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HAWS of Waukesha County rescues 100 dogs and cats from Oklahoma ahead of storm outbreak

Posted at 10:14 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 19:19:14-04

WAUKESHA — A Waukesha animal shelter is filled with dogs and cats after they stepped up to help their rescue partners in Oklahoma. Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha County took in 100 animals ahead of the severe weather that hit the plains.

"We just got this one to add to our family," said Sullivan Foster, 5, who pointed to his new puppy Chewie.

Chewie is one of dogs and cats that were rescued ahead of the storms.

"We received a call around 4 o'clock Thursday asking us if we could provide some assistance to a shelter in the Oklahoma area that was preparing for some potentially awful weather," said Maggie Tate-Techtmann, organizational development director, HAWS of Waukesha County.

HAWS helped the Oklahoma shelter make room for the pets that get lost or hurt during the tornado outbreaks. They picked up 50 dogs and 50 cats on Friday afternoon and spent the weekend getting them vet checked.

By Monday, people like Rachel Foster and her two kids were able to adopt the pets. The Fosters did not know they were rescuing an animal from the severe weather in Oklahoma. They just fell in love with their new puppy.

"Yay, we can bring Chewie home," said Sullivan Foster.

HAWS is extending its hours for adoption. It will be open until 7 p.m. Tuesday so people can see the extra pets. You can go in person to HAWS 701 Northview Road, Waukesha or visit their website at