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 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!
“Everyone can get involved – by promoting awareness of spay and neuter for pets, or with their financial contributions,” said Olenik. “Every donation helps save countless lives of animals in our community!”
Call the shelter at (262) 542-8851 or visit www.hawspets.org to learn how to help.
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