The 2nd Annual Menomonee Falls Pet Fair event held on August 22, 2009 in Rotary Park was a great success for Waukesha County’s Humane Animal Welfare Society (H.A.W.S.) raising just over $1000.
On October 6, 2009, the Menomonee Falls Pet Fair Committee including Jane Kolberg, Barb Watters, Anne-Marie Hoell, and Nancy Greifenhagen, delivered the check to Lynn Olenik, H.A.W.S. Executive Director.
H.A.W.S. also received 60 bags of animal food as donations by participants in the Paws For A Cause booth held by Nancy Greifenhagen of Nancy G Photography. Animal owners had their pets photographed during the Pet Fair and received a free 5x7 print in the mail. Lynn appreciatively stated that they go through one 40lb bag of dog food a day, so the pet food is always needed.
H.A.W.S. is Waukesha’s “Best Kept Secret”, says Lynn Olenik. Our mission is to reach outside and let people know that we are here, explains Lynn. “The public needs to know what we do. We serve all of Waukesha County, and that’s why we like the Menomonee Falls Pet Fair so much.”
This year, the Pet Fair had over 30 vendors and there were demonstrations by the Waukesha County Sheriffs Department K-9 Unit, Fly Ball shown by the K-9 Obedience Training Club, and much more. H.A.W.S. Mobile Adoption Unit was on hand with their mascot Lucky, promoting pet adoption. Many happy pets and their owners won our great raffle items generously donated by the vendors.
The sponsors of the Pet Fair event included Dawn Mariscal of Farmers Insurance, Top Knotch Pet Salon, Healthy Pet Net and Fast Signs. Several food vendors such as Valentine Coffee, The Cheesecake Store and BB’s Dog House Food Service all helped to make a great event.
The Village of Menomonee Falls showed off the newly-installed Dogi-pots that are displayed at Lime Kiln Park and Rotary Park. The Dogi-pots hold biodegradable bags for pet owners to grab and use to pick up pet waste. There are garbage bins located throughout the parks to deposit the used bags. These displays promote the collection of dog/animal waste and to reduce stormwater pollution in our local rivers.
If you get a chance, go visit the H.A.W.S. building in Waukesha which is presently under construction with a 5300 square foot addition and a renovation to the remaining roughly 1300 square foot building. The space was greatly needed with over 5400 animals housed a year and medical needs covering over 2700 surgeries a year. There will be a whole new cat ward in the new addition, which will keep the dogs, cats and small animals separated. As well, these separate areas will keep sick or new stray animals from mixing with those that are ready to be adopted.
A major fundraising event for H.A.W.S. is the ‘Men at Work” Party which will be held on October 17, 2009 at the Olympia Resort. The demand for services at H.A.W.S. has been growing with the downturn in the economy. Lynn expressed that “the number of dogs surrendered to H.A.W.S. increased 46% in September largely due to the financial difficulties people are feeling”. She anticipates an increased need for H.A.W.S. to provide pet and veterinary care with more people feeling the financial pinch.
Watch for the 3rd Annual Menomonee Falls Pet Fair again in August 2010! More information will be available on www.menomonee-falls.org/petfair in the future.
Remember, H.A.W.S. is always in need of donations. Please contact them to find out what they need at this time at 262-542-8853 or visit their website at www.hawspets.org.
701 Northview Rd.
Waukesha WI 53188
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