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 and the Friends of HAWS fundraising group have announced the “starting line-up” of activities for the 30th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 4th to benefit the Waukesha shelter.
The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sussex Village Park, south of Main Street/Silver Spring Drive in Sussex.
The day features something for everyone – pets and their people!
Pre-Game / 9:00am: National Anthem & Blessing of the Animals
1st Inning / 9:30am: Featured Breed
2nd Inning / 10:00am: Award Presentations - Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness
Award and the $10K Behavior Matching Grant Challenge
3rd Inning / 10:45am: Sing Our Jingle Contest Winners perform
4th Inning / 10:30am: Treibball Demo
5th Inning / 11:00am: HAWS’ K9 Clicks & Tricks Brigade performance
6th Inning / 11:30am: Parade of HAWS Adoptable Pets and HAWS Alumni
7th Inning Stretch/Noon: Bobbing for hotdogs (dogs), Baseball piñata contest (kids)
8th Inning / 12:30pm: Pet Contests - Best pet trick, Fastest tail-wager
9th Inning / 1:00pm: Musical bases - "musical chairs" game for dogs
1:30pm: Special recognition for Survivor/Senior dogs, Pet - Owner lookalike
contest, "My Dog Can do THAT!" contest
2:45pm: Contest/Raffle winners announced
3:00pm: Walk ends
Ongoing activities include design-a-cap (baseball cap art for kids), clay dog paw prints art, a games tent, microchip I.D.’s, “pet”-icures (pet nail trims) and a coloring contest for kids! HAWS’ mascot, Lucky will be on hand, and special appearances will be made by the Milwaukee Admirals mascot, Roscoe, and the Waukesha State Bank mascot, Friendly the Eagle. The "Home Field" Concessions Stand will feature cotton candy, peanuts, Cracker Jack, popcorn and nachos!
Raffle tickets are already on sale at HAWS for a 42” Vizio flat screen smart TV. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the front counter of HAWS.
All Walkathon donors receive special HAWS’ items depending on their level of donations raised in person or through online personal fundraising pages. Registration forms, detailed information and personal fundraising page launch are all available at hawspets.org – just look for the Walkathon banner ad!
By the way - HAWS’ annual Pet Walkathon is sponsored and presented by the Friends of HAWS. 100% of donations collected for the Walk are given directly to HAWS for animal care, programs and life-saving services. Help us "load the bases" for HAWS!