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The Humane Animal Welfare Society | Waukesha County Animal Shelter HAWS, is a non-profit organization established in 1965 that assists 8,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 35,000 human visitors annually. As an "open admissions" shelter, we accept animals regardless of age, health, temperament or breed. Our full service humane society offers programs and services that promote responsible pet ownership, preventing animal abuse and neglect in our community and beyond. HAWS promotes the humane care and treatment of all animals, in support of cooperative humane efforts throughout the state of Wisconsin. HAWS is a member of the Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies, and not affiliated with any other local or national humane society. We invite you to explore our site and learn more about us! https://hawspets.org/
HAWS is dedicated to saving lives. There is much talk about the "no-kill" movement, but it takes more than using a catch phrase to make a difference for the long term! Programs need to be in place to both care for animals in need and to craft a long-lasting solution. Here at HAWS we don’t turn our community’s animals away, keeping our doors open to help the animals of families in distress as well as lost and stray animals. We strive daily to meet the expectation of a no-kill nation, reaching the leaders of tomorrow through our many educational opportunities. Active programs help us lessen unwanted litters, and help unruly dogs to develop the manners to not only go to new homes but to stay there. Being "open admission" means we take all domestic pets. We don’t turn them away. To be both open admission and reach the 90% placement rate we believe no kill shelters should obtain is a challenge. We need the public’s support, through adoptions and foster care, as volunteers and donors, so we can keep our doors always open and find homes for all the adoptable animals in need. We are dedicated to our community’s animals, giving shelter to local animals rather than bringing in volumes from out of state. Our community still has a great need for our services! We have challenged ourselves in every aspect of our operation, such as using canine behavior evaluations to develop a program to assist them, rather than just helping us to select the most desirable, leaving others behind. We believe in what we do.