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.

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Giving Thanks for the Giving Season

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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!

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