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701 Northview Rd Waukesha, WI 53188
701 Northview RoadUSWisconsinWaukesha53188
(262) 542-8851hawspets.org
Animal Protection Organization, Animal ShelterToday 1–6PM
Monday 1–6PMTuesday 1–6PMWednesday 1–6PMThursday 1–6PMFriday 1–6PMSaturday 11AM–4PMSunday 12–4PM
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"Good selection of animals for adoption along with a wide variety of classes"
"A very nice facility staffed by people who very obviously love animals."
"Very nice place to adopt a dog."
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Annette Cornell
a month ago
This is a likable facility for sheltering animals (however, they are NOT officially a no-kill shelter...yet). They also provide euthanasia services, given that the need arises. The staff has been very kind and helpful whenever I go just to see the adoptable animals, but the living conditions for these animals (at least, the dogs), is quite depressing. I hate seeing an undeserving dog have to live in a concrete cage. I strongly recommend that you stop in and consider adopting an animal. They surely need the help.
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bossplaier
in the last week
This is a great shelter. I read that they are not an official "no kill shelter" all that means is that they don't say no when rescuing animals and terminate animals that are so far gone that they need 1 on 1 time for months. This is a not for profit, they do not have the dollars to make this happen. When a shelter says that it is "no kill" don't be fooled. They simply don't take abused animals, they refuse the ones that are so far gone or send them to shelters like H.A.W.S. If you think all animals can be saved, I have a dog named Kujo for you to prove your rehab skills on. Not everyone is yank and crank Cezar Millan and can take dogs into their pack for months to rehabilitate them. Don't look down on a business doing great things because they can not preform magic. This is an amazing place to find a friend, if not today maybe next week. Keep checking and being patient, you didn't marry the first person you met, unless it was perfect. Good luck finding your match!
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Benjamin Smith
4 months ago
This comes from multiple experiences over the years. We had to surrender a disabled persons animal and were told we were black listed from ever adopting. We also had a rabbit and were told that If we surrendered it they would kill it on the spot due to overcrowding. The adoption fees are very high and they come off as a for profit business. I've received very bad customer service also on several ocassions. We did not end up adopting our cat here. I do see healthy looking animals mostly. The facility looks nice, but I was given two different sets of information. They are great for selection, but seem very disorganized. I'd say it's worth looking, but you may look elsewhere. We did and never looked back. I don't want to trash this place and feel guilty saying this. The experiences above did happen though unfortunately. I wish my experience was a better one.
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John Grace
6 months ago
A very nice facility staffed by people who very obviously love animals. I adopted Roscoe and the whole experience was great. The volunteers were very pleasant and anxious to ensure I was "paired" with the right dog and was given a full briefing re his health, age and previous experience. Thank you to everyone who works and/or volunteers here!
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mike walters
a month ago
Whe have adopted and welcomed into our home 4 animals from HAWS over the previous 10 years. Each of the animals we have selected have been of good health and have added joy to our live's. When you adopt from this facility you make room for another animal in need of a forever home. Why give business to a breeder with the availability of all these healthy, wonderful animals. If you claim to have compassion for animals as I do THEN ADOPTION IS THE ONLY CHOICE.
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Laura O
2 months ago
Compared to other Humane Societys in the Milwaukee area, this was BY FAR the best. I understand regulations at each facility, however this facility allowed my husband and I to view any animal we wanted right away...NO WAITING! Vs. going to the MKE society, we waited easily 2 hours each time we visited. Adopting the animal to take home was even easier. They had to do some security checks and we filled out an application, but it took no longer than 30 minutes for us to adopt our furry friend! Highly recommend, everyone was extremely helpful, happy and pleasant to be around.
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Chris O
6 months ago
We just got back from having our bunny euthanized. So sad, but it was the right thing to do. She was obviously in pain and not getting better. We went to HAWS in Waukesha. The people there were awesome, especially Mark, the guy who did the procedure. He explained everything, was very gentle with her, and was compassionate to us. We also didn't have to pay an excessive fee. The other employees there were also very kind to us. I highly recommend them if you ever need to put your pet "to sleep".
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Nate Judge
a month ago
One of their staff members stood there and argued with me for 10 minutes about turtles. Very rude and they know and demonstrate very little care for their animals, including the one RES turtle they had available. Very unprofessional.