HAWS is a non-profit organization established in 1965 that assists over 6,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors annually. As an “open admissions” shelter, we accept animals regardless of age, health, temperament or breed. Our active humane education department offers programs and services that promote responsible pet ownership, preventing animal abuse and neglect in our community and beyond.
HAWS promotes the humane care and treatment of all animals, in support of cooperative humane efforts throughout the state of Wisconsin. HAWS is a member of the Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies, and not affiliated with any other local or national humane society.
Come Meet Our Pets...
Visit out Event Calendar for all of the happenings around the shelter.
Our Adoption Process...
Adoption fee for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are based on age. Small Animals are based on species. Required spay or neuter surgery, basic vaccinations, and microchipping are included in adoption fees for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. All adoption fees are subject to applicable state and local taxes.
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