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How You Can Support a Local Animal Shelter During a Time of Need

Here’s how to help out your furry friends and their caretakers.

It’s not just local business such as restaurants, bars and stores that are struggling with a lack of revenue right now. Many nonprofits are, too.

The Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha has used technology to continue some of its day-to-day activities such as adoption, taking in surrenders and fielding questions. Of course, staff members working on site with the animals HAWS shelters can’t do that from home. They’ve been safely split into three rotating work teams in order to maintain social distancing.

But the 55-year-old nonprofit has also canceled training classes, activities and other events that are key to its bottom line. Thus far, HAWS has been able to avoid any layoffs, but it may need support to continue on that path.

Its Paws on the Ground campaign for online donations is up and running on all fours. “Any amount helps!” says Jennifer Smieja, spokeswoman for HAWS. You can also donate needed supplies via HAWS’Amazon wish list.

HAWS is also helping pet owners who need assistance caring for their animals right now, creating what a Pet Pantry right near the front door of its location at 701 Northview Rd., Waukesha. “Donors can drop off items and those in need can pick up items while observing safe social distancing,” Smieja says.

Part of the proceeds from Milwaukee Magazine‘s Cutest Dog Contest will go to support HAWS. Today is the last day for submissions.



Morgan is a 2020 MilMag intern. She's Minnesota born, but has a Milwaukee heart. An Alverno College undergraduate and will be graduating in December 2020 . Follow her on social media @morgan_lemner