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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Whatever way you like to ambulate, we've got an event for you at HAWS!
Coming up on May 1st is our 27th Annual Pet Walkathon at Waukesha's Minooka Park. Hike the trails, then shop, have lunch, play games, meet'n'greet area mascots, enter the raffle, watch the dogs running the lure course...all in support of the HAWS cause. To help, start collecting pledges or set up your very own personal HAWS fundraising webpage. We'll see you soon!
June 12th is the day for the first ever Ride for Rover, sponsored by the Milwaukee Small Breed Dog Club and organized by Jim Demos. Jim and his group of dog AND cycle enthusiasts decided to do a fundraiser for HAWS - what better way than to hop on a motorcycle on a beautiful early-summer Saturday?! The "rally" will start at the Harley Museum in downtown Milwaukee, pitstop at HAWS for tours and snacks, and end at The Doggy Office in Brookfield with a picnic and fun for riders and non-riders alike. Badges to ride are $15, and a discount will be available to those who make a donation off the HAWS' Wish List.
HAWS annual Bunny Day is THIS SUNDAY, April 25th. If you already have a house rabbit or are thinking of getting one, this is the event for you. Come learn from experts about rabbit care and behavior, meet with other rabbit fans and even win prizes. Great supplies for your bunny friend will also be available for purchase.
By the way - "The Nature of Dogs" exhibit is now running! This collaboration between HAWS and the Waukesha County Museum is a don't-miss, running until June 12th. See the great photographs of Mary Ludington, join us for one of our special events during the run of the show - like this Friday's Rescue Night, and enter to win great pet-themed prizes.
HAWS and the Waukesha County Museum proudly present The Nature of Dogs, opening this Saturday, April 10, with a special party from Noon to 2:00p.m.!
The Nature of Dogs, on exhibit from April 10 - June 12 at 101 W. Main St., Waukesha, features the fine art photography of Mary Ludington. Notes HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik: “Ms. Ludington’s works showcase many of our favorite canine breeds and embraces their spirit and heart. This show is a must-see for any dog lover.”
As the first stop on the exhibit’s tour, HAWS and the Museum are marking the 9-week run with special event nights, seminars and fun activities for all ages.
This Saturday, April 10, is “Opening Day” at the Museum! Join our special guest Marilynn Mee from 96.5 WKLH at the official kick-off party for the exhibit from Noon – 2:00 p.m. Giveaways include free admission to the Museum and HAWS bracelets to the first 96 people, and doggie bags for their pets – yes, pets are welcome! Stop in to meet HAWS adoptable animals through our Mobile Adoption Center. Popcorn and hotdogs will be served to complete the “tail”-gate.
Then: mark your calendar for Rescue Night at the Museum, April 23rd, 5-8pm. This exciting event will feature a meet-and-greet with local breed rescue groups and their representatives – both human and canine. Making a very special appearance that evening will be The Nature of Dogs photographer herself, Mary Ludington!
See all The Nature of Dogs info at www.hawspets.org or www.waukeshacountymuseum.org. Don't miss a minute of the dog-gone fun!
By the way - our 27th Annual Pet Walkathon is coming on May 1st - raise funds for HAWS on foot or online! Learn more at our official Walkathon webpage.
This great weather as of late has all of us at HAWS thinking about hitting the beach...
Spring break comes THIS WEEKEND for all you HAWS fans: Bring your dog to the K-9 Splash Swim Center in Oconomowoc for our special SPRING BREAK SPLASH event!
Here's all the details:
- We'll be there Friday, March 19th from 2 - 7pm and again on Saturday, March 20th from 9am - 4pm.
- Pre-registration is required. Call 262-893-9540 to set your appointment.
- K-9 Splash is located at N58 W39835 Industrial Road in Oconomowoc.
- HAWS Mobile Adoption Center will be on hand, in case you're looking for a new Beach Bunny or Surfer Dude pet to add to your family...
- Best of all: the proceeds for this spring break benefit HAWS!
We hope you and your pup can join us for the pool party. What better way to welcome spring than with a "splash?"
By the way - mark your calendar for next Saturday, March 27th - Good Harvest Market of Waukesha is hosting Pet Day for HAWS. Come for discounts, pet Q&A sessions, fundraising for HAWS and more! Read all about it.
At HAWS we're taking “March” literally, with many great activities and especially several exciting Mobile Adoption Center events!
HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center brings adoptable animals out into the community - can't make it to our shelter? We'll come to you! This month’s special events include:
- Take your dog with you (really!) to the Milwaukee Admirals Dog Day Afternoon, THIS Sunday, March 7th – HAWS benefits from each ticket purchased when you use the special code “HAWS” when ordering online, or buy your tickets through Brian at the Admirals office (414-227-0567) and tell him you want your donation to go to HAWS!
- Make a Spring Break Splash on March 19-20th at K-9 Splash Center in Oconomowoc. Bring your pup to play in the pool and support the HAWS cause, too! Registration required, call 262-569-9540.
- Good Harvest Market in Waukesha is holding a special sales day for HAWS on March 27th– 5% of purchases made that day will be donated to the shelter, and HAWS’ Executive Director Lynn Olenik will lead a discussion on choosing the right pet and pet care tips. Adoptable pets will be available for viewing at the Market.
Do you have the world’s most adorable pet? You can help HAWS, and commemorate Spay Day USA while showing off YOUR superstar!
Enter your pet's picture in the Humane Society of the US online photo contest, which they're running especially for Spay Day, and specify HAWS as your charity of choice. Then, ask everyone you know to vote for your pet: each vote translates into a $1 donation to help HAWS spay and neuter even more pets. (Even if you don’t have pet or don’t want to enter, you can still make a difference by voting for one the pets benefiting HAWS.)
Today, February 23rd, is Spay Day 2010 - the annual event sponsored by the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) to focus on the continuing importance of spay/neuter for our companion animals.
For the rest of this week our Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) clinic is running a "Spay Day special" - providing free spays or neuters for the pets of Waukesha County residents that qualify for the program. Program information can be obtained by calling the SNIP clinic at 262-542-8851, x109 or by stopping by HAWS - you can check out our newly remodeled shelter while your here!
To balance the cost of SNIP services, we're also “sniffing out” donations from the community. Notes Lynn Olenik, our E.D.: “With the support we receive from our community for our SNIP clinic, we are able to save countless lives.”
Anyone can “Sponsor-A-Spay” - just choose the type of surgery and the amount you'd like to contribute. Donations can be mailed to the shelter or done online quickly and easily through Paypal, using the DONATE button on our SNIP webpage.
By the way - Our Mobile Adoption Center has big plans for the month of March...as does our entire shelter! Save the date: our annual Get Lucky Adoptathon is coming up on March 13th at HAWS.
Please enjoy another of Sandy's Stories!
In my many years of working in animal welfare, I've seen the horrors of animal abuse. It is a constant struggle not to let your heart be broken. One never gets used to seeing abused animals, but one does learn how to deal with the feeling that arises. If you don't, you will never be able to help others!
That very feeling was the one I had when I saw Wonderful Walter, a gray and white 4-year-old cat. There he was, sitting in the back of his cage at HAWS, curled up on a nice fuzzy blanket. He had been treated for an eye infection, but when it did not heal he was sent out for an x-ray. The x-ray revealed that he had been shot in the right eye with a b.b. gun. Anyone that has ever had anything wrong with their eye knows how painful that can be and can only imagine the severe pain and fear that this cat went through.
The x-ray revealed that the b.b. had traveled inside his body, and was now lodged inside of his cheek. The vet was able to remove it, and the surgery site was stitched shut with dissolvable sutures. We all hoped that Walter would have a rapid recovery.
Walter’s foster home had taken in another foster animal during his surgery leave, and I was only too happy to take Walter to my home as a foster. I already knew in my heart that we would probably be keeping him.
(When I am around animals there is a feeling that I get about certain ones that I just know were meant for us…I had that feeling with Walter, or as we say at home, "The sucker sign on our foreheads was blinking again!")
When I brought him home I put him in our guest/foster bedroom. He stayed curled up in his basket and would not eat. I finally put canned cat food on a small plate and heated it in the microwave to let the savory juice entice him. It worked - and it wasn't long before he was eating like a champ! However, now we have created a monster: he now regularly sits at our snack bar counter with that cute little face, waiting for me to heat his food in the microwave. There are times during the day that I find him sitting there and, of course, I always give him a taste of his warmed food. Yes, I am spoiling him but isn't that why they are here? Besides, the time they have with us is always too short.
Walter is the dearest, sweetest little cat with a perfectly marked white and gray face and the cutest tail I have ever seen. It curls over his back like a Husky dog and when he runs it bounces back and forth. He has fit right into our household of other cats and dogs and parakeets. He loves sitting in his basket watching the outside birds and sitting on my husband's lap.
I cannot ever imagine not having Walter in our family, and I hope that our love and caring will erase the pain that he has endured. We can see he is happy here and that alone makes us feel that in some way we are making a difference - at least to him.
Oh yes, we ended up adopting Walter so he is a permanent member of our household. Follow-up examinations of his eye confirmed that he is blind in that eye, but it doesn’t stop him! Thanks again HAWS for giving a little animal a second chance.
By the way - this weekend we have 2 neat fundraising events going on for HAWS! The Friends of HAWS are holding our annual Have a Heart Bake Sale on Friday and Saturday, the 12th and 13th, hosted by Waukesha State Bank, 100 Bank Street in Waukesha. Then, join us for the Dog Wash for HAWS at the "spa" part of Petlicious Dog Bakery & Spa, 2217 Silvernail Road (just off I94 and Hwy. T). Rub-a-dub, all pups in the tub!
At HAWS we're having a heartwarming February with great activities and events – and our annual observance of Spay Day USA!
As part of the Humane Society of the United State (HSUS) national Spay Day USA on February 23, HAWS presents our Cat-“nip” Campaign and Pit “Snip.” Our Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) clinic will offer free spay-neuter services to qualifying Waukesha County residents, focusing on cats/kittens, Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes - the species and breeds found to be most in need of sterilization services in Waukesha County. Applications for the free surgeries can be obtained at www.hawspets.org or at our facility. HAWS also seeks participation and donations from the community: “Sponsor-A-Spay,” enter the HSUS online photo contest and specify HAWS as your charity of choice, or purchase a special limited edition Spay Day t-shirt from HAWS for $10!
The annual Friends of HAWS Have a Heart Bake Sale will take place on Friday, Feb. 12 from 9am to 5pm and Saturday, 2/13 from 9am to noon. Come to Waukesha State Bank at 100 Bank Street in downtown Waukesha to purchase sweet treats for your valentine – person or pet! Want to become a Friend? Join us at our next monthly meeting on 2/10 at 7pm at HAWS.
The HAWS Mobile Adoption Center has several special stops planned this month. We will again attend the Great Lakes Pet Expo at State Fair Park THIS Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10am – 6pm. And, come Wash Your Dog for HAWS at Petlicious Dog Bakery and Pet Spa on Sunday, Feb. 14 from 11am – 3pm. Join us at 2217 Silvernail Road, just off the I94 and Hwy. T interchange.
HAWS Event Calendar: Our free puppy seminar will be held on 2/7, small animal pedicures are offered on 2/10 (at Pet Supplies Plus) and 2/20 (at HAWS), First Aid for Pets is 2/20, and our general HAWS volunteer orientations are scheduled for February 21 and 23.
By the way - looking for the perfect Valentine? Find your match at HAWS! Unconditional love can be yours when you adopt a pet...
The Packers are done - so are the Vikings and Brett for that matter - the Pro Bowl isn't until Sunday night...what is a person to do to fight Afternoon Football Withdrawal?
Come to the HAWS for Paws Bowl V!!
(note the use of Roman numerals...just like a certain big game...)
Sponsored by the Friends of HAWS - one of our volunteer groups, this fifth-annual event is taking place this Sunday, January 31st from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Fracaro's Lanes, 1430 Whiterock Ave., Waukesha.
For your donation of $15 you'll get 3 games and shoe rental. Better yet - teams are encouraged! Groups of 4 are $50, teams of 5 are $62 and teams of 6 are $75. And, of course, food and beverages are available for purchase at Fracaro's.
All proceeds benefit the paws and claws at HAWS - so call Maria at 262-490-2102 to reserve your lane!
By the way, this is only the first of many great events this year for the Friends group - learn more by coming to their next meeting, Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00pm at HAWS, or read more at their webpage.
Please enjoy one of "Sandy's Stories" - a Rescue Tail written by one of our long-time volunteers.
A book titled Fitness Unleased - A Dog and Owner's Guide to Losing Weight and Gaining Health Together found it's way to HAWS. I was immediately interested, being the advocate I am for the Four-Footed-and-Furry exercise partner. Hey, having a dog to walk helps you keep that same-old, same-old New Year's Resolution! This book agrees, and is a great tool to get you both started on a new fitness routine.
For the record, I do walk the walk on this topic - literally. My husband, myself and our 2 dogs are daily evening walkers, and on weekends I also join their twice-daily walking schedule. (Monday thru Thursday the a.m. walk is done at 5:30 - not for me! But I'm happy to go at the more SANE hour of 8am Friday - Sunday....)
At times, we get the strangest looks - especially when all 4 of us are bundled up beyond recognition and still out there moving. During snow storms, rain and frigid spells we especially like to look around and ask "Where IS everybody?!?!" (The putting on of the dog booties is a worthwhile hassle, trust us!)
Don't get me wrong, I don't always enjoy this routine. Many days our 9-year-old greyhound and I are of the same mind: seriously, the couch looks a lot better right now! But we definitely notice we are all more stiff if we don't go, and that extra cookie isn't so guilt-inducing once we've done a lap or 2. (This is the part where I tell you to ADOPT 4 PAWS FROM HAWS or, if that's not an option, BECOME A VOLUNTEER DOG WALKER!)
"Having" to walk the dog can be very motivating. Our primary source of that these days is our 12-year-old fuzzy mutt - a HAWS alumni. We've always suspected she's part Border Collie; she's always ready to go (dog owners, you all know what it's like having to spell certain words - we can't even say anything that RHYMES with "walk" without her running to get her leash). Lately, tho, her after-walk routine has us shaking our heads in amazement. She'll give us about 5 minutes to settle in after returning from our nightly exercise before...grabbing her favorite squeaky toy and running up and down the hall with it. Even better if one of us stands at either end of the hall way so it becomes a game of keepaway!
(I think in the dog-to-human-years comparison, a 12-year-old dog is equivalent to a 65-year-old human. We're not there yet, and she is NOT going to show us up.) But, really, we just got home....
To summarize, there is yet another role a pet can play in your life - personal trainer. Just don't teach them how to use a whistle.
By the way - in January & February we have several dog-centered seminars and classes. Check out our Events Calendar for puppy and dog events (play and exercise are a big part!), along with lots of other fun things to do at HAWS!
To set the mood for today's blog entry, think of Louis Armstrong's song "What a Wonderful World." Are you ready? Continue reading!
One day this past summer, when I wasn't at HAWS, I looked out the front window and spied the neighbor’s Golden Retriever playing in their sprinkler. She jumped back and forth in the spray, took a drink, got water up her nose, sneezed, and went back for more. All the while her human kids stood giggling at her antics from the front porch.
Now, really, what is better than that picture? Down economy, tough times or whatever, our pets are still living in the moment and finding the simple joys in life. THAT’S why we need to press on – and what we tell folks when we speak with them about adopting, volunteering, donating or sponsoring our organization. Our pets still think we’re rock stars, still believe we are the best, still find the fun in each day. They are there for us and their role as companion, listener, clown and exercise program has never been more relevant to our emotional well-being than it is right now.
Now, more than ever, we at HAWS and throughout our community need to be there for all of them! So let’s make this year a TRUE celebration of pets and their people – and what we give to each other.
Our sincerest thanks for your help, dedication and compassion, and belief in the HAWS cause! We are more than just a shelter because of you. C'mon by sometime and see what YOUR support continues to do for us.
By the way - we're having a White Out at HAWS: adopt any solid white or light colored animal at HAWS throughout the month of January, and the adoption fee is 50% off! We're here 7 days a week, adoption applications are available both online and at our facility.
On Saturday, December 5th we at HAWS became a new safe haven for greyhounds being displaced due to the impending Kenosha racetrack closing.
Already in partnership with Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) – Wisconsin since February 2009, we're increasing the number of greyhounds housed at our shelter while GPA is inundated with dogs needing housing - with Dairyland ending live racing on December 31.
Our Executive Director, Lynn Olenik says its just the right thing to do. “We want to do anything we can to help them out in this time of need. GPA has many dogs to move in a short amount of time and we're happy to help out. The greyhounds add a wonderful spirit to our facility; our staff and volunteers love having them here.”
Female greyhounds Toy, Chic and Devi, along with male greyhound Bill, joined Lexi – a greyhound already in residence at HAWS due to the ongoing HAWS-GPA agreement – on the 5th. By Saturday, December 12th, Lexi and Chic had been adopted out to their new homes. Bill and Devi were placed on hold that day, and will be heading out to foster care this week prior to going to their adoptive families.
Five (5!) more greyhounds are scheduled to arrive at HAWS this coming Saturday, December 19th.
We work with Ellen Paulus, GPA-Wisconsin President. She notes, “It is great exposure for our greyhounds to be at HAWS, so people who see them realize that greyhounds can - and do - make great pets after their racing careers are over.”
The greyhounds participating in the program live at HAWS and receive spay/neuter surgeries from our SNIP clinic. They are available for viewing 7 days a week along with the other adoptable animals at HAWS. Those interested in pursuing adoption are directed to contact local GPA representatives to continue the process. HAWS viewing hours begin daily at 1:00 p.m.
By the way - HAWS will have modified hours during the holidays. We will be open from 9am -3pm on 12/24 and 12/31, but our kennel will not be open for viewing. We will be closed on 12/25 and 1/1/2010. Have a wonderful holiday season with all your Best Friends!
Hi everyone! I’m Zoe, a senior from Concordia University that is interning at HAWS this fall semester. I’m majoring in Business Communications and Public Relations with a minor in Marketing and I’ve been working here at the shelter since the end of August.
I decided to do an internship at HAWS because I have always loved animals. Growing up I had numerous hamsters, bunnies, cats and dogs. Currently I have three Shih Tzu’s- Buster, Baci and Binky- who are my absolute favorite things ever!
However, I also decided to do an internship at HAWS because I think it’s really important to have a voice for something that doesn’t have the ability to have a voice on their own. Cats, dogs, and other animals don’t get to choose their destinies... and they need our help in order to stay healthy and happy! HAWS is that voice. The people here are all so kind and caring, and they love animals very much.
So far I’ve done a lot of different things around the shelter. My first few days here I observed all of the different departments- everything from the front adoptions desk to the humane educator and I even spent one day in the SNIP clinic. The different departments were all very interesting and a lot more happens around the shelter than you would ever guess!
I also got to spend one day at TMJ4 with Jen and Cassie while they appeared on “The Morning Blend”. It was really cool to see behind the scenes what goes on during a live TV show.
By the way - we'll have more insights from Zoe in future weeks - stay tuned! And don't forget to participate in all of our great programs and events - the Boo 'N Doogle Pet Costume Contest, Pet Photos with Santa, and more! Visit the Upcoming Events calendar on our website for all the details.