WAUKESHA ­­— April 29, 2010 — Everyone is invited to join the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha County, Inc. at our 27th Annual Pet Walkathon this Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Minooka Park , 1927 E. Sunset Dr. in Waukesha .

The schedule of Walkathon ’10 activities has just been released:

8:45 a.m.                      Blessing of the Animals

9:00 a.m.                      Kick-off the Walk!

10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.  Lure Course – conditions permitting. A howling good time! ($5 for each fun run – prize for the fastest participants)

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.          Second Blessing of Animals, plus contests for Longest Tail, Most Spots, and Biggest Smile

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.        Pawsitive Vybe dog-frisbee demonstration

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.        Featured Breed:  German Shepherd Dog by G.S.D. Club, WI

11:00 a.m. – ?? Special Guest Hostess Marilynn Mee from 96.5 WKLH, Milwaukee ‘s Home of Classic Rock

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.        Mascot Fun – “Marilynn (Simon) Sez” with HAWS’ mascot Lucky, Roscoe from the Milwaukee Admirals, Brad Beach from the Milwaukee Wave…  and the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club’s Famous Racing Sausages!

11:30 a.m. – Noon       Parade of HAWS adoptable pets

Noon – 12:30 p.m.       Lunch break and bobbing for hotdogs- for the dogs

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.         HAWS Alumni Parade

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.           Special recognition for Survivor and Senior Dogs

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.           Contests: Owner/Pet Look-alikes, Shortest Legs, Tallest Pet (all 4 paws on the ground)

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.           Pawsitive Vybe – dog-frisbee demo

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.           Lure Coursing Awards and winners of “Win at the Walk” announced

 We’re looking forward to a great day!

 HAWS, a non-profit organization established in 1965, assists more than 6,000 animals and welcomes over 31,000 human visitors each year to the shelter at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha .  An “open admissions” shelter, HAWS leads the community in animal welfare and assures sanctuary for animals in need.  For more information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto www.hawspets.org.

April 23 is Rescue Night at the Waukesha Co. Museum

Friday, April 23, 5:00-8:00pm

  Rescue Night

Waukesha County Museum

101 W Main Street

Waukesha, WI 53186

(262) 521-2859

In partnership with the HAWS organization, please plan to attend this special evening of programming and information sharing.
Meet exhibit photographer Mary Ludington. Visit the HAWS Mobile Adoption unit and find your new best friend! Free with regular museum admission.

 The Nature of Dogs

Presented in partnership with HAWS – April 10 to June 12, 2010

Event Calendar, Scout programs

Visit www.waukeshacountymuseum.org for info on tours, camps, Scout programs, Discovery Boxes, and other programs at the Waukesha County Museum !

FUNDRAISE FOR HAWS – ON FOOT OR ONLINE! 27th Annual Pet Walkathon fundraiser set for May 1st

WAUKESHA ­­— April, 2010 — Kick off “Be Kind to Animals Week” with HAWS – the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County – at our Annual Pet Walkathon. The event is Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Minooka Park in Waukesha . “Every year our Walkathon is one of the best – and most fun – fundraisers for our shelter,” notes HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik. “It is a great day to support the HAWS cause and spend time with new and old friends.”

Donations can be brought to the Walk in person or raised through online, personal fundraising pages. For registration information and to set up a fundraising page, log on to hawspets.org and look for the dog “Walking for HAWS” logo or banner ad, click, and go!

The Walkathon again features various walking routes; pet and owner competitions and contests; demonstrations and the popular lure course (weather permitting); “shop-portunities” at various vendor booths, a “Win at the Walk” raffle and more. HAWS’ great friend Marilynn Mee of Classic Rock 96.5 WKLH will be the event emcee, and will welcome a lunchtime Mascot Mania of local favorites – including the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club’s Famous Racing Sausages, Roscoe from the Milwaukee Admirals, Brad Beach from the Milwaukee Wave and Friendly the Eagle from Waukesha State Bank.

“Our pet festival is a perfect way to show what we are all about – the love of animals,” says event chair Nancy Mayo. “It is rewarding to see HAWS’ alumni and their families return each year to raise money for the shelter. Waukesha County ’s biggest pet party is just one more thing that HAWS does to help animals in our community. We’re looking forward to a great day!” Now in it’s 27th year, the Walkathon is sponsored and presented by the Friends of HAWS volunteer group.

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 animals in need while offering educational programs and services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse. HAWS is located at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha , Wisconsin . For more information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto our website at http://www.hawspets.org

“Spayghetti & No Balls” Bash on 4/16 – fundraiser for the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center

Congrats to The WhiskeyBelles for winning a WAMI award last night! They will be performing all night this Friday (4/16) at the “Spayghetti & No Balls” Bash – a fundraiser for the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center. Tickets only available through Wednesday night! Get yours today!  The ARC is open noon-7 today (4/13) and noon-7 tomorrow (4/14) – you can also purchase on-line at www.milwaukeearc.org!
We had our final walk-through at the Italian Community Center last night and we are soooo excited for the event this year!  Lots of exciting changes and additions from last year!  You do not want to miss this event!  Grab a friend and get tickets before it is too late!

Antifreeze Poisoning Protection Bill

Info provided by Wisconsin and Ozaukee Humane Societies:

Antifreeze has a sweet odor and taste that makes it attractive to animals.  Thousands of domestic and wild animals die each year from ingesting this poisonous substance.  National leaders, such as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), recommend a bittering agent be added to antifreeze.  This bitter substance reduces the palatability of antifreeze and deters animals from ingesting it, saving lives.

The Antifreeze Poisoning Protection Bill (AB 842/SB 663), introduced by Representative Sinicki and Senator Plale, requires that antifreeze include an extremely bitter substance.  The addition of this bittering agent helps to dissuade animals from ingesting antifreeze.  Eleven other states have adopted similar legislation. 

Contact your representatives
The committee on Consumer Protection held a public hearing regarding the bill on Wednesday, April 7.  Please contact your representatives and ask them to support this life-saving legislation.

For more info:  http://www.wihumane.org

Wisconsin Adopt a Golden Retriever (WAAGR) Perennial Sale

May 15:  8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
May 16:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever is holding its annual perennial sale to benefit the organization, rain or shine.  Be prepared for a plant extravaganza to add some color to the yard this spring!  The event will be held at Heritage West Allis, 7901 W. National Ave. in West Allis.  Watch their website for the pre-order form once it’s available.
WAAGR hotline:  (414) 517-7725
Web site:  www.waagr.org
Email:  info@waagr.org

WHS Bruiser’s Buddies Adoption Promotion Kicks Off

MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Humane Society is offering a “Bruiser’s Buddies” exclusive adoption package for some of our canine guests! These special adoption packages include:

 •             $125 Adoption Fee

•             20% off Manners Class

•             Free Dog Starter Kit

Marty & Bruiser, long admired by their Facebook fans, volunteers and staff, have their own special adoption package, “The Marty & Bruiser.” Whoever is lucky enough to go home with this pair of best friends will receive:

 •             $125 Adoption Fee (per wagging tail)

•             Free Behavior Consultation

•             Free Dog Starter Kit

•             200 Facebook Friends

“Bruiser’s Buddies” Adoption Packages are good until each dog finds a new home. If you can’t adopt, you can always be an Angel Sponsor to one of these terrific dogs.

Get more info and see their pics at http://www.wihumane.org/news/bruiser.aspx