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.
HAWS License #267280-DS
Executive Director, Lynn, and the entire staff and volunteer corps at HAWS wish you a wonderful holiday season! Blessings to all creatures great and small, 2- and 4-legged, furred, finned and feathered!
Happy Holiday’s everyone!
Winter is definitely here! A good book, a cup of cocoa and your favorite pet snuggled down on the couch (if so allowed), and you can ride out any weather.
At this time, we also ask you to remember those who are in residence at HAWS, without their families this holiday season. To help keep them happy while they wait, we could use Kongs and durable, washable toys; crinkly shiny things for our cats and even chew toys for the small animals.
And doon'f forget, donations of supplies save the shelter valuable resources that can be then be spent on things that can't be donated - like electricity and heat. Stop in and spread the cheer with the staff and volunteers, visit the animals and see our holiday ornament tree, uniting all the local shelters.
Most importantly, please keep your own pet safe this holiday by limiting access to things like decorations, too much people food and overindulgence in raw hide bones and treats. Keep them safe around the festivities, giving them a stress-free place to hunker-down if the relatives and guests become too much and the festivities overwhelming! A crate or a quiet room can prevent a bite when a well meaning guest just won’t “let sleeping dogs lie”
Enjoy those quiet couch moments to share some "peace on earth" with your best friends!
By the way - donations to HAWS are a great way to observe the holidays! Honor your best friend, person or pet, with a monetary donation. Or, purchase an ornament from our Angels for Animals lobby tree to help support the HAWS cause. While you're out and about, keep our Wish List in mind - we can always use those daily odds and ends. Seasons Greetings!