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
Meet Brewser, currently in residence at HAWS and available for adoption.
Brewzer is a 2 year old Jack Russell Terrier. He’s wire-haired…and “wired”! This active boy is ready to go, go, GO! Like many members of his breed group, Brewzer is a high-energy dog and quite smart. When properly channeled, his energy could make him a great running partner - or agility or flyball dog. If you’re looking for a playmate to keep you active, Brewzer is your boy! If you know and love your terriers, have we got the terrier for you!
(Funny how write-ups on Jack Russells and others of his ilk require the use of many "!!!!!"s.)
A dog like Brewzer illustrates perfectly why HAWS has our Behavior Department, Mod Squad and many volunteer dog walkers. On any given day, our kennel is filled with dogs that don't quite fit the terms "average" or "typical." These dogs may need special attention to keep them in the right state of mind...and to get them ready for their new adoptive homes.
In truth, there may not be such a thing as "average" anymore when it comes to shelter dogs. We see all sizes, breeds, ages and energy levels. Some are comfortable in a kennel environment, some are not so sure. Some have good doggy manners, others need a little work on the basics. And some, like Brewzer, just need more stimulation or enrichment to keep them on an even keel.
Our Mod Squad works with the more challenging adoptables. Our dog-walking volunteers make sure all the animals in our care get out-and-about for exercise. And our staff keeps an ever-close eye to make sure our residents are happy, healthy and ready to go home.
By the way - First Weber Realtors of Lake Country recently held a "Take Your Dog to Work Day" for their employees, raising over $800 for the HAWS cause! A great day was had by all - both human and canine.
Did you know that ANY individual, business or group can do an event for HAWS? Learn how at our website.
At HAWS we often hear a saying that is popular with cat fans, including many of our cat "cuddlers" volunteers: Cats are like potato chips, you can't have just one.
Sure it is fodder for t-shirts and needlepoint pillows, but there is also much truth to the concept. And most folks who have had cats will agree, 2 is better than 1!
While dogs are more "pack-oriented" by nature and will adopt their humans as their pack, cats are often more independent. (Admit it, if you've ever been near a cat, you've been "dissed" by one...) Cats do, however, enjoy the company of another one of their own kind, and this can make YOUR life better, and easier, as a cat guardian.
One of the plusses of cats: they are great companions for busy people. They sleep alot, so when you aren't home they're not missing you. During your few precious hours at home, though, ANY pet - including a cat - requires attention, exercise and playtime. If you have more than 1 cat, guess who they can play with and cuddle with? Each other! No, this doesn't let you off the hook completely, but it sure helps when you've had a particularly exhausting day.
(Sure, more than 1 cat means more than one litter box, and probably a bigger food dish, but you were cleaning and feeding anyway...)
We have lots of cats and kittens at HAWS, along with a program called "The Buddy System" - adopt 2 for the price of 1 with bonded pairs of adult cats (like Joey and Oliver, pictured at left). Or, if you're ready for some real crazy fun, adopt 1 kitten and get the second at half price!
As long as you're looking for one cat, why not take two?!
By the way - coming up on July 25th, from 11am to 3pm, is the annual HAWS Mini-Golf Outing. Join us at National Golf Center in Big Bend for 18 holes of putting for paws! $12 per person, or $10 + an item from our Wish List. Sponsored by the Friends of HAWS!
Since it is the Dog Days of Summer, we'd like you to meet one of our many adoptable dogs at HAWS!
This is Siska. She is a German Shepherd mix who celebrated her 7th birthday in May. This beautiful gal has a long coat which gives her a more shaggy appearance the most of the German Shepherds we're used to seeing.
Siska's story is a bit sad: She was brought to HAWS after her owner died. Other family members were simply unable to care for her, so she found safe haven with us. We were happy to welcome her!
This loyal dog is working with our Mod Squad - the volunteers from our Behavior Department who do special things like Tellington TTouch to help the HAWS residents who need a little extra TLC. Probably because of her age, a shelter environment is a little more disconcerting for Siska, so the Mod Squad daily spends time giving her the reassurance she needs to stay comfortable here while waiting for her new home.
Siska is looking for companionship and love, leisurely walks (when it isn't too warm out!) and a nice quiet place to relax. Stop by any day to meet her!
By the way - this weekend is a BUSY one for HAWS! Our annual Mini-Golf outing is Sunday, July 25th (sponsored by the Friends of HAWS group.) Also, our Mobile Adoption unit will be all over the county, even in the Dousman Derby Days Parade on Sunday. Check us out!
With temps flirting with the 90s and the humidity in "very damp" range, it is hard to focus on fall. But that's exactly what we're doing at HAWS:
Our annual fall fundraiser is October 16th. This year, we're having our very own HOMECOMING! Rah!
Tickets will go on sale September 1st, but we need you to get involved already, right now:
Our Homecoming Committee is looking for sponsors for this fun event. Sponsorships include special VIP tickets to the event with early entry and reserved seating, advertising for your company or group, and the great feeling you get when you've helped HAWS help the animals and their people in our community! Get in touch with us by August 4th and you'll be part of our really neat (really, really neat), personalized event invitations that are sent out to 12,500+ friends of the HAWS cause.
It's very easy to get involved: Head on over to our HAWS Homecoming webpage and download the sponsorship info, then send your sponsorship commitment form back to us via fax, snail mail, carrier pigeon (really, we do get plenty of those stopping by our shelter, so why not?!)...or email Jen or Nichole at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you all set. Sponsorships range from $250 - $5000. You can call us for more info, too - 262-542-8851, x107.
HAWS Homecoming will feature the usual great food, auction items, raffle and casino games, but this year we have a few special twists! We'll kick off the evening with our very own Homecoming Parade (you can sponsor a float in that, too, by the way, for $100) and a Homecoming Court of Adoptable Pets from our shelter. You might even be able to take home the King or Queen...
So Join our Team! Show Your Spirit! Become a Sponsor! Rah!
By the way - HAWS fall fundraiser is one of the 2 main events our shelter does annually in support of our animals, services and programs. Your support means the world to us and the animals and people we serve each day. Thank you!