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 welcomed 15 new members to our "family" on Valentine's Day, when pregnant mom Champagne gave birth to her litter of puppies.
Currently in foster care, Champagne and her brood are not only being carefully monitored as they grow, but are also working on early-stage development with our Behavior Department! You can follow their progress by reading their blog - updated daily because so much happens in such a short time with puppies...
They've already reached a critical stage: it is time for socialization. One key need for this work? Names!
So it is time to "Play the Name Game" and we're asking for our community to participate and have a little fun along the way. For a $50 donation - which is being used for the puppies care - you can choose one of the 15 puppies and give it a name. These names will be used while volunteers work with the pups...and who knows: the future adopter may just keep your name of choice! (Hint, hint: make it a good one!)
All the details can be found at the Valentine's Puppies' blog, and the link to make your naming donation is on our main HAWS' website. Oh, and it looks like there are only 14 left to name now...hurry so you don't miss out!
By the way - we take the phrase "Spring into action" literally at HAWS, with these awesome upcoming events! March 19th is HAWS' Annual Bunny Day, 3/25 is Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition, also on 3/25 our Mobile Adoption Center will be at the Admirals' Game for Dog Day...
and our 29th Annual Pet Walkathon is set for May 5th. (You can get started now - let your fingers to the fundraising with an online page...)
At HAWS, we won't give up on a pet!! Meet MacKenzie the cat:
This beautiful shorthaired girl is MacKenzie, a 6-year-old brown tabby with orange coloring. She's a love - our volunteers call her the "purrfect" pal - who is affectionate, playful and "kneads" whomever she's with! Maybe you need her in your life?
MacKenzie has patiently been waiting for a new home. In fact, she's been waiting for her new home since July '11!!! She's spent some time in our adoption program at the Petco store in Waukesha, but now she's back at HAWS, lounging in our foyer window cat condos.
We love having her at HAWS, but we'd love even more for her to land in a forever home with a comfy bed and sunny window.
Come visit with MacKenzie and all her adoptable friends at HAWS - today and every day!
HAWS welcomes you daily for viewing and adoption. We're open Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from Noon - 4:00 p.m.
By the way: this Sunday, 3/18, is our Annual Bunny Day at HAWS, co-hosted by the Wisconsin House Rabbit Society. And next Sunday, 3/25, is a busy HAWS day with our Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition from noon - 4pm at the shelter and our Mobile Adoption Center's annual visit to the Milwaukee Admirals Dog Day game at 3pm! Join us - and have lots of fun while supporting the HAWS Cause!
HAWS is seeking nominations for our second annual Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness Award. This award is in memory of Diana Boettcher, a longtime resident of Lac La Belle who cared equally for the animals and people in her neighborhood throughout her life.
The Diana Boettcher Award seeks to honor a single young individual who exemplifies kindness to animals in their community. This kindness may take action through volunteering, promoting awareness or other acts of humane animal treatment.
The honoree will be selected by a panel of HAWS’ employees and friends. Selection will be based on the nominee’s commitment to animal welfare through public service and community life.
Nominees must be 18 years or younger. Family, friends, community members and teachers are allowed to nominate deserving youth; in addition, students may also nominate themselves. If chosen, the recipient must be available to accept the award at the Friends of HAWS’ 29th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 5, 2012 at Sussex Village Park.
Applications must include the nominee’s name, birth date, school and an essay (not to exceed 500 words) explaining their commitment to animals in their community.
All applications must be received at HAWS by April 9th and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to HAWS, Attn: Kaitlin Daugherty, PO Box 834, Waukesha, WI 53187-0834.
By the way - have you set up your personal, online fundraising webpage for the HAWS Walkathon yet? Let your fingers do the fundraising...its easy, fun and a great way to get involved in support of the HAWS Cause!
HAWS proudly announces “CAGED,” a Spay/Neuter Awareness rally for local college students that will run from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. this Wednesday, March 28.
The rally is designed to bring greater awareness to the still very relevant message of spaying and neutering as a successful method of combating pet overpopulation. Students will sign up for ½ hour time slots where they will be placed in one of HAWS’ cat condos for “socialization.” The condo windows will be covered in statistics and facts on the effects of spaying and neutering, along with Project Guardian, HAWS’ free barn/outdoor cat spay-neuter program.
For a $5 donation or for “checking in” and mentioning HAWS on any social networking page such as Facebook or Twitter, students will gain access to the CAGED “VIP lounge” – including pizza and refreshments, interaction with various shelter pets, and a trivia contest in which they will be able to test their knowledge on the stats posted throughout the shelter. The first 50 students will receive a special “Got CAGED at HAWS” t-shirt.
HAWS’ Executive Director Lynn Olenik notes, “Many college students are drawn to helping animals and love to spend time with them – and this event makes a great study break! We also know that social media is a powerful tool for spreading an important message. As young adults become more active in animal welfare, we can use their savvy to help save many lives, and engage them for the future sustainability of our mission.”
Students interested in participating should contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the way - thunderstorms are here...and fireworks season is fast approaching! Get tips on how to help your pet cope with the chaos at "The Big Bang" seminar, presented by HAWS' very own Dr. Claudeen, and hosted by End of the Leash in Mukwonago. Call 262-363-3338 to register, and then join us this Thursday, March 29, at 6pm at 214 Rocheser St., Mukwonago.
By the way, part 2 - have you created your online fundraising page yet for the 29th Annual HAWS Pet Walkathon...? Let your fingers do the fundraising in support of the HAWS Cause!