On Saturday, the Marshfield community is got behind a family looking to not only honor the memory of their daughter, but also help out the city the way she would have done.
More than 200 people came to run or walk for Paws for Brittany. In 2008, animal-loving, Brittany Zimmermann was killed in her apartment while attending U.W. Madison. Her killer still has yet to be found, but her parents are keeping her memory alive doing things she loved to do, helping others and loving animals.
"This is something we knew Brittany would fully support," said her mother, Jean Zimmermann, "so, we're trying to raise money for the two build a pet shelter in Marshfield."
Over $6,000 in proceeds went to benefit the Marshfield Area Pet Shelter. They certainly need the help, considering there is no shelter.
"We really, really need a funds to get the shelter built for the community, not only for the stray pets, but for pet owners as well," MAPS Board President, Karen Rau.
She said she's gotten many calls from people wondering where to report lost or found pets, surrendered pets, and other related questions.
"Currently a lot of us volunteers are housing the pets that we're trying to save in the community and surrounding areas," she said.
The shelter project started three years ago. The city has dontated a plot of land on the southside. Once there are enough funds, the free-roaming cat room will be named in Brittany's honor.
Brittany's parents said if she were at the event, she would be petting every single dog there and that she would be proud of the community getting behind the program and getting behind her.
She's still here. She's here this beautiful day is all because of Brittany, absolutely," they said.
If you would like to donate to Paws for Brittany, follow this link: http://pawsforbrittany.com/
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