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!


Summer, 2017


HAWS new cozy cat colony, Ruffian’s Refuge, is now open!
We are excited to announce our newest cat housing area is now up and running. Residents of Ruffian’s Refuge, named for a beloved HAWS’ alumni cat, will enjoy climbing walls, cubbies, bird watching and more – and potential adoptive families can interact with them at the same time! Stop by HAWS today and see this fantastic new living arrangement, and adopt one of its residents into YOUR home.

Applications and adoption information available here.


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Lynn Olenik (Executive Director)


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