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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Another post from HAWS summer intern, Meg!
Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to observe one of the dog behavioral evaluations. These evaluations are performed to determine what type of home would be most suitable for each adoptable dog at HAWS.
These evaluations test to see if the dogs have a food preference, if they mind being touched while eating, and if they are possessive or aggressive over their food. The dogs are not fed prior to their evaluations because this encourages them to eat during it. Yet, although these dogs are probably quite hungry, some still have a preference to which type of food they’ll eat.
Dogs are also tested to see how they react to strangers, startling objects and noises, cats, and other dogs. These tests all aid in placing dogs with the best match for them. The behavioral evaluations allow HAWS to discover if each dog is suitable to live with children or other pets.
After completion of the test the evaluator gives their recommendation on what would be the best forever home for each dog. These evaluations really show just how much HAWS cares about its animals. HAWS does everything possible to find forever homes for each and every animal that enters the shelter.
By the way - tomorrow, Friday, June 21st, our friends at First Weber Lake Country are celebrating their 4th annual Take Your Dog To Work Day fundraiser for HAWS! Join the fun at 2750A Golf Road, Delafield, from 9am to noon. Meet HAWS adoptable pets, enjoy a hotdog lunch, have your dog compete in the costume show and and other contests, all in support of HAWS.