Give Back MKE 2022: Humane Animal Welfare Society

These local organizations are doing great work in our city – and they need your support.

Photo courtesy of Human Animal Welfare Society

What We Do:

• The Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) is an open admission, no-kill shelter dedicated to strengthening the relationship between animals and humans through adoptions and education.

• HAWS’ new K9 Task Force program trains shelter dogs to improve their socialization before adoption through field trips, play dates and more. One such dog is Doogie, a 3-year-old rescue from Alabama. “Doogie was your stereotypical rescue: a scruffy, young dog that was active and fun,” says Jennifer Smieja of HAWS. “He needed to work on manners.” After K9 Task Force, he found a home with Brian Langer. Langer recalls the day he first met Doogie: “We just saw this bright-eyed, intelligent dog. We wanted to give him a chance. We’ve seen a lot of really positive changes.” Since the K9 Task Force program debuted in April, 160 of its dogs have been adopted out.

Photo courtesy of Human Animal Welfare Society

Where Your Money Goes:

• Through donations and volunteer efforts, HAWS is able to fund lifesaving and life-changing programs and services, including support and care for all types of domestic species, both before and after adoption; the HAWS K9 Task Force; one-on-one behavior consultations; and a 24-hour animal rescue service. Supply donations are welcome, with an Amazon wish list published on

• Donations also support all-ages education programs.

• Volunteers are needed to provide foster homes for dogs, and to assist the K9 Task Force (taking dogs on play dates, field trips and walks, etc.)

HAWS Waukesha

701 NORTHVIEW RD., WAUKESHA | 262-542-8851

HAWS Schallock Center for Animals

W330 S1205 COUNTY RD. C, DELAFIELD | 262-542-8851 


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