Established in 1965, HAWS assists over 6,000 animals and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors annually. As an "open admissions" shelter we lead the community in animal welfare and assure sanctuary for all animals in need, regardless of age, health or temperament. HAWS is a non-profit, entirely donor-fund organization with an active humane education program, and both wildlife and companion animal rescue services for Waukesha County.
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At HAWS we often hear a saying that is popular with cat fans, including many of our cat "cuddlers" volunteers: Cats are like potato chips, you can't have just one.
Sure it is fodder for t-shirts and needlepoint pillows, but there is also much truth to the concept. And most folks who have had cats will agree, 2 is better than 1!
While dogs are more "pack-oriented" by nature and will adopt their humans as their pack, cats are often more independent. (Admit it, if you've ever been near a cat, you've been "dissed" by one...) Cats do, however, enjoy the company of another one of their own kind, and this can make YOUR life better, and easier, as a cat guardian.
One of the plusses of cats: they are great companions for busy people. They sleep alot, so when you aren't home they're not missing you. During your few precious hours at home, though, ANY pet - including a cat - requires attention, exercise and playtime. If you have more than 1 cat, guess who they can play with and cuddle with? Each other! No, this doesn't let you off the hook completely, but it sure helps when you've had a particularly exhausting day.
(Sure, more than 1 cat means more than one litter box, and probably a bigger food dish, but you were cleaning and feeding anyway...)
We have lots of cats and kittens at HAWS, along with a program called "The Buddy System" - adopt 2 for the price of 1 with bonded pairs of adult cats (like Joey and Oliver, pictured at left). Or, if you're ready for some real crazy fun, adopt 1 kitten and get the second at half price!
As long as you're looking for one cat, why not take two?!
By the way - coming up on July 25th, from 11am to 3pm, is the annual HAWS Mini-Golf Outing. Join us at National Golf Center in Big Bend for 18 holes of putting for paws! $12 per person, or $10 + an item from our Wish List. Sponsored by the Friends of HAWS!