Thursday, August 17, 2017

Paddy's Paws 2018 Calendar Launch Party

Join us for our 2018 calendar launch party! September 9th is the first day that our calendars will be available for purchase! We are very excited to share which dogs and photos were used in the calendar! In addition to selling calendars, we will have some raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle. Plus, our adoptable foster dogs will be making an appearance! Calendars will be sold for $20. Thanks to our generous sponsors, 100% of all sales will go directly to Paddy's Paws!
A huge thank you to Megan O'Leary Photography and Design for taking the beautiful photos and to Jen DeGarmo Cell from FIDO for all of your layout, design, and graphic work. We are so appreciative of your time and talents!

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Photo by Megan O'Leary Photography and Design

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Huge Raffle for Paddy's Paws at Bike Night!

To say we are excited about our upcoming Bike Night fundraiser on August 15th, is an understatement! We can't wait until Tuesday! We had volunteers working last night on compiling all of the generous donations from our local communities and supporters and are just in awe. Thanks to our donors...we have OVER 40 baskets just filled with fabulous items. Most baskets easily have a value over $100 or even $200! These photos only share a small portion of the baskets, so you'll have to come check it out in person!
Please help us spread the word about our fundraiser. It is rain or shine, at Boardtracker Harley Davidson in Janesville from 5-9 pm! You do not need to be present to win for our raffle basket drawing, but should be prepared to add your name and number to each ticket. We will also be having 50/50 raffles, live music, beer garden, and adorable Paddy's Paws alumni there to mingle with the crowd!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Woof, Wag, and Wood Sign Creations!

Paddy's Paws is excited to partner with Luminated Inspirations Wine & Sign to have instructor, Michelle Maurer, lead us in creating unique, personalized wood sign creations! 

The cost is $50 per person, with a generous portion of that being donated to Paddy's Paws! We know the dogs will be sharing their "woofs of thanks" and "wagging their tails" for your support! There will be a variety of designs that you will be able to choose from, including non-dog related signs too. Color scheme will also be up to you! All tools, materials, and instructions for making your wood sign are included in the registration cost. This is a DIY workshop where instructor, Michelle Mauerer, will guide you step by step through the process until you have a beautiful sign to take home. You are welcome to bring your own beverages or snacks, with bottled water being provided.

Here is the registration link:

At the time of registration, you will select which wood sign design you would like to create. Keep in mind the more intricate the design and the more words, the more work this DIY project is. There will be limited spots available so we encourage you to register early. Thank you!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Paddy's Paws at Bike Night!

Mark Your Calendars for August 15th!! Paddy's Paws is partnering with Boardtracker Harley Davidson in Janesville for Bike Night, which is a fun, free-admission, fantastic fundraiser event. It will be from 5-9 p.m.! We will have big, beautiful raffle baskets full of amazing items! There will be live music by The Belle Weather! Plus there will be food and a beer garden! The best part??? All proceeds will directly go towards the dogs of Paddy's Paws!
Click that you're interested in our event, or check out some of our awesome raffle items at

P.S. This dog is not available for adoption, but he hopes you are available to attend Bike Night 

Friday, July 14, 2017


Did you know that Paddy's Paws doesn't keep adoption fees for the dogs we adopt out, but that we make sure to be responsible for all their vet care once they are in our program? It's true! We rely solely on donations to help with our medical bills and send all adoption fees back to Houston to aid in their rescue work!
The vet care our rescues receive is always top of line, and we wouldn't have it any other way! But...this month alone, Paddy's Paws has nearly $6,000 in vet bills...and we could use a little help!
If you're able to make a donation, no matter the size, we would be so thankful! Please help us, help them!
Paypal Donation:
Mailed donations: 14 E Sherman, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Zoe and Zibby

We would love for Zoe and Zibby to find their forever homes! They arrive in Wisconsin this Sunday and do not have any approved adopters meeting them. These sweet girls came from the Brenham Animal Shelter in Texas. They were there for about four weeks until they were rescued. They are playful pups who enjoy playing with their toys. We anticipate that these girls will get quite big when they are full-grown. They are very outgoing and love other dogs and people. They will be four months at their time of travel and already weigh 25 pounds. They are lab/great pyrenees mixes.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


April needs our help in finding a forever home in Wisconsin where she can live out her golden years. She is a 9 year old purebred Weimaraner who is losing her home. Her previous owner had a stroke and is no longer able to care for her. April is very obedient, housetrained, and good around cats, kids, and other dogs. She would love nothing more than a person, or family, to be loyal and dedicated to...and she even can bring you the paper!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


We've been sharing a lot of puppies available for adoption lately, but now we have a special senior girl who needs your help. Please share her story so she can have a happy-ever-after. Paddy's Paws was contacted about this sweet girl, who is a local owner surrender. For the past couple of years she had been living in a garage kennel with very little interaction or attention. She was not allowed in the house and was basically ignored. Thankfully, a neighbor intervened and offered to temporarily take Lacie until she could find a forever home where she would be appreciated. She contacted Paddy's Paws to help her. When the neighbor went to officially pick up Lacie, she discovered that a new puppy had already been bought by this family. After being disappointed by her previous humans, Lacie deserves more from life, especially as she is a senior girl who is 10-12 years. We would love for Lacie to have a chance to live out her golden years with a wonderful an indoor dog!
Lacie does well with other dogs and cats, but pays no attention to them. She had experience with both in her temporary foster home after being saved from the garage situation. She also doesn't show an interest in toys but it is probably due to the fact of never having any or no one to play with. She really seeks out the attention and love from any human who will give it to her. Lacie is very underweight (only 42lbs) and gobbles down her food as she was probably unsure when she would get her next meal in her previous situation. She is not food aggressive at all and will let you take items away from her. Her neighbor who saved her said Lacie is genuinely the sweetest dog you will ever meet and just wants love, attention, and human contact. She loves to go on car rides and does well on walks!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Ducky is still available for adoption!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Paddy's Paws at Fort Farmer's Market

This Saturday, Paddy's Paws will be making their second appearance at the Fort Atkinson Farmer's Market! 

At least sixteen of our foster dogs are planning to make an appearance at different times throughout the market (weather pending AND if they have not been adopted by Saturday). Please note our foster line-up can also change last minute. 

We would love for you to come by our booth and say hi, learn more about our organization, or make a donation to help homeless dogs. For a $5 donation, we have our newly released Paddy's Paws window stickers! We may be selling a few other donated items to earn money to pay for our vet bills too.

Our booth is usually towards the end of the market area set-up.

*Please note that this is not an adoption event, but rather an opportunity for the general public to interact with some of our foster dogs. Approved adopters can email us at to inquire about the status of a particular dog in foster care. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Paddy's Paws: Online Clothing Order

Summer is almost here...which means it's time for an update to your summer wardrobe! Paddy's Paws is excited to announce that from now until June 18th you can purchase items from our online shop. We have a variety of clothing items available, in multiple colors and sizes. We even have some unique bandannas for your pup! Plus, a portion of each sale supports Paddy's Paws! Orders will be shipped July 10th. Thank you for supporting Paddy's Paws!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Paddy's Paws' Amazon Wishlist

Did you know that Paddy's Paws sends all adoption fees back to the Houston rescues so that they can save more dogs? This is why we rely so much on generous donations to be able to help our 100% volunteer run organization. Consider donating something off of our Amazon Wishlist today! Thank you!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Doberman Mix Puppies

These adorable puppies don't want the Wisconsin transport van to leave without them this weekend, but so far none of them have an adoptive hold. We want to try and get them more interest so they don't have to be left behind. They are Doberman mixes and mom is about 60 pounds. Dad is a mixed breed who is about 65-70 pounds. They are good with other dogs and kids!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Meet Adoptable Dogs on Saturday, May 13th!

Come meet some of our adoptable dogs this Saturday, from 1-4 p.m. at the Client Appreciation Open House at Johnson Creek Veterinary Care (270 Wright Road in Johnson Creek). Various dogs will be making appearances throughout the afternoon. Johnson Creek Veterinary Care is also donating half of the proceeds from Saturday's festivities to Paddy's Paws! We are so appreciative of their support! Check out this fun event and support a great cause! 

Dogs currently planning to make an appearance on Saturday are: Mia, Domino, Bonnie, Ginger, Kourtney, Onyx, Cora, and Camilla. Please note this may change based on the foster's availability or any potential adoptions. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Save the Date: August 15th Paddy's Paws' Fundraiser Event

Paddy's Paws will be having a big fundraiser on Tuesday, August 15th, at Harley Davidson Boardtracker in Janesville!  Like our Facebook Event to stay up-to-date on the latest details!

Paddy’s Paws Rescue is excited to partner with Boardtrackers Harley Davidson for the August 15th Bike Night with Live Music! Bike Nights are a fun, family-friendly (and FREE!) public event with live music, good food, drinks, raffles and the opportunity to learn about a local cause.

We encourage you to join Paddy’s Paws on Tuesday evening, August 15th in Janesville. You don’t have to ride a motorcycle or be a Harley enthusiast to enjoy this fun night at their outdoor pavilion area. The pavilion is weather-proof so the event is RAIN or SHINE! The Belle Weather band ( will be performing from 5:30-9pm and Deli Dog House will have food available for purchase. The Beer Garden will be open and you will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from Paddy’s Paws Rescue about their foster-based program, available dogs, the adoption process and organizational needs.

Thank you to the Corporate Sponsor, Paddy Coughlins Irish Pub ( of Fort Atkinson, and to the Guest Bar partner, Fat Boyz. Visit Fat Boyz Bar, 219 S. Main Street/Fort Atkinson, prior to the night to receive an event wristband. Wear your wristband on 8/15 and receive a free drink ticket for attending.

Paddy’s Paws will be hosting a large bucket raffle, 50/50 raffle, paddle raffle and more! Stop by the Kissing Booth and support Paddy’s Paws with a donation!
All bar and raffle proceeds will support Paddy’s Paws Rescue!

Paddy’s Paws may have rescue dogs on site, therefore we are asking that you not bring your personal dog to this event.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pups Traveling to Wisconsin May 7th!

Paddy's Paws is busy planning our next transport with Lola's Lucky Day and Hooves and Hounds! Here are a few of the pups who are hoping to travel to Wisconsin on May 7th!

You can find some of the pups' profiles at Please note some of the dogs' bios are still being added.
If you are an approved adopter email us at to inquire about a dog's status. New to Paddy's Paws? Then fill out an application

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Future Rescuers At Work!

In the past couple of weeks we've had local students doing their part to help dogs in need or educate their local communities!  We are honored that these students are doing their part and showing that everyone can make a difference no matter how young, or old, they are.

We love when kids want to make a difference! We'd like to give a special shout out to five 5th graders from Luther Elementary in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Last week, they held a fundraiser at their school for Paddy's Paws. They did a fantastic job and raised $373.70!!! Donnie, a Paddy's Paws puppy, even made a special appearance to say hi. A big thank you to these future rescuers!

We love when kids get involved and want to make a difference! The "Wildebeest" class at Kid's Safari Learning Center in Cottage Grove held a fundraiser and collected some items for our Paddy's Paws' pups and fosters. One of the teachers who had worked with the students shared that the kids are always asking about dogs and want to hear stories of saving dogs.

A young family member of one of our volunteers supplied the voice-over for a video from the  Protect Wisconsin Waterways "101" Series with a video explaining how to properly pick up after your dog.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter!

Rowdy wants to wish everyone a Happy Easter Weekend! He'd love to see photos of what other Paddy's Paws pups are doing to celebrate this weekend. He'd also love to find his forever home! Rowdy is a handsome, 45 pound sheperd mix who is very affectionate and laid-back! He is great with other dogs, had cat experience in Houston, and enjoys lounging with his people. He has a sweet and sensitive personality so prefers the company of older children over small kids, but doesn't have a mean bone in his body.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Paint Your Pet Fundraiser

Schroeder has his painting supplies ready and hopes that you will register for our Paint Your Pet Fundraiser on Sunday, April 23rd (1-4 p.m.)! The cost is $65 per person which includes the canvas, all supplies and instruction needed to create your personal work of art! Plus $30 of each registration fee will go directly to Paddy's Paws. A bloody mary bar and light snacks will be complimentary (plus bottled water). Register early as there are limited spots available!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Information about Paddy's Paws

It seems that it is time for a Paddy's Paws refresher course! We have seen a lot of negativity lately...and that is especially disheartening for those who dedicate their time and hearts to non-profit work.
Jesse is available for adoption!
1. Paddy's Paws is a 501c3 rescue partner who works to help coordinate excellent homes for homeless dogs (and sometimes cats!). We do not have any paid staff and do not have a facility where dogs are kept (we are foster based). We have 3 volunteers who monitor email and process applications. Yes, 3. And all three have full-time jobs. We receive about 300 emails, Facebook messages, or other correspondences per day. We answer them all.
We have 19 homevisit representatives for the entire state of Wisconsin. We receive around 20 applications per average day. All applications are processed in 1-2 business day (unless your vet or landlord information causes delays). We then await a homevisit representative. Remember, we have 19 for the entire state. All with full-time jobs. We can't get everywhere. We wish we could.
2. Paddy's Paws does not make money. Again, we don't have any paid staff. We send ALL adoption fees back to our Houston team members. They use this to chip away at the insurmountable debt that rescue medical causes. We fundraise for any medical needs after they arrive in Wisconsin.
3. While we do appreciate that not all folks will be able to afford the $250 adoption fee, it is important to educate on the actual costs that go into a rescue dog pre-adoption, as most people have a misunderstanding of what it costs.
Health certificate and final exam prior to travel across state lines: $45
Minimum of 2-3 weeks in foster care: $25 for food costs, $15 for kennel cost $5 for leash, collar, and tag=$45/month
Rabies vaccination and 1 round of DHLPP: $30 plus $25 office fee=$55
Microchip: $15
Second round of DHLPP: $15 plus $25 office fee =$40
Neuter with bloodwork: $105
Heartworm test $25, plus preventative $10=$35
Flea and tick meds: $5.00
2 fecal tests with dewormer: $30
Total average cost for a healthy dogs=$375 (add an extra 2 weeks quarantine and $150 for the 75% of dogs who suffer from a URI, add an extra $100-300 for those who require dentals, add $500 for a dog who needs heartworm treatment, $1,000-$5000 for those who have needed surgery, amputation)
This does NOT include puppy pads, bleach, paper towel, formula, special diets. This does NOT include costs per trip to cover travel expenses, such as gas, lodging, insurance, cleaning fees, laundry, food, etc. And again, we have no city or county funding, no shelter, no staff and all money is raised through donations.
4. We are people with big hearts. Remember that when you feel the need to criticize. Everyone in this group does this out of the kindness of their hearts, and for nothing more. Remember that we give up our time with family and friends, that we dedicate almost every weekend for transport, that we start right when we wake up and end right before we go to bed. Remember that we cry on a regular basis for the ones we cannot save, and give everything we can to the ones we do. Please. If you want something done better, offer your help. Offer your time.
5. We are making a difference. You are helping us. We thank you, our volunteers, our families, and our friends. We will rise above the negativity...and sometimes others need a gentle reminder to be kinder.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Joy of Adoption!


One of the things that makes Paddy's Paws unique is that we are foster-based. The dogs with Paddy's Paws get to live in wonderful foster homes where they are treated like family. Take just three minutes to view this video of dogs currently loving life in local foster homes. Do you know what they would love even more? A forever home! In less than a second you can click to share this video so more people know that our foster dogs want to experience the joy of a forever home.

Monday, February 27, 2017

"Paint Your Pet" Fundraiser

Looking for a fun way to help support Paddy's Paws? Sign up for our "Paint Your Pet" Fundraiser on Sunday, April 23rd! Reserve your spot today by signing up using the directions outlined in the event.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Public Meet and Greet Event

Come visit our adoptable dogs next Saturday (February 25th) at FCCU in Fort Atkinson (800 Madison Ave.) from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Our adorable dogs will be throughout the lobby ready to show off their wonderful personalities. Thank you, FCCU, for allowing us to come!

Dogs currently planning to attend are: Blue Eyes, Meredith, Rita, Milo, Joey, Tilly, Sugar, Kali, Daisy Mae, Bette Davis, Narnia, and Kali. This may change based on whether some dog(s) get adopted during the next week so check back late next week for an update on the guest list. Please note that this is just a public meet and greet event and not an adoption event. This is an opportunity for anyone to come meet the fantastic dogs currently in Paddy's Paws' foster homes. Learn more about us or fill out an application at

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Dogs Coming in February!

Even though we just had a transport of dogs arrive two days ago, we're busy preparing for our next group of travelers who will be arriving February 12th, with more coming on the 26th. We'd love to be able to get these pups some positive promotion so that they can secure their spot on one of the February transport vans. We're just starting to learn more about some of the dogs, but they would love to start receiving some applications.
If you are already approved, please email to find out the status of a particular dog.
You will be able to find some of the dogs' bios at
Please note, some dogs are still getting added, but you can still apply for them in the meantime.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

More Dogs Coming January 29th!

We're excited to showcase some of our upcoming travelers! We'd love for all of these dogs to generate some much needed interest so that they each can have an approved adopter when they arrive in Wisconsin.

Fill out an application!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Snowball Needs a Forever Home!

Meet the newest member of the Paddy's Paws' family: Snowball! Please help share her story so that she knows senior dogs like her still have a chance at getting a wonderful forever home.
This sweet senior was surrendered to us due to no fault of her own. We first learned about her earlier this week when we were contacted by her long-time vet. Her previous owner had come to the vet clinic for help as they were no longer able to keep her due to a family medical situation and were going to have to surrender her to a shelter. Snowball is super sweet and gets along with other dogs and is indifferent to cats. Her previous owner also said that Snowball really likes kids. She is a very mellow and calm dog. Snowball is 11 year old, Australian shepherd mix and currently weighs 57lbs, but should be more in the 45lbs range. We couldn't let this sweet senior get dropped off at a local shelter and we are now determined to find her the best forever home possible.