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Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, Inc.

Growing A Humane Community

aka HAWS   |   Waukesha, WI   |  www.hawspets.org

Mission

The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County leads the community in animal welfare and assures sanctuary for animals in need.

Ruling year info

1968

Executive Director

Lynn Olenik

Main address

PO Box 834

Waukesha, WI 53187 USA

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EIN

39-6108644

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County (HAWS), established in 1965, is an open admissions shelter that leads the community in animal welfare and offers sanctuary for animals in need. We envision a community where all animals are treated with compassion, dignity, and respect. HAWS invites the public to join us in our cause to spread humane sentiments (kindness, compassion, empathy) throughout our community for the betterment of animals and people alike. HAWS operates an innovative, solution oriented animal shelter which serves as the primary pet and education resource center in Waukesha County and the State of Wisconsin. We believe that the care of the community’s animals is not limited to only those animals that reside within our walls but also to all animals in our community. For that reason, we actively seek out and embrace all people in our community, being ever diligent in inviting them to join the HAWS cause. We will help more people by helping people help animals.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP)

Provides spay/neuter procedures for animals at HAWS, animals belonging to breed-placement groups as well as animals belonging to members of the general community. The SNIP clinic completed 7742 procedures in 2019, including alterations of 590 cats via Project Guardian, which aims to reduce the feral cat population.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Charting impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

HAWS envisions a community where all animals are treated with compassion, dignity, and respect. We invite the public to join us in our cause to spread humane sentiments throughout our community for the betterment of animals and people alike. To that end: HAWS operates an innovative; solution orientated animal shelter which serves as the primary pet and education resource center in Waukesha County and the State of Wisconsin. Our goals are listed below. • We embrace the community’s pet owners and actively include the public in our mission. • We treat the public as associates with a shared dedication to improving animal welfare and spreading humane sentiments and values. • We are dedicated to education, offering exemplary youth and public education programs which will improve the lives of all beings in our community through shared kindness and compassion. • We encourage responsibility and train youth to nurture those that depend on us for care. • We operate a model adoption center where one can find the best possible companion, optimizing the animal’s potential both in health and temperament. • We have the public’s confidence when they need to rehome their pet. • We are dedicated to ending needless suffering caused by the overpopulation of domestic species. • We work hand in hand with other organizations sharing humane values throughout our community. • We are the lead Emergency Management service provider working in conjunction with the state associations and operate an Animal Rescue Service to reunite strays with their owners and prevent needless suffering of abandoned pets. We believe that the care of the community’s animals is not limited to only those animals that reside within our walls but also to all animals in our community. For that reason we actively seek out and embrace the people of our community, being ever diligent in inviting them to join our cause. We will help more animals by helping people help animals.

Our strategies for attaining our goals include: o attaining a >90% live release rate, despite being an open admission shelter o reducing/ending suffering caused by domestic animal overpopulation o embracing the communities pet owners and treating the public as associates with a shared dedication to improving animal welfare o strengthening relationships with like-minded community groups and institutions o using a story-telling approach to mission-based fundraising o continual assessment and update of office, adoption, and program procedures o initiation of an Emerging Leaders and Young Professionals program o improving donor engagement o initiation and development of collaborations with local post-secondary education institutions o expansion of current training programs and development of new training programs o improve and expand availability of veterinary services to rescue groups and community members o facilitate animal transport and availability of adoptable animals o update/improve accounting/timekeeping/training of staff, including mobile work stations o expand fundraising capabilities from public and local corporate sponsorship sources o operating a robust education program for both adults and children focused on teaching and fostering the development of the humane values of kindness, compassion, and empathy

HAWS has developed many capabilities for accomplishing our goals, including: o initiating a transport program to bring animals that would otherwise be euthanized from other areas to HAWS for adoption o operation of a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program through our Community Cat Program o placement of feral cats as barn cats on properties providing food and shelter through our Seeking Sanctuary program o assisting community pet owners with emergency veterinary needs o working with dogs via our volunteer-led Mod SquadTM program to modify problem behaviors and address issues prior to adoption o maintaining a large network of foster homes to assist in animal care and rehabilitation o establishing and strengthening relationships with other community groups and institutions, adding to the list and expanding programs on a yearly basis o functioning as the lead Emergency Management service provider working in conjunction with state associations o emphasis on incorporation of funding into brand initiatives, especially using online funding opportunities in response to COVID-19 o training of staff regarding story-telling approach to fund-raising so that the best spokesperson handles each message with comfort and confidence o development of online/virtual training programs and consults for both education and behavior in response to needs presented by COVID-19 o promotion, expansion, and supply of an existing Community Pet Pantry in response to current economic challenges, so that owned pets can stay in their homes rather than be surrendered o new office leaders working to strengthen processes o new individuals join and serve on committees, attend events, and are involved in planning future events o tracking programs that show promise and ease of use in increasing donor engagement o operating an Animal Rescue Service to reunite strays with owners and prevent needless suffering of abandoned pets o initiation and development of Animal Behavior Major courses and internships with Carroll University o development and expansion of humane education programs for children and youth o efficient usage plan of both HAWS and Schallock Animal Center space for both education and behavior/training purposes o expanded use of newly renovated and expanded SNIP (spay/neuter) clinic services by local rescue groups and community members in need of affordable veterinary care for their pets

At HAWS, our indicators of progress and success include: o >90% live release rate o reducing domestic animal overpopulation through spay/neuter initiatives o increase dog, cat, and small animal adoptions o reductions in dog and cat euthanasia o adoption success for dogs with behavior issues o reunification of strays with their owners o placement of feral cats as barn cats o transportation of animals from high euthanasia areas to HAWS for adoption o involvement of Emerging Leaders and Young Professionals o rehabilitation and preparation for use of Schallock Center for Animals o successful development and expansion of partnership with Carroll University o expansion of current training programs and development of new training programs o increased veterinary services and procedures by our SNIP clinic o success and expansion of education programs for both adults and children

HAWS’ most recent accomplishments: o in 2019, over 500 dogs and other animals that would otherwise have been euthanized were transported from other areas to be adopted at HAWS o Project Guardian is a trap-neuter-return program designed to reduce cat overpopulation, and in 15 years, has reduced stray cats by >50% o in 2019, 366 feral cats were placed as barn cats on properties providing food and shelter through our Seeking Sanctuary program o in 2019, adoptions of 1236 dogs, 2005 cats, and 552 small animals, increased over 2018 o assisting community pet owners with emergency veterinary needs, working with local veterinary clinics for referrals o in 2019, volunteer-led MOD squad worked with 43 dogs, with a placement rate of 91.4% o euthanasia drastically reduced, with a 91.7% live release rate in 2019 o over 250 foster homes available for animal care and rehabilitation o successful pilot and expansion of Animal Behavior Major courses, internships, and student involvement partnership with Carroll University o lead Emergency Management service provider working in conjunction with state associations o established templates/scripts for staff to use in fundraising and consults with the public o development of online/virtual training programs and consults for both education and behavior in response to needs presented by COVID-19 o promotion, expansion, and supply of an existing Community Pet Pantry in response to current economic challenges, so that owned pets can stay in their homes rather than be surrendered o increased attendance at puppy and dog training classes o in 2019, almost 100% of stray dogs and 28% of stray cats were reunited with their owners o piloting of a No More Bullying! humane education program for 3rd through 5th grades o use of newly renovated and expanded SNIP (spay/neuter) clinic services has increased by 80% Future opportunities: o continue to transport animals from high euthanasia areas to be adopted at HAWS o maintain Project Guardian and Seeking Sanctuary programs to further reduce stray cat overpopulation and place feral cats as barn cats o assist community pet owners with emergency veterinary needs, working with local veterinary clinics for referrals o expand volunteer-led Mod SquadTM program to create a Mod SquadTM-Jr program, involving high-school and college volunteers who will potentially bring this program to additional people and communities o expansion of Animal Behavior Major courses, internships, and student involvement partnership with Carroll University o continued development and expansion of online/virtual training programs and consults o promotion and expansion of Community Pet Pantry, so that owned pets can stay in their homes rather than be surrendered due to economic challenges o expansion of the No More Bullying! humane education program for 3rd through 5th grades o additional expansion of humane education programs for children and youth o development of programs at Schallock Center for Animals

Financials

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Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

William Stone

Town Bank and Wintrust Financial Corporation

Cindy Pechanach

Retired

Michael Nell

Gerald Nell, Inc

Thomas Magnor

Sikich Inc

Todd Cleary

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Dawn Brady

Quad Graphics

Betsy DeJaco

Kohl's Corporation

Sandy Hoffmann

Retired

Monica Jurken

Majic Productions

Michelle Lake

FCM, LLC

Nancy Mayo

Retired

Patrick McGarry

Wixon Corporation

Russ Tilsner

Consultant

Kerry Schnier

Consultant

Eric Blohm

Freedom Graphic Systems

Brett Engelking

Ellenbecker Investment Group

Keywords

animal, welfare, humane, society, adopt, education