Friends of HAWS



The Mission of the Friends

​The Friends of HAWS volunteer group is dedicated to supporting the mission of the Humane Animal Welfare Society through community involvement and fundraising activities. Through programs, special events and community activities they act as ambassadors, promoting HAWS’ goal of responsible pet ownership and the prevention of animal abuse and neglect.


Friends of HAWS History

HAWS was run entirely by volunteers when first established in 1965. From phone inquiries to animal pickups, in addition to educational outreach and kennel cleaning, members of the community came together to carry out HAWS’ animal care and control efforts. Even upon the hiring of the first full-time employee in 1976, the need for volunteer assistance continued. To this day, HAWS’ existence would not be possible without the dedication of these unpaid helpers. The Friends of HAWS is committed to helping wherever and whenever needed, and to contributing toward the financial well-being of the shelter.

The Friends are led by an executive committee. Officers are elected each November and hold a one-year term.

2021 Friends of HAWS Officers
President – Nancy Mayo
Vice President – Sandy Hoffmann
Secretary – Vacant
Treasurer – Annamaria Iacullo

Making A Difference

The Friends lead the way with events such as the annual Pet Walk and being actively involved in the yearly HAWS fall fundraising gala. Funds are raised through the sale of HAWS apparel, at annual bake sales, the Holiday Bazaar, Media Sale and Textile Drive (in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul). The Friends of HAWS are also involved outside the shelter walls, participating in activities organized by HAWS’ community partners and supporters. Maybe you’ve seen our coin boxes on the counter at your favorite local gas station, grocery store or pet supply store?

HAWS is very thankful to the Friends of HAWS volunteers for their efforts! Proceeds from their events benefit the paws and claws at HAWS, as well as supporting education, outreach and other programs HAWS provides throughout the community.


Check out the Calendar of Events page to see what the Friends of HAWS are up to now, or read the latest Friends of HAWS Meeting minutes to learn how YOU can become part of this very important group:







Get Your Paws on HAWS Gear!

The Friends of HAWS sell several different styles of “HAWS” gear, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and fleece. They are available in many colors, with HAWS’ full logo, the single paw design, in the “Peace Love Adopt” format and in the “Adopt 4 Paws from HAWS” classic design! Stop by the shelter or come to any Friends’ event to purchase! Gear ranges in price from $3 – $36, all in support of HAWS.

Program Support

Funds collected by the Friends group are dispersed based on the needs of the shelter or from specific requests from the departments within HAWS. The Friends of HAWS has raised over $85,000 annually, directly supporting HAWS’ many programs, such as:

  • Spay Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) Clinic – purchasing equipment for the surgical suite and sponsoring surgical programs such as Project Guardian.
  • Humane Education – supporting the Kids ‘N Critters Day Camp, assisting with K’HAWS kids’ club and various seminars.
  • Animal Rescue Team – furnishing a new road response van and safety equipment for HAWS animal care and control efforts.
  • D.A.R.T. – supporting HAWS’ efforts to train and maintain a local disaster response team.
  • General Assistance – volunteering in the HAWS shelter and office and with the Mobile Adoptions program, assisting with facility upkeep and organizing special events.

​Join Us!

Any adult in the community interested in the improvement and promotion of the Humane Animal Welfare Society is welcome to join the Friends. Meetings are held at the HAWS shelter on the second Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m. Attendance at these meetings is not mandatory to become involved in the various activities, but in order to maintain active status members are asked to attend at least 4 meetings per year, and participate in two 4-hour volunteer shifts at Friends events.

Questions? Please call the shelter to leave a message for the Friends of HAWS or email [email protected].


The 2020 Holiday Bazaar and 2021 Have-A-Heart Bake Sale will be combined into one event, “Christmas in July” on Saturday, 7/24! Stay tuned to this page and HAWS social media for details as they become available. See you then!


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