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!


Welcome to Fall at HAWS

HAWS’ Annual Membership Meeting is set for Monday, September 17th at 7:00pm. Please join us for the year in review, Board member elections and volunteer and staff awards. Everyone is welcome; voting is restricted to those members in good standing prior to June 17, 2018.

Board candidate biographies available here. HAWS’ Annual Report will be uploaded to this site after the meeting.



HAWS’ Fall Fundraiser:
Reservations Now Open!

We invite you to join us “at the shore” for HAWS in the Hamptons, a very special fundraising evening. Learn about HAWS’ innovative programs and how YOU can help more animals find their day in the sun!

Click on the logo at the right and be transported to the Adirondack chairs…


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Lynn Olenik (Executive Director)


1658ede Khris Erickson (Humane Educator)



Donate to HAWS Today!

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