Marshfield native Brittany Zimmermann was attending UW-Madison when she was brutally attacked and murdered on April 2, 2008. Twelve years after the crime, an arrest was made and in October 2022, her murderer was sentenced to life in prison. The loss of Brittany remains extremely 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 every 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 is a 501(c)3 non-profit donation dependent organization that believes every animal deserves access to high quality care and a chance to find a loving home. MAPS moved into their new state-of-the-art facility at 3500 Downwind Drive on August 20, 2020. The Cat Adoption Area is dedicated to Brittany and her love for animals.
As Jean has stated numerous times, “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. 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.
To Donate by Mail: Paws for Brittany • c/o MAPS • 3500 Downwind Dr • Marshfield, WI 54449. Thank you!