My little baby , Buster Brown,
was brought home in late
October at 10 weeks old. He was so tiny & scared when
he first came home. He was introduced to my 2 adult dogs & eventually warmed up to them. Now at 8 mts. he rules the house & is so lovable. He sometimes has my son's dog over too, so then there are four dogs. They fill the house with joy. He has become so loving & sweet & SOOO BIg. Everyone loves him.
We adopted Tink in late September of last year. She is simply wonderful and a great addition to our family! She loves to play with our cat, Baby, and with each of our family members. We are truly blessed that she came into our lives and we are looking forward to many happy times together!!
A 3-legged gerbil was brought to HAWS when the owner could no longer care for her. It is believed that she lost her leg when she was in a fight with another gerbil. This little special-needs pet stilled loved life! She seemed to adapt well to her missing leg, and was adopted to a loving family in just 10 days.
Since her adoption, her new family has been unable to agree upon the perfect name for their new pet. But this does not stop her from getting all sorts of attention.
“She is very active! She digs in her piles of bedding and is constantly shifting her spinner wheel by digging underneath it. We give her time in a plastic bin with toys and a dust bath that she loves,” say her new pet parents. She is handled every day.
This lovely gerbil is the only gerbil in the home, but not the only pet. She has 6 hamster, 2 guinea pig, and 2 parakeet siblings - all adopted/rescues! The family has converted their computer room into a small animal room.
The gerbil’s 12-year-old owner, Rachel, can’t wait to turn 13 so she can become a volunteer at HAWS. And she helped out with this year’s Rodent Rally to educate the public on small animals!
I was searching for a companion for my dog, Bella, after her rescue sister Reese, a mini-Aussie, passed away on Easter Sunday. I was on your website and wanted to look at the German Shepherd puppy or Kimba, the Aussie mix. When I got to HAWS, the shepherd puppy was leaving with his new family, so I went in to look at the other dogs. Kimba really stood out as she resembled Bella in every way except for size. The meet and greet went well and Kimba came home with us. Bella and Kimba are
like long lost sisters and everyone comments on how well they
get along. We visit the dog park very day and they just love
being around their doggie friends. Kimba also loves swimming
and is a big momma's girl.
I couldn't have asked for a better dog.
Everyone should rescue because they're the best!
Cindy & Cammy
Debbie & Doug
We adopted two adult cats in October 2012. They were not in the same cage and never met each other. It took a couple of months to get them together without hissing at each other! They are now buddies and play together all the time. Their names were "Sweet" which we changed to "Cindy" and "Cameron" which we call "Cammy." We love them both and are so glad we adopted them. And, they are very spoiled. Just wanted to thank you!
Feedback from our online
"Recent Adopter Surveys":
"Rose, aka Tweedles is wonderful and has fit into our family as if she has been here forever. She is sweet, snuggly, and a great walker. We love her and it seems that each day she is willing to move further into a new found sense of security and comfort. We are honored to give her a serene and calm life in her retirement. ;-)"
"Joe really is not (having) any behavior issues other than just being a 1- year-old. He is a terrific dog and is working out beautifully in our home. He doesn't even mind going in his crate when we go to work because he knows he will get his kong with treats inside.
"I really like the fact that HAWS keeps sending emails to check in on new owners and their pups. It gives me reassurance that I'm not alone in adopting Joe. It is also very nice he was in foster care and the foster mom still keeps in contact with us."
Heath & Kristen W.
“Church” (formerly Seth) is a Pitbull/Pug mix. We started volunteering at HAWS and one month later we adopted Church. We didn’t expect to come home with a new pet so quickly, let alone a Pitbull! He has completed a number of training classes through HAWS, including Basic Manners I and II, and will soon graduate from Scent Work. He enjoys long walks, chasing his tennis ball and sunning himself by the front door. He’s also a great swimmer. But, most of all he enjoys snuggling. Church has many friends, both dogs and people. Even our cat kind of likes him. He is smart and funny and has filled our home with much love and entertainment. What a good boy!
Our former foster, now named "Lily" has come out of hiding as you can see! I get a daily update from my colleague, being told she seeks them out for affection and is not shy about playing! This could not have had a better ending!
Badger is happy to now have two brothers and all three boys enjoy running around the backyard, playing with toys, and chewing every bone they can find! He loves to roll in the snow and chase snowflakes. In this picture, Badger (right) and his older brother Jericho (left) are watching for squirrels!
We have had Fletcher (fka "Hunter") for about 2 1/2 years now, and still we are so grateful for the love and care he received while at HAWS. Fletcher came to us with food and anxiety issues as he was severely under weight and neglected, but slowly those habits started to fade as we gained his trust. We were curious as to how Fletcher would react to our latest addition to our family, our son Warren. Over the past year and a half Fletcher has been a wonderful friend to Warren. They play fetch together and love to walk with the leash. We could not be happier with our sweet, loving, kind and gentle fur child. What a blessing it has been to call him a part of our family. Many thanks!
It's been almost 2 years since I adopted Chelsey from your facility. It's been a slow but rewarding experience to watch her grow & progress into a happier, more socialized dog. Potty training was our first major issue. Next was walking on a leash, but traffic noise & other dogs frightened her. By her 2nd summer, she finally began enjoying & even requesting walks, so we now take daily walks to the park where she even made a couple doggie friends and became fascinated by the rabbits and squirrels. Now she
spends hours looking out
the windows guarding &
barking at walkers and
other dogs. She even
noticed squirrels living in
the tree outside her
window, so she watches
for them as she is doing
in this picture.
is doing so well
since finding his forever home with us! The beginning was hard but we saw so much potential in him from the first time we met him, he truly just wants to please us. We decided that basic training classes immediately would help us set boundaries and he has proven to be much less dog aggressive and more dog 'reactive' as he wants so badly to play with them! He comes to work with me half of the week - we are slowly working on the separation anxiety but as he realizes more and more that he is here to stay the more relaxed he becomes. He has filled our hearts with such joy and we couldn't be happier after taking this big leap of faith on a dog that was given up on twice. I am so excited to see what the next months and years have in store for Timber, he deserves this permanent happiness.
We wanted to let you know how much we love our little adopted pet kitten "Funsize"! His new name is Smokey Leone Badura and we have nicked named him Lil' Smoke. He loves the new family and is really a happy spunky little guy! Thanks to all of
you at HAWS that
loved and cared
for him until we
brought him home.
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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