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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HAWS' Kids 'N Critters Summer Day Camps have begun!
Each year our shelter hosts a full schedule of 2-, 3- and 5-day camps for kids ages 7-14. We have general camps which cover a wide range of animal welfare topics and activities, and more specific themed camps like "Camp Gone to the Dogs" and "Shutterbug" camp.
Khris Erickson, HAWS Humane Educator and camp director, shares all the camp info with us!
"During camp we have the kids help walk the dogs, play with cats and kittens, and socialize other animals. All week-long campers have at least one opportunity to clean cages. The younger kids stuff food into a dog toy called a Kong, and give some the dogs a bath. The older kids are given more responsibility by doing dog training, and we also have them sort newspapers. (The cages the children clean are the rabbit and small animal cages, and some of the cat cages where the cats are long-term residents.) We have the kids split up into small groups and we rotate these groups so that each gets one opportunity to clean each week."
The 2-day camps differ a little bit from the week-long camps:
"We bring out animals for the children to learn about and meet. Weather permitting the kids can walk dogs with their counselors. We do a craft, play some games, and get a tour of the shelter.
"During the 5-day camps we bring out animals for the children to learn about and meet. Weather permitting the kids can walk dogs with their counselors. The younger age group does dog baths, and the older kids do some dog training. We do a craft, play some games, and get a tour of the shelter. The kids also do some cleaning of animal cages, and an animal related field trip is taken.
"We are always looking for different types of animals to bring out for the kids. However, safety for both the campers and the animals is a priority for us. Animals that are brought out for the kids to interact with and handle are assessed for friendliness, and ability to deal with the stress of multiple children interacting with them at a time. If an animal is not easily handled, or appears to be fearful/stressed we will not bring it out for the children to meet. The first day of camp we do take the campers on a tour of the shelter so that they can see all of the animals available for adoption."
By the way - Our Mobile Adoption Center is busy, busy, BUSY this summer - chances are they'll be visiting your neighborhood, favorite eating spot or pet supply merchant. You can even come see us this weekend at a football game! Check it out at our website!