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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Everyone at HAWS is excited about the weather forecast for this week...and there is speculation that our snow cover will be gone by the weekend because of the mild temperatures!
Of course, that brings with it a "heads-up" (or 2) for pet owners.
1. Along with the (brown) grass becoming visible, also becoming unburied are the little "treasures" that have accumulated over the past few months...the organic material (wink, wink), lost toys, spilled garbage, etc. Honestly, this stuff can be downright dangerous to your pets. Animal waste carries bacteria and germs that can still be active even after being out in the cold for some time. The garbage that got spilled and then buried during our frequent snowfalls is now out there for your pets to "enjoy" - and you really never know what they'll find. (Chicken bones? Yikes! Tossed-out anitfreeze containers? Double Yikes.) So the dog-owner-walker words to live by this spring: Its a walk, not a buffet - eat at home. Inside.
2. Yes, it is great "dog" weather! But please remember, if you let your dog off-leash anywhere - your yard, the park - keep an eye on them and be vigilant. When we have a spike in temps we also have a spike in stray dogs reported and coming in to HAWS. Make sure your best friend is safe and secure rather than wandering loose - and enjoy the weather together with an on-leash walk or a fenced-in game of fetch.
By the way - Have you bought your tickets yet? You can take your dog to the Milwaukee Admirals game on Sunday, March 27th (no, really!) and HAWS can get a donation from your ticket purchase! Go to the listing on our Upcoming Events website calendar for buying instructions, or call Brian at the Admirals office directly (414-227-0567) and tell him you want to help HAWS! Pups and pucks - what fun.