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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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.