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!


Fall 2020

HAWS’ Annual Meeting is coming up!
All are welcome to join us on Monday, September 28th at 7pm for our Annual Meeting! Due to continuing COVID-19 precautions, the meeting will be held via Zoom; access using this link. HAWS’ Annual Meeting includes a financial report, year in review, presentation of future plans and the election to fill available board positions. In order to participate in the voting process, you must have been a member of HAWS as of June 28, 2020 as required by Section 2.02 of our bylaws. Ballots must be returned to HAWS by 7pm on 9/28. We look forward to “seeing” you there!

Happy Tails 2020: An Evening to Benefit HAWS is going virtual!

Our annual fall fundraiser is set for Friday, October 23rd at 7pm! This year’s event will be 100% online, so gather your pet BFF and join us from the comfort of home as we celebrate HAWS and raise money to support our important work. The gala evening will include all the things that make Happy Tails our event of the year, with some great new things like a completely online silent auction for EVERYONE to bid on! Plus, we’ll have Top Hats & Tiaras, a Wine Pull and so much more. Tickets are available now – click here to get all the event details and purchase your “spot on the couch” for Happy Tails 2020!

Donate to HAWS Today!

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