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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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!