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  • HAWS

  • The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County Inc. – HAWS – is a non-profit organization established in 1965.  Each year HAWS assists over 6,000 animals, and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors to the shelter annually.  As an “open admissions” shelter HAWS assures sanctuary for animals in need, while offering educational programs and services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse and neglect.

    Dozens of dogs, cats, small animals and their owners look to HAWS each year for help, and generous, continued support from the community allows the shelter to offer so much to them!  HAWS gives care and training to in-shelter pets to ensure the best possible adoption – including post-adoption support from the Behavior Department to make the adoption a success for a lifetime.  HAWS Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) provides spay-neuter services for shelter residents, rescue groups and low-income households.  Educational opportunities abound – including Kids ‘N Critters camp, Critter Club, K’HAWS, individual behavior consults and group dog training, free seminars like “Keep Your Puppy and Your Sanity” and more.  “Fun”-draising events fill the year – from the Pet Walkathon in spring to Ride for Rover in summer and the Fashion show in fall…there is something for every member of the family – pets and people – at HAWS.

    HAWS is located at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  Visit HAWS’ website at and get involved in the “HAWS Cause”:  Adopt, Learn, Give!

  • HAWS Support the Cause

  • Did You Know?

    HAWS’ Outdoor Owned Cat Program has helped to dramatically curb the population of unwanted cats in our community – so much so that since this free spay-neuter program began in 2005 the number of cats coming to HAWS has dropped by almost 17%!

  • HAWS Building

    HAWS Building

    HAWS mascott

    Lucky the Mascott and Kitten

    HAWS adopter and adoptee

    A happy adopter and adoptee!

    HAWS Kids N

    Kids ‘N Critters campers and friend.

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