Wagfest 2014

Tails will be plentiful and wagging on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at Brookfield’s Mitchell Park (next to the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts) from 11am – 5pm as Elmbrook Humane Society (EBHS) hosts its annual Wagfest fundraiser.

The 7th Annual Wagfest is the place for animals and their people to come together as a community to celebrate the bond between them. For those without a dog, make sure to attend to make some new friends! The day long festival includes food, music, shopping, a silent auction, raffles, and of course, activities for dogs. Silent auction and raffle prizes include Harley Davidson items, gift baskets from Café Hollander and Fava Tea, and the highly sought after “Party Time Wheelbarrow” filled with premium liquor and wines. This year a wheelbarrow of craft and micro brews will be added to the raffle line up.

Each year Wagfest is bigger and better with new attractions; why make this year any different? Wagfest has grown from a 5K Run/Walk to a full blown festival with over sixty vendors, big name sponsors, and increased attendance annually. With an expected attendance of 5,000 people and their dogs, this is surely one festival you do not want to miss!

What can you expect for dogs to do? Wagfest will return offering three full lure courses, an agility demonstration and practice arena, reduced cost micro-chipping and scanning, nail trimming, nose work practice area, Puptini’s, and of course, samples for your canine pal. What can you expect to do? Shop, eat, and indulge in one of many cold beverage options! New this year, Texas Roadhouse, Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub, and Sweet Frog will be on site adding to the vast menu options. Also, many new vendors are joining in on the dog festival of the year including Lia Sophia, Central Bark Doggy Daycare, One Last Piece, and Think Pawsitive to name just a few. Heather Gehrke, EBHS Executive Director said, “There is something for everyone at Wagfest! With registration being optional (event is free to attend, registration including t-shirt and food tickets) there is no reason not to mark your calendar to spend all or part of the day with us!”

Event admission and parking is free and open to the public. EBHS will provide a free shuttle to and from parking lots for people and their animals, courtesy of Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub.

All proceeds from Wagfest will benefit the animals at the Elmbrook Humane Society, which is the only No Kill shelter in Waukesha County.

The mission of Elmbrook Humane Society is to provide shelter for homeless animals, promote the human animal bond, and prevent animal cruelty and neglect. Elmbrook Humane Society is the only no-kill animal shelter in Waukesha County, serving the community since 1964. http://www.ebhs.org.

HAWS RECEIVES PATHOLOGY REPORT FOR FRAME PARK DOG

 HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, has received the results of the necropsy on the dog found near Frame Park in April.

HAWS’ Animal Rescue Team was called to assist when a deceased female Pit Bull was discovered next to the busy railroad tracks adjacent to Waukesha’s Frame Park. Local citizens speculated on social media that the dog had been abused, dying as a result.

According to the pathology report, foul play has been ruled out, as no evidence of bullet or stab wounds or burn trauma were found on the dog. The exact cause of the dog’s injuries is unknown, but they are consistent with those that would be sustained as the result of the dog being hit by a passing train.

The dog was found to be in good nutritional condition, even described as robust.

“We are thankful that community members cared enough to get involved,” noted HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik. “Unfortunately, an owner still has not come forward.”

Continued Olenik: “The tragic part of this situation is the dog most likely died alone, without the comfort of her family.”

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 and full service shelter, HAWS assures sanctuary for 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 hawspets.org.
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HAWS: Building a Society that’s Humane.

HAWS Joins Project Blue Collar

HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, is joining a national movement in support of the underdog, celebrating HAWS’ adoptable dogs, alumni and rescue dogs in general with Project Blue Collar.
An official launch will be held at HAWS on Saturday, January 18, when all dogs adopted that day will receive a free Project Blue Collar collar. Additional collars will be available for purchase for $10 for those who already have a rescue dog as part of their family. HAWS has always been proud of our adoptable dogs – now every rescue dog owner can help underdogs become heroes and share their pride in their rescued best friend!
 
A charitable company, Project Blue Collar is designed to dispel the myth that shelter dogs are damaged or undesirable. PBC merchandise, including apparel, toys, and accessories, allows owners to raise awareness of their pride in their rescue dog, while helping elevate the status and perception of all rescue dogs.
As a Rescue Network Partner, HAWS benefits from the sale of Project Blue Collar merchandise, both at the Waukesha shelter and through sales at projectbluecollar.com – online shoppers can choose HAWS as the give-back beneficiary at the checkout screen.
 
Adopt 4 paws from HAWS!  Join the ranks of those in support of the underdog by bringing a rescue dog into your home – HAWS is open 7 days a week for viewing and adoptions. Not a “dog person”? Find your best feline, feathered or small and furry friend in our Cat Adoption or Small Animal wards.
 
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 and full service shelter, HAWS assures sanctuary for animals in need while offering educational programs and a myriad of 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 http://www.hawspets.org/
Friend us on Facebook or follow our Tweets at “HAWS Waukesha.” 
HAWS: Building a Society that’s Humane.

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE!

Cold snaps aren’t just hard on humans; they can be hazardous for pets. HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, offers practical tips to ensure the entire family makes it through winter safely and happily.

Keep all pets indoors when the temperature dips, other than for short walks and potty breaks. Paw pads and ears are very sensitive and easily susceptible to frostbite in frigid temps. Wind-chill can threaten a pet’s life, no matter what the temperature. Even dogs normally accustomed to arctic weather may not be ready for extreme temperatures.

HAWS has a limited number of dog crates available for loan to Waukesha County residents who don’t normally allow their pets inside the house or garage. Owners concerned about their ability to keep their companion pets safe during this weather are encouraged to call the shelter to discuss available alternatives – 262-542-8851.

Short-coated dogs may need a coat or sweater during walks. Baby socks or a coat of Vaseline can also help protect pets’ paws, which can crack in the bitter cold. Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice on sidewalks and roadways can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet: Always wipe paws with a damp towel after coming inside – even if you don’t see salt on walkways.

Keeping warm depletes energy quickly, so more food is needed in winter for animals spending time outdoors. Outside water dishes should be checked the water has not frozen. Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal so tongues don’t freeze to the bowl’s surface.

Antifreeze is a deadly poison with a sweet taste that attracts animals and children. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach. Coolants made with propylene glycol are now widely available; safe if ingested in small amounts.

Parked cars can attract small animals that may crawl under the hood looking for warmth. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.

Watch for signs of hypothermia in your pet: weak pulse, dilated pupils, decreased heart rate, extreme shivering, pale or blue mucous membranes, body temperature below 95 degrees, stupor and unconsciousness. Consequences of extreme hypothermia may include neurological problems including coma, heart problems and kidney failure. Contact your veterinarian for details.

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 and full service shelter, HAWS assures sanctuary for animals in need while offering educational programs and a myriad of 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 http://www.hawspets.org.
Friend us on Facebook or follow our Tweets at “HAWS Waukesha.” HAWS: Building a Society that’s Humane.

Fetch Magazine for Your Tablet

Did you know that you can read Fetch Magazine on that way cool tablet that you just got or that you are going to get for Christmas? We put every issue of Fetch out on issuu.com. You can find backcopies out there, too. If you are looking for the current issue covering the winter months of December, January, February, you can go out to issuu.com and search on Fetch Magazine OR you can find it at this link: http://issuu.com/fetchmagazine/docs/fetch_2013_winter_for_issuu

New Winter Issue of Fetch is Now Available!

Latest issue of Fetch!

Latest issue of Fetch!

The latest issue of Fetch is being distributed even as we speak! There are lots of great articles to read. Plus lots of wonderful dog-related businesses to visit. Tell our advertisers you saw them in Fetch and tell them how much you love Fetch. Be sure to see the many adoptable dogs and cats(!) that are pictured throughout the issue. And there is much more inside to peruse on a cold winter’s evening! Look for the issue at your favorite pet related location! And, if you are a business that would like to have Fetch available free for your patrons, just drop a line to info@fetchmag.com and let me know! I’ll get the copies to you!

Who Wants a Bay-utiful Beagle to Love?

With six – yes, 6 – Beagles available for adoption at HAWS, we’re “on the hunt” for hound fans!
Sargie
Our pack includes Benny, Elvis (below left), Marley, Priscilla(below right), Sargie (pictured, above) and, of course, Snoopy!

Elvis Prisilla
Each one has that super-sweet Beagle personality…and that very distinctive bark or “bay.”  (Probably not the best pet for apartment or condo dwellers.)Beagles can be quirky, so they don’t always do well with little humans, but if you’re used to energy and “noseyness,” this is the dog for you.
Come see our 6-pack of Hound Happiness!

 
 
Viewing/Adopting Hours

Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon – 4:00 p.m.