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 was an epic week at HAWS! Executive Director Lynn Olenik shares the experience.
We held our first ever “Move Your Mutt” run on Sunday. It was a great event with exposure to some new faces and an early morning walk in the park with staff and volunteers. It was heartwarming to see people out with their best friends for exercise and recreation. It’s so good to see dogs, well cared for and a cherished part of their families.
On Monday, our Animal Rescue Team headed out with the Jefferson County Humane Society, returning to HAWS with 23 little dogs. Returning at noon, the remainder of the day was spent in veterinary exams, vaccinations, and grooming. Because all of them had fleas and various states of mats in their unkempt coats, this needed to be done as soon as possible. Volunteer groomers took on this project, transforming each into an adorable, clean but shy little dog. By Tuesday, staff had moved on to the search for foster homes and rescues, then began spays and neuters. Wednesday, saw more spays, neuters and caring for an additional 20 dogs in the kennel. There was the processing of paperwork and behavior evaluations all to prepare them for adoption. The Behavior Department was working to socialize and calm the dogs that were in a foreign environment. These activities kept the staff hopping the remainder of the week! Volunteers from Mod Squad socializers to those who help with cleaning and laundry logged additional hours. It takes a team effort to get animals ready for the adoption floor.
Friday was our fall fundraiser, Creatures of the Night. More than 275 guests joined us at the Marriot for an evening to celebrate pets and join in the cause of supporting our Animal Rescue Team and the services they provide. Though this was planned months in advance, it seemed even more appropriate considering the activities of the week. The event was fun, financially successful, and brought a number of new friends into HAWS. Without our community’s support we would not be able to do the work we do.
Thank you to all of you – staff, volunteers, board member and our donors – from the 23 little dogs that now have a chance to be a cherished part of someone’s family and the thousands of other Creatures that are part of the ‘HAWS cause’ each year!
By the way – don’t miss our Friends of HAWS Holiday Bazaar this Saturday, November 1st. And be sure to reserve your sitting today for Holiday Pet Portraits coming next weekend, November 8-9! Call 262.542.8851.
This month at HAWS we have a full “bracket” of events and learning opportunities for our own brand of “March Madness.”
HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center brings “happy tails” out to the community! Highlighted stops include the annual Milwaukee Admirals Dog Day on 3/27 – tickets to support HAWS are available by using the special HAWS link and the offer code “HAWS,” or by calling Brian Martens of the Admirals at 414-227-0567. The Mobile unit will also participate in Lake Country Community Fest on 3/19. Details for all visits – like stops at area Petco stores and more – are on the Mobile Adoptions page at hawspets.org.
Solve Common K-9 Behavior Problems on 3/14, or learn how to Raise a Puppy and Keep Your Sanity on 3/20. Both seminars are FREE but require pre-registration via www.hawspets.org or 262-542-8851, x118. All levels of Dog Training Classes will begin their 6-week runs in March; contact 262-542-8851, x114 for details.
HAWS has several active partnerships in March! On 3/10 the Milwaukee Jewish Day School’s Dancing with a Star Experience will feature B93.3 morning DJ “CV” strutting her stuff to benefit HAWS. HAWS will once again hold a festive day at the Waukesha County Museum, to Honor Working Dogs on 3/26 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Also, interested businesses can sign up to host a ‘rest stop’ on “Subie & Freeway’s Spectacular Roadtrip” – an ongoing fundraiser for HAWS co-sponsored by Subaru City of Milwaukee. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for availability and details.
HAWS continues to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, hosting the annual Bunny Day on May 1st. And now available: special Year of the Rabbit t-shirts! Purchase yours for $15 at HAWS to support bunny care.
By the way - Here are more dates to save on your calendar! HAWS hosts the Blood Center of Wisconsin for a community blood drive on April 4. A grooming competition for HAWS, Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition, will be held April 17. Of course, the Friends of HAWS are hard at work preparing for the 28th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 7, to be held this year at Sussex Village Park!
When you celebrate the holidays with your pets,
Don’t let them eat the tinsel,
Don’t let them eat the turkey,
Don’t let them eat the chocolates
Because they won’t be very perky!
While the holiday lights are beautiful,
The electric cords are not:
Don’t let your pet chew on these --
Things could get a little hot!
From all the paws, claws, staff, volunteers and Board of Directors at HAWS:
Wishing you and yours the Happiest of Holidays and a Great 2010!
By the way - HAWS holiday hours are 9am-3pm Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve (receiving only, no viewing), Closed Christmas Day and News Year's Day.