Be a part of the HAWS cause!

Volunteers_ClickThru_CURRENTVolsAs a non-profit organization, funding is always tight, and that is why volunteers play an important role. Volunteers allow us to offer high quality care to our animals while helping to contain costs.

Criteria to become a HAWS Volunteer:

  • Must be able to serve on the same shift/s each week, at least three weeks per month, for a minimum of six months.
  • Kids must be at least age 13; 13-15 year olds must partner with a parent or guardian. (An exception is Critter Club and Tuesday Troops which has volunteering as part of those programs. These are programs for middle school students.)
  • 16-17 year olds may volunteer independently with parental consent

Does your child want to spend time at HAWS but doesn’t fit into our age requirements?  We have many other programs during the school year, as well as our Kids ‘N Critters Day Camp that will allow your child to learn about and and spend time with animals at HAWS! 


How can I make a difference for HAWS?!

There are many different volunteer positions at HAWS. Some involve direct interaction with the animals at the shelter, while others include administrative or special event assistance. Please watch the videos below, then look through the Volunteer Opportunities Directory to see what might be of interest to you – simply click on the job title for details.

Looking for student service opportunities, youth or adult court-mandated service opportunities, or opportunities for children younger than 13 years of age? Please continue scrolling…





Are you interested in volunteering at the new HAWS Schallock Center for Animals?

Please use this link to be included on our Volunteers email information list. We will notify you when opportunities become available!


How do I become a HAWS volunteer?

To begin your volunteer experience, please fill out our online Volunteer Application. Upon approval of your application you will be invited to a Volunteer Information Session, where you’ll learn more about HAWS as an organization and the role of our volunteers. You will also be given information on the various training sessions available for your specific area(s) of interest.

PLEASE NOTE: If the application is in “disabled” mode it means we’ve received the maximum number of applications we can process at this time. But, we would still like to see you on Team HAWS, so please check back again soon! Thank you for your patience.

We look forward to meeting you!

HAWS Volunteer Application


Additional Opportunities

The Friends of HAWS

HAWS special fundraising group, the Friends of HAWS, is always looking for new members. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month, at 7:00pm at our shelter. No need to pre-register – just show up for a meeting!

Special Event Planning and Committees

Annual activities, such as HAWS’ Happy Tails fall fundraiser, Kitten Shower and Pet Fair each require an entire army of planners and “doers” to make these events a success! Please click on the links to the dedicated event pages to learn more about them, or contact HAWS’ special events staff directly.

  • HAWS’ fall fundraiser – contact Maggie Tate-Techtmann at [email protected] or 262-542-8851, x135.
  • HAWS’ Special Events – contact Special Events Coordinator Kay Seno at [email protected] or 262-542-8851, x0.

Foster Care Givers

Foster caregivers are needed for those animals that are too young for adoption, in need of specialized medical treatment, or have behavior issues best addressed in a home setting. You provide the love, HAWS will provide everything else – including training and supplies.

Please read the Foster Care Guide for details on the various duties and responsibilities expected of HAWS’ foster homes.

Then, complete the Foster Caregiver Application and Agreement  to become an official HAWS foster home!



Youth Court-Mandated Service

The “Citizen Project” is HAWS’ program for students, ages 14-17 years, who are required to complete volunteer service as mandated by a court order.

READ THIS FIRST! Before completing the application for the Citizen Project, please download and read the Citizen Project Handbook.

Once you have read and understand how the Citizen Project works, please complete and submit the following:




Can’t find what you’re looking for? Do you have additional questions about HAWS’ volunteer opportunities?

Please contact HAWS’ Volunteer Coordinator by emailing [email protected] or by calling 262-542-8851, x120.

Thank you!

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