Dog Training/Behavior Issues

The HAWS Behavior Department offers both one-on-one consultations and many different levels of training classes to assist with behavioral issues you may be experiencing with your best friend. Contact our certified behavioral consultants at 262-542-8841 for information or to schedule an appointment.

See the Classes at HAWS page of this website for information on training classes available at HAWS. Also, check our Calendar of Events to find out what helpful seminars might be coming up!

Spay/Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP)

HAWS’ SNIP clinic provides surgical, minor medical and dental procedures for pets of all kinds. HAWS’ also offers a free spay/neuter program for outdoor cats through Project Guardian, as well as a placement program for those cats not suitable for traditional adoption (through Seeking Sanctuary).

Please call our SNIP clinic directly at 262-542-8851, x109 to speak to our staff about the medical services available at HAWS.

Humane Education

The HAWS Education Department has many programs for children such as clubs, day camps, tours & birthday parties. We can also work with teachers and bring our programs to the classroom!

Additionally we offer seminars for adults on a variety of topics, including resolving behavior issues and proper care of pets. ​​

Surrendering Your Pet

HAWS places unwanted pets through adoption. For details on surrendering your pet, contact an Adoption Counselor at 262-542-8851 or see our Surrender a Pet page.

End of Life Services

HAWS provides euthanasia services for companion pets and also has an on-site crematorium. Contact the shelter at 262-542-8851 for more information about these services or to schedule an appointment.

Lost & Found

HAWS maintains a comprehensive file of lost and found pets. If you have lost your pet, please contact us at 262-542-8851 for assistance and complete our online lost pet form. We are the official stray impounding facility for most Waukesha County municipalities. Fees may be charged for reclaiming lost pets based on contracts maintained with the communities we serve.

HAWS Safe Keep Program

Pets provide many things for their people, including a sense of well-being and encouragement, even a reason to keep going! HAWS’ Safe Keep program provides a solution to the problem of pets being displaced, abandoned or relinquished, due to emergency personal or home-related circumstances. Citizens are referred to HAWS by local social services or emergency service providers; HAWS in turn gives temporary, short-term “safe keep” shelter for these pets, allowing their owners to keep their pets while seeking solutions to their unforeseen difficulties.

Community Pet Pantry

HAWS’ Community Pet Pantry provides pet food, bedding, toys and other care essentials for anyone in the community needing those items. It is supported and stocked both by our corporate partners and generous members of our community. The Pet Pantry is available at all times, outside the shelter’s front entryway.

Rabies Vaccinations & Licensing

The State of Wisconsin requires dogs over 6 months of age to have rabies vaccinations and be licensed annually. Contact your vet for vaccination information and your local city hall for licensing. HAWS recommends that your pets wear personalized tags containing contact information and phone numbers to aid in reuniting them with you. Additionally, we strongly recommend micro-chipping your pets. Contact HAWS or your vet for more information about micro-chipping.

Donate to HAWS Today!

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