The Fur (& Feather!) Flyer

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.

HAWS License #267280-DS


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HAWS was called onto the scene at the North Street apartment fire on Saturday - we are still actively helping residents with pets.

WAUKESHA ­­— January 17, 2011 —  HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, continues to have an active role in the assistance of the dozens of displaced victims and their pets from Saturday evening’s Waukesha apartment building fire.

HAWS’ Animal Rescue Team was initially called to the scene shortly after 5:00 p.m., as several cats that had escaped the blaze were in need of safe housing. Residents searching for pets were also able to give reports to staff on the scene, to enable any cats reported as found by neighbors to be more quickly matched with their waiting owners.

Safe and secure at HAWS - time to relax!Overnight and into Sunday HAWS handled the transfer and care of 7 cats:  one cat continues to be held in safe-keeping at HAWS, while another cat is in treatment at the Emergency Veterinary Service facility in Waukesha. The remainder of that group of cats has been reunited with their owners. However, HAWS holds missing reports for an additional 6 cats. Waukesha residents who have seen cats wandering or have found a lost cat in the area near North and Madison Streets should contact HAWS at 262-542-8851 to file a report.

By the way -
This tragedy reminds us all to prepare for everyday emergencies. Create a pet emergency kit before you need it, with a carrier in an easily-accessible location, and include food and water, leash, medical records and feeding schedules, cat litter or dog waste bags, identifying photos and toys. If possible, find a trusted neighbor who will assist if you are not home during an emergency to take care of your pet. 

HAWS is always available to house companion pets for the short term when a disaster or emergency occurs. Anyone wishing to donate to HAWS to assist with animal emergencies can log onto and click on the DONATE button, or call 262-542-8851, x112.

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