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

- HAWS Mission Statement


The Humane Animal Welfare Society | Waukesha County Animal Shelter

DEV_CompanionCircle_logo-wtext_103x97The 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!


Dog Days of Summer!
HAWS is honored to be one of HSUS/HSI’s Emergency Placement Partners, assisting with the rescue and re-homing of dogs saved from a South Korean dog meat farm. Five dogs came to HAWS in July; four were soon placed up for adoption. The fifth dog, Smiley, will be undergoing orthopedic surgeries and treatment before adoption.

Please follow HAWS’ Facebook page for updates, including #SmileysJourney! Donate to help Smiley here.

Applications and adoption information available here.


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Lynn Olenik (Executive Director)


1658ede Khris Erickson (Humane Educator)



Join us on October 20th – reservations open September 1st.

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