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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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...
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!
HAWS and the Waukesha County Museum are holding a Student Art Showcase open to anyone, Kindergarten through Post High School.
Original artwork must show one of the following values we learn from our pets: Joy and Laughter, Friendship, Love and Kindness, Loyalty or Nurturing. Notes our Executive Director, Lynn Olenik: “We often stress the importance of core values for our youth, and our pets demonstrate these values on a daily basis. We can learn so much from our pets!”
Student artists are encouraged to choose one of the values, and be creative! Artwork should be either 8"X10" or 11"X14" and use media such as watercolors, photography, and the like. Further details can be found on the entry form on the HAWS website. Entries must be received at HAWS on or before Monday, March 15, 2010. The winners of the Student Art Showcase will be announced at www.hawspets.org by Monday, March 29, 2010.
The “top dog” from each age (K-4th, 5th-8th, high school and post high school) and each value category will be chosen. The winners will receive a ribbon, as well as having their artwork framed and displayed at the Waukesha Museum during The Nature of Dogs exhibit, which is being showcased April 10 - June 12. After the museum exhibit, the artwork will return to HAWS where it will be permanently displayed throughout the newly remodeled shelter!
For further details, an entry form or more information, visit www.hawspets.org or email email@example.com. The entry form must be included with the artwork when it is delivered to HAWS.
By the way - HAWS and the Museum will be offering many fun activities throughout the run of The Nature of Dogs - stay tuned for all the details!
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.