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The Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha County, Inc. welcomes fall with a full calendar of activities, classes, events and visiting hours.  Construction on the shelter continues; our expanded and remodeled facility is on track to be completed in early 2010.

Highlights on HAWS’ schedule for the month of September:

  • Various 6-week canine obedience classes, which will begin on September 1st.
  • Volunteer Orientations – offered on September 8th, 13th and 30th.
  • The Friends of HAWS monthly planning meeting is on September 9th.
  • Guinea Pig and Rabbit Pedicures are available for a donation on September 9th and 19th.
  • Our monthly First Aid for Pets seminar is on September 12th.
  • We’ll be “Solving Common Canine Behavior Problems” with a free seminar on September 14th.
  • “Dogs Have Owners, Cats Have Staff” is presented on September 17th.
  • The Tellington Touch Workshop for Companion Animals takes place on September 20th.
  • Learn all about cavies at our “Guinea Pig Primer” on September 27th.
  • Each Saturday in September our Mobile Adoption Center will be on the road at various locations throughout Waukesha County , showing off our great adoptable pets!

Details, locations and registration (as needed) for all programs and classes can be found at  Click on our “Upcoming Events” link.

Don’t miss HAWS annual fall fundraising gala, this year titled “Men at Work” to celebrate our ongoing facility expansion construction.  Admission and raffle tickets go on sale September 1st; more information, including details on VIP sponsorships, is available at

Canine Owners and Breeders Symposium

From the latest in canine heart and orthopedic lameness conditions to an overview of dog parks and behavior issues, the UW School of Veterinary Medicine’s 2nd annual Canine Owners & Breeders Symposium is designed to update dog owners with the most current information available.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, experts from the School will share the latest knowledge about orthopedic (lameness) conditions of the adolescent dog, current treatment of congenital heart disease (birth defects), and do’s and don’ts about dog parks, including how to break up a dog fight.

It’s practical knowledge that can benefit all dog owners.

Speakers include orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul Manley, veterinary cardiologist Dr. Heidi Kellihan, and canine behavior specialist Dr. Sandi Sawchuk, all from the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.

The symposium will be held from 1 pm to 5:30 pm at the School of Veterinary Medicine on the UW campus.  Advance registration is only $45 prior to September 12.  After that date, the fee increases to $55 per person.

To register, or for more information, visit the school’s continuing education website at or call Karl Olsen at 608-265-5206.

It’s Raining Cats at HAWS

The Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha County, Inc. has announced adoption specials for the abundance of cats at the shelter waiting patiently for their forever homes.

As of late, HAWS has been inundated with cats and kittens, young and old, and is looking to relieve the cramped housing situation that has resulted.

“It is raining cats at our shelter,” noted Executive Director Lynn Olenik.  “We’re hoping to entice a few more adoptive households out into this recent wet weather and into our shelter, by offering some wonderful adoption specials to go along with our wonderful cats.”

The 2 programs of note that are currently running are:

  • The 6/60 Program:  For adopters aged 60 years or older that find their match with a cat 6 years or older, HAWS will waive all adoption fees.
  • The “Been There, Done That” Program:  To honor the fact that adult cats – 1 year or older – are “half” the work of young, active kittens, the adoption fee will be half price.

HAWS, a non-profit organization established in 1965, assists over 6,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors to our shelter annually.  As an “open admissions” shelter HAWS assures sanctuary for all animals in need, while offering educational programs and services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse.  The shelter is located at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha , Wisconsin . For more information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto our website at

Congratulations to Daryl Gutknecht at Animal Motel

Daryl Gutknecht, manager of Anima Motel in Butler, Wisconsin has recently completed the certification program for pet care facility operators by the Pet Care Services Association and has been awarded the designation of “Certified Kennel Operator.”

Daryl Gutknecht has successfully completed the CKO program designed to raise professional standards and improve the practice of animal care and business management within the pet care industry. By achieving this significant milestone, Daryl Gutknecht has demonstrated the highest level of competence and commitment within the industry.

The Pet Care Services Association is a non-profit trade association that serves over 3,000 members worldwide. PCSA encourages its members to enhance their knowledge and skills through educational programs, regional meetings, seminars, and conventions. Once awarded, CKO’s maintain their designation by participating in an ongoing continuing education program.

For further information, contact Daryl Gutknecht at 262-781-5200.

Home Buddies Pet Sitting Service Launches

New Service Targets Households with Multiple or Special Needs Pets by Providing In-Home Pet Care

Camp Bow Wow®, the leading franchisor of dog day care and boarding facilities in North America, today announced the launch of its newest Home Buddies franchisee in Southeast Wisconsin. Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow is the most comprehensive pet care service available today, offering dog walking; pet sitting for dogs, cats, birds, fish, small mammals and reptiles; care for special needs pets; pet food delivery, pet waste clean-up services and in home web cam rentals.

As the number of households with multiple pets continues to grow, Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow will provide customers a single solution for providing the highest quality home care for their pets.

“This is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive pet care service opportunity in our area,” said Kelly Larson, owner of the newest Home Buddies franchise. “Now pet parents can have one trusted, in-home pet care provider capable of delivering the same dependable service customers have enjoyed for years at Camp Bow Wow locations around the country.”

“Home Buddies is the solution that pet lovers across our community have been looking for,” added Kelly. “If you’re searching for a trusted provider of one or many of the services we offer, we are ready to meet your needs.”

For more information about the services offered by Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow, visit www.myhomebuddies/southeastWI or call 262-806-7387 (PETS).

26th Annual Dog Jog Benefit for Homeless Animals

They’re going dog wild to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals!

On Sunday, Sept, 20, at 10 am, hundreds of animal lovers and their dogs will run (or walk) the two-mile Dog Jog benefit race, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Whether or not participants finish doesn’t matter nearly as much as the amount of money they raise.

Last year, some 800 participants raised about $27,000, and organizers hope to raise even more this year. Proceeds benefit area humane organizations, including Angel’s Wish (Dane County), Country Animal Haven (Dane County), Dane County Humane Society, Iowa County Humane Society, Humane Society of Jefferson County, Rock County Humane Society, Sauk County Humane Society, Washington County Humane Society, and Watertown Humane Society (Jefferson County).

Anyone who loves animals is encouraged to give, whether they can attend Dog Jog or not. The public is encouraged to sponsor a neighbor, friend, or family member, or even contribute in the name of their pet. Plus, online donations can be made via

“Dogs and cats alike benefit,” says Dr. Linda Sullivan, a veterinarian at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine who oversees the Dog Jog.

Sponsored by the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine’s Companion Animal Club, this colorful event draws pledgers from across Wisconsin. Participants can win prizes for collecting the most pledges, best costume, and best finish times. Major supporters include John Urban, Merial Ltd., Isthmus/The Daily, Doggie Doo, Culligan Total Water, Full Compass, and Novartis.

The two mile run/walk will once again begin in Parking Lot 60, near the intersection of Walnut Street and University Bay Drive on the west end of the UW-Madison campus.

Registration forms are available at area veterinary clinics (including the school’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital). Forms can also be downloaded from either or the school’s website ( For more information call 608/263-1010.

Cover Your Dog with an Umbrella

Dog ownership comes with many responsibilities. Providing food, water, exercise and affection are areas people think of the most, but making sure your dogs’ actions are covered by your insurance policy is also one that should never be overlooked.

Many insurance companies will deny coverage if you own certain breeds of dogs, such as Rottweilers or Pit Bulls. Dog owners are often unaware of this and may not find out they are uninsured until after something has happened.

If your policy does extend liability coverage to your dog it has a policy limit. Many times this limit may be $300,000 or less. If a claim is settled for an amount over your policy limit you will be personally responsible for paying the difference – unless you also have an Umbrella Insurance Policy.

An Umbrella Insurance Policy will provide coverage above and beyond the underlying limits your home/renters and auto policies provide. Umbrella policies offer coverage in $1 million increments and may cost less than $200/year.

If you are having insurance problems because of your dog or if you have any questions regarding your insurance please give us a call! McCabe Group Insurance Services is a local insurance agency that works with dog owners and can offer coverage regardless of breed, including Rottweilers and Pit Bulls.

For more information please call McCabe Group Insurance Services at 866-961-1166 or visit us online at