HAWS’ mascot Lucky, and enter the raffle for a flat screen TV and firepit.
Pets are DEFINITELY welcome!! Those pets joining in the fun should be secured in a carrier or on a 6' leash for safety.
Cool Your Paws at HAWS Highlights:
11:30am - “K9 Cuisine with Dr. Claudeen”
This pet cooking class/demonstration focuses on healthy pet eating. Make Lab Lasagna or a Poodle Parfait for your best friend, and take home the leftovers! Pre-registration is requested, call 262-542-8851 for details. Participants are asked to donate $5 each to defray the cost of food.
Noon - 2:30pm - Dog Sled Rides!
(Well, if we get 6" or more of snow before Saturday...so start doing your snow dances now!)
Weather permitting, rides will be given at 10-minute intervals. Signup begins at 11:30am - first come, first served, $5 donation/run, proceeds benefit HAWS’ animal care and adoption programs.
11am - 2pm - Book Signing with Allison Schley
Allison will be on hand to sign copies of her book Forever Friends, the story of Matt and Dexter - a HAWS alumni dog!
By the way – there’s still time to purchase your tickets to Oom-Pa Paws, the Polka Party for HAWS on Saturday, January 26! Tickets are $20/person in advance, $30 at the door – reserved tables are available so you can bring the entire gang. “Accordion” to our Friends, this is one party you don’t want to miss…
As the beneficiary of an incredible community fundraising effort, for the third consecutive year, HAWS has received a generous donation from Taco John's of Waukesha!
Last week, representatives from the restaurant at 317 N. Grand Avenue, Waukesha, presented the shelter with a check for over $2,100.00, the result of their December "Nachos Navidad" promotion and through sales of Christmas ornaments hung at the Waukesha eatery.
"We really see a following during the holiday season when it comes to Nachos Navidad®," notes Dusty Stiefel, Taco John's Unit General Manager. "People really enjoy the holiday tradition and their generosity helped us raise a wonderful donation for HAWS. We thank our customers for their continued support of this partnership!"
Lynn Olenik, HAWS' Executive Director, adds: "HAWS is so privileged to work with Taco John’s, and honored to be the very grateful recipient of this year’s Nachos Navidad® and ornament sale proceeds. They are a wonderful community partner and we truly appreciate their generosity."
Pictured: Along with several HAWS’ adoptable pets, receiving the check at the shelter are HAWS staff members Ben Posanski and Jessica Pinkos. Check presenters from Taco John’s are Dusty Stiefel, Unit GM (standing) and Cheri Topping, Assistant Manager and top ornament seller.
By the way - this weekend the Friends of HAWS present 2 great events to benefit the paws at HAWS! On Saturday Polka your tail off at Oom-Pa Paws at Saxe's in Genesee. Then on Sunday join in the annual HAWS for Paws Bowling party at Fracaro's Lanes in Waukesha. See you there!
HAWS and retired Brewer Jeff Cirillo are teaming up to raise money for our Behavior program. Bolstered by a generous kick-off donation, HAWS has been given 90 days to raise the matching funds in the $10,000 Matching Gift Behavior Rehabilitation Challenge.
“Many dogs are euthanized every year at shelters for their behavior and because of the lack of rehabilitation and retraining programs that can re-home them,” noted Cirillo. “What if these dogs had a second chance? HAWS has developed an exceptional behavior program that boasts a 90% success rate – and just recently celebrated their 650th program graduate! Best of all, as a result of HAWS’ Behavior department and Mod Squad program, more and more dogs are getting that second chance to find their forever homes and to live the life they deserve.”
HAWS’ Executive Director Lynn Olenik added: “Our Behavior Department is all about saving more lives. Our Mod Squad volunteers begin training the dogs while they are here, setting up boot camp for those pets that need a more rigorous program – from behavior modification to enrichment to exercise. We are doing everything possible to send home the best possible companion and save lives.”
Now the community is being asked to join the Challenge, to help raise the additional funds needed to meet the $10,000 match. A donation of just $15 can cover a full day of kennel care for one of the HAWS’ dogs in the program. A $27 donation pays for a treat puzzle box, and a $60 donation will support one dog through the entire program – and can be made in honor of the donor! For every dollar contributed, a dollar-for-dollar match will create that much more impact and save more lives.
Join HAWS’ mission to continue this vital life-saving program. Donate by calling 262-542-8851, or log on to www.hawspets.org. Help rehabilitate those dogs who may have never received a second chance! All donations are tax deductible.