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Inaugural Winner of the "Chamber's Choice Award" presented in 2008 by the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Times.
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Annabelle, now Willow (or Willow Bean),was a stray recovered by MADACC and transferred to HAWS. When we first walked into the cat area, she was the only cat that I didn't get to see because she was hiding under her blanket. My previous cat had passed away a month earlier, and I wasn't really sure I was ready to get another cat. After taking laps around HAWS with my five-year-old, I finally asked a volunteer if she could lift the blanket. I immediately knew she was coming home with us. We went to a private room with Willow. She was scared, but she quickly started purring once we began petting her. She is a perfect addition to our small family. I have never met a cat who loves having her belly scratched and licks your face. She is basically the dog we can't have and the cat we were looking for, perfect.
– Danielle & Piper Sieb
We adopted Harlequin
(previously known as
from HAWS 4 days after our wedding
(August 21, 2012). When we met her
at the shelter we just knew we had
to have her. As a black cat, her chances of being adopted and finding her forever home are lower than other animals due to superstitions regarding black cats. (None of these are true, although she has shown distaste for my daughter's witch costume!)
She was a bit skittish at first after taking her home, but within 2 weeks she really opened up and has been just an amazing cat ever since. Harlequin has such a great personality. She's very playful - just like a kitten even though she's 4 years old. Her favorite thing to play with is my excess yarn from various projects. She'll often sit by me while I'm crocheting and bat at my yarn and try to run off with it. She meows at us for her breakfast and dinner - and her meow is so funny because sometimes she will open her mouth to meow and nothing comes out! Our daughter loves to play with her and will run down the hallway with a long string of yarn for Harlequin to chase.
We absolutely love our cat and she has definitely made a great addition to our family!
– Karol Brennan
I have an update on how things are going with
The first big change was to rename him: his new name is Bailey and he
is learning his name which is fun. Bailey is doing really well and we are really
enjoying him. I think we were a perfect match. He is a very smart dog and he
learns very quickly. At first he did a lot of “getting into things” - and
standing and sitting on my dining room table. We have trained him to stay off
the table and he doesn't get into things like he did. He has plenty of toys to
play with and keep him busy and other things are put away. He is having a ball
with our other dog Patrick, who we had adopted a few years ago from HAWS. They
play well together and love to chase one another around the yard. Our fenced in
yard is great for Bailey because he can go out and explore all he wants and
still be safe. My husband passed away 6 months ago and Bailey brings joy and fun
back into our home. I am so happy that we found him. Thank you.
- Diane Gamez
many young kids, my daughter, Lillian, started asking for a kitten almost as
soon as she could speak.
Fortunately she lives in
a household of animal lovers, has a soft-touch with Daddy and has a mother who
doesn't mind scooping the litter box each day. And so, as a belated third
Christmas gift, Lillian and her younger sister, Harper, got their wish.
I called it the "princess litter" as each of these
beautiful white kittens were named after one of the Disney princesses. Fate for
a three-year old girl? You bet. Lillian had her heart set on Cinderella.
Now, one benefit of dealing with a three year-old is
that they still trust everything Mommy says. When we learned the real Cinderella
had already been adopted, we selected Belle, but of course, called her
Cinderella. Over the first few weeks, Cinderella proved difficult to say for a
then three year-old and one year-old. Ella became her name and so it remains.
And regardless of what we call her, she has
become an integral part of our family, spoiled rotten by the girls and giving
them all the love they could imagine in return.
Thank you, HAWS, you helped make our family even
– The Bukowski Family
is doing great –
going through his
stage but he has
and grown a lot!
– The Iazzi Family
says hi to everyone
- Claudia Haslett
Koda (whose name is now Yoda, by the way) is doing amazingly well. He is sitting on my desk and watching the letters appear on the screen as I type this. He loves watching the birds at the bird feeder from many different windows. He loves it when we watch TV because he can snuggle between my husband and me, and seems content to stay there for hours. He scolds us when
we get up! I am so very grateful
that HAWs was able to help him.
He's just the best kitty. He seems
to be getting to know our two
other cats and all is pretty peaceful
already. Seems very meant to be.
– Gretchen J.
We adopted Tiger about 3 months ago.
We renamed himTed Lilly. He's adjusting quite well and is a great cat. He really loves being around his people and playing. He's young and has a lot of energy. He really enjoys running water and puddles for some unknown reason. We love having him in our family and I'm very pleased with the entire HAWS process.
– Stephen Howitz