Each year, Last Paw Rescue based in Tomah brings up hundreds of dogs living in poor conditions down south up to Wisconsin and works to put those pets into loving environments.
First News at Nine’s Zach Prelutsky explains how the rescue operation continues to grow and is looking to add a new, permanent building.
For the past six and a half years, Last Paw Rescue has been saving dogs from high kill shelters in Texas and giving them a chance at a new life in Wisconsin.
“Last Paw Rescue” is a foster based rescue,” explained Last Paw Rescue director, Stacey Zellmer. “Our main office is in Tomah, but our fosters are all over the state. We have over 100 foster homes and once we bring dogs up here from Texas they all go to foster homes until they get adopted.”
With foster homes located across the state, including in La Crosse, Eau Claire and even as far away as Oshkosh
“I started out because one of our dogs had gotten loose and he came to my house and it was a rescue. And once I met him it was like I’m doing this,” said Linda McCauley a foster.
The operation has grown to bring in more than 1,200 dogs each year. Now, Last Paw Rescue is looking to construct a new building in Tomah.
Each month, Last Paw Rescue brings about 90 dogs up from Texas to Wisconsin and the new building would give the organization a centralized location to make everything run more smoothly.
“We need a base of operations. Right now we’re working out of our homes, storage units, rented parks,” said Zellmer. “So we’re building a building, this is our potential location to put up a building to run our intake, storage, dog wash, just a place for the dogs to hang out when we bring them up from Texas.”
The group has already identified what they call ‘the perfect location’ in Tomah and they are gathering donations to secure the spot.
The goal is to have the building up and running at some point in 2020.
The new building would not house any rescue dogs, but would just a location for intake, medicine and other supplies.
Last Paw Rescue says it’s always looking for more foster homes and adopters.
To learn more about Last Paw Rescue click here.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help.