Animal Fairy Charities Joins The Crossings Animal Sanctuary To Help Build Bucks County’s First No-Kill Animal Sanctuary

Animal Fairy Charities, Inc. Joins The Crossings Animal

2nd Annual
Tail Waggers Strut
With A Book Signing By Shelley
, Animal Lover And Local Author of The New Children’s

“The Animal

A percentage Of All Proceeds From Book Sales Will Be Donated
To Help Build Bucks County’s First No-Kill Animal

The Animal

This New Children’s Book Is Designed To Help Teach Children Compassion At An
Early Age Through The Positive Interaction With Animals And Is A Must For All
Parents Looking For Ways To Inspire Empathy and Kindness In Their

Yardley, PA April 22,
her debut children’s book, author and local resident Shelley Abrams will be
signing the new children’s book, “The Animal Fairy” at this year’s
2nd Annual Tail Waggers Strut on Sunday May 15th 2011 at
Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, PA with 40% of all proceeds from sales of the book
being donated to The Crossings Animal Sanctuary to help build Bucks County’s
first no-kill animal sanctuary.

An avid animal lover, Abrams
was inspired by The Crossings Animal Sanctuary’s goal to build Bucks County’s
first no-kill animal sanctuary and participated herself in the Tail Waggers
Strut last year. Abrams was all set to walk for the cause again this year when
she received a call from The Crossings Animal Sanctuary to participate in a book
signing once they learned she was a local resident of Yardley, PA.

“The Animal Fairy” written by
Shelley Abrams and illustrated by Susie Weber introduces a new loveable creature
who is empowered to help animals.

“It’s a very exciting concept
and I’m thrilled to be involved by writing his story”, said Shelley Abrams,
author of the book. “Helping children learn about animals in need is a dream
come true and a story that must be told”, Abrams added.

“Kids Can, Too!” will be part
of Tail Waggers Strut and will entail a 2-mile walk for elementary school
children. This walk aims to teach young children the value of community service
and that they can accomplish great things through positive action.

Animal Fairy Charities, Inc.
seeks to promote compassion amongst children and is asking Bucks County and the
surrounding areas for their support on May 15th, 2011. Author Shelley
Abrams will be signing copies of The Animal Fairy. She will discuss what it
means to see the book in parents and children’s hands. Dialogue is encouraged
and parents are encouraged to bring their children.

About The

As a
lifelong animal lover, Shelley Abrams was enchanted when first introduced to the
Animal Fairy Character and embraced the idea when asked to author his story.
Dogs, cats and horses have remained a constant in Shelley’s life. In 2004, she
bought her first race horse and created Smarty’s Gift Stables. Realizing that
many thoroughbreds needed a second chance after their racing days were over,
Smarty’s Gift Stables launched a program that has rescued and helped to rehome
dozens of horses. She continues to campaign in support of animal welfare

Book Signing

The Animal Fairy book signing
with Shelley Abrams, Sunday, May 15th at The 2nd Annual
Tail Waggers Strut at Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, PA. Dialogue is highly
encouraged. Please bring your children.

ISBN 978-0-615-40376-2   Book
Cost $5.98. 40% of all proceeds from book sales will be donated to The Crossings
Animal Sanctuary. For more information or for interviews, please contact us at
Animal Fairy Charities, Inc.,

Or call us at


Waukesha animal resource center awarded special grant for elementary student camp

HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, is hosting a
special camp this week for elementary school students at the shelter at 701
Northview Road, Waukesha.

A STEM Grant
(Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) was
awarded to HAWS’ Humane Education Department for a
collaborative project designed by department manager Khris Erickson,
partnering with members of the Hadfield Elementary
School Boys & Girls Club.  The STEM project allows 11 girls from
Hadfield to participate in a learning theory and training exercise using HAWS
adoptable dogs.

The exercise poses the question “Can shelter dogs understand,
as easily as dogs that have an owner and live in a home, that pointing as a
gesture has meaning?”  Using the hypothesis that dogs have the basic cognitive
ability to understand the meaning behind a human gesture like pointing at an
object, the students are spending the week working with shelter dogs, developing
a relationship with them and recording their results.

Recent studies have shown that American students are falling behind in STEM disciplines and are also far less interested in STEM than their international peers.  On the National
Assessment of Educational Progress, less than one-third of U.S. eighth graders show proficiency in mathematics and science.  Efforts are underway to improve the state of STEM education in the United States.  Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent by foundations to improve STEM, creating a tremendous opportunity for local schools and non-profit organizations to pursue grant
funding for STEM initiatives.

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
Friend us on Facebook at “HAWS Waukesha.”


Award recognizes youth Community Kindness, honors late Lac La Belle native

HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, announces the
creation of the Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness Award.  The
inaugural winner, Kristen Watry, will receive her award at HAWS’ Pet Walkathon on May 7th.

Diana Boettcher was a Lac La Belle resident for
nearly 60 years, caring equally for the animals and people in her neighborhood –
her “family.”  Diagnosed with terminal cancer and determined to stay in the only
home she knew for her remaining days, friends and neighbors returned her
kindness and helped make that possible until her passing in 2010.

people put their values into action they inspire others,” notes HAWS’ Executive
Director Lynn Olenik.  “HAWS was one of the benefactors of Diana’s kindness and
for that reason we’ve created an award in her honor, designed to recognize youth
who are inspirational through their acts of kindness.  Often our compassionate
sides stay in the background, with the many awards offered for academics or
athletics.  Strong values in our youth often don’t receive the recognition they
should, but these values have a long lasting impact on our community.  HAWS
recognizes that impact.”

The inaugural recipient of the Boettcher Award is Kirsten
a senior at Arrowhead High School who has volunteered at HAWS since
2007.  Always an animal lover, Kirsten’s involvement with animals began with her
local 4-H club.  She naturally ventured to HAWS to volunteer as a dog
walker/socializer, and soon was helping with dog training classes. She is one of
the founding members of HAWS’ Mod Squad, a special group of volunteers dedicated to
working with and training the adoptable dogs at HAWS.

Kirsten notes her
involvement with HAWS has given her the chance to learn things that she might
not otherwise have been able to experience.  Aspiring to a future working with
dogs, those hands on experiences have become invaluable as she helps people have
better relationships with their dogs.  Kristen will attend Carroll University in
the fall.

The award ceremony will be during
HAWS’ 28th Annual Pet Walkathon, Saturday, May
7th at Sussex Village Park
, in a ceremony at 11:00 a.m.  The
community is invited to join in this celebration of pets, and to honor the
values exemplified by Ms. Boettcher and Ms. Watry.

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  Friend us on Facebook at “HAWS Waukesha

“Spare the Lab” bowling FUNdraiser

Grab your friends and family and come join L.E.A.R.N. for our first “Spare the Lab” bowling FUNdraiser on Saturday, May 7th from 11 am – 3 pm at Alpine Lanes in Muskego.  In addition to some fun bowling, you will have opportunities to win some great prizes and raffle items, as well as an event t-shirt.  We will also have a L.E.A.R.N. information booth to find out more about us, how to become a foster home and to view some information about the Labs currently available for adoption.

 The 1st Spare the Lab bowling FUNdraiser is sponsored by Labrador Education and Rescue Network (L.E.A.R.N.), an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to finding new homes for abandoned and unwanted Labs.  The location of the event is Alpine Lanes at S80w18700 Apollo Dr in Muskego, WI.  Alpine Lanes is easily accessible from Interstate 43 South (Rock freeway).  Exit  Hwy Y (Racine Ave) south.  They are approximately 2 miles south of Interstate 43 on Racine Ave, 1 block south of Janesville Rd. Turn right on Apollo Dr. to the main entrance.

 Please visit L.E.A.R.N.’s website at to find out more about this FUNdraiser. 


Racine Wisconsin Native and Actress Kristin Bauer, Paris Bennett of American Idol and The Grand Slam Charity Jam Lend Support To Animal Fairy Charities, Inc.

Saturday, April 2nd, Animal Fairy Charities attended the first-ever Grand Slam Charity Jam, an event that raised over $100,000 for over 50 Wisconsin charities.

 The event was held at the Potawatomi’s Woodland Dreams Ballroom and Northern Lights Theater and underwritten by Kapco Inc. and corporate partners.

 Racine, WI Native, Kristin Bauer, star of HBO’s True Blood, actress and animal lover hosted the event which featured several celebrity performancers including The Sugar Ray Band (Mark McGrath of Celebrity Apprentice), Kimberley Locke (American Idol), Jamecia Bennett (Sounds of Blackness), Paris Bennett (American Idol), Abri Van Straten (The Lemmings), Erica Hoyt (Nashville Singer and Songwriter) and more!

 Green Bay Packer legend LeRoy Butler attended the event along with other former Packer Gary Ellerson and Packers Nick Collins and Desmond Bishop.

 Internationally acclaimed artist, Eric Waugh displayed an entire collection of his art for the auction.

 “It was an amazing night”, said Debra Lopez, Executive Director of Animal Fairy Charities. “We haven’t stopped talking about it” Lopez added.

 Animal Fairy Charities was chosen by Kristen Bauer as one of the beneficiaries of the event. “I had no idea how much Kristin loved horses and it is an honor and a privilege to be chosen by her.” said Lopez. 

 Paris Bennett of American Idol has also joined Animal Fairy Charities in their mission help animals.

 “I am a big animal lover and there would be nothing greater than to help animals of the world” said Bennett.  “After attending the Grand Slam Charity Jam and learning about Animal Fairy Charities, I liked what the organization stood for and by lending my voice to their cause, I am hoping to help animals around the world” Bennett added.

 Bennett came to national recognition as a contestant on season five of American Idol.  She placed 5th during that season.  In 2007 she released her debut album “Princess P” as well as a holiday album in 2008 entitled “A Royal Christmas”.

 “We are thrilled to have Paris on board as an extension of our voice for the animals. We need to educate our youth on the problems our country faces regarding animal welfare and Paris will be a huge help with this mission.” said Lopez.

 “At the end of the day, it’s been a very tough economy” said Lori Charney of Animal Fairy Charities. “People are still giving up their pets to local shelters and sometimes even leaving them behind when they lose their homes. Animal shelters and rescues need our help more than ever and we have to step up and help those who are in the trenches everyday caring for our animals. Because of the support we’ve received from The Grand Slam Charity Jam, Kristin Bauer and Paris Bennett, we can help more animals.” Charney added.

 Animal Fairy Charities also produces the network television show “Animal Advocate Television” which is a public educational and awareness campaign.  AATV was invited to film the “Red Carpet” for the event. You can see the filming of the Red Carpet and other sound bites from the event on a future show yet to be announced.  In the meantime, you can view some of the event at

 Animal Fairy Charities is an all-volunteer 501c3 based animal welfare nonprofit, distributes funds in support of the missions of other animal non-profit organizations using a federated (i.e. United Way) method. In addition, Animal Fairy Charities educates and engages young children in compassion through the positive interaction with animals.

 For more information, contact Animal Fairy Charities at or 262-989-0604

FUNDRAISE FOR HAWS – ON FOOT AND ONLINE! – Annual Walkathon for Waukesha animal center set for May 7th, NEW location

WAUKESHA ­­— HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, and the Friends of HAWS fundraising group announce the 28th Annual Pet Walkathon to benefit the Waukesha shelter.  The event, scheduled for Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., has been moved to a new location, this year being held at Sussex Village Park.

“Our Walkathon is one of the most successful, and most fun, fundraisers for our shelter each year,” notes HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik.  “We’re excited to be at a new location this year in Sussex, and it promises to be a great day for pets and their people to support the HAWS cause.”

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

The Walkathon features adoptable HAWS pets, demonstrations including “Canine Cuisine” with Dr. Claudeen McAuliffe, pet/owner contests, “shop”-portunities at vendor booths, great food and more.  HAWS’ friend Marilynn Mee of WKLH will once again be the special guest and area mascots will also join in the fun, including the Milwaukee Admirals’ Roscoe, Brad Beach from the Milwaukee Wave and Waukesha State Bank’s Friendly the Eagle.

“Our pet festival is the perfect way to show what we are all about – the love and welfare of companion animals,” says event chair Nancy Mayo. “HAWS’ alumni and their families return each year to raise money for the shelter, and we are grateful to see them!  Waukesha County’s biggest pet party is just one more thing that HAWS does to help animals in our community, and we invite everyone to join in the fun.”

The Walkathon is sponsored and presented by the Friends of HAWS.  100% of the donations collected by Walkathon attendees is given directly to HAWS for animal care, programs and services.

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  Friend us on Facebook at “HAWS Waukesha.”

WHS Ozaukee Campus: Adoption discounts

Another reason to visit the new WHS Ozaukee Campus: Adoption discounts
Get 20% off your adoption fee now through April 30 at the new Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus in Saukville. If you haven’t yet visited the new shelter, now is the time.  There are a lot of puppies, kittens, dogs, cats and small animals looking for new homes, plus you can get a look at the fabulous new, “green” facility.  Visit to see available animals. The site is updated every 30 minutes.