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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HAWS Adoptable, Gnar!

Gnar is a 10 year old Spitz Mix who came to HAWS as a stray. Since being at the shelter we have seen that he is good with both cats and dogs. He is a happy-go-lucky guy. He loves to go for walks and is great on leash! We believe that he may have poor hearing. He will also need an owner that will give him a diet and exercise program as he is overweight.

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Recognizing Kindness in Youth

Below is an excerpt from our Director's Blog. Originally posted on March 8, 2016.

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HAWS presents the Rally for Rats on Sunday, March 6th, beginning at 1pm. Spend a day learning about these great little pets and share experiences with other rat fans at this FREE event! Featured topics and speakers are “Common Health Issues of Rats” with Dr. Jennifer Bloss, Brook-Falls Vet Hospital/Exotic Care and “Behavior, Bonding & Housing” with Sascha McCormick, President of The Rat Retreat and Rat Mom at the Regal Rat Sanctuary of WI. Details at

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Thank You for being that "Someone Special"

At the beginning of February HAWS kicked off its invitation to the community to join us in helping create a No-Kill Community. Staff members and community members posted on Facebook the many and various ways that a person can help.

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The “Great Chinchilla Occupation” has ended, according to officials at HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County.

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