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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This week's blog is more a personal entry than on behalf of HAWS. I am sure, tho, that my sentiments are shared by many others within the HAWS family - adopters, donors, members, friends, volunteers, board, staff...
I wanted to take the opportunity to give thanks for the wonderful year we have had at HAWS. We knew 2009 would be a year unlike any other! Knocking walls off the side of the building and tearing out a few more from within will make for a unique experience. We will always remember HAWS "Year of the Build."
Along the way we have learned just how blessed we are to be in this community! Almost all who have come thru our doors this year have been beyond accommodating with the chaos they've encountered. Our volunteers have just kept plugging away, no matter what changes are made to their routines. My co-workers have managed to continue with the day-to-day, even when their workstations have disappeared completely or our operations have been relocated to unfamiliar territory or offsite.
Most importantly, adopters have still come in, despite the dust, to find their new best friends.
The animals we are here to help have also soldiered on, still wagging tails, purring and chirping. Their ability to take every day in stride has reminded us to do the same. And it makes us even more dedicated to getting them out to their forever homes.
In the next few weeks our facility expansion will be completed! It has both gone quickly and taken too long, depending on the day of the week! But 2010 will begin soon and with it our "new" HAWS will open. Oh, the anticipation!
We feel like kids on Christmas night! And we can't wait to open our "gift" - and share it with all of you.