Thank you for being that “Special Someone”

To our volunteers, donors, staff and all in the HAWS Family: I’m not sure you realize how special you are. In our February newsletter, we talked about “Being that Special Someone.” But YOU already are. For us to move forward into a no-kill community, it will take many “Special Someones” to get us there. What is a no-kill community? This is a community where all treatable, manageable and trainable animals are placed in loving homes. Where Annie’s Fund allows us to address medical concerns, we will not continue the suffering of an animal with a degenerative, progressive and painful condition. Our Behavior Department’s MOD SQUAD works to modify difficult behaviors. We will not place a dangerous, unsafe animal up for adoption who, with training intervention and behavior modification, fails to progress. Ferret fun! Kitten Some-bunny special Scooby Let’s play! We have met the no-kill criteria with dogs and with small animals. We are also making huge strides with our cat populations thanks to abundant foster homes, volunteers who help them to stay social and with the spay/neuter surgeries done by Project Guardian in our SNIP clinic. You will see expanded TNR services, a barn cat program and an additional push for foster care families in the upcoming months. For us to maintain our open admission policy, and attain full no-kill status, will take a community effort. Thank you for your dedication to our community’s animals. Together, we can build a no-kill community. Thank you for being that Special Someone! – Lynn and the HAWS’...

Building a No-Kill COMMUNITY

HAWS is constantly working to achieve and maintain the benchmarks, as outlined by the No-Kill Coalition, for our shelter. (The complete list – and how HAWS compares – is available here.) But, at HAWS we are striving to reach an even larger goal: Building a No-Kill Community. As an open admission shelter, HAWS is dedicated to helping all of our community’s animals in need. We cannot simply close our doors when we are full. This presents challenges to our facility and programs, challenges that are met each day, and often overcome! Accelerated growth in three key, donor-funded programs has helped HAWS make crucial strides towards our dream that every domestic animal which is healthy or medically treatable, that has a sound temperament or modifiable behavior, gets the help it needs to find a new family. • Annie’s Fund has made it possible for us to treat animals with medical issues that, in the past, would have prevented their adoption. We do not believe in extending the suffering of an animal; Annie’s Fund allows us to help where it is in the pet’s best interest. • Our Behavior Department’s Mod Squad has changed the lives of dogs with challenging behaviors. Behavior problems/lack of training are a key reason dogs come to HAWS; when dogs were returned after adoption often it was because these undesirable habits were still with them. We now change these issues before they leave the shelter, keeping them in their new families for life. • Project Guardian, the free spay/neuter program for outdoor cats, has lowered the incoming number of stray cats to our shelter by 42%...

WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS…

That song sticks out in my mind as we are faced with a few special residents this holiday season. We had a little “Christmas Miracle” with CHANCE, the German Shepherd who was hit by a car last week. Thanks to the Police in Menomonee Falls, HAWS’ Rescue Team, the staff that drove him to Madison and picked him up, the folks at WVRC and the UW-Vet School; his leg has been repaired and he is on his way to the German Shepherd Rescue Alliance to recover and recuperate. Thanks to all our Annie’s Fund contributors who made his medical treatment possible, there is a happy ending for a dog who is both medically needy and underweight. Things don’t stop there. We could use another “miracle” outcome for SCOOBY, a dog who needs a home with special people who are not put off by a large, clumsy, young exuberant fellow. Where he is a generally sweet boy, he needs room to run, a consistent, firm-but-kind family and possibly another exuberant playmate. Then there is LUCKY, a dog our Mod Squad is working with who has been here far too long. There are still a number of adult cats waiting for adoption – they are often overshadowed by the available kittens and we need some holiday good will to help them find their new homes. So, think good thoughts, say some prayers, send positive energy HAWS’ way… whatever you do, whatever it takes, please remember all of HAWS’ animals over the holidays and throughout the new year. Merry Christmas and a blessed 2016 to all of you from all of us...

The Mod Squad Celebrates its 1,000th Graduate!

My sincerest THANK YOU to all the members of HAWS’ Mod Squad, past and present, for the work you do. The Mod Squad began back when, at the decision to euthanize a dog, an employee spoke up and said, “there just has to be more we can do.” It wasn’t a question or a demand, but a quest to find a solution to fixing the dogs that had behaviors that weren’t socially acceptable and those that were nervous or afraid. Combining Dr. Claudeen’s strengths with volunteers’ passion and work ethic, a model program has been created that others have chosen to follow! More than that, it has saved many lives and given people associated with shelter work HOPE: Hope that someday, maybe, we can save them all. At the annual meeting we shared this stat: Since HAWS’ Mod Squad began in 2009 we have dramatically lowered the euthanasia rate in the shelter – by about 50%! It looks as though this year we are on the way to another significant drop. HAWS’ Mod Squad is transforming our organization. But it isn’t just the Mod Squad members alone who have contributed to its success. It is also the Board which directs money to the program, donors who support the costs of HAWS’ Behavior Department, organizations that have given grant dollars, other volunteers that exercise dogs and fill in the gaps, and staff who have learned to trust. We are a team. Because of my duties here at HAWS, I often see things in numbers and dollars. But I also see Ginger, Lilo and the many, many others that have made...

Snickers gets a new family…& friends!

I adopted Snickers the guinea pig from HAWS last month. Since I am not home all the time, my parents agreed that my 5 month old guinea pig named Lilith needed a friend to give her company while I’m at school. I had found Snickers on Petfinder.com and the next day after school my dad drove out to HAWS to just look at her. A very nice lady at the desk put us in a room with Snickers, but she told us Snickers was a little bit skittish. I watched Snickers run around and eat her hay for a few minutes and I started petting her. She started pop-corning (jumping around, extremely happy) and was purring and squeaking. I picked her up and she cuddled right into my chest! She was purring and squeaking and that’s when I looked at my dad and said “She’s perfect.” He agreed and signed the adoption form. (We were a little unprepared because we were only going to look at her but HAWS had a nice huge cage and my dad bought it along with a play pen and a little house.) I put the cage setup in my room and put Snickers’ and Lilith’s cages next to each other so they both knew they were in the same room. The next day we put them in the play pen – there was a little bit of a fighting and teeth chattering but I was expecting that. (Lilith is very protective of me and thought Snickers was either a danger to me or felt like I was replacing her. But she quickly learned...

Growing – Together!

Waukesha County is a great place to have an animal shelter – progressive attitudes combine with rural values. As an educated community, Waukesha is leading the way in animal welfare. Soon the population in Waukesha County will crest 400,000. We are Wisconsin’s third largest county, one of the fastest growing counties in the state. That growth means an increase in pets and the need for animal-related services. Waukesha County’s population is aging, along with our nation as a whole. This means more support services are needed for pets, such as a safe keep program that offers temporary emergency shelter for the pets of seniors and families in crisis. Animal hoarding cases have increased, putting a demand on our facility for intervention for these animals. Families raising children in Waukesha desire educational programs that teach values and give youth an opportunity to practice compassion, nurturing and empathy in a safe and engaging atmosphere. These values in our youth will in turn maintain our excellent community. As the public wants more from their humane society we, too, wish to increase the positive outcomes for animals in our community. • More education for youth through education programs – for all ages. • Tackling illness and injuries through Annie’s medical assistance fund. • Shaping positive behaviors through our Behavior Department and the Mod Squad. • Supporting our adopters with classes, education and 1:1 counseling. • Keeping – and helping animals longer with increased, more restful and quiet kennel space. As the economy struggled in 2008, HAWS made the decision to move ahead with our previous expansion using only funds that had already been...

Gypsy the Gerbil!

Hello, my name is Becca C. and I am a volunteer at HAWS. In June, I adopted Gypsy the gerbil. After she settled in, I found out that she loves to spend time running around on the couch. Every day she spends time running around and climbing anything within her reach. One day, I went to the store and found a small animal toy that had a pine cone and other things on twine. Within an hour, the whole thing had disappeared! Now, any time she gets a pine cone, I’ll see her having a blast destroying it. No longer do I have to recycle toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes or small boxes, Gypsy has it covered! Gypsy has really livened my home up, she is an amazing pet and she is also very intelligent. She has definitely made my life brighter and more...

Congrats to Trina, HAWS’ Employee of the Year!

I would like to congratulate Trina Washebeck as our Employee of the Year! Trina does her job always with a smile. She motivates her coworkers and has outstanding customer relations skills. She can be counted on in any emergency to what needs to be done and do it well, and do it enthusiastically. She created our now-habitual (and very necessary) Tuesday Starbucks run for the staff, for which we’re all grateful. Trina is also one of the main paparazzi for Toby, HAWS’ mascot cat. Trina not only cares for her department co-workers, but helps out our staff in the office and is a favorite of our volunteers. Thank you Trina for a job well done!...

Senior Yogi

Dear HAWS, Just wanted you to know how we are doing with our senior dog, Yogi! He’s happy and healthy – he fit in so well, it seems like he was always with us. He goes on 2 daily walks and loves to be outside on the porch. He also loves to watch TV (on the recliner!), play with all of his toys, and the neighbor dogs. He gets along great with the 2 cats. We are blessed to have such a great buddy, pal and friend. Thanks again – the Dettlaff Family...