Pet Photos w/ Santa again offered at HAWS

The Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha County, Inc. and the Friends of HAWS volunteer group has announced they will again be offering Pet Photos with Santa.  Pictures will be taken by members of the Unlimited Vision photography club, with all proceeds from the photos supporting the animals, programs and services at HAWS.

Appointments are available on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  The $30 fee includes the photography sitting, one (1) 8”x10” print and two (2) 5”x7” prints.  Pet owners will receive a CD of their photos for an additional donation of $5.

To reserve their session, pet owners should contact HAWS at 262-542-8851.  Sittings will be in 15 minute increments.

“We love the Pet Photos with Santa weekend,” notes Friends group President Nancy Mayo.  “It gives us a chance to interact with so many great pets and their people, and is a wonderful way to get in the spirit of the holiday season – all while helping HAWS.”

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 www.hawspets.org.

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Dog Jog Results

More than 400 dogs and owners went dog wild in a race to benefit homeless animals during the 26th annual Dog Jog on Sunday, September 20.

“More than $25,000 was raised to benefit area humane organizations,” said Dr. Linda Sullivan, an instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine who helps coordinate Dog Jog each year.

Top pledge collectors were the Nelson family (Dave, Patty, Alexa and Kylie), of Stoughton, Wis. with their three dogs, Rex, RJ and Hula. They raised more than $2,600 in pledges. The family has maintained the top pledge collector slot for many years.

In second place was Beth Viney, with her dog Tzar. They raised $1,225. Sally Probasco and her dog, Rosie, were third-place fundraisers for the event.

Dog Jog proceeds benefit humane organizations that participate in the veterinary school’s Cooperative Shelter Spay/Neuter Program for shelter pets or that participate in other school activities that directly benefit sheltered animals. This year’s beneficiaries included Angel’s Wish (Dane County), Country Animal Haven, 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).

The top pledge winner received a gift certificate for a photo session with Dramatic Paws Animal Photography. The top 20 pledge collectors received goody bags filled with dog treats and toys. Winners of each category received a medal.

The school is also grateful to the event’s supporters, including Culligan Total Water (provided bottled water to keep dogs and people hydrated during the race), John Urban (emcee), Isthmus/The Daily Page.com (donated ad space), Doggie Doo (dog dropping pick-up), Merial Ltd. (race bandanas), Royal Canin, and Full Compass (sound system).

Veterinary medical students in the Companion Animal Club, along with assistance from area humane organizations, organized the event itself.

Out of approximately 400 participants, Kyle Gleason and his dog, Charlie, were the overall race winners. He was also first place in the men’s category. First place woman was Erica Barkei with Hundi. First place girl was Claire Checovich and Bennet. First place boy was Adler Schmidt and Maybe. Winners of the costume contest were Jessica Huittl and Ben Head with their chihuahuas dressed as Dr. Doolittle and company.

Dog Jog is an annual 2-mile run/walk sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine to benefit homeless animals.

“Fitness Boot Camp” Offers to Help HAWS

A local fitness entrepreneur is offering residents an opportunity to get in shape for a good cause.

Jeremy Belter, who operates “Fat Blasting Fitness Boot Camps” in New Berlin , will donate all proceeds from his Sept. 26 workout session to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County. The 9 a.m. “boot camp” will be held at Star of Bethlehem Church, 3700 S. Casper Drive , New Berlin .

The “boot camp” session is a 30-minute full-body circuit training regimen. Participants should arrive by 8:45 a.m. and bring their own exercise mat and dumbbells. Suggested minimum donation is $15 per session.

In addition to getting a healthy workout, participants will be able to interact with several “adoption-ready” animals that will be brought to the event.

“The goal of my fitness boot camps has always been to help people improve their physical and mental health,” Belter said. “It’s great to add another positive focus by benefiting HAWS, which provides such a valuable service to our community both for displaced animals and the many families that adopt them.”

Belter, 31, has worked as a fitness coach for five years. He operates the “Fat Blasting Boot Camps” under the auspices of his company, Fitness4U. His charitable sessions are part of a nationwide initiative titled Boot Camps With a Purpose, started in 2007 by a fitness club owner in Exton , Pa.

HAWS  participates in numerous fund-raisers, but none literally as physically strenuous as the fitness boot camps, said Jennifer Smieja, its Development Coordinator.

“I really appreciate that Jeremy is doing this,” Smieja said. “It’s contributions from individuals and businesses such as his that allow the Humane Society to continue providing services to the community.”

CONTACT: Jeremy Belter, Fitness4U, (414) 234-8697 or jeremybelter@gmail.com

Jennifer Smieja, Humane Animal Welfare Society, (262) 542-8851, ext. 107, or Jennifer@hawspets.org

5th Annual Washington Bark Day

The 5th Annual Washington Bark Day will be held on Sunday, September 13 from 11 am to 4 pm at Washington Park (1859 N 40th St).  Bark Day attracts over 500 dogs and their owners to the park for a day of tail-waggin’ fun including lure coursing, games, demos, contests, and vendor booths featuring local pet-related business and animal welfare organizations. Admission is $6 per dog and while supplies last, dogs will receive a goody bag filled with treats and other fun items.

“Come with your dog for the fun and games but also take time to enjoy the scenic beauty of Washington Park. This park has a great history and is going through a revitalization. Many people don’t remember that it was the original zoo and designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, who also built Central Park in New York and Milwaukee’s own Lake Park,” says Robin Barry, president of Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks (ROMP).

Event schedule:
11:00   Opening Ceremony
11:15   Musical Squares
11:30   Stay Just a Little Bit Longer & Dog-Ups – sit/stay & push-up contests
Noon   Best Dressed Canine – dogs will be judged on the creativity of their costume
1:00     Blessing of the Animals preformed by Fr. Dominic Roscioli
1:15     Parade of Dogs featuring all registered dogs and dogs available for adoption
1:30     Milwaukee Dog Training Club Demo
2:00     Craziest Dog Thought featuring Madame Geldon, Fortune-teller
2:30     Owner/Dog Look-a-like, Best Vocal Performance from a Canine, Best Kisser & Best Trick contests
3:00     Musical Squares
3:15     Silent auction closes
3:30 Auction winners announced
3:45     Prize awarded to the dog that came the farthest & closing remarks

Activities held throughout the day:
· Silent Auction
· Lure Coursing
· Canine Fortune Telling by Madame Geldon
· Pet Portraits
· $1 Games –Haystack Hunt, Dog-pin Bowling, Tennis ball Fetch, & Bobbing for Hot Dogs

This year, the event was organized by Neighborhoods United for Washington Park (NUWP), Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks (ROMP), and Urban Ecology Center (UEC). Their partnership represents three groups joining forces to organize an event that benefits activities in Milwaukee County Parks. UEC has locations within Washington Park and Riverside Park and proceeds from the event will help fund its programs. NUWP raises money to fund improvements at Washington Park and ROMP supports Milwaukee dog parks.

ROMP advocates for dedicated off-leash dog exercise areas in Milwaukee County and educates the community about responsible dog ownership. ROMP works closely with the Milwaukee County Parks System to ensure dogs have fenced-in places to run free and play safe. In 2005, ROMP helped the Milwaukee County Parks System establish a new a 26-acre fenced in dog park called the Runway Dog Exercise Area along with the new dog exercise area opening this Fall at Estabrook Park in Shorewood.  For more information about this event, ROMP, and off-leash dog exercise areas, visit www.milwaukeedogparks.org.

Ozaukee Humane Society Hosts Adopt-a-Thon

Looking to add a new furry family member to your household?   On Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12, the Ozaukee Humane Society is hosting an Adopt-a-Thon! In conjunction with the Wisconsin Humane Society’s 130th anniversary, the two shelters are hoping to place 130 animals in new homes over the weekend, so it’s the perfect weekend to stop in and meet adoptable animals. Every adopter will go home with a free gift bag and a chance to win even bigger and better prizes!

In addition, on Friday, September 11 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13 from 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., animals from the Ozaukee Humane Society will also be available for adoption at the PetSmart at 1030 N Port Washington Road in Grafton as part of PetSmart Charities® “Second Chance for Love” Fall Adoption Weekend. Visit petsmart.com for more details on their endeavor to help find homes for 18,800 animals nationwide this weekend.

For more information about the Ozaukee Humane Society, visit www.ozaukeehumane.org or call 262-377-7580.

HAWS goes on the road again

The Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha County, Inc. has announced special arrangements to ensure services provided by the Society will continue throughout the building and renovation process, even during times when access to the shelter building and grounds may be limited.

Thursday, September 10th and Friday, September 11th, and again on Monday, September 14th and Tuesday, September 15th – there will be no public access to the shelter at 701 Northview Road due to the paving of the shelter’s new sidewalks and curbs.  Staff will still be available at the shelter to answer phone and email inquiries.

Pet viewing and adoptions will again be handled off-site by HAWS Mobile Adoption Unit, which will be set up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all four days at Petlicious Dog Bakery and Pet Spa on 2217 Silvernail Road – a short distance from the shelter.  A small number of adoptable animals will be available at all times for viewing, but adopters interested in specific pets should call the shelter ahead of time to allow enough time for transport of that animal to Petlicious.  As always, adoptable pets can also be viewed online at HAWS’ website, www.hawspets.org.

The shelter will be available for business as usual on the weekend – Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13.  Viewing and adoptions are from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on both days.  Pedestrian paths will be marked for visitors to follow.

“Stray and wildlife rescue will be done by pickup and drop off at client’s homes.  Also, those residents needing to surrender their own pet should call HAWS to make arrangements:  animals will either be picked up by our staff, or they can be dropped off at HAWS’ Mobile Adoption unit at Petlicious,” said HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik.

HAWS Fall Benefit – Men at Work – October 17th

The Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha County, Inc. invites all to join in the fun at the HAWS Men at Work Party, our annual fall fundraiser, set for Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Road in Oconomowoc.  The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs until midnight.

The gala’s construction theme is in celebration of the ongoing facility expansion at HAWS.  Highlighted by entertainment from one of Milwaukee’s favorite party bands, The Boogie Men, the event also features great food buffets including a sushi bar, live and silent auctions, raffles, a large casino gaming area, an adoptable pet meet’n’greet area, and much more.  All proceeds support HAWS’ animal care services and the many educational programs at HAWS which promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse and neglect in our community.

Men at Work admission tickets are $55 per person, and can be purchased by logging onto www.hawspets.org or by calling the shelter at 262-542-8851.  A new feature of this year’s event:  we’ll be selling a limited number of special band-performance-only admission tickets for $20, which will allow those guests into the party after 9:00 p.m. to enjoy The Boogie Men and the casino gaming area.

Registrations close on October 10, 2009.  No admission tickets are sold the day of the event.

Can’t join the fun on the 17th“Build” Raffle tickets are available, and you need not be present to win!  Three great prizes allow the winners to “Build a Nest Egg” with a cash prize and birdhouse, “Build a Music Library” with an 8G iPod Touch, or “Build Green Space” with a choice of 2 trees from Piala’s Nursery in Waukesha.  Purchase your tickets today at HAWS – $10 each or 3 for $25!