HAWS is dedicated to saving lives. There is much talk about the “no-kill” movement, but it takes more than using a catch phrase to make a difference for the long term! Programs need to be in place to both care for animals in need and to craft a long-lasting solution. Here at HAWS we don’t turn our community’s animals away, keeping our doors open to help the animals of families in distress as well as lost and stray animals. We strive daily to meet the expectation of a no-kill nation, reaching the leaders of tomorrow through our many educational opportunities. Active programs help us lessen unwanted litters, and help unruly dogs to develop the manners to not only go to new homes but to stay there. Being “open admission” means we take all domestic pets. We don’t turn them away. To be both open admission and reach the 90% placement rate we believe no kill shelters should obtain is a challenge. We need the public’s support, through adoptions and foster care, as volunteers and donors, so we can keep our doors always open and find homes for all the adoptable animals in need. We are dedicated to our community’s animals, giving shelter to local animals rather than bringing in volumes from out of state. Our community still has a great need for our services! We have challenged ourselves in every aspect of our operation, such as using canine behavior evaluations to develop a program to assist them, rather than just helping us to select the most desirable, leaving others behind. We believe in what we do.
There are 11 steps outlined by the No-Kill Advocacy Center to move our nation towards no-kill. Here at HAWS we are answering the call with the following programs:
1 – Feral cat Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) program.
Project Guardian finds the funds annually to offer FREE spays and neuters for 500 outdoor / feral / barn cats that are breeding and leading to an overpopulation of unwanted, un-homed litters. Last year 516 outdoor and barn cats spay / neuter surgeries were done under Project Guardian.
2 – High volume / Low cost Spay and Neuter. Our Spay Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) clinic provides spays and neuters for 100% of our own shelter’s animals, for feral cats thru Project Guardian, and for the pets of low income clients, while also assisting rescue groups in our area. In 2012, 3088 spay / neuter surgeries were done in our SNIP clinic.
3 – Rescue group relations. We work with rescue groups as needed to place dogs we cannot adopt or who are uncomfortable in a shelter environment.
4 – Foster care. The number of HAWS’ foster caregivers is ever-expanding and we cherish those volunteers who take animals into their homes to rehabilitate and socialize these pets awaiting adoption.
5 – Comprehensive adoption programs. HAWS adoption programs include a 2-for-1 buddy system for kittens, low cost senior adoptions of senior pets, rotating schedules of adoption promotions and fun activities surrounding pet adoptions. We are open 7 days a week to assist the public who wish to adopt a pet.
6 – Pet retention. We offer community dog training classes on many levels, focusing on manners, and offer 1:1 counseling with the public to help people avoid giving up their pets. Since the behavior department’s inception 329 people have brought in dogs for behavior consultations.
7 – Medical and behavioral rehabilitation. Annie’s Fund helps treat medically challenged animals, giving them a chance to find their forever homes. The Mod Squad gets pets ready for the adoption floor with individualized rehabilitation plans. Over 1,000 dogs have successfully graduated from Mod Squad’s behavior programs and gone to loving homes.
8 – Public relations / community involvement. Our Education department and Mobile Adoption Center both take us out to the community and bring people in to our shelter. 6179 people attended educational programs last year. Our Mobile Adoption Center is in the community every weekend.
9 – Volunteers Our helping hands logged 41,000 hours last year, assisting in areas from socialization activities such as cat cuddling and dog walking to office help to doing kennel chores.
10 – Proactive redemptions. With an 89% reclaim rate for dogs and a 14.5% reclaim rate for cats we are well above the national norm. Tags given out to reclaimed dogs prevent them from returning, and all of our pets leave with a microchip I.D. 658 animals were reunited with their families last year. The Animal Rescue Team responded to 1589 calls in 2012.
11 – Compassionate director. As a hardworking and compassionate director, Lynn Olenik is committed to our vision that no animal should be turned away and that no healthy or treatable animal should be euthanized.
We are committed to programs that will make a difference.
We are committed to being there to help when others can’t or won’t.
We are committed to programs and policies that will help for the long term and are showing results.
We need your help to continue our animal rescue and rehabilitation efforts for our community.