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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



The Humane Animal Welfare Society | Waukesha County’s Animal Shelter

The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County (HAWS) is a non-profit organization established in 1965 that assists over 8,000 animals and welcomes more than 35,000 human visitors each year. As an open admission 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. HAWS is not affiliated with any other local or national humane organization.
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Have a HAWS-y Holiday!

All the paws and claws and people at HAWS wish you and yours the best of the season! Looking for a great gift for your favorite pet or pet person? HAWS can help! From memberships to sponsorships to HAWS paw and logo clothing, we have some great ways to share and support the HAWS cause!

Looking to give a gift to the animals? We have some great ideas for that, too, and we’ve made it easy with links to online shopping! But, we’d love for you to visit us, so if you’d rather shop and deliver in person that would be just as great.

We’ll see YOU at the shelter!



Donate to HAWS Today!

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