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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Your friends at HAWS present a cautionary tale about doggy doors and bad weather...
HAWS' Chief Animal Rescuer, Mark, went out last nite to assist local law enforcement personnel. They were following up on concerned citizen reports of a loose dog, out in the dropping temps. After covering several miles, the dog finally sat still long enough for Mark and the officer to get a good look...and then it took off again and disappeared!
Fearing the worst, the men followed the tracks. Fortunately, after a little detective work, the dog was eventually found snoozing on it's own couch. It was discovered that this canine had free run of the neighborhood at all times because of several doggy doors installed at its home.
Because of the territory the dog covered over those several hours, the dog's fate could have been much worse - it crossed several highways and outran many people that feared for it's safety. And let's face it, it was COLD last night - not good weather for any housepet, let alone this short-coated dog.
Doggy doors have also been known, in both cold and warm weather, to let in things like skunks and raccoons in addition to the household pet! Not exactly the house guest one is hoping for - nor the idea behind giving your pet a little "freedom."
Please think safety first when considering a doggy door - and be ready for WHATEVER they may allow in or out! (And when you're in a jam, call our Animal Rescue Team - we're happy to assist.)