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
The "giving season" is already upon us! HAWS has been named as one of the charities that will be part of the random drawing to become a beneficiary of Potatwatomi Hotel & Casino's 2014 Miracle on Canal Street donation program. We are excited for this opportunity and the wonderful windfall it could provide for our shelter!
If HAWS is chosen, funds from the 2014 Miracle on Canal Street would support HAWS' Citizen Project. This program began in earnest in early 2014.
The Citizen Project is patterned after successful programs around the country that pair juvenile offenders with animals in order to teach them a variety of skills – effective communication, responsibility, empathy, nurturing and confidence. In addition to caring for the animals, the youth will learn how to interact with shelter animals, read their nonverbal cues and change the animals’ behavior using positive reinforcement. The teens are referred to HAWS by the Waukesha County court system and will spend 3 - 5 hours each week at HAWS.
The importance and impact of a program like The Citizen Project cannot be understated! Every day we see more and more reasons to train tomorrow's leaders in empathy and compassion - and animals are magnificent teachers.
So these days at HAWS, for good luck, we are crossing our fingers...and toes and paws and claws! Thank you to Potawatomi for naming us to the drawing...and we hope we can "Make Miracles Happen" together!
By the way - HAWS will be closed to the public on Monday, September 1 to observe the Labor Day holiday. Our Animal Rescue Team will still be available for assistance - just call 262-542-8851. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday.