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
We're taking a few deep breaths at HAWS before launching into the holiday season. But we have lots to do and to look forward to...
The Friends of HAWS annual Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale is this Saturday, November 6th at our shelter. Shop early for the pets and pet-lovers in your life! The Bazaar is full of great pet-related and seasonal merchandise, and is also a super place to satisfy your sweet tooth. Make plans to come by for lunch and do a little browsing and buying to support HAWS.
TTouch for Little Critters will be presented on Sunday, November 7th. If you have a house rabbit, guinea pig or other small animal in your life, this seminar shows you great ways to promote their well-being and lessen their stress for visits to the vet, groomer, etc. Come to think of it, we could all use a little de-stressing...
Of COURSE HAWS' Mobile Adoption Center has a busy month planned! Rub-a-dub all pups in the tub for our Dog Wash at Petlicious Spa on Sunday, November 14th. Dine out for HAWS at the Pewaukee Applebees on Monday, November 15th. We'll be joining in the fun for Muskego's Country Christmas when we set up shop at Pet Supplies 'N More on Saturday, November 20th. Finally, we'll be making "black Friday" a celebration with a holi-day-of-fun at Petco of Waukesha on November 26th. Throw in stops at Brookfield Square, Petco of Germantown AND Delafield, and a parade appearance or two...well, you can understand why it is called our MOBILE Adoption Center!
Our calendar is filled out with dog training classes and our famous "Keep your Puppy and Your Sanity" seminar (11/14), along with volunteer orientations, the monthly Friends meeting (11/10), little pet pedicures and more. Two feet or four, paws or claws - HAWS has something for YOU this November!
By the way - we've STILL got lots of kittens available for adoption. So, now you can adopt a kitten at HAWS...and get the 2nd kitten at no charge! Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, the first round of vaccinations, wellness exam, microchip I.D. A great time to enjoy twice the fun at 1/2 the price!
There is a very cute video on YouTube that shows an Australian Cattle Dog who has learned to bow his head and "Say Grace." A good reminder that it is time to tally our blessings and give thanks!
At HAWS, we're thankful for...
...Fuzz Therapy! Where else can you take a break from the stresses of work and cuddle a cat or play with a puppy? (You don't have to be an employee to do that - just stop by someday. Or become a volunteer.)
...Caring Kids: the neat ideas, donations raised and just all-around helpful nature of kids these days is something to behold. We never get tired of them!
...the HAWS "family": this includes staff, volunteers, board members, fans, visitors...anyone who supports the HAWS cause and gives us sustenance, a pat on the back and the reassurance that we're doing good. Waukesha is truly a great community to be a part of!
...Forever Homes: when a long-time resident of HAWS finally goes home, it is bittersweet - we get very attached to these pets, but we're overjoyed to see them land in such great places. (This means you, Hannah, Wendall, Lolly, Cadance, Barnaby, Spoofy, Paco...forever in our hearts!)
...Today: Each day we walk into our "new" shelter and are greeted with hope and love. We have lots to do, so let's get to it!
...Tomorrow: Whatever we don't get done today, we can work at tomorrow. Whatever pet didn't find their home today, we'll try even harder tomorrow. We'll be back to fight the good fight as long as it takes.
From all the paws and claws at HAWS - Have a Great Thankgiving, Everyone!
By the way - if you're looking for a shop-portunity this Black Friday, think Black Cats and Black Labs! Join our Mobile Adoption Center at Petco - Waukesha on Sunset Ave. at 8am and kick of your "howl"-iday season on the right foot, er, paw!