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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The "giving season" is already upon us! HAWS has been named as one of the charities that will be part of the random drawing to become a beneficiary of Potatwatomi Hotel & Casino's 2014 Miracle on Canal Street donation program. We are excited for this opportunity and the wonderful windfall it could provide for our shelter!
If HAWS is chosen, funds from the 2014 Miracle on Canal Street would support HAWS' Citizen Project. This program began in earnest in early 2014.
The Citizen Project is patterned after successful programs around the country that pair juvenile offenders with animals in order to teach them a variety of skills – effective communication, responsibility, empathy, nurturing and confidence. In addition to caring for the animals, the youth will learn how to interact with shelter animals, read their nonverbal cues and change the animals’ behavior using positive reinforcement. The teens are referred to HAWS by the Waukesha County court system and will spend 3 - 5 hours each week at HAWS.
The importance and impact of a program like The Citizen Project cannot be understated! Every day we see more and more reasons to train tomorrow's leaders in empathy and compassion - and animals are magnificent teachers.
So these days at HAWS, for good luck, we are crossing our fingers...and toes and paws and claws! Thank you to Potawatomi for naming us to the drawing...and we hope we can "Make Miracles Happen" together!
By the way - HAWS will be closed to the public on Monday, September 1 to observe the Labor Day holiday. Our Animal Rescue Team will still be available for assistance - just call 262-542-8851. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday.
HAWS’ Executive Director, Lynn, discusses the importance of education for animal welfare.
One thing that sets HAWS apart from other shelters is our attitude towards education and learning. We believe that we will help more animals in our community by helping people help animals. We run an extensive Education Department whose primary function is to spread humane sentiments throughout the community.
What does that mean? It means taking humane values such as compassion and empathy, add in skills such and nurturing and responsible pet ownership, top it off with knowledge about a variety of species and you have the formula to create a child with a heart and soul that believes in treating all living beings with respect and dignity.
It is important for us to raise the next generation of animal lovers — to educate and fan the flames of compassion — to build a better community. What children learn about animals today will later be passed on to their children. It will underscore all of the things that they do now and in the future. This is why we believe in humane education.
Helping owners bring out the best in their pets is another facet of education. If a dog receives socialization and training at a young age, the dog will be less likely to bite or need to be rehomed for bad manners. Giving owners a variety of skills and techniques for working with their dogs, cats or rabbits, or helping them understand their pet’s specific needs is another way we educate. Our Behavior Department is there to help problem-solve or enhance relationships so everyone in the family thrives.
Overall, we will have a greater impact by creating a culture of learning about animals throughout Waukesha County and our surrounding area. This sets HAWS apart from the rest. It’s not just about the animals in our walls, it is about all of the animals in the community – and we can help them even more by educating the animal lovers around them.
HAWS has entered a partnership with Stray Pride to present regular segments on TMJ4's The Morning Blend. Every other Thursday, from July 17 thru December 18th, a different aspect of HAWS will be featured - including adoptable pets, special events and ways to get involved in the "HAWS cause."
Today we welcomed Yoda and Lisa and Paul and Kim to HAWS to shoot "Yoda Cam" video and b-roll footage for an upcoming segment on HAWS' Mobile Adoption Center.
Yoda was a pro, visiting HAWS' dogs, cats and small animals available for adoption. It was EXHAUSTING work - thanks, Yoda! And thanks, Lisa, for getting him "camera-ready!"
We let Paul take over with the big camera to film Johanna, Lucky, Karma and Cheyenne outside. Mya and Maddie and the kids at this week's Kids 'N Critters Day Camp also helped us inside with more footage! All of the video will be edited and put together for segments airing on July 31st and later in the future.
Our hope is that with this partnership we'll get even more animals adopted into their new forever homes...and with Lisa's help we'll get even more people talking about HAWS and supporting our efforts for the animals in Waukesha County and beyond.
Tune in next Thursday...and join us at HAWS!
By the way - this weekend it's Choose Your Cruise day at HAWS (7/26 from noon-2pm)...and we're gearing up for Ride for Rover and the Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls on 8/16! Just announced: Move Your Mutt for HAWS on October 19th...don't miss out!
An update on Jen's recently adopted dog, Magnus - 4 hairy paws from HAWS!
Hard to believe Magnus has been part of our family for almost 3 months! Like many things, it seems both longer than that and shorter as well. He certainly acts like he's always been a part of our family...and Scooter and our cat, Elliott, have accepted him as a sibling, too.
The adjustment period for a new pet can be challenging - and we decided to make ours even more interesting by taking "Mags" on a hiking vacation with us less than a month after the papers were signed! Not something I would recommend for everyone, but it really helped us all bond, and gave Magnus a true taste of the good life. Dog-friendly cafes! Door County parks! The beach! (A tired dog is a good dog...)
Magnus definitely has his issues. He has a very high "startle" and can be quite the momma's boy. One thing that will help that is time - he's becoming more confident of his permanence with our family with each passing day. But another tactic is exposure - to strange new experiences, people, animals, noises and more. He'll be wearing a harness for safety when out and about for the foreseeable future. And we're keeping treats close by to positively reinforce his good reactions.
I'm fortunate to have so many resources where I work! HAWS' Behavior Department staff and volunteers have been extremely helpful while we navigate "underconfident dog" territory. Oh, and that tick that latched on to him about a month ago and was fully engorged? Thankfully the vet staff in our SNIP clinic were able to calm me down. And it is so nice to have a groomer for a co-worker when your pet resembles a miniature woolly mammoth...
As HAWS' marketing person I often use the phrase "HAWS is the #1 resource for pets and their people." I personally am testing that - and loving the results! Hey - how about YOU come and adopt 4 paws from HAWS and see for yourself?!
By the way - summer time fun times at HAWS include a WKLH Choose Your Cruise registration event (7/26), our 5th Ride for Rover motorcycle rally (8/16) and the Pet Fair in the Falls (8/16, too). Join us!
At HAWS, we LOVE partnering with other members of our community. This Saturday we've got a great event that everyone can enjoy - while helping raise funds for the HAWS cause!
Good Harvest Market in Waukesha/Pewaukee presents the Ice Cream Social & HAWS Adoptable Pet Meet & Greet on Saturday, July 12th, from noon - 4pm.
- HAWS Mobile Adoption Center will be on hand with dogs, cats and other great small animals that are available for adoption at the shelter.
- Build your own organic sundae for $2! Really, what's better on a hot summer day than ice cream with toppings?!
- All ice cream proceeds AND 5% of the total day’s sales will be donated to HAWS. Bring along your grocery list and shop for HAWS!
Join us as we team with Good Harvest to promote the humane care and treatment of all animals! Come find your new best friend, chat with HAWS volunteers while they bag your groceries, and enjoy a yummy treat!
Good Harvest Market is located at 1850 Meadow Lane, which is 1 block south of I-94 on Hwy T in Waukesha.
By the way - while you're filling out your summer calendar, don't forget the great HAWS' events coming up, like Ride for Rover (8/16), HAWS' Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls (8/16), and Puppy Parties every Sunday!
If you love cats, every month is Cat Month. At HAWS, we're especially cognizant of June being Adopt-A-Cat Month. And we have some great cats for your consideration!
Every year as the weather warms here in Wisconsin, we anticipate the arrival of "Kitten Season" at HAWS. While kittens are adorable and fun, we worry how their appearance on the scene can diminish the appeal of adult cats to those who come in to our shelter looking to adopt.
June is Adopt-A-Cat Month. Currently at HAWS we have more than 40 adult cats, ages 1 year to 12 years, waiting for new forever homes. Some of them have been waiting since early this year, while others arrived as recently as today. All of them are ready to go home whenever the right match arrives...so what are you waiting for?
Stuart is an orange and white tabby male, age 2, who has been hangin' at HAWS since February. Clyde and Donny, a bonded pair of 2 year olds, have been HAWS residents since April. Jane has also been wtih us since April - at 12 years young she's one of our oldest residents but she is very young at heart! We even have 2 Shadows - one is 8 years young and one is only 3 - both of whom would like to bask in the sun at your home.
Stop by our shelter today to meet your new best friend...and adopt 4 awesome cat paws from HAWS!
By the way - along with our Kitten Shower event on June 28th, we'll be giving away special gifts to those who adopt adult cats! Join us!
HAWS Executive Director, Lynn Olenik, shares insight on getting into the field of animal welfare.
It’s Graduation Season! Congratulations to all of the graduates from college, high school and even those moving on from middle school. We learn at such a young age that change happens and the future isn’t always clear.
While talking with one grad recently, I was asked “How do I get a job like yours?” Education is a great start, but how do you get experience?
Training for this job started years ago with my interest in animals and a willingness to learn everything I could from the opportunities presented. Those were not always the jobs I’d hoped for, but there is something of value to take away from each position you hold.
Volunteering is a great way to get involved in an organization and learn what you like, what you don’t like and to network with like-minded individuals. It’s often the way you hear about other opportunities and learn what is available in a field that may interest you. But remember, volunteering is a great way to get a job reference only if you do your best and treat it seriously.
Part time work in the field you love, though it won’t be enough to sustain you long term, is another way to gain experience. I worked in a dog kennel, vet clinic and trained dogs, all part time to keep my passion alive while I networked and honed my business skills in places not animal related but with great training programs.
So as you graduate and look at a tough job market, remember you can use and increase your skills if you are creative, ambitious and willing to help while you learn.
By the way - At HAWS, we also have a new crop of graduates...from our KITTY COLLEGE! Learn more here, or stop by our Kitten Shower on June 28th for a sneak peek...
With a holiday weekend approaching, HAWS gives a few tips to make sure the memories are pleasant for everyone.
Happy Memorial Day! So many thanks to our service men and women who have given so much to allow us to keep our freedoms.
Often our best animal friends like join in the picnics and parades and fun and family times along with us. With a few easy steps, we can all have a happy holiday.
No onions, please. The burgers and hotdogs on the grill taste great to all, but if you’re sharing with Fido or Fluffy, please hold the onions as they are toxic to animals. Keep them away from the alcohol, too, and the chocolate brownies and cookies (all the more for you!).
Don’t pump up the volume. Anyone can be startled by sudden loud noises – our pets can be especially bothered by the sounds of firecrackers, marching bands and even cars (they don’t have the same frame of reference for noises as we do). So make sure they have a quiet refuge when they need it…at least until someone invents doggy-fit noise cancelling headphones!
Who are you? NOW is the time to make sure your pet has the proper identification – including tags on their collar and an implanted microchip. Put as many phone numbers as possible on the I.D. tag – cell phones, work phones, family members who can help find you, a trusted neighbor. And remember, a microchip I.D. doesn’t fall off if the collar does! (We can do the microchipping at HAWS – just stop in anytime during our open hours.) Report your lost pet to HAWS – keep this link handy!
By the way – make plans to attend HAWS annual Kitten Shower on Saturday, June 28th. Help celebrate “kitten season” with contests, cake and kittens! Even see our feline students in action at HAWS’ unique Kitty College!
Guest blogger Lynn Olenik, HAWS’ Executive Director, announces the 2014 winner of the Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness Award presented by HAWS.
Diana Boettcher was a resident of Oconomowoc throughout her life, caring for the wildlife and the animals of the community for many years. She could be formidable if needed, but held a special spot in her heart for animals, always treating them with kindness and compassion.
When Diana passed away, her neighbors helped establish an award in her name, to recognize a young person in the community who exhibits kindness towards animals, just as she did. The Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness Award is presented each year at HAWS’ annual Pet Walk in May.
This year we had a number of wonderful nominees for this award. As a member of the selection committee I found it difficult to choose just one winner, but this year’s recipient, Sophie Gosetti, definitely deserves the award. Sophie is a member of our Critter Club, where she volunteers as often as the opportunity presents its self. She has been an active volunteer for 2 additional organizations, both focused on animals. For a young person she sets a great example, always putting the animals first and turning down other activities to fulfill her volunteer commitment. She is genuinely happy when handling the animals and even is cheerful during cleaning tasks.
Sophie sets an example for all of us to follow, in her dedication and kind spirit. Congratulations to Sophie and all of our other nominees!
By the way – while the school year winds down, the learning opportunities at HAWS ramp up! Join us for one of our dog or cat seminars, send the kids to camp at HAWS, become proficient in Pet First Aid, enroll Fido in dog training…get “schooled” at HAWS!
When people find out where I work, they often comment "I could never work there - I'd want to take every animal home with me." This usually makes me chuckle, because there is NO WAY to fit all 6,000 animals in my house each year. Even if everyone on staff took their fair share, we would each need to take home approximately 120 animals every year. Including feral cats. And a snake or two. Not gonna happen.
But, that doesn’t mean we are immune to falling in love with one of HAWS’ adoptable pets from time to time. For me, this meant opening our home last week to our newest child, Magnus.
Magnus is a happy, wiggly mix of German Shepherd and wooly mammoth. He’s also under 2 years old – and afraid of his own shadow. The last time we had a young dog in our house was over a decade ago. And our older dog, Scooter, is not only confident but also very relaxed. With any luck, her completely opposite ways will rub off on him…while they run each other ragged in our backyard. (Fingers crossed.)
We’re going through the get-to-know-you phase, which will be followed by the attend-dog-training-classes phase and hopefully the mostly-happily-ever-after phase. We’ve been there before; we just need to remember the patience and time it takes. But it is so worth it.
I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, if you’re up for it, there’s a lot of room on this journey and lots of pets waiting to go on it with you!
By the way – less than 2 weeks until the Friends of HAWS’ 31st annual Pet Walk! Have you created your online fundraising page yet? Are you making plans to bring the gang and join us in Sussex? Hope so! We’ll see you next Saturday!
For the past few months, HAWS has been raising money for Annie’s Fund, the medical assistance program for homeless pets. Along the way we’ve shared stories of dogs, cats, rabbits – animals that look to HAWS for help.
Our goal for the Annie’s Fund campaign this spring has been to raise $10,000. With those funds readily available, we can jump in without hesitation to help the animals that come to HAWS needing special medical care.
We are so fortunate that our community has always been responsive to our pleas for help. Whenever we’ve needed help, YOU have generously stepped forward with your support. It makes us proud and confident that we can continue to serve the needs of the pets and people of the Waukesha County area.
So why do a fundraiser when there isn’t a particular, specific need?
It never fails…we think we’re in a “quiet” stretch and then WHAMMO! Emergency! Last spring we had both a cat hoarding situation and dog rescue – within weeks of each other. Emergencies happen when you least expect them…or can least afford to deal with them. While insurance covers disasters and accidents, there’s no insurance for the types of animal care situations we face at HAWS. So Annie’s Fund works like insurance for HAWS; ready when we need it, available so we can take action immediately.
We’re not quite to our $10,000 goal – we’ve raised $7,000 and still need $3,000. In the last few weeks of our official fundraising campaign, we’re asking for that final push to get us over the top. So we can help the animals get over their pain – and get going with their happy lives.
Please give today!
By the way – we’re getting ever closer to our 31st Annual Pet Walk! Join us at Sussex Village Park on May 3rd…and join in the fundraising online right now!
Send your child to HAWS' Kids 'N Critters Day Camp this summer! Sessions are now open for enrollment...and your kids do NOT want to miss this!
Kids 'N Critters is for children ages 7-14. Sessions are 1-day, 2-day and week-long, and include lots of hands-on learning and fun. We even have specialty camps like Shutterbug Camp (for budding animal photographers) and Art Camp (when your pet inspires you, you create!).
And, back by popular demand, campers can again participate in Camp Gone to the Dogs! During this week-long session teams of campers are paired with a specific dog in HAWS' shelter. They do training and behavior exercises with that dog and track their progress, giving the new adoptive home a pre-trained pet and a great start!
Camp is designed to help children understand the responsibility that goes along with pet ownership. But, it also gives them the chance to interact with many different species - including exotic pets! At the end of camp, kids are more aware of animal welfare issues and our general duty to the animals in our community.
Sound like fun? It is! But, Kids 'N Critters is also quite popular, so don't let your child miss out on this great way to spend their summer! Enrollment is open today - log on to the Summer Camp page on our website and get your child started on the summer of a lifetime.
By the way - it's a busy weekend for HAWS: Join us at the Milwaukee Admirals Dog Day hockey game on Sunday, or stop by the shelter for our annual Bunny Day! Get all the details at hawspets.org.
Bring your dog, your kids - the whole family - and join us for this fun event held May 3rd at Sussex Village Park. There is something for everyone, with walking trails, great lunch items, vendors and, best of all, camaraderie with fellow pet lovers and their beautiful dogs. So if dogs make you smile, be sure to join us at this fantastic fundraiser for the animals at HAWS.
This year the Friend’s group is raising money for a new HAWS’ Animal Rescue vehicle. Money raised from this year’s Walk will go towards both the purchase of this vehicle and the animals at HAWS. This vehicle will be on duty 24/7/365 in our community to assist animals in need. We transport sick or injured wildlife, and stray and abandoned or injured domestic animals, responding every day as needed to our Waukesha County communities. Each year we respond to over 1500 calls for help with animals in our surrounding communities.
There are so many ways you can donate! Make your own personal online fundraising page by going to the Walk page of our website, hawspets.org. Or, collect pledges, walk the trail and then turn the funds in at the Walk itself. Or simply join us, have lunch with us and make a donation.
There are many ways you can give and many ways you can enjoy the day! We’ll see you May 3rd!
By the way - this Sunday is the day to see the transformation from fuzzy to fabulous! Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition begins at noon!
February 19th was not just any old Wednesday at HAWS. By mid-afternoon our shelter had welcomed 6 new residents – but they didn’t arrive in one of the usual ways…
A lovely young Pit Bull arrived at HAWS on Valentine’s Day. A stray, she was found not far from the shelter and brought in by a concerned citizen.
It didn’t take a close examination to figure out that this was a soon-to-be-mom. HAWS’ SNIP vet, Dr. Meyer, predicted the pups would arrive before their mom’s stray hold was up a week later.
Birth day arrived shortly! Mom delivered her first baby on the morning of the 19th, but staff soon realized that she was going to need help with the rest of her litter, and an emergency c-section was performed! Soon, HAWS’ caretakers were cleaning and suctioning and warming six beautiful puppies. Mom jumped in right away to take over, and the family settled in for recovery.
Knowing the importance of early development, almost immediately HAWS’ Mod Squad members led the staff in “Super Dog” exercises. These are designed to encourage neurological growth and stimulate the newborn puppies’ senses, getting them off to the best start possible...after a rather traumatic entry into the world.
What’s up next for the “C-Section Six” and their Mom? The little family headed off to a breed rescue for foster care, to quickly get them into that all-important home environment! They are receiving very close monitoring and lots of socialization time, and when the right day comes they will all be adopted into loving families.
Many thanks to the woman who found this dog and cared enough to bring her to safety at HAWS! Kudos to the HAWS vet care team, caretakers and animal handlers for their quick actions and expertise. And gratitude to the wonderful folks at breed rescue for opening their home and hearts to foster this new little clan.
Happy trails and tails, Aurora Moo-Moo, Tonka, Zoey, Murphy, Mimi, Sephora and Pirate!
By the way – this Saturday the Friends of HAWS present the Multi-Media Sale! Purchase new and gently used CDs, DVDs, video games, books, magazines…all in support of HAWS! We’ll see you on 3/15 from 10am – 3pm.
HAWS again joins animal rescue organizations around the globe to observe World Spay Day 2014 – Tuesday, February 25th.
In honor of the annual world-wide awareness campaign to prevent pet overpopulation, HAWS’ Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) Clinic is providing free spay-neuter services for the pets of qualifying Waukesha County residents this week. Noted Lynn Olenik, HAWS Executive Director: “Our focus is on cats, kittens, Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes – species and breeds most at risk in Waukesha County.”
Olenik continued: “Throughout the entire year, HAWS’ SNIP clinic offers many free and low-cost opportunities for pet owners. Project Guardian, in particular, provides free spays and neuters for those with outdoor/barn cat populations. Since Project Guardian began almost a decade ago, the number of homeless cats coming to HAWS has been reduced by more than 30%. Spay-neuter works!”
HAWS asks for support through “Sponsor-A-Spay” donations to the shelter. A simple donation of $30 covers one cat neuter, and $75 a dog spay. Any amount - $5 to $500 - makes a difference and saves lives! To make a donation, call HAWS at 262-542-8851, visit hawspets.org or send a donation to HAWS SNIP, PO Box 834, Waukesha, WI, 53187-0834.
To promote greater community awareness, area breed rescue groups have been invited to join HAWS for a Spay Day celebration on Wednesday, February 26th at 11:30 a.m., to share cake and tour the shelter’s surgical suite. HAWS veterinarians and SNIP clinic staff will be available to answer questions.
“World Spay Day promotes the control of our pet population in a very positive light,” said Olenik. “And everyone can get involved in Spay Day, by advocating spay and neuter for pets, purchasing a limited edition World Spay Day t-shirt at HAWS, or with a financial contributions,” said Olenik.
By the way - this weekend is HAWS Annual RODENT RALLY!! Join us on Saturday for a day of all things little-critter. Details at hawspets.org.
It was the early 1990s. The HAWS staff figured the stray black lab-cattle dog mix’s age to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 years old.
But no one knew for sure, since no one knew who her owner had been. A woman and her children found the injured dog, hit by a passing car and having sustained serious injuries. Not knowing what to do, this compassionate lady came to HAWS for help.
HAWS’ manager Mark Hess contacted a local vet for the diagnosis; a broken pelvis that would require several surgeries and, eventually, a plate and two pins to fix. The doctor generously offered to reduce the fees for the dog’ care, and gave her the name Annie, after the red-headed orphan.
Meanwhile, the lady who initially found Annie still wanted to lend a hand. Along with some very dedicated co-workers, she took up a collection amounting to more than $1,000, which her company matched, and “Annie’s Fund” was born. As Annie’s plight became known throughout the community, more donations arrived at HAWS.
This generosity led Annie’s Fund to what it is today: a means to assist the injured, homeless animals that arrive at HAWS needing care - and a second chance. To date we aren't sure how many animals have been helped through Annie's Fund...but we ARE sure there will be more.
That is why we are asking for our community's help once again. Over the next 10 weeks we are hoping to raise $10,000 for Annie's Fund, to ensure we can answer the call of the next animal - and the next and the next. Please donate today!
Annie and all of her friends thank you!
By the way - this Friday and Saturday it's the annual Friends of HAWS Have a Heart Bake Sale...yum!
Your friends at HAWS present a cautionary tale about doggy doors and bad weather...
HAWS' Chief Animal Rescuer, Mark, went out last nite to assist local law enforcement personnel. They were following up on concerned citizen reports of a loose dog, out in the dropping temps. After covering several miles, the dog finally sat still long enough for Mark and the officer to get a good look...and then it took off again and disappeared!
Fearing the worst, the men followed the tracks. Fortunately, after a little detective work, the dog was eventually found snoozing on it's own couch. It was discovered that this canine had free run of the neighborhood at all times because of several doggy doors installed at its home.
Because of the territory the dog covered over those several hours, the dog's fate could have been much worse - it crossed several highways and outran many people that feared for it's safety. And let's face it, it was COLD last night - not good weather for any housepet, let alone this short-coated dog.
Doggy doors have also been known, in both cold and warm weather, to let in things like skunks and raccoons in addition to the household pet! Not exactly the house guest one is hoping for - nor the idea behind giving your pet a little "freedom."
Please think safety first when considering a doggy door - and be ready for WHATEVER they may allow in or out! (And when you're in a jam, call our Animal Rescue Team - we're happy to assist.)
HAWS has an idea for a New Year’s Resolution for both you and your pet!
An old rerun of the TV show “Mad About You” was on the other day. Paul and Jamie realized their life was getting so crazy that Murray, their lovable dog, was often being left off the priorities list. After much back and forth (the usual for those two), they decided to hire a dog walker.
All went well initially – Murray and Nat got along famously, with Nat going above and beyond for his new charge. Of course, Murray bonded to Nat and there was some jealousy – but balance was achieved and the arrangement ended out working well for all involved.
The recurring joke of the situation initially was the constant question from family, friends and strangers alike: “What kind of person HIRES someone to walk their dog?!” Paul and Jamie had a difficult time explaining this at-the-time foreign concept.
Here’s a quick answer for them: “The kind of person who cares about the physical and emotional health of their dog, that’s who!” In our busy lives, things have to give – many of the animals at HAWS are the victims of lack of time in a household. Additionally, when we don’t make time for our own good health, chances are we’re not too worried about our pet’s health, either.
For 2014, resolve to take care of both of you! No need to train for a triathlon; just get off the couch and take a walk around the block with your best dog buddy. Teach your cat how to fetch a crinkle ball. Read those food labels and make sure you’re both optimizing your calories.
And if you’re without a pet these days, c’mon over to HAWS and help exercise one of ours – or adopt if you’re ready. You’ll BOTH gain a lot (but not in the weight department, we promise)!
By the way – HAWS’ hits the ground running in the New Year, with our Winter Symposium on 1/11, a visit from the WKLH Workforce on 1/15, our own Waukesha Jan-Boree event on 1/18…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Learn more at hawspets.org – resolve to Advocate, Donate and Volunteer, and help HAWS Build a Society that’s Humane.
Time to stop roaming and start 'homing'! HAWS has just the cat for you.
This handsome brown-tabby gent is an 8-years-young former stray. We don’t really know his background, but we DO know his present: Tripper is a big, solid, calm and confident boy and will make a great friend – especially to kids! After a little playtime with toys, Tripper will enjoy just being around the family and sharing your lives.
Notice Tripper’s ears? They really set him apart from all the rest! Possibly a leftover from frostbite, love is really the only therapy he needs. Tripper will be the easiest new addition to your home and family.
To learn more about Tripper – or any other HAWS adoptable pet, give us a call at 262.542.8851. Then, do a meet’n’greet with Tripper at HAWS’ off-site adoption center at Petco-Waukesha on 1240 W. Sunset – in the Shoppes at Fox River. Fill out our adoption application and get set to make this great cat a ‘day-tripper’…to your house!
By the way – there is still time to make a year-end donation to HAWS, to support the animals that need homes and the programs that make a difference throughout our community! Log onto hawspets.org today and support the HAWS Cause!
This time of year the stress of finding that perfect gift for your loved one, person or pet, can be overwhelming. At HAWS we have a few suggestions – and they’ll DO good while making you FEEL good!
HAWS has joined the Angels for Animals holiday campaign created by MECA (Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals). Purchase a $20 ornament off the tree in our lobby and the full cost is donated to HAWS! Also, if you would like to do more, one of our “Wish List” items is on the back of the ornament for further giving ideas. How neat – you get a super-cute keepsake ornament and the animals get food, shelter and love! Donations can also be made at the Angels for Animals website.
In keeping with the helping animals idea, how about Sponsoring a Pet at HAWS? Help HAWS’ Behavior Department and Mod Squad continue their important work with the animals in our shelter – making them the best possible adoptable pet. Any amount will help keep this life-saving program going, so drop a donation in snail mail or log onto hawspets.org (choose the Behavior Department page and “Mod Squad Works” for details). Also, you can log onto our Petfinder.com Pet Showcase and choose a HAWS adoptable pet for an online donation. Easy, peasy!
Interested in helping with the ever-present issue of pet overpopulation? Sponsor-A-Spay through HAWS’ SNIP clinic and save lives with spays/neuters of shelter and rescue pets, through Project Guardian, and through free World Spay Day surgeries.
There’s something for everyone! HAWS needs scholarships for deserving kids to attend our camps and education programs, food/treats for all of our kennel residents, supply donations to keep our operating costs down, dollars for Annie’s Fund medical assistance for shelter pets and more. A Sustaining Membership means your monthly donations for a year give continued support to HAWS. Or, choose an Annual Membership (a once-a-year donation) and let your loved one stay connected to all things HAWS. And you can make a lasting impression on HAWS with the purchase of a Tribute Paver Brick, Tile or engraved plaque. These tributes are placed on display at HAWS, easily viewed at any time by the honoree or their family and friends.
Happy Holidays from HAWS!
By the way – HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center doesn’t go on hiatus for the holidays! This weekend we’ll be at PetSmart in Pewaukee for “Santa Claws,” Barnes & Noble of Brookfield Square for gift wrapping, Pets Supplies ‘N’ More in Muskego for nail trims and microchipping. Join us!
Sometimes a gal is just looking for love. At HAWS, we have one girl in particular who's search continues.
Rizzo is a Cattle Dog mix, about 9 years old. She likes to be active and be the boss...but she's really not a tough chick. What she really wants is to live the good life! Maybe she'll find that with you?
Adopters interested in Rizzo will meet with one of HAWS' trainers to get tips on making her transition into your home a smooth one. Because, after all, being together is the word! (We'll stay away from 'grease' - it's not great for the skin....)
Learn all about HAWS' adoptable friends here. Or, better yet, stop by in person - HAWS is open 7 days a week at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha. Call our Adoption Counselors at 262-542-8851 to learn all about our pets and how to adopt, or log onto www.hawspets.org for the latest news, activities and adoptable pets at our shelter!
Viewing/Adopting hours are Monday through Friday, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
By the way - HAVE YOU VOTED? Log on EVERY DAY to vote for HAWS in the Partners for Humanity Campaign online contest, now through November 14th! Help HAWS win dollars to help the animals at our shelter and all throughout our community.
In honor of our upcoming “TTouch for Little Critters” class at HAWS on November 3rd, we present a pair of adoptable little critters!
Meet Tulip and Petunia, a sweet and gentle pair of bonded Dutch Rabbit sisters. They love to be petted, and can be found snuggled together and grooming each other often. They will make you smile!
Did you know house rabbits can live to be 8-10 years old? If you’re ready to give a rabbit a forever loving home, please come in and ask to visit with one – or two – of our many adoptable rabbits or other “little critters”! You may just fall in love!
(Don’t forget - free with all rabbit adoptions is the “House Rabbit Handbook: How to Live with an Urban Rabbit.”)
By the way - we have several upcoming events geared towards small animal pets and their people:
THIS Sunday, October 27th we present the Guinea Pig Primer, a fun afternoon all about our little best friends! Meet other guinea pig families, share stories and photos, learn from guest speakers Dr. Denise Follett, DVM and Susan Scheck, MS.
Then, on Sunday, November 3rd, come to TTouch for Little Critters. Learn how to use specific gentle touches to help release tension in stressful situations for your rabbit, guinea pig or other small pet. Build confidence and a long-lasting bond through touch. Class fee is $15 (children under 16 only $7, but they must attend with an adult) and the materials fee is $5. Pre-registration is required.
These 5 cats are just a handful of the great felines waiting at HAWS for their new adoptive homes. We have all ages, colors and sizes...if you've ever thought about adding a cat to your family, NOW is definitely the time.
Even better, you can take advantage of our Trick or Treat Cat Adoption Special!
First, come to HAWS and find your new best cat buddy, aged 4 months and up. Then, pick a piece of candy from our Treat basket. The number on the wrapper is your adoption fee – anywhere from $30 all the way down to $1!
We've even got special deals for pairs of cats and kittens – so if you just have to have 2 of these cat-tastic pets, you’re in luck, too. Trust us, black cats at HAWS are the bearers of GOOD fortune!
Learn all about HAWS' adoptable friends at our Pet Showcase at hawspets.org. Or, better yet, stop by in person - HAWS is open 7 days a week at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha.
See you at the Shelter!
By the way – from our Haunted HAWS to our Guinea Pig Primer, from the Holiday Bazaar to Holiday Pet Photos, we’ve got lots of great goings-on for pets and their people. We hope you’ll join in the fun - all in support of the “HAWS cause.”
Haunted HAWS, the fall-fundraiser and Halloween bash to benefit the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, is only 10 days away: now is the time to get into the “spirit” and Eat, Drink and Be Scary for HAWS!
Admission is $50 per person; tickets are limited and going quickly. Purchase yours at the Waukesha shelter at 701 Northview Road, online at hawspets.org or by calling 262-542-8851, x112.
On Friday, October 18, 2013 the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, will be transformed into a ghostly graveyard and haunted mansion from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. The party includes dinner and dessert buffets, silent auction and more:
- Show your Spirit: come in costume and win great prizes!
- Trick or Treat with the great balloon raffle.
- No Scaredy Cats at the meet’n’greet with HAWS adoptable pets: watch them in the Pet Parade complete with Halloween costumes!
- Let the Ghoul times roll with music by DJ Majic.
- Learn all about the great things going on at HAWS at the Spooktacular staff booths.
HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, welcomes fall with learning and fun for pets and their people.
Dr. Patricia McConnell helps dogs and humans speak the same language in “Lost in Translation?” at HAWS on September 25th at 6:30p.m. Become fluent in all things canine during this discussion of how dogs use sight, sounds, smell and touch to communicate. At $40 per attendee, this evening will be a sellout! Register today at hawspets.org.
HAWS’ fall classes for 4-legged kids include Life Skills for Puppies, Basic Manners, Loose Leash Walking, Scent Work, Confident Canine, Dog Play – even Kitty College! Sessions fill quickly; enroll in one of HAWS’ many training classes by calling 262-542-8851, x114 or log on to hawspets.org.
HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center “brings happy tails to you” with special visits to Starbucks Muskego (9/5), North Prairie Harvest Fest (9/15), Walgreen’s Muskego (9/21) and Woodman’s Waukesha (9/22). Regular monthly visits to the Petco stores in Waukesha, Delafield and Germantown; PetSmart locations in Brookfield and Pewaukee; Hooves ‘n’ Paws, Oconomowoc and Pet Supplies ‘N More, Muskego round out the calendar. For details and info on bringing happy tails to your business click hawspets.org.
Additional highlights on HAWS’ September Calendar include:
· Common K-9 Behavior Problems – a FREE seminar on the basics of good dog behavior (9/16)
· Volunteer Orientations (9/4 and 9/15, pre-registration required); the Friends of HAWS meet 9/11
· “Pet”-icures – small animals (9/11 at Pet Supplies Plus, 9/21 at HAWS); cats (9/14, 9/24 HAWS)
· Pet First Aid (9/21) – call 262-879-0165 for details/registration
· GPA-WI greyhound meet’n’greet (9/28) – in HAWS’ lobby
Join us in support of the HAWS cause this September!
By the way - It's time to eat, drink and be scary! Tickets are now available for Haunted HAWS – the Halloween costume party/annual fundraiser set for October 18th from 5:30-9:30pm. Let the ‘ghoul’ times roll with a silent auction, dinner/dessert buffets, raffles, music by DJ Majic, the adoptable pets Costume Parade and more. Admission is $50/person; sponsorships and reserved tables are still available – call 262.542.8851, x112.
HAWS open admissions policy means many different types of pets come to HAWS as a safe haven!
Boo is a busy little white mouse who is always on the move. His disc running wheel, which he loves and is running on in the 2nd picture, will even come home with him!
Mice need a large space to live in with lots of fun stuff to climb on and out and in. They are fairly independent and can entertain themselves for extended periods of time, but a happy, well-adjusted mouse, like Boo, is one who receives daily handling and interaction. Most mice live about 1½ to 3 years -small animals (and especially mice) have a much shorter life expectancy than dogs and cats, but they still require a commitment.
Owning mice is not as expensive as owning a cat or dog, but that doesn't mean you won't spend money. The initial investment in supplies is likely to cost close to $100, and will include a 10- or 15-gallon aquarium with a fitted cover ($25 - $40) and life’s basics plus some fun extras. Don’t forget bedding material, a water bottle and ceramic food dish, high-quality mouse chow, hiding house, solid-surface exercise wheel, toys and treats. You'll probably spend several hundred dollars per year on bedding and food, both of which average about a bag per month depending on your number of mice.
Open your home to a lonely little homeless mouse or cat or dog or rabbit! C’mon in and visit Boo and his buddies – you might find just the right match.
By the way – back to school means back to HAWS! From dog training to kitty college to first aid and more - the learning starts at hawspets.org.
HAWS’ 4th annual Ride for Rover is this Saturday. It again ‘merges’ with our annual Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls, which is now in its 6th year!
These events are all about raising money and awareness to the plight of homeless pets in our community. It takes an entire community, working together, to fight things like pet overpopulation and animal neglect. But we can have fun doing that work – so the Ride and the Fair bring people out for a day full of activities and camaraderie while we make this world a better place for all of us.
Help us help dogs like Cosmo, a sweet, happy Pit Bull/Dalmatian mix. As a senior dog he knows what the good life is – his favorite pastime is napping. He’s been hanging out with us here at HAWS for way too long now, and it is time he got his own couch!
Or maybe you’d like to help Wiggles, a young cat looking for a home where he can be his playful and active self. Wiggles is one of dozens of cats and kittens available for adoption at HAWS these days…we know we have the feline to fit your family. And don’t forget we’re your small animal source, too – rabbits, mice, gerbils, hamsters, ferrets, turtles, birds, reptiles… ALL call HAWS their haven.
See you on Saturday – either Riding on your bike or in your car, or at the Fair!
By the way – Ride for Rover is open to carloads, too! If you don’t have a bike yet, pile the gang in the auto and head to Hal’s Harley-Davidson on Saturday morning. The more the merrier. And the Pet Fair is FREE and pet-friendly…so EVERYONE is welcome!
This weekend, adoptable cats from HAWS will again be competing in a regional cat show. Come watch – and maybe take home a star!
The TICA Great Lakes Regional Pedigreed and Household Pet Cat Show runs this entire weekend, August 9-11, at the Waukesha County Expo Center’s Forum Building.
HAWS Mobile Adoption Center representatives will be on hand with a number of cats and kittens, both competing and looking for adoptive homes. We’ll have adoption applications available – in case one of them is your purrfect match! Or, since HAWS is just down the street, stop by our shelter to see the many, many other wonderful cats and kittens looking for new homes!
Midnight, a black 10-month-old shorthair male, and Snowflake, a 1-year-old shorthair female, are just 2 of the great felines waiting at HAWS …and since they have a little free time they thought going to the cat show could be fun. Both cats have been favorites of our staff and are social, loving kids! We think they’re shoo-ins for success at the show.
By the way – you remembered Ride for Rover 4 and the HAWS 6th annual Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls are coming up next Saturday, right? Motorcycles, cars, pets and people are all welcome to join in the fun. Log onto hawspets.org for all the details!
Summer is the season of roadtrips! We're totally in that spirit at HAWS.
The Ride for Rover early registration deadline is today! Because of the need to pre-order, we can only guarantee we'll have your size for the official R4R4 t-shirt if you sign up NOW...and while we'll still have shirts for those who sign up after today and on the day of (August 17th), we'd HATE to see someone be disappointed because they wanted a XL and we only have smalls left. (We can also guarantee the 2013 shirt is super-cool and you WILL want one.)
When we participated in First Weber - Lake Country's 4th annual "Take Your Dog To Work Day" we KNEW we'd have a blast. We didn't expect them to raise $4000 for the HAWS cause! Read their blog post about the day - and be sure to patronize their sponsors and TYDTWD partners.
The new PetSmart store on Capitol Drive in Pewaukee will be hosting HAWS adoptable cats! Their hospitality gives us yet another off-site location to "bring HAWS happy tails to you." Partnerships like this enable HAWS to showcase our adoptables - giving them a better chance at a new loving home even more quickly.
Next Tuesday, August 6 is "National Night Out" - we'll be participating in the events in several local communities, but we are especially proud to be joining the Village of Butler for their celebration for the first time! C'mon out to Upper Frontier Park and say hello to our Mobile Adoptions crew, Behavior Department and Mod Squad reps...and even Mark our Animal Rescue chief!
By the way - check out our website - hawspets.org, follow us on Twitter - HAWS Waukesha, friend us on Facebook at HAWS Waukesha or "Like" our page at Humane Animal Welfare Society - HAWS of Waukesha. We put the socialization in Social Media!
In exactly one month HAWS hosts our 4th Annual Ride for Rover! Sign up today - cars, families, pets are all welcome!
By the way - we're again 'merging' 2 great events - you can join the Ride after party from the beginning by heading straight to the 6th Annual HAWS' Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls!
Summer means time outdoors with your best friend. HAWS reminds you to be safe, no matter what you’re doing or where you are!
You’ve been cautioned to not leave your pets in the car during warm weather. You’ve been warned about fireworks and thunderstorms and their nerve-wracking effect on many animals. You’ve seen the news stories of pets in danger. Maybe you’ve made the trip to “break your dog out of doggie jail” when Fido has taken off on his own and been found by animal control.
But what about when you spend time at the local dog park?
Dog parks can be wonderful places for play and socialization – for dogs and their owners alike. But when dog park users don’t pay attention to their pets, or follow simple guidelines put in place by the park, bad things can and DO happen. Just last week, an animal welfare colleague experienced the unthinkable: his dog was attacked while at an area dog park and later died from the injuries sustained.
This tragedy could have been avoided. Surprisingly, the attacking dogs seemed to be at the park completely unsupervised! It would be crazy to drop off a toddler at the playground and go on a coffee run, yet similarly the owner(s) of these dogs didn’t even remain within eyesight of their pets, let alone take the steps (basic manners training, recall commands) to keep them under control.
The dog park is not a substitute for involvement and engagement with your dog. And when using a dog park, each and every person there has the duty and responsibility to maintain control of their dog. Don’t expect your dog to immediately have the proper etiquette: that is something WE must teach them and reinforce.
The idea of these parks is they are large, safe areas to play – since many of us don’t have big yards the dog park is that outlet. But, too often we hear stories of incidents where one owner wasn’t responsible and others paid the price. Many have had bad enough experiences they no longer frequent a dog park of any kind.
BE WITH YOUR DOG. It’s that simple. And it’s what your dog wants and needs.
By the way – many dog clubs have “etiquette” sessions available – check park bulletin boards for dates and times. HAWS teaches Basic Manners, voice recall and more – training classes that will get both you and your dog ready to be a great park buddy.
I spent a day recently at HAWS’ Kids ‘N Critters Summer Day Camp. Camp teaches kids how to properly interact with animals of all types. It also educates kids about animal behavior and how they should behave around familiar and strange animals. In addition, campers learn just how much work and responsibility it is to have a pet.
The campers learned all about cat behavior that day. They learned how to interpret different types of cat behavior, and more importantly, the counselors taught the campers how they should behave around cats. Additionally, in the activity “House Hunters” the campers learned the importance of spaying and neutering. The counselors taught the campers that in order to stop the overpopulation of animals, it’s essential to spay and neuter.
In a presentation called “Before the Bite” by Humane Officer Jill, campers were taught how to detect if an animal is in defense mode. They learned what they can do to prevent harmful bites. I even learned some tips to avoid being bitten!
Overall, HAWS’ Kids ‘N Critters Summer Day Camp is a fun opportunity for kids to learn all about animals. The counselors and guest speaker did an excellent job of engaging the campers in each activity. It was obvious the campers were enjoying their time at HAWS!
Chase away the summertime blues with great activities at HAWS!
Due to the Independence Day holiday, HAWS will be closed to viewing and adoptions on July 4. Those needing assistance with lost or found animals over the holiday should contact HAWS’ main number (262-542-8851) to be connected to our holiday Rescue team.
HAWS’ summer intern Meg shares a brand new experience!
Two weeks ago I spent some time in HAWS’ Small Animal Ward. I was surprised that for being so small they sure are a lot of work! It also shocked me that there is so much to know about small animals.
I was impressed with myself that I worked up the courage to hold a rat. While holding the little guy, I soon discovered that the often feared animal is actually quite friendly. It seems to me that once you overcome the strangeness of their tails, they really are fun animals. They definitely aren’t worthy of the bad rep they are often given.
HAWS knowledgeable small animals volunteers taught me quite a bit about rabbits as well. Did you know rabbits are prey animals? Due to this, they don’t care for being handled. Although they aren’t fond of being held, they certainly didn’t seem to turn down any petting!
I was fascinated that my time in the small animals ward flew by. The five hours I spent there felt like 5 minutes! I was truly impressed by the amount of time and hard work the volunteers in this ward dedicate to the small animals.
By the way – if you’re a small animal fan you’ll want to save the date for HAWS’ annual Guinea Pig Primer on October 27th and TTouch for Little Critters on November 3rd. Watch our Events Calendar for details!
Another post from HAWS summer intern, Meg!
Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to observe one of the dog behavioral evaluations. These evaluations are performed to determine what type of home would be most suitable for each adoptable dog at HAWS.
These evaluations test to see if the dogs have a food preference, if they mind being touched while eating, and if they are possessive or aggressive over their food. The dogs are not fed prior to their evaluations because this encourages them to eat during it. Yet, although these dogs are probably quite hungry, some still have a preference to which type of food they’ll eat.
Dogs are also tested to see how they react to strangers, startling objects and noises, cats, and other dogs. These tests all aid in placing dogs with the best match for them. The behavioral evaluations allow HAWS to discover if each dog is suitable to live with children or other pets.
After completion of the test the evaluator gives their recommendation on what would be the best forever home for each dog. These evaluations really show just how much HAWS cares about its animals. HAWS does everything possible to find forever homes for each and every animal that enters the shelter.
By the way - tomorrow, Friday, June 21st, our friends at First Weber Lake Country are celebrating their 4th annual Take Your Dog To Work Day fundraiser for HAWS! Join the fun at 2750A Golf Road, Delafield, from 9am to noon. Meet HAWS adoptable pets, enjoy a hotdog lunch, have your dog compete in the costume show and and other contests, all in support of HAWS.
This summer, we’re turning over the HAWS blog to our writing intern, Meg, a student at UWM. We hope you enjoy her insights as she discovers “all things HAWS.”
As I sat at the HAWS’ front desk during the first day of my internship, I began to wonder what it must be like for the employees and volunteers at HAWS to hear success stories. I couldn’t imagine the sense of accomplishment they must feel when they hear these stories that they helped make possible.
While observing the activities going on throughout the day at HAWS, I soon discovered that every worker and volunteer at this organization is essential. Without these devoted people, the shelter would not be the same, and the many success stories would not exist.
Midway through my thoughts of HAWS’ amazing cause, I overheard a recent dog adopter say, “I can see her confidence building every day.” The adoption counselor immediately responded to the man with a proud smile. I knew at that moment the counselor felt the sense of accomplishment that I had been imagining. My heart was warmed at seeing the happy adopter standing next to his new furry family member.
After my first day at HAWS I knew how lucky I was to have the opportunity to intern for this wonderful cause. I realized not only was I lucky to have the opportunity to make an impact on this cause, but also I was lucky to have the opportunity for HAWS to make an impact on me. I have already developed a deeper appreciation for the kindness in people’s hearts and their devotion to our furry friends.
By the way - save the date for HAWS 6th Annual Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls and 4th Annual Ride for Rover! On August 17th we're again merging these 2 great events into 1 amazing day for HAWS! Join us!
June is known in the pet world as Adopt A Cat Month or Adopt A Shelter Cat Month. We’re all over that at HAWS!
If you’re a cat fan or just an animal advocate in general, there are several ways you can help HAWS help cats this month – get involved, donate, help spread the word about our fantastic feline friends.
HAWS’ Kitten Shower is Saturday, June 15. From 11am to 3pm we’ll be celebrating all things kitten – while also getting out information on how you can become a foster home, bring up a well socialized kitten and more. Enjoy cake and a little kitten playtime, too! Don’t forget your shower gift – check out our Wish List for ideas.
Several of HAWS adoptable cats will be participating in the WI-IL Cat Fanciers Show this coming weekend at the Waukesha Expo Center (just down the street from our shelter on Northview Road). Cheer them on to victory in the household pet division…then take one home as your very own.
The Delafield Public Library has a wonderful display dedicated to information all about cats, adoption, proper cat care, and overpopulation issues we’re facing in Waukesha County. Stop by their branch on Genesee Street (Hwy. C) and read all about it!
Vote for Milo until June 22nd: A local family has entered their cat in the Petfinder.com contest – if Milo wins then HAWS receives $4500! Here’s the link to vote every day – search for Milo Willms.
By the way – HAWS’ Project Guardian and SNIP spay-neuter programs are fighting the good fight against cat overpopulation every day. Donate and save a life!
At HAWS, we don't have a time limit for our adoptable pets. As long as they need us to look, we'll keep searching for that new forever home.
For Kenya and Cosmo, the search continues. On and on and on...
Kenya has been with us at HAWS for almost a year. Yes, a year. She joined our shelter family in August, 2012 as a stray and never left. Not to say she hasn't been out - we've taken her to schools, nursing homes, on TV, and to many special events. She's been primped and paraded, mobiled and modeled. But, alas, this almost 7 year old Pitbull is still waiting for that just right home. Meanwhile, she looks forward to more outings with our Mobile Adoption Center - and time hanging with the Kids 'N Critters Summer Day Camp kids!
Cosmo is another long-termer. While he's only been here since this past winter, he has still seen many kennelmates come and go, possibly because Coz is 9+ years old and a Pitbull mix. He has done the TV show and Mobile Adoption circuit, also, and lately he's been our "face" of Facebook, as various staff and volunteers keep finding him snoozing in silly positions and feel the urge to "share" his bliss. You can bet, tho, he'd be even more blissed-out on someone's couch...
Long-termers, senior pets, stereotyped breeds - these factors can make for a hard sell when it comes to placing a pet. Time and time again, tho, the eventual homes for these animals have reported back to us that the adoption was the best thing they've ever done, and they can't believe how many people missed out on such a great family member.
So, what are YOU waiting for?
By the way - save the date for HAWS' shelter Kitten Shower on June 15th, and Take Your Dog To Work day on June 21st at First Weber - Lake Country. The summer fun has truly begun!
This weekend marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season. At HAWS we’re already in the midst of another unofficial beginning – that of “kitten season.”
There aren’t any songs written about it, no greeting cards to buy and send, no notation on the calendar. But every year about this time HAWS can count on being inundated with kittens. Nature has worked it out this way and we’re just going to roll with it!
Battening down the hatches for this truly blessed event means stockpiling cat litter and kitten food and formula, collecting donations of towels and blankets, signing up as many foster homes as possible, getting our volunteer corps braced for the extra cleaning and adoptions staff ready for the uptick in visitors and adoptions. We even hold a Kitten Shower to celebrate (Saturday, June 15th).
(Here’s the part where I “make the ask”: we’d be grateful for your donation! When you’re out shopping in the next few weeks, can you pick up an extra bag of litter or food, or a canister of KMR formula for HAWS? Or, if you just want to allocate a few dollars for us to do the shopping we’d be happy to oblige!)
Meanwhile, back at the blog…
On Monday we had more than 100 kittens in foster homes. On Tuesday that count was down to 86 as several dozen came back ready for adoption! By this evening the in-foster-care number will again change. And again on Wednesday morning, and again on Wednesday evening. You get the idea – so if YOU want to join the foster family ranks, call Kelly at our shelter for info or click on over to our Foster Home Application. We’ll provide the supplies and kittens, you provide the love. Warm fuzzy alert!
Happy Summer, everyone! And happy Kitten Season, too!
By the way – as much as we love kittens, they are symptomatic of the still great problem of pet overpopulation in our County. The many rural areas are fertile breeding grounds for thousands of cats. Please help save a life by sponsoring a spay! And if you know someone who has a cat colony on their property, or just too many cats and could use HAWS’ free Project Guardian spay-neuter service, let us know! Thank you.
Get those rodents running at HAWS May 19th at the Rodent Rally!
Come to our shelter at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha, this Sunday for a one-of-a-kind event for anyone who has a rodent of any kind - including rats, mice, hamsters and gerbils! (Altho you should leave your rodent friend at home where they will be more comfortable.)
Special Rodent Rally guest speaker Nicole Waliszewski, DVM, of Brook-Falls Vet Hospital & Exotic Care will take the podium at 12:30pm to discuss common health concerns and treatments. Your questions are encouraged – and we know you have them. Also covered will be proper small pet housing and the all-important complete little pet diet.
Admission to HAWS' Rodent Rally is FREE, but donations to HAWS' Small Animal Fund are greatly appreciated.
While you’re here, stop by and say hello to our Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters currently available for adoption! The girls are Itsy, Bitsy, Teenie and Tiny, and the boys are Isaac and Newton. Since they love being together they should be adopted either as groups or in pairs. Robo Hamsters are very active and always on the move – they enjoy hanging out together and scampering around non-stop exploring the fun stuff in their habitats! They are very difficult to hold probably wouldn’t do well with children, but they do not typically bite and are quite friendly.
By the way – have you gotten the kids signed up for Kids ‘N Critters Summer Day Camp yet?!
Spring has taken a while to arrive, but it does feel good now that it has finally arrived. With spring, in come the kittens, the stray dogs and wildlife. HAWS’ Animal Rescue Team is busy on the road!
Stray dogs “happen.” They sneak out when the kids run out the door, they find open gates and go for walks in the spring sunshine – just like we do. A friendly dog looks for company where ever it can find it, so with more people outside, more dogs are enticed into excursions. I own huskies that are opportunists, and will run just for the joy of it! If you are not quick at the gate, the chase is on. Stray dogs happen. The most diligent owner can be challenged.
I continue to be amazed at the number of dogs that come to us that do not have any identification on them. Microchips are great BUT they cannot be read by the general public. A dog tag is an affordable and simple means to have your dog returned to you. Often, if it is a friendly dog, the finder will call you directly, preventing a trip to the shelter.
A few ideas for simple insurance:
• Get TWO tags: put them on separate rings so if 1 ring fails you will still have another tag.
• Check your tags on a regular basis.
• Put your CELL PHONE number on the tags! There are two sides to most tags, so fill them up with numbers. You will probably be out looking for your dog, so the cell phone number is the most important.
• Consider putting a number on the tags that is for a relative or your dog sitter in case your family is out of town and your dog gets loose.
• You can write your cell phone number ON the collar with a permanent marker if you have a nylon collar of a lighter color; more insurance if the tags come off!
• Microchips are a good, permanent form of identification. They prove ownership. If you have a microchip, does it have the correct contact information associated with it? This is a good time to update that. Often we will call in a chip, contact the number and find out the phone isn’t current or the owners have moved from the listed address…or the dog no longer even belongs to them!
Spring. It’s a good time to check on tags and update all information. Take a walk and meet the neighbors so they know who your dog is. Be prepared; maximize the chances of your dog getting returned and minimize the chances of them getting away. Nothing takes the place of supervision and leashes, but if the worst happens, tags and microchips will help your dog get home.
By the way – your dog would love to come with you to HAWS 30th Anniversary Pet Walkathon, this Saturday…!
HAWS and the Friends of HAWS fundraising group have announced the “starting line-up” of activities for the 30th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 4th to benefit the Waukesha shelter.
The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sussex Village Park, south of Main Street/Silver Spring Drive in Sussex.
The day features something for everyone – pets and their people!
Pre-Game / 9:00am: National Anthem & Blessing of the Animals
1st Inning / 9:30am: Featured Breed
2nd Inning / 10:00am: Award Presentations - Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness
Award and the $10K Behavior Matching Grant Challenge
3rd Inning / 10:45am: Sing Our Jingle Contest Winners perform
4th Inning / 10:30am: Treibball Demo
5th Inning / 11:00am: HAWS’ K9 Clicks & Tricks Brigade performance
6th Inning / 11:30am: Parade of HAWS Adoptable Pets and HAWS Alumni
7th Inning Stretch/Noon: Bobbing for hotdogs (dogs), Baseball piñata contest (kids)
8th Inning / 12:30pm: Pet Contests - Best pet trick, Fastest tail-wager
9th Inning / 1:00pm: Musical bases - "musical chairs" game for dogs
Jen steps away from the keyboard to allow HAWS’ marketing intern, Andria, to reflect on her experiences at HAWS so far!
I’m Andria, I am currently the Marketing Intern here at HAWS. I thought that this would be a great opportunity for me as I am a double major at Carroll University in Business Administration and Biology with an emphasis on Animal Behavior. I love animals, I love people, and I wanted to gain some experience in the business side of things to help me with my future. What better way to gain experience than by also helping out a great organization!
As the Marketing Intern at HAWS my primary project was starting a Twitter account for HAWS. Not having an account myself I set off on an adventure, making my own account first so I could learn the ropes, and doing some research as to how to get many followers. We officially launched the Twitter account on March 4th! If you aren’t already, please follow us!
My favorite project here at HAWS so far has been designing postcards for Project Guardian, HAWS’ no-cost spay and neuter program for outdoor cats. I loved being able to create the post card that I think not only looks cute, but also provides the community with information about a valuable resources offered!
I am very grateful for everyone’s help here, I have felt so welcomed. I have learned a lot about HAWS as an organization, about myself, and about marketing – especially social media marketing. Jennifer has been a great mentor helping me to learn along the way.
By the way – If you haven’t heard HAWS is currently raising funds for the 30th Annual Pet Walkathon, and I would love to get more donations than Jennifer (my boss), so please feel free to check out my Firstgiving page and make a donation to HAWS through my page. Thanks! https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/AndriaKrutsch/haws-30th-anniversary-pet-walkathon
Spring fever has hit HAWS with great upcoming events, contests…and a continued “Challenge!”
“Give Pets a Home-Field Advantage” through HAWS’ 30th Anniversary Pet Walkathon! Get a Team together, create a personal fundraising page – just be sure to join the fun on Saturday, May 4th at Sussex Village Park. 100% of Walk donations help the animals at the Waukesha shelter, so everyone can make a difference and save lives. Support HAWS on foot or online – all the Walkathon details are at www.hawspets.org.
There are 5 weeks to go in HAWS’ $10,000 Matching Gift Behavior Rehabilitation Challenge – now is the time to donate and any amount can help. HAWS’ Mod Squad saves lives and gives second chances to deserving dogs – 650 dogs and counting! Donate today through May 4th at www.hawspets.org, then celebrate at the Walkathon!
“Sing to Save Lives” Jingle Contest videos are due April 30th. Grab that microphone, sing HAWS’ Jingle and win great prizes, including an appearance on Animal Advocate Television on WISN 12!
HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center has a spring cleaning idea – the Dog Wash for HAWS at Petlicious Dog Bakery & Pet Spa on Sunday April 14th. Summit Credit Union has named HAWS their April "Business of the Month" – one day each week adoptable pets take over to celebrate! Details and the full Mobile calendar are at www.hawspets.org.
HAWS’ first-ever Kitten College Socialization & Playtime is Sunday, April 14th. Kittens learn appropriate social skills that prevent future behavior problems! Designed for kittens 8-15 weeks, maximum class size is 7 kittens. Pre-registration is required – call 262-542-8851, x114 or log onto www.hawspets.org.
Additional highlights on HAWS’ April Calendar include the FREE Solving Common K9 Behavior Problems seminar (4/8); “Pet”-icures, for cats on 4/13 and 4/23 (additional day!) and for small animals (4/10 at Pet Supplies Plus and 4/20 at HAWS); the monthly First Aid for Pets session (4/20); and Puppy Parties every Sunday at 4:45p.m. All events and details are available at www.hawspets.org.
At HAWS we are celebrating a major milestone. Our Pet Walkathon is in its 30th Year!
On the first Saturday of May – this year it’s May 4th – hundreds of pet lovers ‘high-tail-it’ to Sussex Village Park for a day-long festival for pets and their people, in support of HAWS, the animals we care for and the programs/services we provide to the community.
This year’s theme is “Give Pets a Home Field Advantage.” To us that means making sure adoptable pets find forever loving homes, and that our community and neighbors all have the tools they need for successful owner-pet relationship.
So, what does your Walkathon donation do for HAWS? Your donation helps "Load the Bases" for HAWS, because:
• $10 can provide vaccinations and heartworm or feline leukemia testing for an adoptable pet
• $25 ensures on-call assistance from our Animal Rescue Team for lost pets
• $50 can spay or neuter a pet
• $100 helps feed an entire shelter ward!
Imagine what $250, $500, or more can do…
Now, in the spirit of Spring Training culminating in Opening Day next Monday, we think everyone should form a HAWS Walkathon Team, to walk and fundraise as a group. You will have the opportunity to promote your business or group, support your fave local shelter and receive fun goodies like the official 2013 Walk T-shirt, personalized team I.D., special raffle drawings, recognition on hawspets.org and in our Tattle Tails print newsletter and more.
The best part? All money collected for HAWS’ annual Pet Walkathon goes directly to the animals and HAWS’ programs…AND donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
So register your team today in the Canine, Feline or Small Critter Division of HAWS’ Baseball League. Get an assist with your fundraising by creating an online personalized fundraising webpage, and hit a home run for the pets of our community!
By the way – our $10K matching grant challenge is going strong! Help save lives by supporting our Behavior Department and their work to rehabilitate dogs! Only 5 more weeks to give…
HAWS announces our 3rd annual “Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition” pet grooming competition to benefit the shelter.
Featuring HAWS’ adoptable dogs as models, the event is this Sunday, March 17th from noon - 4:00 p.m. at HAWS’ shelter at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha. Admission is free for spectators and includes raffle prizes, a bake sale for both humans and pets, and a bow sale.
This unique showcase features 12 talented groomers who will transform HAWS’ adoptables into stars. Groomers begin with a blank canvas – the dogs have only been given a bath and nail trims – and must complete any grooming work within 2 hours.
Judging this year’s Makeover is Scott Wasserman, PDS (Petcare Dermatech specialist), MPS (Master Pet stylist) Meritus. A winner of the Best Pet Stylist in Show at the U.S. Pet Pro Classic twice and the coveted Intergroom International Groomer of the Year award, Scott is also a Certifier and Consultant for the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists, one of the toughest and most in-depth pet styling certification organizations in the world.
Event sponsors are all Wisconsin-based companies and include Andis, Charlee Bear, Soft Lines, Ultra Lift, Stella & Chewy's, Clever Dog Toys, JK Lee Black Belt Academy, Front Porch Pets, Groomers Co-op, Piranha Promotions, and WeatherTight.
By the way – have you heard about HAWS’ “Sing to Save Lives” Contest?
By the way, part 2 – Our 30th Anniversary Pet Walkathon is May 4th…time to get your Team together…start raising donations online today!
Yesterday, February 26, was the annual observance of World Spay Day. For HAWS, saving lives through spay and neuter surgeries isn’t just limited to 1 day, but a year-round effort!
World Spay Day was created to raise awareness of the effects of spaying and neutering companion pets. Pet overpopulation is a problem – worldwide and in Waukesha County. But, spay and neuter surgeries can help control pet overpopulation and put an end to needless euthanasia.
HAWS’ Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) clinic not only performs surgeries on HAWS’ shelter animals, but also gives assistance to area rescue groups and financially struggling Waukesha county residents. We again observed World Spay Day by offering free surgeries to the pets of eligible owners of cats, kittens, Pit Bulls and pit mixes during these past few weeks, but assistance is always available to those who’s pets are in need.
Our Project Guardian continues to combat the outdoor cat overpopulation issue in rural and newly-developed areas of Waukesha County. Free spays and neuters are offered, along with basic vaccinations to those who are guardians of outdoor cat populations. Our staff can even give some helpful hints for proper trapping and release of these cats!
If you have any questions regarding our SNIP clinic or spaying or neutering your pet, please call us at 262-542-8851, x109, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the way – the life-saving continues with our $10,000 Matching Gift Behavior Rehabilitation Challenge! Donate today and make a dogs’ day!
By the way, part 2 – HAWS will be at the Milwaukee Admirals Dog Day this Sunday…will you?!
February/Adopt-A-Rabbit month continues, and we present the latest addition to HAWS’ Adoptable Bunny Family.
Beautiful Bubby is a Holland Lop rabbit. She is an adult female, has been spayed, and has a stunning jet-black coat. Bubby is sweet, but still a little bit shy and getting used to handling. She enjoys leafy green salads – a girl’s gotta keep her figure, you know! Bubby is waiting for her new forever human to love.
Did you know that a group of rabbits is called a herd? Rabbits are very social animals that like other bunny companions to live with in a “warren” or hutch.
If a house rabbit is properly cared for and spayed or neutered early in life, it can live to age 8-12 years! Rabbits require an owner that is able to make that lengthy commitment to them.
By the way – HAWS has a number of neat events coming up – something for everyone! We’ll be joining in the fun at the Milwaukee Admirals Dog Day game on March 3rd (you can purchase tickets to benefit HAWS through the link on our website). Our annual Bunny Day is coming on March 10th. AND, our 3rd annual Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition is March 17th!
And don't forget World Spay Day is coming up this Tuesday...
HAWS has been selected as a Wisconsin shelter partner for Companions for Heroes, an organization dedicated to alleviating the psychological suffering of our nation’s returning wounded warriors and first responders by facilitating their adoption of shelter animals.
Capitalizing on the strong bond between people and animals, last-chance pets are connected with our nation’s heroes, providing a sense of purpose and fulfillment while minimizing stress, depression and feelings of loneliness and isolation through unconditional love and friendship.
“My shelter dog is the sole reason I am here today,” notes C4H founder David Sharpe, a U.S. Air Force veteran who was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression eight years after serving. “My dog has allowed me to grow close relationships with my family and friends. I believe other veterans can benefit from the same type of companionship.”
Those interested in adoption through the program should contact David Jurado at email@example.com, or log on to CompanionsforHeroes.org for a qualifying application. They are then sent to HAWS to continue the adoption process, through contact Jessica at Jessica@hawspets.org (262-542-8851, x112).
By the way - Retired Brewer Jeff Cirillo has teamed up with HAWS for the $10,000 Matching Gift Behavior Rehabilitation Challenge. HAWS has just 90 days to raise the matching funds for the shelter’s Behavior program: $15 for kennel care for one dog for a day, $27 for a treat puzzle box, $60 for one dog through the entire program! Every dollar contributed is matched dollar-for-dollar. Donate at 262-542-8851 or hawspets.org. Help rehabilitate those dogs who may have never received a second chance! All donations are tax deductible.
February is Adopt a Rabbit month. How convenient that HAWS has suddenly filled up with a bunch of bunnies ready for adoption!
We have more than a dozen beautiful rabbits just waiting for new homes. Each one goes home with the House Rabbit Handbook, and our great small animal volunteers will make sure you have everything you need! You can also learn all about house rabbits at rabbit.org.
So, about those adoptables…
Got a craving? How about Black Licorice, Coco & Walnut, Snickers, Jasmine or Colada? Still loving this weather? Meet Snowball. There’s also Amber – a real gem, and Lea, Pia, Lila and many more.
Valentine’s Day is a great reminder of HAWS’ bunny “matchmaking” service. Did you know that single rabbits can be very lonely and depressed without friends of their own kind? HAWS volunteers will help your little companion(s) find a best buddy, love match or roommate. Call HAWS at 262-542-8851 for more info…and to make a date!
Speaking of Valentine’s Day: maybe you need a gift for a rabbit fan? HAWS is still selling our Year of the Rabbit t-shirts…because it is always the year of the rabbit for bunny fans.
By the way – HAWS’ annual Bunny Day is coming up quickly – this year it is Sunday, March 10, from noon – 4pm. Presented by HAWS and the Wisconsin House Rabbit Society, spend a day learning the Bunny Basics, ask questions of bunny experts, win prizes, meet adoptable rabbits and more! Admission is $5/adults, children under 12 free with parent. This event is for bunny caregivers only, please leave your companion rabbit comfortably at home. More info at www.hawspets.org!
HAWS and retired Brewer Jeff Cirillo are teaming up to raise money for our Behavior program. Bolstered by a generous kick-off donation, HAWS has been given 90 days to raise the matching funds in the $10,000 Matching Gift Behavior Rehabilitation Challenge.
“Many dogs are euthanized every year at shelters for their behavior and because of the lack of rehabilitation and retraining programs that can re-home them,” noted Cirillo. “What if these dogs had a second chance? HAWS has developed an exceptional behavior program that boasts a 90% success rate – and just recently celebrated their 650th program graduate! Best of all, as a result of HAWS’ Behavior department and Mod Squad program, more and more dogs are getting that second chance to find their forever homes and to live the life they deserve.”
HAWS’ Executive Director Lynn Olenik added: “Our Behavior Department is all about saving more lives. Our Mod Squad volunteers begin training the dogs while they are here, setting up boot camp for those pets that need a more rigorous program – from behavior modification to enrichment to exercise. We are doing everything possible to send home the best possible companion and save lives.”
Now the community is being asked to join the Challenge, to help raise the additional funds needed to meet the $10,000 match. A donation of just $15 can cover a full day of kennel care for one of the HAWS’ dogs in the program. A $27 donation pays for a treat puzzle box, and a $60 donation will support one dog through the entire program – and can be made in honor of the donor! For every dollar contributed, a dollar-for-dollar match will create that much more impact and save more lives.
Join HAWS’ mission to continue this vital life-saving program. Donate by calling 262-542-8851, or log on to www.hawspets.org. Help rehabilitate those dogs who may have never received a second chance! All donations are tax deductible.
HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society, welcomes all pets and their people to join in support of the “HAWS cause” through festive events and fun learning opportunities throughout January.
NOSH AND MUSH AT HAWS: "Cool Your Paws at HAWS II" on Saturday, January 19th from 11:00am to 3:00pm as part of the Waukesha Jan-Boree festival. Activities include a Shelter Scavenger Hunt for kids, pet games of Hotdog Bobbing and the Peanut Butter Lick-Off, adoptable pets, HAWS’ mascot Lucky, raffles and giveaways including a flat screen TV and firepit! Pets DEFINITELY welcome, but they should be secured in a carrier or on a leash for safety.
Cool Your Paws at HAWS highlights:
· 11:30am: “K9 Cuisine with Dr. Claudeen” pet cooking class/demo focusing on healthy pet eating. Take home the leftovers for your best friend! Pre-registration and a $5 donation requested, call 262-542-8851 for details.
· 12 - 2:30pm: HAWS’ Executive Director Lynn and her team will be giving Dog Sled Rides! Sign-up begins at 11:30am, first come/first served, snow permitting; rides at 10-minute intervals, $5 donation to HAWS/run.
“Accordion” to the Friends of HAWS, this is one party you don’t want to miss – the 2nd annual Oom-Pa Paws, the Polka Party for HAWSon Saturday, January 26th from 7:00pm – midnight at Saxe’s in Genesee! Enjoy live music, snack on chili and cookies and keep your New Year’s resolution to exercise, all in support of HAWS. Admission is $20/advance, $30/door. All are invited to the annual HAWS for Paws Bowl on Sunday, January 29th from 11:00am – 2:00pm at Fracaro’s Lanes in Waukesha. Only $15/person includes 3 games and shoe rental; special rates available for teams of 4-6. Reserve your lane by calling Maria at 262-490-2102. More at hawspets.org.
HAWS’ January calendar also includes the FREE “Solving Common K9 Behavior Problems” seminar (1/14 at HAWS) and the Thursday “Behavior Chats with Dr. Claudeen” at End of the Leash (1/17 in Mukwonago, 1/24 in Pewaukee). All levels of dog training classes along with HAWS’ Puppy Parties begin new sessions this month – register at 262-542-8851, x114. The monthly Friends of HAWS meeting (1/9), First Aid for Pets (1/26), Small Pet Pedicures (1/9 at Pet Supplies Plus, 1/19 at HAWS), Cat Pedicures (1/12), the monthly GPA Greyhound meet’n’greet (1/26) and many great Mobile Adoption Center visits throughout the area round out a fun-filled calendar! Read all about it at hawspets.org.
By the way - some reminders for pet owners: as of January 1st, all dogs and many cats are required by law to have an updated license – owners should check with their city hall for details. Keep pets safely indoors when the temperature dips, other than for short walks and potty breaks. Clean salt off sensitive paw pads, check ears for frostbite, and have your short-coated dog wear a coat or sweater when outdoors. Make sure poisonous antifreeze is out of reach, and, if your vehicle is stored outdoors, be sure to bang the hood to scare away any hidden animals before starting your engine.
Need a date for New Year’s Eve? Or maybe a reason to stay home and snuggle on the couch? At HAWS, we’ve got an idea…
Meet Bella, a sweet 2-year-old Lab!
Bella came to HAWS just a short while ago, when her previous home couldn’t take her along when they moved. She is enjoying her time with our staff, as you can see, but her resolution is to be in a great new home for 2013.
This little girl (she’s not the big, bulky lab you might be used to) is a bit shy at first, but loves attention and treats. She doesn’t always like other dogs so a meet’n’greet with another canine sibling is a must, and Bella definitely is NOT a cat fan. Her new family will need to be older as she startles easily around younger kids.
Bella and a bunch of her adoptable pals, like Jack Frost, Jingle, Tiny Tim and Packer are available for viewing at HAWS today! Stop by and see if one of these pups is in your future – or if one of our many cats, rabbits or other small animals will make your New Year bright.
HAWS Holiday Hours:
HAWS is open for normal viewing, adoption and receiving from Wednesday, December 26 through Sunday, December 30. On New Year’s Eve we are open for receiving-only, from 9am – 3pm, and HAWS is closed on New Year’s Day. But, if you need help when we’re closed, there is always someone on 24-hour call to assist you!
By the way – you still have a few days to take advantage of Nachos Navidad for HAWS at Taco John’s! Satisfy your nacho craving and help HAWS, too, with 25 cents from each order donated to our shelter.
Feliz Navidad and Feliz Ano Nuevo!
While you bask in the glow of holiday presents, lights and good cheer, a few adoptable pets at HAWS are also basking, but they’d prefer it in new forever homes!
Bailey is an African Side-Necked Turtle, also known as a Serrated Mud Turtle. She (?) is active, hearty and curious (often shy at first, these turtles acclimate well and soon show their inquisitive sides!). Most African Side-necked Turtles can be kept in relatively simple housing because of their modest needs – a place to swim and a basking log. When basking, Bailey will "plop" into the water when approached…but once she knows you she will quickly surface to see if you have any food! Adult females can grow larger than most people realize, reaching 9-12" inches within five or six years.
Moo & Phillip came in together, and are sharing table space alongside Mr. Turtle (who might actually be female, ironically). All are Red Ear Sliders, a semi-aquatic turtle that is the most common reptile pet in the world. Unfortunately, they can be very complicated to own and often owners aren’t ready for their needs! There is a great website devoted to them – www.redearslider.com (no, really) – that goes into lots of detail as to their needs, natural habitats and the like.
Bailey, Moo & Phillip and Mr. Turtle have been guests at HAWS since September. They are definitely fun to have around and the kids participating in our education programs really enjoy them, but they would really love to become someone’s personal companions!
Adopt 4 Webbed Feet from HAWS!
By the way – you still have time to "eat for HAWS" since Taco John’s Nachos Navidad promotion continues til the end of December. Looking forward to the New Year already? So are we, with HAWS hosting a Waukesha JanBoree event, Cool Your Paws at HAWS, on Saturday, January 19 and then our Friends of HAWS polka party, Oom-Pa Paws, coming up on Saturday, January 26! All the details are at hawspets.org – or just call us at 262-542-8851.
All the animals we help at HAWS have their own unique story, and together they make our mission come alive! Please enjoy these three "happy tails" from HAWS!
Trooper and the Old Timer
Two stray cats came to HAWS within a few weeks of each other needing lots of help. “Trooper” had such extensive injuries that one of his legs needed to be amputated, while “Old Timer” was blind and dealing with a bladder infection. After initial care at HAWS, one foster home took both cats for their recovery, and the two boys quickly became pals. They played and snuggled together, and despite losing a limb Trooper even brought toys to Old Timer. Once the boys were completely healthy they found that their temporary foster home was now a permanent one, and they continue to bring joy to that family today.
Six-month-old Chelsea came to HAWS knowing how to sit, but not much else! She was immediately placed in HAWS’ Mod Squad™ program, to be handled and fed according to a plan tailored specifically to her needs. She wanted to please and made strides quickly, becoming more confident as she learned. When the right family came in they couldn’t wait take her home! They enrolled her in HAWS’ dog training program to continue her great progress – and each visit she pulls on the leash to see her “old family” from HAWS.
Jaxon the Checkered Giant rabbit was found wandering, unneutered and with an overzealous “bun-sonality” making him difficult to handle. Due to his size and some of his personality traits he proved difficult to re-home. Through HAWS partnership with the Wisconsin House Rabbit Society, a little social networking and lots of work by HAWS’ small animal crew, a great home was found for Jaxon. His new home has been given all the tools for success – including the suggestion of clicker training to give him something to do!
Share the Gift of Creating a Humane Society.
Building a humane community takes the involvement of all those around us. That’s why your gift to HAWS is so important! Your donation saves lives of countless animals and changes the lives of people, instilling humane sentiments in all that affect how we treat each other – humans as well as animals – far into the future. Donate today and Join HAWS in Building a Society that’s Humane.
By the way - you can donate online securely through PayPal or via snail mail - just head over to our website and we'll make it easy!
Bringing a fresh, new puppy or kitten into your family can be so much fun! But, at HAWS we always like to remind people that adult pets can be just as wonderful...and your journey together so meaningful. With age comes wisdom - for all species...
When you commit to your dog, cat or other pet for it's lifetime, guiding that pet through the senior years is inevitable. Life with an older pet is so rewarding - whether you've been together from the beginning or just found each other later in life.
Several of my co-workers and I are on a similar "schedule" with our pets. We all adopted our babies back in the late 90s or early 00s, so we've been watching them grow up and grow old together. Sadly, we are also starting to see those beloved dogs and cats pass on - Mason at age 12, Belle at 16, Linx at 19. Dozer was 12, Magnum was 11 and Bailey was 14. While we grieve for each of them, we also know that they probably blessed our lives more than we did theirs!
Each time we lose a pet it reminds us to live more in the moment - and in our cases, especially with those pets who are still sharing our lives. I feel gratitude for every day I still have with my Fuzzy Mutt, Freeway, who turned 15 about 2 weeks ago..and doesn't let us forget that! Stiff and sore in the morning? So what - it's time for a walk! Bedtime? No way, not while there's still squeak in that squeaky toy. Quiet time? Well, since you're just sitting there you may as well give me an earrub or neck scratch.
Pets bring value to our lives at any age. If you want a jogging partner, definitely bring home an energetic pup. And when you're looking to add a little serenity to your life, that 8-years-young cat or dog is ready and waiting.
Just don't miss a minute! And enjoy the journey - together.
By the way - some super sweet "older" pets are waiting for homes at HAWS right now. Like Aries the cat, age 12; Bear the MinPin, age 10 (pictured at left); Kenya the Pittie, age 6; Sebastian the cat, age 11 (pictured at top). Stop by 7 days a week to view and adopt - we'd all love to see you!
HAWS' Viewing & Adoption Hours:
Monday - Friday, 1 - 6pm
Saturday, 11am - 4pm
Sunday, Noon - 4pm
Call and ask about any of our adoptables - our phone lines open at 9am Monday thru Saturday, and at Noon on Sunday!
Last week HAWS became the home to hundreds of goldfish. Not our usual adoptable pet, but we've learned that "usual" doesn't really exist here at our shelter...
The day before Thanksgiving, HAWS got a call from the local FedEx office that had "about 250" feeder fish in a box, meant for delivery to an area business. The address given was deemed "undeliverable" and they were told to destroy the box and its contents. Animal lovers they are, the FedEx employees decided to call us instead!
The number of fish in the box may have been SLIGHTLY underestimated! We are now literally stuffed to the gills with fish - with one tank on display in our lobby and another fully stocked in our back room ready to replenish the supply as they are adopted.
Thinking of getting a relatively low-maintenance pet? NOW is definitely the time!
We are "adopting" out the fish at a name-your-price deal, and we're happy to give out multiple fish to interested homes. Kids will need their parents' approval, because we really, really, REALLY don't want returns...
Adopt 4 paws from HAWS? How about adopting 2 fins and a tail?!
By the way - do you like to make your voice heard on behalf of animals? You can do that in a bunch of ways for HAWS right now:
- Through this Friday you can vote every day for Bug on Kuranda.com and HAWS will receive 5 free beds for our kennel if Bug wins! (Bug is the super-cute schnoodle at the bottom left of the voting group.)
- Head to GOODmaker and vote for HAWS to win a grant for our STEM camp - our Improve LIves with Animals challenge entry is titled "Animal Welfare Leadership: The Next Generation." Voting runs through December 4th - everyone can only vote once so every vote counts!
- Help make HAWS the "best shelter" on WISN's A LIst - vote for HAWS through December 16th.
HAWS has again been chosen to benefit from the December “Nachos Navidad” promotion and through sales of Christmas ornaments at the Waukesha Taco John’s restaurant at 317 N. Grand Ave!
Noted Dusty Stiefel, Unit General Manager for Taco John’s, “This will be our third straight year raising donations for HAWS, and we want to make sure we beat our amount from last year of $1,992.00.”
Nachos Navidad billboards will be posted November 12th, marking the day Taco John’s will begin selling their $1 holiday ornaments for HAWS. Then, starting December 1st and continuing throughout the month, 25 cents from every Nachos Navidad sold at the Waukesha eatery will be donated to HAWS. For those with spare change in their pockets, Taco John’s will also have collection jars for HAWS.
Stiefel continued, “The entire crew at Taco John’s works very hard to make all the customers aware that we are raising money for HAWS, and our customers are a huge part of raising this money year after year. We wouldn’t be so successful without them!”
“We are incredibly grateful to Taco John’s and their continued support of HAWS through these fundraisers,” said Lynn Olenik, HAWS’ Executive Director. “Support like this from our community means so much to us – and we really enjoy working with Dusty and her staff. They are great friends to HAWS!”
By the way - HAWS' 2nd Winter Symposium is only a few short weeks away - be sure to register today for this day of learning and networking with other animal fans and professionals! Topics include pet nutrition, cutting-edge theraputic options and more. Click HERE for more details and registration.
Today our shelter at HAWS is filled with dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, turtles and guinea pigs. Tomorrow…who knows?!
It is amazing how quickly the faces in our shelter change - from day to day and week to week. When a prospective adopter doesn’t find the right pet for them on their first visit, we’ll tell them “just wait a few days, we’ll have more!” Rarely do they have to wait very long.
Also amazing is when we have a handful of long-term residents. We don’t have a time limit for the animals staying at HAWS – the right home will come in, and we want to give every pet that chance.
Kane, a black Lab mix, and Kenya, a Pit Bull, have been part of the HAWS roster since this summer. Both dogs have special circumstances and will need to be adopted by just the right owners…but we’re committed to finding those homes. In the meantime, our Mod Squad™ volunteers are working daily with Kane and Kenya to ensure they have great manners and are ready when their new loving homes become a reality.
Since our facility expansion a few years ago we’ve greatly increased the amount of room at HAWS for housing cats (there still never seems to be enough!). We’re glad to have the space to allow for a bonded pair like Hector and Vivianne, who have been with us since April. Sherry, a lovely gray tabby, is one of a handful of adult cats who joined our shelter ranks in August. While all these felines are well-loved by our staff and volunteers and get lots of affection, playtime and attention, we’d all like to see them leave for a sunny spot in someone’s bay window!
In the small animal ward we have long-timers Lea, a Dutch Rabbit, and Jasmine, an American Rabbit, both of whom have been at HAWS since March. Fievel the mouse has been making his home at HAWS since May.
These great adoptable pets at HAWS are waiting patiently for their new homes. We just hope they don’t have to watch more and more pets come and go before they get their chance.
By the way – this Saturday and Sunday, November 10-11, our Friends of HAWS – with the help of Unlimited Vision Photography club – are taking Holiday Pet Photos. Call today to reserve your sitting at 262-542-8851, and get your pet’s picture for greeting cards and more!
Leading up to the holidays, HAWS has all sorts of events, fundraisers and neat goings-on to help the pets of our shelter. We invite you to join us as we "share the gift of creating a humane society"!
This Saturday is the Friends of HAWS annual Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale. Get a jump on your holiday shopping with gifts for both the pet and the pet fan - all in support of the animals at HAWS! There will be handmade crafts and homemade baked goodies for sale as well as other pet-themed items and HAWS' ever-popular Paw gear. (Possibly there's a HAWS hoodie sweatshirt in your future?!) The Bazaar begins at 9am and runs until 4pm. Stop by early for the best selection...and stay for a light lunch, too!
Love getting your pet in holiday apparel and getting a pet photo for your holiday cards? HAWS has several opportunities for you to do just that, with proceeds going to the shelter.
- This Saturday from 10am - 3pm HAWS' Mobile Adoption Center will be at End of the Leash in Pewaukee (115 W. Wisconsin Ave.) for a holiday event - make a donation from HAWS' Wish List and receive a photo of your pet from Studio 360 of Pewaukee. (Be sure to call Dave at the studio for your appointment, 262-227-3354.)
- ALL next weekend the Friends of HAWS will be holding their annual Holiday Pet Photos event at our shelter, with photos taken by the great talents at Unlimited Vision Photography Club. (Remember to call HAWS to schedule your sitting, 262-542-8851!!)
Need your fast-food fix? Taco Johns of Waukesha will be announcing their annual Nachos Navidad fundraiser with billboards posted on November 12...which is the day they will start selling $1 ornaments to benefit HAWS! Then, starting December 1, 25 cents from every Nachos Navidad sold through December 31 will be donated to HAWS. In past year's this fundraiser has brought in THOUSANDS of dollars to our shelter, and what a delicious way it is to support the HAWS cause!
By the way - Ttouch for Little Critters is this Sunday, November 4, at HAWS. Treat your rabbit, guinea pig, or other small critter to the calming effects of Tellington TTouch. You'll learn how to use specific gentle touches to help release tension in stressful situations such as veterinary visits and grooming. You'll also help your newly adopted companion become comfortable in your home, as you build a lasting bond through touch. The class fee is $15.00, children under 16 only $7.00 (must attend with parent). Materials are $5.00/student and registration is required. Call HAWS for more information: 262-542-8851.
There are so many great pets up for adoption at HAWS these days, it is hard to pick just one to spotlight. But we'll do our best...
Say hello to Crouton the Cat!
Crouton is a 1-year-old, shorthair cat with coloring known as "pastel torbie." She was brought to HAWS' shelter after being found wandering stray in the City of Waukesha.
This sweet girl is playful and friendly. She would do well in a home with kids, and also would probably like another cat-sibling to pal around with and explore. We get the sense that she was not at all thrilled to be an "outside" cat and will love the luxury and domesticity of house living. She loves to snuggle, too!
Crouton and all her adoptable friends at HAWS are available for viewing 7 days a week - stop in today and find some paws to love of your own!
By the way - upcoming events include our FREE "Solving K9 Behavior Problems" seminar (10-29), TTouch for Little Critters (11/4), and Winter Symposium (12/1). Check out our Upcoming Events calendar for details and registration!
HAWS would like you to know that today, October 16th, is National Feral Cat Day.
(Today is also Boss’ Day, and anyone who shares their home with a cat knows there are similarities…but we digress.)
Originally launched by a group called Alley Cat Allies, National Feral Cat Day is designed to improve awareness and welfare of outdoor cats. Millions of these cats are living outside in our communities nationwide, but many are not spayed or neutered, leading to a very real overpopulation problem. Did you know that a single cat and her first litter of kittens can be responsible for the births of almost 500,000 more cats? If 1 cat = 1.5 million, imagine what will result from a barnyard full of cats…
Waukesha County is home to many, many, MANY outdoor cats! HAWS takes in thousands of cats each year – currently we have dozens available for adoption. Many of these great animals were born outside and have been homeless since birth. Without HAWS stepping in to help, these cats would give birth to more cats (compounding the problem), and could also face an unknown future full of predators, traffic mishaps, extreme temperatures and hunger.
HAWS’ Project Guardian is designed to end cat overpopulation in our community, by offering free spay/neuter surgeries. Project Guardian is also designed to create awareness within our community – to spur our residents to get involved by caring for these cats either through Trap-Neuter-Release in the case of cats that are working on area farms, or through a concentrated effort to rid an area of unwanted cats by trapping and re-homing them.
If you are aware of outdoor or stray cats in your area, please contact HAWS SNIP clinic at 262-542-8851, x109 to spay or neuter them through Project Guardian. When you prevent the birth of more homeless animals and help put an end to animal overpopulation in our community you are literally a life saver!
By the way – this Sunday is our annual Guinea Pig Primer. Come learn more about this great little pets and their care – even bring your pet piggy along to participate in the Guinea Pig Olympic Games…featuring the Sprint for Parsley. This FREE event runs from noon til 4pm – and everyone is welcome!
At HAWS our door is always open…to people AND animals, because we’re here 24/7 to assist you.
You’ll find all the paws to love at HAWS!
My name is Kane, and I am a 7-year-old Lab mix looking for a home without another dog, although cats would be fine.
I was adopted and then brought back to the shelter because I am VERY HAPPY and super ENTHUSIASTIC about life…which came across as me lacking manners and self-control. But I just need time to show you what a great dog I really am! I really, really need a home that understands me and a owner that will take the time to train me and realize that I am just strong and ACTIVE.
An active home with a biker or runner would be great…because a tired dog is a good dog! I’m ready for a game of football, tag, Frisbee, whatever! Teenagers who want to play with me would be the best, but I have been known to knock over younger kids with my enthusiasm so I should probably not live with them.
Call HAWS today at 262-542-8851 or log onto www.hawspets.org for more information on Kane and all his adoptable buddies at HAWS!
HAWS Viewing/Adopting Hours: Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Sunday, Noon - 4:00 p.m. Receiving Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Sunday, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
By the way - HAWS' 2nd Winter Symposium has been announced! Join us on Saturday, December 1st for a day of information and networking with other "pet people." Topics include pet nutrition and the link with behavior, therapeutic laser treatment for pets, and end-of-life care. Animal professionals and the general public are invited to attend. For details and registration, log onto our website.
HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, is asking the community to take action in support of the life-saving work of Waukesha’s #1 pet resource center.
“HAWS goal is, and always has been, to adopt out all healthy and treatable animals,” notes Executive Director Lynn Olenik. “To build an entire community that’s humane needs the involvement of all those around us.”
The life-saving programs of HAWS include:
· The Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) clinic, and Project Guardian – a free spay-neuter service that is aggressively combating cat overpopulation, a problem that still exists in Waukesha County.
· HAWS’ Behavior Department and Mod Squad™, volunteers and staff that work with dogs that are turned away by others, to rehabilitate these pets to make them wonderful adoption candidates.
· Instilling humane sentiments with the community’s youth: HAWS Kids ‘N Critters Day Camp, K’HAWS and Critter Club youth programs, partnerships with Lad Lake and many area schools and scout groups train the animal welfare leaders of tomorrow.
Olenik adds, “All these efforts come at a price, and HAWS needs our community to take action to continue these important programs. We are committed to remaining open admissions – we don’t turn an animal away, and full service – providing adoptions, animal rescues, reuniting lost pets with their owners, rehabilitating animals in need and treating those with medical challenges.”
Ways the community can join the movement:
· Volunteer at HAWS by working with the animals, or assisting with events and Mobile Adoptions.
· Foster an animal too young for adoption, or one that is recovering from illness or injury.
· Adopt a pet from HAWS…and tell others to adopt rather than purchasing from a pet store!
· Donate – money, supplies, time – every amount helps and there is always a need at HAWS.
· Promote spaying and neutering of companion pets, outdoor/barn cat populations, and end “backyard” breeding.
Help HAWS save more lives by logging onto www.hawspets.org or by calling 262-542-8851. Join HAWS in building a society that’s humane!
HAWS doesn't just assure sanctuary for cats and dogs! Our small animal ward provides housing for a myriad of creatures - furry, feathered, fabulous all!
Twilight is a green iguana, currently measuring about 20" from end of snout to end of tail. That makes Twilight approximately 1 year old...and means lots of growing still to do to reach "maturity" which is 5-6 feet in length.
An Iguana's housing will have to be changed in size throughout their lifetime to accomodate their growth. They also have very specific dietary requirements as well as heat and light requirements.
A visit a reptile vet regularly is a must to maintain good health!
Iguana's are a long-term commitment: before adopting, do your research and learn all about Iguana care. (Iguana's are still the #1 "dumped" reptile in the US!) As a special gift, when you adopt Twilight at HAWS you will receive a copy of "Iguanas For Dummies" by Melissa Kaplan!
View Twilight and all his furry, feathered and fantastic friends available for adoption at HAWS. HAWS is open 7 days a week for visiting and adopting - so you can stop by today!
Monday through Friday, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.,
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
By the way - don't forgot this Friday is our Romp the Runway fundraiser! Enjoy a night of fun and fashion while supporting the animals like Twilight that look to HAWS for sanctuary and a second chance! Reservations for "the Romp" are available at www.hawspets.org, by calling 262-542-8851, x112, or at the door that night. Join us, won't you?!
HAWS reminds everyone of our very “fashionable” fundraiser, Romp the Runway!
All proceeds of this fundraiser benefit the life-saving work done by the Waukesha pet resource center. This work done by HAWS includes the Spay-Neuter Initiative Program clinic and it’s Project Guardian, actively and aggressively combating the cat overpopulation problem that still exists in Waukesha County. Also being helped by the event are HAWS’ Behavior Department and Mod Squad™, who work with the dogs that are turned away by others and have nowhere left to turn! The employees and volunteers rehabilitate these pets to make them wonderful adoption candidates, to great success. But all these efforts come at a price, and HAWS needs our community’s support to continue these important programs.
On Friday, September 28th, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., guests will flock like paparazzi to Romp the Runway at Silver Spring Banquet Center, N56 W21318 Silver Spring Dr. Cocktails, wine and appetizers will be served while attendees take in a runway fashion show featuring clothing from local shoppes Boutique B’Lou, Faye’s, Georgie Consignment and Next Door. Along with the runway show the event will include an auction, raffle, goody bags for each guest and a meet’n’greet with HAWS adoptable pets.
Admission is $75 per person; advance tickets can be purchased at HAWS, online at www.hawspets.org, by calling 262-542-8851, and at the event itself. Sponsorships and VIP reserved tables are also available; contact Jessica at HAWS at 262-542-8851, x112.
Each year, hundreds of area residents attend HAWS’ fall fundraiser to give all-important support the shelter while having fun, too. Don’t commit a “faux paws”: Be sure to attend HAWS’ Romp the Runway on September 28th!
By the way:
As one of the few shelters with a dedicated Small Animal Ward, at HAWS we always have plenty of small and furry friends up for adoption. Here are 2 of our favorite buns!
My name is Silky and I am a very elegant gentlebun (check out my video – the HAWS volunteers have clicker-trained me!). My white coat shaded with silver glistens in the light, which may be why my breed is called “Satin.” I was someone’s Easter gift that they grew tired of...can you believe that?! I am very curious and friendly…and a bit hyper-active because I don’t like to sit still. A large cage and several hours a day outside of it to have my bunny adventures is a must! And here’s a bonus: I use a litter box!
Don’t forget me, Jaxon! I am a handsome young fellow as you can see but I am also very large – I’m what is known as a “Checkered Giant” and weigh about 11 pounds. I was brought into HAWS after being found wandering around lost, but I am super-friendly. I can be easily excited and like activity, so I’ll need a large space to live in...actually, the perfect home for me would be an exercise pen like this. I will need to be out of my cage everyday to scamper about and explore, and I’ll really enjoy hanging out with my new family. I do love a good head rub and will lay my head on your lap for you to do so. My litter box training is going really well, too!
To learn about caring for house rabbits, log onto www.rabbit.org, and for great rabbit cage ideas check out THIS neat site. All rabbit adoptions at HAWS include a free copy of the "House Rabbit Handbook: How To Live With An Urban Rabbit." Wear your bunny pride on your sleeve: purchase one of HAWS’ special edition Year of the Rabbit t-shirts (both short and long-sleeved varieties are available).
By the way - have you reserved your spot on the Runway yet? It would be a total FAUX PAWS to miss HAWS' Romp the Runway fundraiser on September 28th...
HAWS has recently been the proud and grateful beneficiary of several amazing community-based donations, all in support of the “HAWS Cause!”
Zeus & Company, a pet food distributor, donated several pallets of product to HAWS – about 4,000 pounds! Todd Oilschlager, a Zeus representative, noted the food and treats are valued at more than $5,800. Many thanks to Todd, a HAWS business partner and the man who brought Zeus and HAWS together, and Zeus & Company owner, David Levy, for their generosity. The full tummies of HAWS’ residents are also very thankful!
Girl Scout Troop 4294 in Waukesha completed work on the Memorial Garden at HAWS, with help from their parents and the following local businesses: 3-D Greenhouse, AAA Asphalt, Anchor Bank, Eagle Media, Halquist Stone, Home Depot-Waukesha, Phil Kelber/Mason & Chimney Specialists, Lang Landscape, Christopher Lee’s Concrete Creations, Mavroff Mulch, Piala’s, Prospect Hill Nursery, Rozman True Value, Shady Acres Nursery and Trees on the Move. This reflective garden is dedicated to all beloved animals.
First Weber – Lake Country held their 3rd annual Take Your Dogs To Work Day in June, raising $3,200! First Weber employees, their best canine friends and many other visitors enjoyed lunch and each other’s company. HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center truly felt “Home Sweet Home” with the realtors and their staff.
By the way - 2 more September events also showcase HAWS and our community partners:
· Waukesha favorite, Casa del Rio, will ‘party for the pets’ at the Fall Fiesta on Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15. An 80’s Disco Party, Zumba, live music by The Lonely Hearts and Los Guys, food/drink specials and more benefit HAWS.
· Don’t commit a “faux paws” by missing this fundraiser! Romp the Runwayis Friday, Sept. 28 from 5:30-8:30pm. Cocktails, appetizers, a spectacular runway show featuring styles from Boutique B’Lou, Faye’s, Georgie and Next Door are included in the $75/person admission; V.I.P. tables and sponsorships are available: 262-542-8851.
Check out this “Queue of Cuties” – HAWS’ little pets that are lining up for adoption!
If you've ever thought of adopting 4 little paws from HAWS, now is the time: We have a plethora of piggies, a bunch of bunnies, a ridiculous number rodents!
Many of our little pets come with "owner's manuals" (really!) and often they also are sent home with the housing unit they are residing in here at HAWS. All you need to provide is care and love - and they'll give you that and so much more in return.
(Pictured are Daryl, Eeyore and Ben, Felix, Gloria and Charlotte, Flash, Joe, Princeton, and Mutt and Jeff. Information on all of them can be found at our online Pet Showcase.)
Stop by HAWS today and pick out your new little best friend from our Queue of Cuties!
HAWS is located at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha. Call for information at 262-542-8851, or log onto
This special boy is just one of the many awesome pets available for adoption at HAWS!
Meet Charlie, a 7-years-young Pit Bull. He hasn't been hanging out with us at HAWS for too long...but we didn't need much time at all to fall in love with him. And pamper him (as evidenced by these pictures)!
Charlie is a well-mannered dog by ANY standards, and would work well in many households. He's lovable and loving.
"Just look at my face!!! I am Charlie and if you are looking for the 'perfect pit'...I am it! Somehow I managed to wind up here at HAWS. Don't get me wrong, it's GREAT here, but I am a family dog and deserve the best family ever. Please read up on my breed and remember lots of people don't get that Pits can be sweet and calm....and that's totally me! I am good with cats and other dogs and kids are fine, but not ones that are too small. (I am strong and can knock the little ones over.) Stop in and see me - I am just the BEST!
HAWS is open 7 days a week for viewing and adoption - what are you waiting for?!?!
By the way - reserve your spot on the runway today! HAWS fashionable fundraiser, Romp the Runway, is Friday, September 28, from 5:30-8:30pm at Silver Spring Country Club. A fashion show featuring styles from local boutiques is accompanied by cocktails, appetizers, silent and live auctions and more. Join us - admission is $75 per person, and VIP tables are available!
HAWS is "merging" 2 fun events for 1 great time this Saturday!
A FREE event, HAWS’ Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 18th at Rotary Park (Fond du Lac Ave. west of Lilly Rd.). This event features all things for the pet and pet lover, with more than 50 vendors and information booths, great food, prizes and activities. Special guest Marilynn Mee of Classic Hits WKLH will host the adoptables parade, showcasing pets looking for their new fur-ever homes! Nancy G. Photography will be on hand for pet portraits, and owners receive a free 5x7 print of their pet with a donated item from HAWS’ Wish List. Pets are welcome to attend with their owners, but must be kept on a 6’ lead or in a kennel/carrier. (Owners are responsible for clean-up after their pets; attendees are invited to take the Paws Pledge for Cleaner Water.)
Making August 18th even more exciting for HAWS, the third annual Ride for Rover motorcycle rally will also be rumbling through the area that day! The Ride starts at Hal’s Harley-Davidson at 9:00 a.m. and ends at the Pet Fair with a party featuring live music by Daisy Chain. This ride is open not just to motorcycle enthusiasts but to anyone who would like to support HAWS and partners Friends of M.A.D.A.C.C./B.A.D. Register at the event website, www.rideforrover.com, or at www.hawspets.org; the fee of $20/driver and $10/additional rider include the official Ride for Rover t-shirt and a goody bag. Visit all the Ride Stops (including Petlicious Dog Bakery & Pet Spa, Friends of Nature – Genesee and Central Bark – Sussex) and complete a “Ride Game Board” while on the road to win a flat screen TV, a party at Casa del Rio, bar tabs at other local favorite spots and more.
We hope you'll join us!
On Thursday, August 16, at 6:30pm, don't miss the opportunity to join Patricia McConnell at HAWS for an evening talk on Canine Play! Play! Play!
Play is fun, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just goofy or frivolous! Play is powerful stuff, and it has a profound influence on your relationship with your dog. Learn how play can enhance your relationship with your dog, improve your dog’s responsiveness and provide your dog with the mental and physical exercise they need. We’ll talk about up-to-date research on how to tell your dog you want to play (most of us aren’t very good at it!), some charming tricks and games to wow your friends, and most importantly, how NOT to play with your dog. If you'd like a happier, more responsive dog and a closer relationship with each other, then this talk is for you.
The registration fee is $40.00. Pre-registration is required and is available online or by contacting Khris Erickson, HAWS' Humane Educator, at 262-542-8851, x118.
Patricia McConnell, PhD, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, (CAAB) has made a lifelong commitment to improving the relationship between people and animals. She is known worldwide as an expert on canine and feline behavior and dog training, and for her engaging and knowledgeable dog training books, DVDs and seminars. For 14 years she dispensed advice about behavior problems, and information about animal behavior research, on Wisconsin Public Radio's Calling All Pets, which was heard in over 110 cities around the country. Dr. McConnell has presented seminars all over the United States and in Canada, Germany, Australia, Sweden, Belgium, Scotland and New Zealand.
Books and DVDs will be available for purchase, and Dr. McConnell will sign books after her talk! Please join us!
By the way - If you haven't already, check out HAWS' awesome August happenings! An "Essential Oils" seminar is on the 17th, our Pet Fair and Ride for Rover "merge" on the 18th, Puppy Parties happen every Sunday evening...and our Mobile Adoption Center is all over, bringing happy tails to you!
If you're looking to add a feline friend to your family, HAWS has just what you're looking for!
While summer is also known as "kitten season" at HAWS, we have lots of adult cats that are ready for their new furrever home, too. Singletons and bonded pairs, tuxedos and torties, the lazy and the playful - you'll find them here at HAWS!
Tux and Tawny are a bonded pair who sadly lost their home when their owner passed away. Tux is a handsome brown tabby and white male while Tawny, the female, is a unique "torbie" and white. Both cats are approximately 1 year old and ready to settle in today!
Broadway is a brown tabby who is a little over 3 years old. He's not a fan of baths or pedicures, but he loves to be brushed. (No worries about the pedicures - you can bring him back to HAWS on the 2nd Saturday of each month for help with that!)
Maybe there's a kitten in your future? How about Bert and Ernie? Or maybe Izzy or Onyx? Driver or Wankel? (Pop quiz: where does the name "Wankel" come from? Before you Google it, here's a hint - our gearhead caretaker named that one...)
It's a PURR-FECT time to adopt 4 feline paws from HAWS!
By the way - the Friends of HAWS' annual Mini-Golf Outing is this Sunday, July 22nd! Join us at National Golf Center in Big Bend - $12 for 18 holes, or $10 with an item from our Wish List. FORE HAWS!
We have a really neat activity happening at HAWS this Saturday, a K9 Nose Work "Mock Trial."
K9 Nose Work is just what you think - dogs doing scent tracking and targeting. Not only are nose work dogs used for search and rescue and crime investigation, but the practice has also become a sport for enthusiasts of any type of breed.
From the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) website:
"K9 Nose Work is the specific sport created and sanctioned by the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). This sport was inspired by the training methodology of detection K9s and borrows elements of that training for recreation. The terms nose work, fun nose work, scent work, search work are all commonly used references to describe any activity where the dog is using its nose to locate a target scent or odor. K9 Nose Work is the term that defines this detection inspired sport that has evolved from the pursuit of many dogs (with their handlers) to practice nose work and have fun."
On the HAWS grounds this Saturday, July 14, from 4-8pm, nosework students and their handlers will be conducting an exercise to practice their skills before they do a real trial.
The public is welcome to attend and view the dogs at work, HOWEVER, spectators must remain quiet and not interfere with the search activities. (Not your typical sporting event, for sure!)
For more information on K9 Nose Work, or if your dog is a nose work student and you would like to join in the mock trial, contact Laura Yurchak, laura@lovingpawsllc or 262-652-0652.
By the way - Central Bark of New Berlin is hosting "Open Gym for HAWS" this Sunday, July 15! Bring your dog for playtime between 4:30 - 7:00pm and also meet a few darling HAWS' adoptable pups. Admission is $5/dog - proceeds benefit HAWS. Dogs must be spayed/neutered and current on vaccinations. NBCB is located at 2105 S. 170th St., New Berlin. Call them at 262-785-0444, or contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
The action at HAWS heats up along with the summer temperatures!
Due to the Independence Day holiday, HAWS will be closed to viewing and adoptions on July 4th.
Regular hours will resume on July 5th. Those needing assistance with lost or found animals over the holiday should contact HAWS’ main number (262-542-8851) to be connected to our holiday Rescue team.
HAWS’ Behavior Department wants you to have a great life with your best friend. Starting July 1st and running each Sunday evening are HAWS’ Puppy Parties: Establish good socialization habits that will last a lifetime…and burn off some of that puppy energy! Also, get training advice every 3rd Thursday at the “Behavior Chats with Dr. Claudeen,” hosted by End of the Leash in Mukwonago. A special K9 Nose Work Mock Trial will be held at HAWS on July 14th for scent work student dogs and their handlers. Details and registration for all these programs are available at www.hawspets.org or 262-542-8851, x114.
HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center “brings happy tails to you!” Join the adoptable pets at Pewaukee’s 4th of July Parade, come for the Brat Fry on July 7th at Pick’n’Save of Sussex, participate in the special Adoption Event at Petco – Germantown on July 21st and celebrate the Dog Days of Summer at Advance Auto Parts of Waukesha on July 28th. Details on these and all the regular monthly Mobile stops are at hawspets.org.
Show your skills on the links at the Friends of HAWS 6th annual Mini Golf Outing, Sunday, July 22nd at National Golf Center, Big Bend. Donate a HAWS’ Wish List item and admission is only $10 for 18 holes!
Filling out HAWS’ busy calendar are Small Pet Pedicures (7/11 at Pet Supplies Plus, 7/21 at HAWS) and Cat Pedicures (7/14), the twice-monthly First Aid for Pets seminars (7/14, 7/28) and the GPA-WI Greyhound meet’n’greet at HAWS (7/28). Read more on the Upcoming Events calendar page of hawspets.org.
By the way - Save the dates: HAWS’ 5th annual Pet Fair in Menomonee Falls “merges” with the 3rd annual Ride for Rover on Saturday, August 18th..."make tracks" to Rotary Park and join the party from the beginning! And don’t miss HAWS very “fashionable” fundraiser, Romp the Runway, coming up on Friday, September 28th.
HAWS is as much about little pets as we are about cats and dogs. Check out these 2 small animals available for adoption today!
Meet Alice. To the left is Calamity. They are both sweet and charming little gals.
Because hamsters are nocturnal, they don't like to be disturbed during the day (we all need our beauty sleep, you know!). When evening comes Alice and Calamity will gladly come out and hang out with you, and burn off some energy on a hamster wheel. The girls will also need a large home with plenty of space to scamper about and lots of fun stuff to explore.
If you can give Alice, Calamity or any of the other great pets at HAWS a loving forever home, please come in (HAWS is open 7 days a week!) and ask to see us. The hamsters will be sleeping, but they'll be glad to wake up for a bit to meet you...
By the way - here are some great links for hamster info!
To learn about hamsters visit http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/hamsters/, for some wonderful videos on caring for hamsters check out http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-gather-your-hamster-supplies, and for a how-to on building a bin cage for your hamster try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l89E_p7dgUc. Enjoy!
We're havin' a heat wave! So, HAWS would like to give this friendly reminder to pet owners of the dangers of heat for their best pet friends.
Never leave pets unattended in your parked car. The temperature inside a car, even with windows open slightly, can quickly reach deadly levels. In sunlight temps can rise more than 30 degrees per minute.
In extreme conditions such as these, pets should remain indoors in a climate controlled environment. When pets must be outside, make sure they have protection from heat and sun (a dog house does not provide relief from heat) and plenty of fresh, cool water. Heat stroke can be fatal for pets just like it is for people. Exercise your pets in the early morning or evening hours. Be mindful of hot asphalt which can burn sensitive pet paws.
It is important to be able to identify the symptoms of heat stress in your pet: heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, and vomiting are some of the more common signs. Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area, apply cold towels to the head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over the affected pet. Let the pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. When in doubt, always contact your veterinarian.
Snickers is the 500th dog to be part of HAWS' Mod SquadTM program...and we're celebrating!
HAWS’ Mod SquadTM is a unique group of volunteers that works with special needs animals housed at our shelter. These volunteers are trained to “mod”-ify behavior using a variety of tools and techniques including EZ Walk harnesses, Tellington TTouch®, clickers and interactive toys.
Dogs in this program, like Snickers (pictured at right), are in several special needs categories. Maybe they don't thrive in the shelter environment or have been at HAWS a long time. Or, they are dogs who passed the behavior evaluation but aren't quite ready for adoption. Some are dogs who didn't pass the behavior evaluation but are oh-so-close and might with a little help!
Other dogs in the Mod SquadTM are dogs already in our adoption ward who would benefit from a little extra work. Activities provide a source of enrichment for them and quality activities outside their kennels.
Join us THIS SATURDAY at HAWS as we celebrate the Mod SquadTM AND all the dogs that have been a part of this great program!
By the way - Just as the Mod Squad’s behavior on the old TV show made good things happen for them, HAWS’ Mod Squad’s behaviors are helping good things happen for the dogs in our shelter - namely saving the lives of countless dogs who just need that little something extra.
HAWS' Mod Squad: Not just a rerun!
HAWS is “expecting” – and everyone is invited to celebrate!
Hundreds of cute kittens will “rain” on HAWS this year...so it is a great time for a Kitten Shower! Join the fun THIS Saturday, June 9th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at our shelter at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha. Enjoy cake, prizes, kid’s activities and more while helping HAWS raise the much-needed funds and supplies to care for these feline bundles of joy.
Is it the right time to add a new little member to the family? (Check out Reny the mom cat and her baby girl, Romy in the picture at right - too cute!) Specials include 2-for-1 kitten adoptions and a unique adoption rate for mom cats! Fees for moms are based on the number of kittens in her litter; if she had 2 babies, her adoption is only $2…and she goes home with a special gift! Every kitten or cat adopted will also receive a gift basket valued at almost $60. Pre-approval for adoptions is available for this event; contact the HAWS Adoptions staff at 262-542-8851 to learn more.
Other features of HAWS’ Kitten Shower:
· Learn how to be a Foster Family, giving a litter a strong start to life.
· Bring home your new best friend – adopt a kitten or 2, or
· Find out the joys of adopting a Mother Cat!
· Help care for the too-young-to-adopt-yet babies with formula and food donations.
By the way - If you are unable to attend you can send a monetary donation via mail to HAWS’ Kitten Shower, PO Box 834, Waukesha, WI 53187-0834, or use Paypal on HAWS’ DONATE webpage. Better yet: Log on to Amazon.com, search at the top right under "Wish List" for "humane animal" and shop for any items on HAWS' list! Supply donations will be needed throughout the summer – check out HAWS’ Wish List throughout the season and collect items to drop off at your next visit to the shelter.
HAWS kicks off the warm summer months with a hot June at the shelter!
Hundreds of cute kittens will RAIN on HAWS this year...so we're having a Kitten Shower for them! Join in the fun on Saturday, June 9, from 11am-4pm. Help care for the too-young-to-adopt-yet babies with formula and food donations. Learn how to be a Foster Family, giving a litter a strong start to life. Bring home your new best friend – adopt a kitten or 2, or find out the joys of adopting a MOTHER CAT. Enjoy cake and prizes and adoption specials all day.
Come to The Barkin’ Lounge in Pewaukee for doggy daycare during “The Date Night Special.” On Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd, from 6–11pm, drop off your dog while you go out, host a party or just take a break. Admission “fee” is a Wish List supply donation or a monetary donation to HAWS! Space is limited and reservations required, so contact The Barkin’ Lounge at (262) 691-2010.
Kids ‘N Critters Summer Camps start June 11th: Send your child to this fully interactive experience! Sessions for ages 7-14 run from 2 to 5 days and include animal playtime, training, games, field trips and more. Detailed information and registration available at www.hawspets.org or by calling Khris at 262-542-8851, x118.
HAWS’ Behavior Department wants you to have a great life with your best canine friend! Get training advice every third Thursday at the “Behavior Chats with Dr. Claudeen,” hosted by End of the Leash in Mukwonago. Coming July 1st: Puppy Parties! The first few months of a puppy’s life are crucial for establishing good socialization habits that will last a lifetime – help your puppy develop crucial interactive skills that will help him into adulthood…and interactive play is a great way for your puppy to burn energy! Details and registration are available by calling 262-542-8851, x114.
HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center “brings happy tails to you!” Join the crew at West Allis Ala Carte on June 3rd, Take Your Dog to Work Day at First Weber-Lake Country on June 22nd and VICI Capilli at Brookfield Square on June 30th. Check out these and all the regular monthly Mobile stops at hawspets.org.
By the way - Thinking of bringing your pet along on vacation? Call ahead to ensure it is welcome wherever you go! Take vaccination records and your vet’s phone number – and don’t forget ample supplies of any medications for your pet. Always have an I.D. tag on your pet and have a microchip implanted. I.D. tags and microchips are available at HAWS for a nominal fee.
Initially created years ago by a partnership through the American Veterinary Medical Association and letter carriers from the Postal Service, at HAWS we think Dog Bite Prevention Week is a great time to remind us all how to interact safely with our canine friends!
Most dog bites occur during what seem to be "harmless" everyday interactions - a child meeting a dog out on a walk, a family member playing with their pet and so on.
There are a number of very simple things we can do to avoid dog bites, from proper training and socialization of our pets to educating children AND adults on how to properly approach a dog...or when they should just leave the dog be.
Carefully select the right pet for your family: Don't get your pet on impulse, but rather research the breed that will best fit with your lifestyle. Is your family active? Don't get a couch potato dog that will feel overwhelmed. Are your kids shy? Don't get a big, rambunctious dog that will intimidate them just by being his goofy self.
Training is key...for everyone! Properly socialize your pup from day one - go to puppy playtimes, enroll in dog training classes as a family, expose your pet to many different situations so everyone gains an understanding of what is going on - and is more comfortable during new experiences.
Be healthy, be happy: Exercise your pet regularly - the walks and games of fetch are great for people and pets alike! Create a good rapport with your vet so you both can spot health issues right away that may affect your pet's demeanor. Ensure a long, happy life together.
Be mindful of others: Always maintain control of your pet - keep dogs on a leash while in public and make sure your backyard fence and gate are secure. While you know your dog, others don't - and no one can predict how a dog will act at all times.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Use caution around dogs you don't know. Never leave kids and dogs unattended - dogs and kids don't speak the same language and rarely understand what the other is doing. Teach children how to act around dogs, and remind them dogs are living beings with feelings just like them! (Dogs don't "get" hugs - and running up to a dog is an aggressive move in their world!)
By the way - HAWS is having a "Kitten Shower" on Saturday, June 9th. Help us care for the hundreds of new little babies with monetary donations or kitten food/formula donations. Learn how YOU can become a foster caregiver, or, if its the right time for you, adopt a kitten or mother cat. HAWS is "expecting" - share our joy!
HAWS is excited to announce that we have again been chosen as the beneficiary of Casa del Rio’s annual Margaritafest, the weekend fundraising party at the popular Waukesha restaurant!
The event runs this Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at 408 E. Main Street, Waukesha. Friday’s festivities run from 4 - 11pm and feature FREE admission with a donated item from HAWS' Wish List. The cookout will include a trivia contest at 6:30pm, raffle prizes, giveaways and music by Los Guys from 7 - 11pm. The Bacardi Girls will keep things hopping at the outside bar area.
On Saturday, the action happens between 2 - 11pm, with a Zumba Dance Workout kicking things off from 2-4pm. The evening will again include a cookout, outside bar, more trivia (6:30pm) and raffle prizes, music by Sound Therapy from 7-11pm and a visit from the Jose Cuervo Girls.
Proceeds from the weekend and sales from raffle tickets will be donated to HAWS. HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center will have pictures of adoptable pets at HAWS on display, and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the shelter and it’s programs for the community.
Cover charge for Margaritafest 2012 is $3. Join us and "Fest for the pets!!!"
By the way - Also this weekend, at the HAWS' shelter at 701 Northview Road, we'll be hosting our usual Pet First Aid class (1-4pm) and our Small Pet Pedicures (9:30-10:30am). All the details for these and other HAWS' programs are available on our Upcoming Events calendar on our website!
HAWS has so many adorable little pets available for adoption that we're having a "RODENT RALLY" this Saturday, 5/12, from 11am - 4pm.
Come meet the Roborovski Hamster Sisters, pictured at top, or mingle with Sprite the Mouse, or get rowdy with the Yanet Rat Family (also pictured)! Check them out, along with all the other great adoptable HAWS' pets at our Pet Showcase.
As a Rally special, all little pets will go home with a bonus gift. HAWS' Small Animal Ward Volunteers will be on hand to answer all your questions and make sure you're set for life with your new little best friend.
And don't forget: you can visit all the adoptables at HAWS - 7 days a week at our shelter at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha, or 24/7/365 at our website, www.hawspets.org.
By the way – don’t miss Casa del Rio’s annual MargaritaFest weekend – next Friday and Saturday, May 18-19. Again this year, HAWS is the beneficiary for this fabulous community event…talk about FUN-draising!!! We’ll see you there.
HAWS declares this “may” be the best month of the year for the shelter!
The Friends of HAWS present the 29th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 5th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Sussex Village Park. Collect pledges or set up a personalized webpage – 100% of donations raised at the Walk are used for animal care and programs at HAWS. Details at the Walkathon webpage of hawspets.org.
Kids ‘N Critters Summer Camps start soon – send your child to this fully interactive experience! Sessions for ages 7-14 run from 2 to 5 days and include animal interaction, training, games, field trips and more. Detailed information and registration available at www.hawspets.org or by calling 262-542-8851, x118.
HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center “brings happy tails to you!” Join the crew at New Berlin Safety Saturday on May 19th and at Pugfest on May 20th. And, again this year, HAWS is the special beneficiary of Casa del Rio’s annual MargaritaFest the weekend of May 18 - 19! Check out all the Mobile stops at hawspets.org.
HAWS' 29th Annual Pet Walkathon is coming up next Saturday, May 5th, from 9am - 3pm at Sussex Village Park.
Over the years we've asked people to share why they "walk for HAWS." We've heard wonderful stories about the love connections made at the Walk between adoptable pets and their new forever homes. We've learned how the Walk has brought families together in their support of HAWS and our work. We've even had groups make our event an annual get-together for themselves - a great time with friends and a great cause to boot!
This year, one of our most compelling reasons to Walk is Bruiser, a 5 month-old Chihuahua mix available for adoption at HAWS. In his short lifetime, Bruiser has been a homeless stray who needed shelter, he has healed from a leg-break which required medical assistance and foster care and, as an "intact" male, he was in need of neuter surgery from our SNIP clinic. We were able to take care of ALL of his needs at HAWS, through our on-site services and our network of caring animal people.
HAWS annual Walkathon fundraiser assures we are able to continue to be the safe-haven for pets in need...whatever that need may be! Please join us on May 5th and help us help those animals that mean so much to us. Raise money for the paws and claws at HAWS - on foot or online: here's the link to get you started...and the link to let your fingers do the fundraising...!
By the way - you can watch Bruiser in his TV debut here! He is QUITE the star...
Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Now is a great time - and at HAWS we have an AMAZING selection of adoptable pets to choose from!
Currently HAWS has about 20 dogs for adoption - and that's not including the "Valentine's Puppies" that will be arriving at the shelter this weekend (more on them in a bit - that's them pictured at right). Breeds available range from terriers to hounds to Yorkies to Malamutes - and the sizes are just as varied as the breeds! Whether you're looking for a running buddy or a purse pet, we've got your style!
How about a cat? With more than 40 to choose from, you'll have your pick between domestics and exotics. Our available cats have a wide range of ages, too...and we even have a few kittens already. Calicos, torties, tabbys, tuxedos, oh my!
Lest we forget, also available for adoption right now at HAWS are a Zebra Finch, 2 ferrets, 2 gerbils, 2 mice and about a dozen rabbits. If you're looking for out of the ordinary, we've got that covered, too.
The Puppies are Coming! Champagne's litter of shepherd mixes is ready to be adopted and arriving at HAWS this weekend. (To catch up on this "party of 15" please check out their blog here.) The pups are probably going to be medium to large once full grown. They've been socializing with kids of all ages for the past few weeks, and we think they're all just lots of fun. Call our Adoption Counselors at 262-542-8851 to learn more about the adoption process - some of the pups have already been wait-listed!
We'll see you at HAWS: Viewing and adoption hours are 7 days a week - Monday thru Friday from 1-6pm, Saturday from 11am - 4pm, and Sunday from Noon - 4pm. Adopt 4 paws from HAWS.
By the way - HAWS' 29th Annual Pet Walkathon is less than a month away - have you started collecting donations yet? Let your fingers do the fundraising with a personalized online page, or download a registration/donation form and hit the pavement for the paws at HAWS. See you at Sussex Village Park on May 5th!
HAWS is seeking nominations for our second annual Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness Award. This award is in memory of Diana Boettcher, a longtime resident of Lac La Belle who cared equally for the animals and people in her neighborhood throughout her life.
The Diana Boettcher Award seeks to honor a single young individual who exemplifies kindness to animals in their community. This kindness may take action through volunteering, promoting awareness or other acts of humane animal treatment.
The honoree will be selected by a panel of HAWS’ employees and friends. Selection will be based on the nominee’s commitment to animal welfare through public service and community life.
Nominees must be 18 years or younger. Family, friends, community members and teachers are allowed to nominate deserving youth; in addition, students may also nominate themselves. If chosen, the recipient must be available to accept the award at the Friends of HAWS’ 29th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 5, 2012 at Sussex Village Park.
Applications must include the nominee’s name, birth date, school and an essay (not to exceed 500 words) explaining their commitment to animals in their community.
All applications must be received at HAWS by April 9th and can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to HAWS, Attn: Kaitlin Daugherty, PO Box 834, Waukesha, WI 53187-0834.
By the way - have you set up your personal, online fundraising webpage for the HAWS Walkathon yet? Let your fingers do the fundraising...its easy, fun and a great way to get involved in support of the HAWS Cause!
At HAWS, we won't give up on a pet!! Meet MacKenzie the cat:
HAWS welcomed 15 new members to our "family" on Valentine's Day, when pregnant mom Champagne gave birth to her litter of puppies.
Currently in foster care, Champagne and her brood are not only being carefully monitored as they grow, but are also working on early-stage development with our Behavior Department! You can follow their progress by reading their blog - updated daily because so much happens in such a short time with puppies...
They've already reached a critical stage: it is time for socialization. One key need for this work? Names!
So it is time to "Play the Name Game" and we're asking for our community to participate and have a little fun along the way. For a $50 donation - which is being used for the puppies care - you can choose one of the 15 puppies and give it a name. These names will be used while volunteers work with the pups...and who knows: the future adopter may just keep your name of choice! (Hint, hint: make it a good one!)
All the details can be found at the Valentine's Puppies' blog, and the link to make your naming donation is on our main HAWS' website. Oh, and it looks like there are only 14 left to name now...hurry so you don't miss out!
By the way - we take the phrase "Spring into action" literally at HAWS, with these awesome upcoming events! March 19th is HAWS' Annual Bunny Day, 3/25 is Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition, also on 3/25 our Mobile Adoption Center will be at the Admirals' Game for Dog Day...
and our 29th Annual Pet Walkathon is set for May 5th. (You can get started now - let your fingers to the fundraising with an online page...)
HAWS again joins HSUS, the Humane Society of the United States, to observe World Spay Day 2012 – Tuesday, February 28th.
The message is simple: Spay-Neuter works – and HAWS is aggressively fighting pet over-population in the community with several life-saving programs.
In conjunction with World Spay Day 2012, HAWS is running the annual Cat-Nip and Pit SNIP Campaign, offering free spay-neuter services to the pets of qualifying Waukesha County residents. “World Spay Day promotes the control of our pet population in a real positive light,” notes Lynn Olenik, HAWS’ Executive Director. “Our focus this year is cats, kittens, Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes, since those are the animals and breeds most in need of spay-neuter efforts in Waukesha County.”
HAWS also invites greater community awareness and support! Donate to HAWS’ Sponsor-A-Spay drive or purchase a limited edition World Spay Day t-shirt at HAWS ($15, while supplies last). Pet owners can even help raise money for HAWS and promote spay-neuter programs all while showing off their best pet friend by entering the HSUS online Pet Photo Contest. Details and links are on HAWS’ Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) page at hawspets.org.
Olenik continues: “This year in particular, Spay Day gives us a chance to promote our Project Guardian and its impact on pet overpopulation within our community. This very important, grant-funded program sterilizes barn and outdoor cat populations in Waukesha County with no cost to property owners.” Olenik notes numbers of stray kittens coming into HAWS have dropped nearly 20% since the outdoor cat program began in 2005, proving the program a great success already!
February is "Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month." Of course, HAWS is celebrating in a big way!
This month, all rabbit adoption fees have been reduced by 50%. Each 'bun' will go home to its new family with a heart-shaped willow chew toy, and all rabbit adopters will receive a free copy of The House Rabbit Handbook: How to Live with an Urban Rabbit.
We have more than a dozen (!) beautiful house rabbits currently available for adoption at HAWS. Here are just a few:
There's Poppy, a gorgeous New Zealand White girl with lovely pink eyes who appeared in a commercial for Boston Store! (Adopt 4 paws AND a star!)
And how about Juliette, the Lionhead, a rowdy and rambunctious girl who loves to hop, leap and binky about the room. (What's a "binky" you ask? THIS is a binky...!)
Don't forget Buster and Posey, a sweet and gentle bonded pair of dutch bunnies! They love to shower each other with kisses and snuggle together...and are compatible with well-behaved children and dogs.
Learn all about House Rabbits as pets from the Wisconsin House Rabbit Society - and be sure to mark your calendar for HAWS annual Bunny Day, coming up on Sunday, March 18th.
By the way - World Spay Day is next Tuesday, February 28th. Are YOU doing your part to help HAWS save lives?
A great Waukesha eatery has really brightened up the New Year for HAWS!
For the second year in a row, HAWS has received a generous donation from Taco John’s of Waukesha. The downtown restaurant recently presented the shelter with a check for $1,992.00, the result of their December “Nachos Navidad” promotion and sales of Christmas ornaments at the store at 317 N. Grand Ave.
Taco John’s Unit General Manager Dusty Stiefel noted, “The entire crew at Taco John’s worked very hard to make all the customers aware that we were raising money for HAWS. Our customers were a huge part of raising this money this year – we couldn’t have done it without them!”
“We are honored to receive this amazing donation from Taco John’s,” said Lynn Olenik, HAWS’ Executive Director. “Support like this from our community means so much to us – and we have enjoyed all of our associations with Dusty and her staff. They are great friends to HAWS!”
(Pictured receiving the check at the HAWS’ shelter are Dusty Stiefel of Taco John’s and Jessica Pinkos of HAWS, joined by several HAWS adoptable pets.)
Get YOUR business involved in the HAWS cause: Learn more about community partnerships and events to support HAWS’ shelter at hawspets.org!
By the way - World Spay Day is 3 short weeks away. Help save lives through HAWS' Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP). Sponsor-A-Spay, purchase a t-shirt, enter the pet photo contest - all sorts of things can help! Visit our SNIP webpage to be a part of it!
World Spay Day is Tuesday, February 28 - one month from today. HAWS is getting involved in a big way!
We are asking YOU to help us save countless lives through our spay-neuter program (SNIP) efforts. We KNOW spay-neuter works - we've seen an almost 20% reduction in the number of stray kittens/cats coming into our shelter since 2005. A few more years of concentrated efforts - in particular with outdoor/barn cats - and we'll be close to seeing and end to pet overpopulation!
How can YOU get involved?
A donation as little as $30 can neuter a cat, $75 can spay a dog. Amounts above that can help us provide spay/neuter procedures to those in need, including our own shelter pets, local rescue groups, low income households, those with outdoor/barn cat groups and more. Any and every donation can make a difference, so click on over to our SNIP webpage and donate today!
Buy a T-shirt
HAWS is selling limited edition World Spay Day 2012 t-shirts. Your purchase of one of these t's not only supports our spay-neuter efforts, it also proclaims loudly to all who see your shirt the importance of spaying and neutering our companion animals. They're a beautiful blue and only $15..while they last!
Enter the Pet Photo Contest
HSUS, the parent organization of World Spay Day, is holding an online pet photo contest - when you enter your pet you can select HAWS as your charity of choice, and then all the votes your pet receives in the contest mean a donation to HAWS! You can win some amazing prizes, too...so show off your best friend and help the HAWS cause at the same time.
By the way - in association with World Spay Day, HAWS is providing free spay-neuter surgeries to target groups - those with cats, kittens, Pitbulls and Pit mixes. Do you need spay-neuter assistance foryour pets or outdoor/barn cat populations? Contact HAWS' SNIP clinic for information on available programs at 262-542-8851, x109.
This weekend HAWS has two "fun"-draisers that are truly Wisconsin in nature: a polka party and a family bowling day!
ROLL OUT THE BARREL
The Friends of HAWS welcome you to Oom-Pa Paws, the first annual polka party for HAWS! Enjoy an evening of dancing to great music by Carol & the Keynotes...and keep your New Year’s Resolution to get more exercise by joining in the fun and polka the night away. The party is set for THIS Saturday, January 28 at Saxe’s Restaurant in Genesee (on Hwy. 18 ½ mile west of Hwy 83).
The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. and goes ‘til midnight. Enter the raffle for an autographed Packers football, win door prizes and bid on great auction items (including Brewers front row tickets and an Admirals game suite). Cost is $20/person in advance or $30 at the door - includes chili and cookie snack at 9pm. Call 262-542-8851 for info! Come ‘polka your paws off’ in support of the HAWS cause.
HAWS for Paws Bowl VII
Bring the family to Fracaro's Lane in Waukesha this Sunday, January 29 at 11:00am for an all-ages bowling party for HAWS. For $15 a person you get 3 games and shoe rental - or bring a team of 4-6 people for special rates. Get more info and reserve your lane by calling Friends of HAWS member Maria at 262-490-2102.
By the way - the annual, worldwide observance of Spay Day is coming up Tuesday, February 28. Keep an eye out for HAWS special goings-on...including the opportunity to SPONSOR-A-SPAY and purchase your very own limited edition Spay Day t-shirt. (Proceeds from HAWS' events support SNIP, our Spay-Neuter Initiative Program and clinic!)
Twice each month at HAWS we host the team from Emergency Medical Services and their First Aid for Pets class. The first class for 2012 is coming up this Saturday, at HAWS, at 1:00 p.m. The class lasts about 3 hours and is a great resource for any pet owner.
Topics covered in the hands-on class include how to control bleeding, correct actions to take for poison ingestion, performing pet CPR, alleviating choking, treating burns, handling seizures and much more. A complete 126-page first aid manual is available.
EMS handles registration: Contact them at 262-879-0165 for more details, too.
Can't make it this Saturday? Check our Upcoming Events calendar on our website for all the 2012 class dates. The alternative class this month is January 28th.
By the way - HAWS sells First Aid kits for pets also at our shelter! We've partnered with Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center/Emergency Vet Service here in Waukesha to make these kits available. Each kit contains all the basic care essentials and costs $15. They are available in the merchandise section of our lobby. Purchase one for home and the car to always be ready to help your pet!
HAWS wishes a healthy, happy New Year to all pets and their people! Support the “HAWS cause” through festive events and fun learning opportunities during the entire month of January.
Cool Your Paws at HAWS on January 21st from 11:00am – 3:00pm, when HAWS joins Janboree – Waukesha County’s family-friendly winter fest. At 11:30am learn cooking for pets at “K9 Cuisine with Dr. Claudeen.” Take a dogsled ride around the HAWS’ grounds with Executive Director Lynn’s team from Noon – 2:30pm (sign-up begins at 11:30am, first-come/first-served, weather permitting, $5/run). Games and contests for pets and kids will run throughout the day; treats and hot cocoa will be served. Enter the raffle for a 36” LCD TV (donated by Subaru City), a pet-themed fire pit or a February dogsled adventure – tickets are on sale now for $5 each or 5 tickets for $20 (need not be present to win). All the details are at hawspets.org.
The Friends of HAWS present Oom-Pa Paws, the Polka Party for HAWS on Saturday, January 28th from 7:00pm – midnight at Saxe’s in Genesee/Wales. Enjoy music from Carol & the Keynotes, snack on chili and cookies and keep your New Year’s resolution to exercise, all in support of HAWS! Admission is $20/advance, $30/door. Plus, the annual HAWS for Paws Bowl is Sunday, January 29th from 11:00am – 2:00pm at Fracaro’s Lanes in Waukesha. Only $15/person includes 3 games and shoe rental; special rates available for teams of 4-6. Everyone welcome! More details at hawspets.org.
Highlights from HAWS’ busy January Calendar:
- Small Animal Pedicures are available January 11th at Pet Supplies Plus, Brookfield, from 6:00 – 7:00pm, and at HAWS on January 21st from 9:30 – 10:30am. Free – donations welcome!
- Cat Pedicures will be available at HAWS on January 14th from 9:30-10:30am for a $7 donation/cat.
- Two First Aid for Pets sessions will be offered, on January 14th and 28th, both from 1:00 – 4:00pm. Details and registration are available by calling 262-879-0165.
By the way - a few seasonal reminders for pet owners: As of January 1st, all dogs and many cats are required by law to have an updated license. Each municipality is different – owners should check with their city/town/village for details. Keep pets safely indoors when the temperature dips, other than for short walks and potty breaks. Clean salt off sensitive paw pads, check ears for frostbite, and have your short-coated dog wear a coat or sweater when outdoors. Store poisonous antifreeze out of reach, and, if your vehicle is outdoors, be sure to bang the hood to scare away any hidden animals before starting your engine.
So why do people donate to charities like HAWS, especially during the holiday season? Is it to do a good deed or support a cause they believe in? To feel better about themselves? For the tax benefits?
How about this for a motive to give: Studies suggest that generosity can directly benefit the well-being of the donor, making them happier and even helping them to live longer!
Sounds good to us at HAWS – because your support of our organization and our mission not only can save your life, but it can save the lives of thousands in our area. Tack on the fact that you’re helping animals – the embodiment of unconditional love and “warm fuzzies” – and it’s a true win-win.
Maybe you’re not into just writing a check or making an online credit card donation to HAWS? (Although if you follow the links you can do just that...) Maybe you’d like your donation to be more specific or tangible?
We’ve got some great ideas for you!
Buy a Brick: (Or tile, or engraved plaque) These lasting tributes are placed on display at HAWS, easily viewed at any time by the honoree or their family and friends.
Sponsor a Pet: Help our Behavior Department's Mod Squad continue their important work with the animals in our shelter – making them the best possible adoptable pet! Or, log onto our Petfinder.com Pet Showcase and choose a HAWS adoptable pet for your online donation.
Get or Give a Membership: This is an all-year-long way to show your love. With a Sustaining Membership your monthly donations for a year give continued support to HAWS. Or, choose an Annual Membership (a once-a-year donation) and keep your loved one connected to all things HAWS.
Sponsor A Spay: HAWS’ SNIP saves lives with spays/neuters of shelter and rescue pets, through the Outdoor Owned Cat Program (lowering incoming stray cats by over 15% over 5 years!), and through participation in World Spay Day free surgeries.
Designate a Department: (Okay, so this one is somewhat about writing a check/using your credit card, but it is still specific.) HAWS has several needs that are very tangible – scholarships for deserving kids to attend our camps and education programs, food/treats for all of our kennel residents and supply donations to keep our operating costs down, Annie’s Fund medical assistance for shelter pets…along with the above mentioned Behavior Department/SNIP needs.
So, get the whole family or neighborhood involved and do a fundraiser – toy drive, lemonade stand, garage sale, holiday goodies bake sale – turn it into a block party and "gather for good!"
Remember, in the long run, you’re doing this for yourself, too!
By the way – HAWS presents a FREE screening of “The Christmas Bunny” on Sunday, December 18. This family holiday movie stars Mrs. Brady herself, Florence Henderson. Showtime is at 1:00pm – come early to view HAWS adoptable pets at noon. Concessions will be available.
By the way part 2 – Give the gift of life during this giving season! Come to the Blood Center of WI (human) Blood Drive at HAWS on December 22. Sign up for your appointment at bcw.edu/HAWS or call HAWS at 262-542-8851.
Amid the changing seasons, a constant remains: HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, is the best resource for the Waukesha County community’s pets and their people.
Thousands look to HAWS each year for help, and community support allows HAWS to provide care and training to adoptables before and after their stay at the shelter; spay-neuter services for shelter residents, rescue groups and low-income households; an abundance of educational opportunities including Kids ‘N Critters camp, Critter Club, K’HAWS, individual behavior consults, free seminars and more…for all members of the family! Adopt, Learn, Give – Support the HAWS Cause today!
Send the kids to HAWS’ Winter Kids ‘N Critters Day Camp. Held December 26-30, sessions include both 2- and 3-day camps and are available for children ages 7 – 13 years. Spots fill quickly – call 262-542-8851, x118 today!
Highlights from a busy, festive December at HAWS:
· HAWS presents the Winter Symposium on December 3, focusing on alternative approaches to pet care and training. The participant fee is $135; proceeds to benefit HAWS. Call 262-542-8851, x204 for registration.
· Help HAWS and get a FREE 5x7 Portrait! Photographer/artist Thomas Paul Moran of Studio 723, 723 Clinton St., Waukesha, will take photos of people and their pets during the downtown Waukesha Art Crawl on December 3, from 4:00-10:00pm. 100% of donations go to HAWS, call 262-391-3903 for an appointment.
· Bring the entire family to HAWS for a FREE screening of “The Christmas Bunny” on Sunday, December 18. Showtime is 1:00pm for this new movie starring Florence Henderson as “the Bunny Lady” and Rupert the French Mini Lop rabbit as “Rumple.” Win prizes and learn about HAWS’ adoptable small animals. Concessions/snacks will be available for purchase; donations gladly accepted – see the HAWS Wish List!
· HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center helps with holiday prep! Meet HAWS at the Brookfield PetSmart Pet Adoption Weekend, December 3 - 4 from 11:00am-4:00pm., and get a photo-op with Santa! On December 10 come to Paws & Purrs Pet Grooming, 15136 W. National Ave in New Berlin, for an open house/ toy drive for HAWS! Meet'n'greet with HAWS adoptables from 12:00-3:00pm, and decorate a "pupcake."
· Give the gift of life at the Blood Center of Wisconsin’s (human) Blood Drive at HAWS on December 22. Online registration is available at www.bcw.edu/HAWS or by calling HAWS at 262-542-8851.
· Learn at a FREE seminar: “Keep your Puppy and Your Sanity” on December 4 or “Solve Common K9 Behavior Problems” on December 5. Details and registration at www.hawspets.org or 262-542-8851.
· Spiff up Fluffy with a Cat Pedicure on December 10, from 9:30-10:30am. $7 suggested donation per cat.
· The monthly First Aid for Pets class is December 17. Get details and/or register by calling 262-879-0165.
HAWS annual holiday appeal has already reached mailboxes in our community. This fundraiser gives us a chance to tell of the many great successes we have during the year. This year our story features Fred.
Fred is the poster child for all HAWS does for the animals of our community.
This vibrant young Shepherd/Lab mix was surrendered to HAWS due to a household move. Returned after his first adoption, Fred was found to have some very interesting habits – in particular, he had a compulstion to eat everything in sight! This made for some dramatic days at HAWS.
Fred received emergency surgery from the staff at the Veterinary Referral Center, our community partner, paid for by Annie’s Medical Fund. HAWS’ Caretakers gave him daily TLC including a diet of sweet potatoes, olive oil and Essfacid supplements. He spent one-on-one time with a loving foster care family to complete his recovery. Once back at HAWS, Fred participated in Camp Gone to the Dogs through our Education Department, learning basic skills from the kids in camp – and widening his circle of friends since he was such a willing student! The Adoptions staff made sure prospective new homes heard all about his activities (including training with the Mod Squad™), and once the right home came along HAWS’ Behavior Department consulted both before and after his adoption to assist with his transition.
Fred just wanted to be loved and cared for…but he also needed structure, attention and guidance – all of which HAWS offers through the teamwork of our Animal Care staff, SNIP clinic/vet techs, Behavior Department, Education Department, Adoptions staff, Community partners and volunteers.
All is well with Fred: He is now called Duke, and even has his own Duchess – a sister to romp and play with. His new family reports Duke has a heart of gold and is an incredible companion. He is obedient and eager-to-please!
Just like Fred, dozens of dogs, cats, small animals and their owners look to HAWS each year for help. YOUR support allows us to offer so much to them! HAWS gives care and training to our in-house pets to ensure the best possible adoption. HAWS provides spay-neuter services for shelter residents, rescue groups and low-income households. Our Outdoor Owned Cat Program has helped to dramatically curb the population of unwanted cats in our community. And educational opportunities abound – including Kids ‘N Critters camp, Critter Club, K’HAWS, individual behavior consults, free seminars and more…for all members of your family!
WE CAN DO GREAT THINGS – TOGETHER. Support the HAWS cause - Adopt, Learn, GIVE!
By the way - looking ahead, December is going to be a fantastic month at HAWS. The Winter Symposium is December 3rd, we're hosting a (human) Blood Drive on the 22nd, Kids 'N Critters Winter Day Camp is December 26-30. Learn more about all the HAWS happenings here!
This past Tuesday, HAWS had the pleasure of hosting the monthly Waukesha Business Alliance "Networking After 5."
More than 100 area business people came to our shelter for a few hours of food, fun - and warm fuzzies. We found out the latter wasn't what some of them had expected! Over and over again we heard comments that the NA5 attendees didn't know our shelter was so warm and inviting. They didn't expect the upbeat vibe they received - from both staff and volunteers, and especially from our animal guests.
We've been told we're the best kept secret in Waukesha County - maybe there's some truth to that? Those of us who spend our workdays here, those who come to volunteer and socialize with the pets-in-residence, those who've adopted from us, kids who have come to camp at HAWS, guests at our various seminars/events...they all know we're really quite a fun bunch to hang around with! Now we just need to make sure EVERYONE knows that.
At HAWS, we strive every day to be the pet-person's resource, a place to learn, a place to experience the joy of a companion animal. When people visit, they start to realize this isn't "the pound" - nor is it drab, dreary, depressing or antiseptic. From our yellow, orange and green color-scheme to our loving caretakers to our well-socialized and happy adoptables, you can be sure you're entering a positive place with postivie outcomes.
So, don't be shy, c'mon over and see us - we don't bite, we purr! And smile, and laugh, and...
By the way - our Mod Squad program is celebrating it's 2nd birthday, and you're invited to attend the party! (See what I mean about upbeat - 2 parties in one week!) Stop by HAWS between 2:30-4:00pm on Sunday to meet Mod Squad volunteers, learn about this important program within our Behavior Department...and have some cake!
This weekend HAWS is the beneficiary of a fun and creative supply drive.
This Saturday, October 22nd, come to Petco-Greenfield, 4950 S. 76th Street, and help fill up a vehicle with needed pet supplies for HAWS. Our business partner, Subaru City of Milwaukee, is providing one of their cars for STUFF THAT SUBARU.
Everything for our paws and claws can be found on our website Wish List, or simply go to Petco on Saturday and they'll provide a list. They'll even show you exactly what items they have and where they are in the store! What could be easier?!
So, while you're out running errands and picking up supplies for your own pet(s), stop at the Petco on 76th in Greenfield and shop for HAWS. Volunteers will be at the store on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, collecting goods and answering questions about our shelter.
Thanks in advance for your support of the HAWS cause!
By the way - coming up on Monday, October 24th, is a great FREE seminar at HAWS, "How to Tame the Tiger in Your House." Lead by Victoria Papa from Cats International, this class is designed to help us humans better understand cats and why they do what they do. Special guest Vivian Frawley will also do a feline agility demonstration- how cool is that?! Pre-registration for this event is required.
At HAWS we have a super-busy and fun October planned – highlighted by special fall-themed events and activities.
We “kicked off” the month at Goff House Gallery, 723 Clinton St., Waukesha at the October 1st Art Crawl. Local artist Thomas Paul Moran did portrait photography of dogs and their owners, with proceeds donated to the shelter. We're hoping to team up with Thomas again this fall/winter - keep your eyes and ears cocked for more info!
October could be coined the "Month of LIttle Best Friends," with not one but two FREE HAWS’ events this month featuring adoptable small animals. The “Gerbil Jamboree & Hamster Hoe Down” on Sunday, October 2nd highlighted the many small animals available for adoption at HAWS (still going on is an adoption special - take home a little best friend and get a gift!). Sunday, October 16th marks our annual Guinea Pig Primer – a day of all things for owners and those wanting to know more about cavies as pets. Join us from noon – 4:00 p.m.
HAWS’ 2011 fall fundraiser, Fashion for Paws for HAWS, is Friday, October 14, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Silver Spring Country Club. This cocktails and appetizers event features a runway show with fashions from local shoppes including Boutique B’Lou, Faye’s, Georgie…consignment for her, and Next Door. Check the event webpage on hawspets.org for details: Reserve your spot next to the catwalk today for only $75/guest!
HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center continues the busy season with 2 special football games! The team will be at Arrowhead High School the evening of October 7th for the big game against Waukesha West High School, and then will enjoy the honor of being the Carroll University Homecoming Parade Grand Marshalls on Saturday, October 8th at 1:00 p.m. The following weekend, October 15th - 16th, HAWS and Petco – Waukesha “Team Up” for a community pet adoption event. Many local breed groups and pet vendors will join in the fun at the Shoppes of Fox River on Sunset Drive in Waukesha. Saturday, October 22nd, come to Petco – Greenfield for Wisconsin Pet Care’s “Stuff the Subaru” – help fill a car from HAWS’ business partner, Subaru City, with pet food and supplies for the animals at the shelter. All Mobile visits are detailed at hawspets.org – just click on Upcoming Events!
You can always read all about the latest “HAWS happenings” at hawspets.org. Support the HAWS cause this October!
By the way: Currently we are running a young-cat adoption special - adopt two of our cats or kittens with a STAR on their info card and the entire adoption fee is only $60!! Twice as nice for a very sweet price!
One of my HAWS co-workers related a story to me of an interaction she had recently with a potential adoptive family. It centered around her trying to give a dog and a family a chance - a situation that, on paper, didn't look possible.
Whenever a dog comes to our shelter, our highly-trained behaviorists take it through an extensive evaluation process. The eval helps us determine - through exercises with the dog, past history given to us, and applied knowledge - what will be an appropriate new home situation. These evals can take hours, and are not done haphazardly. The utmost in care and consideration are put into the evals. We want every pet that comes to HAWS to have an equally great chance to find their new, FOREVER home. We want to set everyone up for success and a long happy life together.
The particular dog in this story has been given an "age restriction." He's mouthy during play, so we have determined he wouldn't do well in a home with younger kids (less than 6 years old). Younger kids don't understand "dog play" - and often dogs don't see younger kids as anything other than a littermate - or even a squeaky toy. (Kids make great squeaks!) Sure enough, when the family with a younger child was allowed to interact with the dog, eventually play became rough and the mouthiness occured. To protect the child, my co-worker stopped the interaction, explained why, and guided the family to choose another dog. Unfortunately, the family didn't like this part, as you can imagine, even though my co-worker was trying to protect the child from a potentially serious bite situation!
So, now we're stuck in an awkward position - a position where trying to think outside the box and be situation-specific (rather than in generalize rigidly) turns around and...nips us in the hands. My co-worker wants the dog to go to a loving family, but the family needs to understand we're trying to protect both them AND the dog entrusted to us. Our responsibility is to both, and we don't take that responsibility lightly. (And, unfortunately, we see all to often the results when the wrong dog and family get together - it is one of the reasons we're so badly needed in our community, and why education has become such a huge part of our mission.)
Just a day in the life...but we'll keep trying...and educating...and thinking outside the crate!
By the way - Fashion for Paws for HAWS tickets are now available! Join us for cocktails, appetizers and a runway fashion show on Friday, October 14th. All the details are at our Fashion for Paws webpage!