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
There are many awesome things that HAWS does. However, something I’ve come to find particularly cool is our Mobile Adoption Center.
A few Saturdays ago I had the chance to be part of the Mobile team with event coordinator Lisa. We went on two stops that day - the first one was to Star of Bethlehem Church in New Berlin, and the second was to Eclectica, a bead store in Brookfield. To each different stop we took animals from the shelter that were up for adoption.
The two locations were pretty busy, and many people stopped to play with the animals and to learn about how to adopt them. Since we went almost all of the animals we had brought with us have been adopted!
It was fun to go on the Mobile Adoption "run" because it was a really good way to tell people who may not know a lot about the shelter what goes on here day-to-day. Also, by bringing the live animals it showed people how cute the pets are that we have available to be adopted... not just dogs and cats but often times puppies and kittens too!
The next time I will be doing a Mobile visit will be in the beginning of December at a car dealership in Waukesha (Wilde Subaru). Hopefully people who are interested in getting a new car will also be interested in adopting a new pet!
By the way - you can also "dine out" for the HAWS cause - visit Chili's in Brookfield or Oconomowoc during the month of November, Sunday thru Thursday, and a portion of your bill total is donated to HAWS. Take the coupon along with you that is available at our Mobile page on our website (and at our shelter - just stop by the front counter). And mark December 15th on your calendar - HAWS benefit nite at Claim Jumper Restaurant at Brookfield Square!
By the way 2 - HAWS has so much to be thankful for this year - our "new" shelter is probably the most obvious! We give thanks to all of you for supporting us and the work we do!