HAWS continues to restrict general public access to our facility at this time.
ALL business at HAWS is being conducted by appointment only.

Please call our team at 262-542-8851, x0 for assistance. Thank you!

Monday – Friday:  9am – 6pm    /    Saturday:  9am – 4pm    /    Sunday:  11am – 4pm

The Humane Animal Welfare Society | Waukesha County Animal Shelter
Animal Rescue
Adopt from The Humane Animal Welfare Society
Humane Education
Control the animal population. Spay or Neuter your pet
Humane Animal Walefare Society Events
Pet training at HAWS
Surrender a pet

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.
We invite you to explore our site and learn more about us!


Winter 2020

A Brand New Year – and a Fresh Start in 2021!
We all have great expectations for 2021! One thing we promise at HAWS: we’re here and we’re available to help, with adoption, animal rescue, even our Pet Pantry with supplies for those in need. Business – including adoption – continues to be by appointment only, but HAWS is still open 7 days a week.. Call us at 262-542-8851 with any questions.

Looking for activities for the kids? Check out our virtual and in-person offerings…and SUMMER CAMP, too!

Want to get outside? Reserve a time at Saturday Dog Play, for Fun-Frost-and-Family or for a Zen Paw Walk at the new HAWS Schallock Center for Animals!

Looking to give us a Fresh Start? Please consider a monetary donation, or send us an item from one of our Wish Lists.

From all of the paws, claws and people at HAWS, THANK YOU for being a part of our caring community!

Donate to HAWS Today!

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