Following COVID-19 precautions,
HAWS continues to restrict general public access to our facility until further notice.
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

Please scroll down for more information on HAWS, our SNIP spay/neuter clinic, and COVID-19.


The Humane Animal Welfare Society | Waukesha County Animal Shelter
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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.
We invite you to explore our site and learn more about us!


Winter 2020

Happy Holidays!?
This year the holidays will look different, just like everything else. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be in good spirits! While business – including adoption – is by appointment only, HAWS is still open 7 days a week and ready to help. Call us at 262-542-8851 with any questions.

Looking to give a gift for the pets this season? Please consider donating to HAWS annual holiday appeal, or sending us an item from our Wish Lists.

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

Through it all, we have their love.

Please note, the Friends of HAWS Holiday Bazaar, originally scheduled for December 5th, has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. We apologize for the inconvenience…and we’re disappointed, too!

We’ll see you again for the holidays in 2021.

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