Marshfield native Brittany Zimmermann was attending UW-Madison when she was brutally attacked and murdered on April 2, 2008. The crime remains unsolved, though Madison Police Department is still making progress on her case and the family hopes there will be an arrest sometime soon. Not knowing the details of what happened to their daughter, or who is responsible makes dealing with the loss of Brittany that much more difficult for her parents, Kevin and Jean Zimmermann of Marshfield, who take some comfort in caring for Brittany’s three beloved cats, Marvin, Felix and Boo. “Her love of animals was overwhelming to us. Her cats were such a huge part of her life,” said Jean. “Kevin and I would like to express our gratitude to MAPS for allowing us to be part of something that Brittany would have been so passionate about. We are grateful for everyone who comes out to support MAPS for the Paws for Brittany walk, and we hope even more people come and show their support this year.”
Paws For Brittany was started by family and friends of Brittany to ‘paws’ and remember her compassionate spirit for all animals. Proceeds from this event help support the day-to-day costs of caring for hundreds of homeless animals at the Marshfield Area Pet Shelter (MAPS) every year. The Marshfield Area Pet Shelter currently operates out of their temporary intake facility at 210 W 29th Street and at their Adoption Center inside Marshfield Mall. MAPS is a donation dependent organization that believes every animal deserves a chance. Once MAPS new facility is built, the Free Roaming Cat Room will honor Brittany’s memory.
Brittany would have LOVED what MAPS is doing to help rescue and protect innocent animals. She always talked about starting her own hobby farm to help care for all the animals she cherished. As her mom Jean has stated numerous times, “Brittany would have been so involved with MAPS; it’s just so sad it will never happen now.” That is why this event is so important to our community and to her family and friends. It is our way of coming together to remember Brittany and all that she loved.
Paws For Brittany 2017 Recap Video (thank you Explore Marshfield!)