Critter Club & Tuesday Troops


Critter Club

A club for animal loving kids in middle school through freshman year in high school!   HAWS has an exciting program for middle school aged kids! For many years, we’ve been asked about volunteer opportunities for children. Currently, our volunteer opportunities require that children ages 13-15 partner with a parent, both in volunteer training and while volunteering here at HAWS.

Critter Club is a unique volunteer and educational experience, which provides opportunities for kids in the 6th through 9th grades to volunteer at HAWS on Saturday or Sunday mornings from 9am to 11am without a parent, and attend educational programs on Thursdays at HAWS between 6pm and 7:30pm. A Critter Club session will run for an entire school semester, and costs $150.00 per session to cover our staffing costs, as well as other expenses.

Critter Club has become overwhelmingly popular and options for membership are first offered to last year’s members.  At this time we do not know how many openings we will have available to offer to new applicants.  Applicants denied membership to Critter Club due to lack of space will be offered a spot in Tuesday Troops.

Applications must be accompanied by the following:

  • Recommendations from two non-related adults (teachers, ministers, scout leaders, etc)
  • A 150 word essay on why pets are important

Apply to Critter Club! for the Spring 2019 session!

Critter Club Meeting Dates for the Spring 2019 Session:

  • January 24
  • January 31
  • February 14
  • February 21
  • February 28
  • March 7
  • March 14
  • March 21
  • April 4
  • April 11
  • April 18
  • May 2
  • May 9
  • May 23

Tuesday Troops

Tuesday Troops will meet on three Tuesday nights a month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.  The first 30 to 45 minutes will be spent on volunteer work that will help HAWS in our mission to care for the animals and support pet owners of Waukesha County.  Volunteer work will include doing laundry, sorting newspapers for lining of caging, washing nose and hand prints off windows, and other activities.  The last part of the night will be spent socializing dogs, cats and other adoptable animals at HAWS.

The application process for Tuesday Troops is the same as Critter Club:  Applicants must apply for membership to the club, submit recommendations from two non-related adults (teachers, ministers, scout leaders, etc.) and write an essay about why pets are important. Once these submissions are reviewed, we will invite the best candidates to join the program within two weeks of the first-scheduled meeting.

Members of Tuesday Troops will have first option for any Critter Club spots that open up in the future.

The cost for Tuesday Troops is $75.00 — half the amount of Critter Club since Tuesday Troop members will not be volunteering on the weekends.

We are now taking applications for the first semester of Tuesday Troops which will start in the middle of September, 2018.  Meeting dates will be announced at a later date.

Applications must be accompanied by the following:

  • Recommendations from two non-related adults (teachers, ministers, scout leaders, etc)
  • A 150 word essay on why pets are important

Apply to Tuesday Troops! for the spring 2019 session!


Tuesday Troops is full for the Spring 2019 Semester.

Check back in July to apply for the Fall 2019 semester. Existing members will be given the option to rejoin, and so availability is not guaranteed. 


Tuesday Troops Meeting Dates for Fall 2018 Session:

  • September 18
  • September 25
  • October 2
  • October 9
  • October 23
  • October 30
  • November 6
  • November 13
  • November 20
  • December 4
  • December 11
  • December 18
  • January 8
  • January 15

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