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!
I would like to thank all of the folks who made our
latest event such a success. From volunteers to staff to
vendors and visitors, I believe everyone had a great time.
Thanks especially to our sponsors Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center,
Xerographic and Family Pet Clinic in Menomonee Falls. I guess a shout out to “Mother Nature” would be appropriate as well since the weather couldn’t have been better!
Events like these build awareness, engage the public, and also help raise needed funds for the animals.
I believe everyone had a great time.
Cats, cats, cats!
I had a chance to look into numbers recently and found some interesting facts. HAWS takes in about 133 dogs per month (strays and surrenders) but we take in 56 cats on average per week, year around. During peak kitten season that goes up by 10 per week to 66 cats per week or 14 per day.
We are able to return 89% of the stray dogs to their owners while only 13% of the stray cats go back home. Of the cats that come in as strays, 41% are kittens, probably born to the outdoors and never belonging to anyone. Many of the adults are most likely un-owned too. If we could simply get the adult cats spayed or neutered, we could drop the incoming number of cats to a manageable number.
Why spay neuter has been so significantly successful in canine populations, and why people have not embraced that philosophy with cats is a tough question. Answers vary but the most logical thought is that it is not “my cat” if it only lives in the yard. True, it may be passing through, it may be someone’s pet, but often cats take up residence where there is habitat (sheds, decks, bushes, garages) and, of course, a food source. Stray cats are still considered a nuisance and are abundant in our suburban and rural areas. The only way to end this influx of cats and kittens is for people to look at those cats in their yards as their own and get them spayed or neutered. If you're in Waukesha County, and are in an area with many outdoor cats, please call HAWS' SNIP clinic today and ask about Project Guardian, our free spay-nueter program for outdoor cats. YOU can save lives!
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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
Starting Off Right
Today I watched as a beautiful dog named Teddy left the shelter with a wonderful family. Over the weekend we also sent home a number of kittens and adult cats and dogs – all to families with happy, smiling faces. It does one’s soul good to see the beginning of a new relationship.
Two HAWS’ programs that help ensure adoptions start off right are Meet with a Trainer and Annie’s Fund.
Meet with a Trainer means just that! Before a dog goes home, we like the adoptive family to meet with a member of our training staff. This gives them information on any difficulties we anticipate, while also showing them what we have been working on with the dog (to curb ‘enthusiastic misbehaviors’). HAWS’ trainers are available not only when the dog goes home but throughout the life of that dog, for help with any of those little problems that may arise. There is no charge for these services for HAWS alumni.
The other bit of insurance we offer is Annie’s Fund. This fun is available to help with treatable medical conditions that may arise after adoption. We ask that adopters take their new pet to their personal vet within the first 10 days after adoption. If a problem arises – and the stress of a new living space can certainly bring out problems – we ask the new owner to contact us. Annie’s Fund is designed to cover a portion of the medical bills up to a capped amount. We do, however, need to be involved in the treatment. If the pet can be treated here at HAWS, that may be a lower or no-cost option.
These are just two programs we hope our adopters will find helpful, if needed. We hope that every adoption is a happy adoption!
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!
November 16, 2013
A Grey, Great Saturday
Cold, rain and drizzle today. No inspiration
from the weather but pulling into the shelter, I could barely find a parking
spot! There were Rabbit and Guinea Pig pedicures going on, a full
volunteer orientation - and who couldn’t smile when noticing the Critter
Club students busy in their volunteer work?
The path to productive
youth is sometimes a struggle. Any parent can tell you that home cleaning
chores are just that – chores, often done grudgingly with a little flair of
negativity. Parents can be proud of what their students do for us at HAWS.
They smile as they clean the snake cage, do windows or clean cat condos. They
chatter happily, smile at the adults in the building and readily go out,
despite the drizzle and wind, to walk the dogs. Our Critter Club members are
on their way to being outstanding, responsible and compassionate adults. They
do learn this at home, but what a great way to practice this here with the
The parents of our club members should all be proud. It certainly
made me smile on this otherwise grey day.