HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society, and retired Brewer Jeff Cirillo are teaming up to raise money for the shelter’s Behavior program. Bolstered by a generous kick-off donation of $10,000, HAWS has been given 90 days to raise the matching funds in the $10,000 Matching Gift Behavior Rehabilitation Challenge.
“Many dogs are euthanized every year at shelters for their behavior and because of the lack of rehabilitation and retraining programs that can re-home them,” noted Cirillo. “What if these dogs had a second chance? HAWS has developed an exceptional behavior program that boasts a 90% success rate – and just recently celebrated their 650th program graduate! Best of all, as a result of HAWS’ Behavior department and Mod Squad program, more and more dogs are getting that second chance to find their forever homes and to live the life they deserve.”
HAWS’ Executive Director Lynn Olenik added: “Our Behavior Department is all about saving more lives. Our Mod Squad volunteers begin training the dogs while they are here, setting up boot camp for those pets that need a more rigorous program – from behavior modification to enrichment to exercise. We are doing everything possible to send home the best possible companion and save lives.”
Now the community is being asked to join the Challenge, to help raise the additional funds needed to meet the $10,000 match. A donation of just $15 can cover a full day of kennel care for one of the HAWS’ dogs in the program. A $27 donation pays for a treat puzzle box, and a $60 donation will support one dog through the entire program – and can be made in honor of the donor! For every dollar contributed, a dollar-for-dollar match will create that much more impact and save more lives.
Join HAWS’ mission to continue this vital life-saving program. Donate by calling 262-542-8851, or log on to www.hawspets.org. Help rehabilitate those dogs who may have never received a second chance! All donations are tax deductible.