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The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County leads the community in animal welfare and assures sanctuary for animals in need.

- HAWS Mission Statement


DEV_CompanionCircle_logo-wtext_103x97HAWS 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!


August, 2015: HAWS is Expanding Again!

Building on our strong foundation, HAWS’ expansions and renovations ensure our facility will continue to meet the needs of our community. In 2015, with 100% support from our Board of Directors – both verbal and financial, HAWS again embarks on a facility expansion campaign, reflecting the growth in our area and ever-evolving nature of our work to make life better for our community’s pets and their people.

With your help, we can achieve our goal!

YOUR DONATION FOR TODAY gives HAWS a strong, stable foundation. YOUR PLEDGE FOR TOMORROW will help HAWS to expand, to continue to meet our community’s needs and Build a Society that’s Humane.


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General donations help us provide shelter 24/7 365 for lost, abandoned, unwanted or stray companion pets.