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 and COVID-19.


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!


Summer, 2020

We made it to summer! While HAWS continues to observe CDC protocols, we are still definitely providing all of our important services to the community. Our staff is ready and available to assist.

Want to get out for some safe, socially-distanced fun? HAWS’ Mobile Adoption team has hit the road for Pups & Pops events, Yappy Hours, the Dog Days Wine Down event and MORE. We’d love to see you – from at least 6 feet away, of course! And remember, lots of pets are looking for their forever homes, so check out our Pet Showcase and add a new family member today.

How can we help? HAWS is open 7 days a week, and here to meet our community’s needs.

Donate to HAWS Today!

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