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
Bringing a fresh, new puppy or kitten into your family can be so much fun! But, at HAWS we always like to remind people that adult pets can be just as wonderful...and your journey together so meaningful. With age comes wisdom - for all species...
When you commit to your dog, cat or other pet for it's lifetime, guiding that pet through the senior years is inevitable. Life with an older pet is so rewarding - whether you've been together from the beginning or just found each other later in life.
Several of my co-workers and I are on a similar "schedule" with our pets. We all adopted our babies back in the late 90s or early 00s, so we've been watching them grow up and grow old together. Sadly, we are also starting to see those beloved dogs and cats pass on - Mason at age 12, Belle at 16, Linx at 19. Dozer was 12, Magnum was 11 and Bailey was 14. While we grieve for each of them, we also know that they probably blessed our lives more than we did theirs!
Each time we lose a pet it reminds us to live more in the moment - and in our cases, especially with those pets who are still sharing our lives. I feel gratitude for every day I still have with my Fuzzy Mutt, Freeway, who turned 15 about 2 weeks ago..and doesn't let us forget that! Stiff and sore in the morning? So what - it's time for a walk! Bedtime? No way, not while there's still squeak in that squeaky toy. Quiet time? Well, since you're just sitting there you may as well give me an earrub or neck scratch.
Pets bring value to our lives at any age. If you want a jogging partner, definitely bring home an energetic pup. And when you're looking to add a little serenity to your life, that 8-years-young cat or dog is ready and waiting.
Just don't miss a minute! And enjoy the journey - together.
By the way - some super sweet "older" pets are waiting for homes at HAWS right now. Like Aries the cat, age 12; Bear the MinPin, age 10 (pictured at left); Kenya the Pittie, age 6; Sebastian the cat, age 11 (pictured at top). Stop by 7 days a week to view and adopt - we'd all love to see you!
HAWS' Viewing & Adoption Hours:
Monday - Friday, 1 - 6pm
Saturday, 11am - 4pm
Sunday, Noon - 4pm
Call and ask about any of our adoptables - our phone lines open at 9am Monday thru Saturday, and at Noon on Sunday!
All the animals we help at HAWS have their own unique story, and together they make our mission come alive! Please enjoy these three "happy tails" from HAWS!
Trooper and the Old Timer
Two stray cats came to HAWS within a few weeks of each other needing lots of help. “Trooper” had such extensive injuries that one of his legs needed to be amputated, while “Old Timer” was blind and dealing with a bladder infection. After initial care at HAWS, one foster home took both cats for their recovery, and the two boys quickly became pals. They played and snuggled together, and despite losing a limb Trooper even brought toys to Old Timer. Once the boys were completely healthy they found that their temporary foster home was now a permanent one, and they continue to bring joy to that family today.
Six-month-old Chelsea came to HAWS knowing how to sit, but not much else! She was immediately placed in HAWS’ Mod Squad™ program, to be handled and fed according to a plan tailored specifically to her needs. She wanted to please and made strides quickly, becoming more confident as she learned. When the right family came in they couldn’t wait take her home! They enrolled her in HAWS’ dog training program to continue her great progress – and each visit she pulls on the leash to see her “old family” from HAWS.
Jaxon the Checkered Giant rabbit was found wandering, unneutered and with an overzealous “bun-sonality” making him difficult to handle. Due to his size and some of his personality traits he proved difficult to re-home. Through HAWS partnership with the Wisconsin House Rabbit Society, a little social networking and lots of work by HAWS’ small animal crew, a great home was found for Jaxon. His new home has been given all the tools for success – including the suggestion of clicker training to give him something to do!
Share the Gift of Creating a Humane Society.
Building a humane community takes the involvement of all those around us. That’s why your gift to HAWS is so important! Your donation saves lives of countless animals and changes the lives of people, instilling humane sentiments in all that affect how we treat each other – humans as well as animals – far into the future. Donate today and Join HAWS in Building a Society that’s Humane.
By the way - you can donate online securely through PayPal or via snail mail - just head over to our website and we'll make it easy!
While you bask in the glow of holiday presents, lights and good cheer, a few adoptable pets at HAWS are also basking, but they’d prefer it in new forever homes!
Bailey is an African Side-Necked Turtle, also known as a Serrated Mud Turtle. She (?) is active, hearty and curious (often shy at first, these turtles acclimate well and soon show their inquisitive sides!). Most African Side-necked Turtles can be kept in relatively simple housing because of their modest needs – a place to swim and a basking log. When basking, Bailey will "plop" into the water when approached…but once she knows you she will quickly surface to see if you have any food! Adult females can grow larger than most people realize, reaching 9-12" inches within five or six years.
Moo & Phillip came in together, and are sharing table space alongside Mr. Turtle (who might actually be female, ironically). All are Red Ear Sliders, a semi-aquatic turtle that is the most common reptile pet in the world. Unfortunately, they can be very complicated to own and often owners aren’t ready for their needs! There is a great website devoted to them – www.redearslider.com (no, really) – that goes into lots of detail as to their needs, natural habitats and the like.
Bailey, Moo & Phillip and Mr. Turtle have been guests at HAWS since September. They are definitely fun to have around and the kids participating in our education programs really enjoy them, but they would really love to become someone’s personal companions!
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By the way – you still have time to "eat for HAWS" since Taco John’s Nachos Navidad promotion continues til the end of December. Looking forward to the New Year already? So are we, with HAWS hosting a Waukesha JanBoree event, Cool Your Paws at HAWS, on Saturday, January 19 and then our Friends of HAWS polka party, Oom-Pa Paws, coming up on Saturday, January 26! All the details are at hawspets.org – or just call us at 262-542-8851.
Need a date for New Year’s Eve? Or maybe a reason to stay home and snuggle on the couch? At HAWS, we’ve got an idea…
Meet Bella, a sweet 2-year-old Lab!
Bella came to HAWS just a short while ago, when her previous home couldn’t take her along when they moved. She is enjoying her time with our staff, as you can see, but her resolution is to be in a great new home for 2013.
This little girl (she’s not the big, bulky lab you might be used to) is a bit shy at first, but loves attention and treats. She doesn’t always like other dogs so a meet’n’greet with another canine sibling is a must, and Bella definitely is NOT a cat fan. Her new family will need to be older as she startles easily around younger kids.
Bella and a bunch of her adoptable pals, like Jack Frost, Jingle, Tiny Tim and Packer are available for viewing at HAWS today! Stop by and see if one of these pups is in your future – or if one of our many cats, rabbits or other small animals will make your New Year bright.
HAWS Holiday Hours:
HAWS is open for normal viewing, adoption and receiving from Wednesday, December 26 through Sunday, December 30. On New Year’s Eve we are open for receiving-only, from 9am – 3pm, and HAWS is closed on New Year’s Day. But, if you need help when we’re closed, there is always someone on 24-hour call to assist you!
By the way – you still have a few days to take advantage of Nachos Navidad for HAWS at Taco John’s! Satisfy your nacho craving and help HAWS, too, with 25 cents from each order donated to our shelter.
Feliz Navidad and Feliz Ano Nuevo!