EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S BLOG
By Lynn Olenik, HAWS Executive Director
2012, Blog Intro: This is HAWS
We have the programs at HAWS that point to a successful future!
But we know that we can’t do it without you, our community.
As a full service pet resource center, we treat those that are medically treatable
and rehabilitate all those with poor behavior that we can. We do this while
keeping our doors open so that our community’s strays and unwanted pets,
and those from families facing hardship, always have a place to go. We never
charge for the public to surrender their animals, keeping pets off the street and
getting them more quickly adopted into new loving homes.
We want to do more, and need your help and support of our programs.
We have the programs at HAWS that create long-lasting solutions to
community issues, prevention of abuse and neglect, and that curb pet overpopulation.
In 2012 alone:
• Annie’s Fund provided $10,000+ to medically treat animals so they could be adopted.
• Project Guardian spayed/neutered 497 feral and outdoor cats, lowering the number of incoming stray cats to 939, down 31.6% since the program began in ’05!
• 2873 spay/neuter surgeries were performed in our SNIP clinic.
• 999 cats, 468 dogs and 404 small animals were adopted into forever homes.
• Our Animal Rescue Team reunited 658 cats and dogs with their families, 445 wild animals were rescued and the team responded to 1589 calls. A new emergency response trailer was donated to serve our community if disaster strikes.
• Our Behavior Department celebrated its 500th graduate from the Mod Squad™ and helped 308 dogs learn the manners appropriate to be re-homed. These dogs got that second chance because of dedicated staff and volunteers – the vast majority of dogs with behavior issues can and are rehabilitated!
• 6176 people attended Education Department programs; 520 attended Kids ‘N Critters Summer Day Camp. We also provided values education to numerous schools and Scout groups through afterschool and in-house and programs. Values coaching and education on qualities such as empathy, compassion and nurturing help the youth of our community become better adults, fighting abuse and neglect.
• Volunteers logged over 12,000 hours this past year! Our community stepped up to assist with laundry, foster care, grounds care, cat and small animal socialization and more.
Each program makes a difference. We are dedicated to our full service and open admissions philosophy. Come along with us, and help as HAWS works to create a society that humanely deals with issues such as neglect, abuse and over population. As a team we accomplish so many wonderful things, and will continue to do so far into the future!
©2012 Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) | 701 Northview Road | Waukesha, WI | 53188 | 262-542-8851
Member, Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies, Inc. | Winner of the 2010 Waukesha County Executive Awards: Large Non-Profit of the Year.
HAWS is an animal shelter that offers pet adoption, dog training, kids camps, spay and neuter programs, and humane pet education. Waukesha Wisconsin’s Humane Animal Welfare Society is the Inaugural Winner of the "Chamber's Choice Award" presented in 2008 by the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Times. HAWS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. | License #267280-DS
HAWS Pets 9-1-1
HAWS' Animal Rescue Team fills a vital role in our community. Team members go on over 1500 calls annually for wildlife and domestic animals that need assistance. They respond to the pager calls after hours, in all weather; 24/7/365 days a year. The men and women who handle our emergency calls are never quite sure what they will find once called out, but try to help wherever they can.
We partner with Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center, Waukesha Small Animal Clinic and other community veterinarians, as well as our own shelter veterinary team to provide emergency supportive care to stray animals in Waukesha municipalities that contract with us for service. This insures that the animals in our community have a great chance of surviving trauma when they have gotten injured while separated from their owners. Annie’s Fund helps to cover the cost of care for these animals.
In 2012, over $12,000 was spent out of Annie’s Fund to treat the treatable animals with a good prognosis of recovery. These funds are used not only for the strays as noted above, but also otherwise adoptable pets that need a medical problem fixed before they could be adopted. Even pets which have already been adopted, but need additional medical assistance, qualify for a matching gift from Annie’s Fund.
This is one way we can keep adopted animals in good homes, or prepare animals to be adopted. This is a way that HAWS does more than the average shelter.
Annie’s Fund and our Animal Rescue Team, along with veterinary partnerships, give our community's animals a huge advantage, especially in emergency situations.
It’s all about the animals!
March 24, 2014
Love is in Bloom!
Even with spring arriving late this year, signs of mating have begun. The first infant kittens have come into the shelter this week! Like other years, the importance of spay and neuter of outdoor cats is vital to controlling the number of kittens brought into our local shelters. Getting an early start on this is crucial.
No one involved in humane activities wants to see outdoor cats give up their lives to keep kittens from being born. Project Guardian is a humane alternative. By bringing in the outdoor cats that are on your property or in your neighborhood for a spay or neuter, you can prevent up to 3 litters per year from being born. Left unaltered, within 6 months of birth a single cat can already be an additional contributor to the overpopulation problem!
Remember, HAWS will spay or neuter Waukesha County outdoor cats for no charge. FREE! You can help prevent these litters from being born by humanely trapping these outdoor cats and bringing them in for their surgery, then returning them to where they were trapped.
Help take the load of kittens off the shelter and assist with the population issue...before the kittens are born.
May 28, 2014
"How do I get a job like yours?"
With the graduations happening this month and next, I would like to congratulate all of the graduates from college, high school and even those moving on from middle school. We learn at such a young age that change happens and the future isn’t always clear.
I was asked “How do I get a job like yours?” by one graduate. Education is a great start, but how do you get experience?
Training for this job started years ago with an interest in animals and a willingness to learn everything I could from the opportunities presented. Those were not always the jobs I’d hoped for, but there is something of value to take away from each position you will hold.
Volunteering is a great way to get involved in an organization and learn what you like, what you don’t like and to network with like-minded individuals. It’s often the way you hear about other opportunities and learn what is available in a field that may interest you. But remember, volunteering is a great way to get a job reference only if you do your best and treat it seriously.
Part time work in the field you love, though it won’t be enough to sustain you long term, is another way to gain experience. I worked in a dog kennel, vet clinic and trained dogs, all part time to keep my passion alive while I networked and honed my business skills in places not animal related but with great training programs.
So as you graduate and look at a tough job market, remember you can use and increase your skills if you are creative, ambitious and willing to help while you learn. Congratulations graduates!
July 30, 2014
Animals and Education
One thing that sets HAWS apart from other shelters is our attitude towards education and learning. We believe that we will help more animals in our community by helping people help animals. We run an extensive Education Department whose primary function is to spread humane sentiments throughout the community.
What does that mean? It means taking humane values such as compassion and empathy, add in skills such and nurturing and responsible pet ownership, top it off with knowledge about a variety of species and you have the formula to create a child with a heart and soul that believes in treating all living beings with respect and dignity.
It is important for us to raise the next generation of animal lovers — to educate and fan the flames of compassion — to build a better community. What children learn about animals today will later be passed on to their children. It will underscore all of the things that they do now and in the future. This is why we believe in humane education.
Helping owners bring out the best in their pets is another facet of education. If a dog receives socialization and training at a young age, the dog will be less likely to bite or need to be rehomed for bad manners. Giving owners a variety of skills and techniques for working with their dogs, cats or rabbits, or helping them understand their pet’s specific needs is another way we educate. Our Behavior Department is there to help problem-solve or enhance relationships so everyone in the family thrives.
Overall, we will have a greater impact by creating a culture of learning about animals throughout Waukesha County and our surrounding area. This sets HAWS apart from the rest. It’s not just about the animals in our walls, it is about all of the animals in the community – and we can help them even more by educating the animal lovers around them.