About Paddy's Paws




Paddy’s Paws believes in “Rescue Done Right!”  Since beginning in late 2014, and officially becoming a nonprofit in November of 2015, Paddy’s Paws has helped over 1,600 dogs find forever homes. The main focus is to find good homes, for good dogs, with good people.  Many of the dogs helped are from Houston, Texas. Why Houston? The Wisconsin-Texas connection stems from a friendship that Paddy’s Paws’ founder, Erin Patterson, had with the founder of the Houston-based rescue, Lola’s Lucky Day. After taking a trip to Houston, Erin witnessed firsthand the huge homeless pet population in Houston where many dogs were getting euthanized in shelters due to lack of space. Erin created Paddy’s Paws so that dogs who would normally have no chance, could have their second chance at life. Thanks to a solid foster program and dedicated volunteers, Paddy’s Paws expanded its rescue connections and currently works with three licensed rescues: Hooves and Hounds, Houston K-911 Rescue, and Lola’s Lucky Day. In addition to helping homeless dogs from Houston, it also assists with local owner surrenders in Wisconsin.    


There are many reasons why Paddy’s Paws is unique.  Paddy’s Paws provides animal education to local youth and creates countless community outreach opportunities. In addition to hosting fundraisers for dogs in need, Paddy’s Paws sends all adoption fees to the Houston rescues so they can help save more dogs.  As of August 2017, over $300,000 has been sent back. Paddy’s Paws relies solely on the dedication of fabulous fosters and volunteers and the generous support of their followers. Paddy’s Paws uses its expert match-making skills and thorough approval process to ensure each dog goes to a home that is the best fit. Paddy’s Paws is more than just a rescue...Paddy’s Paws is a family. Always available to support adopters throughout the entire process, Paddy’s Paws takes delight in following the special journey of every dog who comes through the organization.  Thank you for helping Paddy’s Paws change a life...one dog at a time.





More About the Adoption Process


Our adoption process works a bit different than other shelters and rescues! Paddy's Paws serves as a coordinator for Houston rescues. We send out the applications, arrange home visits and secure back up fosters for each of the dogs that will be transported here. Like most foster-based organizations, we do not have a facility and set up all appointments on an individual basis. Prior to any meet and greets, we require an approved application so we will need to go through all the steps before having you meet any of the available dogs here in Wisconsin.

The application, reference checks, and home visit are considered part of the general approval process and we cannot guarantee that a specific dog will still be available when you complete the process, but doing so will get you access to our "match making" service where you will have bios and pictures of multiple dogs that may be exactly what you're looking for! And, of course, there's always the possibility that the dog that sparked your initial interest will still be available!

Begin your application process by filling out an adoption application!


We start with the completed application and then check references/vet records. The next step is a home visit with family and one of our representatives. Once we have gathered all this information, we provide it to the Houston team. Then, we can set up a meet and greet with available dogs.

Essentially, Paddy's Paws provides the volunteer manpower and the rescues, well, do the rescue! Adoptions are approved by the team and transportation is arranged!

Can't adopt, but want to get involved? We will share opportunities to participate in fundraisers, volunteer, and raise awareness for homeless animals!




A few testimonials from our Facebook page:

"Paddy's Paws does an incredible job finding forever homes for pups in need. They not only save the pups lives, but also, the families getting an addition to their home. The application process is thoroughly thought out, and a great way to ensure the pups are going to a loving home that fits perfectly with their personality but also with the families. My significant other and I have adopted two pups from Paddy's Paws, and our pup fever is still strong. We have been ready for a third but our apartment would not be accommodating to another pup. Believe that when we get a bigger home and the timing is right, we will be seeking Paddy's Paws for our third addition to our family." 

- Adela Estrada, March 29, 2017

"I am truly impressed by Paddy's Paws organization. We adopted Tripp and Pepper from Paddy's Paws. We are truly in awe of their volunteers, foster homes, transportations and tips for families to adopt dogs."

- Karla Gunn, March 3, 2017

"Paddy's has been amazing to work with! We have had our guy less then 24 hours but he is amazing! Yesterday was a great experience! I loved that my son got to experience it as well. Everything was well organized, all the people we interacted with were so great! You all do such an amazing thing with these dogs, I am in awe!!"

- Becky Baltazar, January 23, 2017

"Paddy's Paws is simply amazing! The whole process of adopting went smoothly and Erin has been simply wonderful answering any and all questions I have had regarding our rescue. The foster homes in Houston do a great job prepping the dogs before they make the trip and I have been in contact with Max's (Buddy) foster home to check up and ask any questions. If I could give more than a 5 star I would. Paddy's Paws wants the best for every dog coming through and will ensure all steps are taken for a happy dog!"

- Mindy Hornish, November 2, 2016

"If I could give a 10 star I would. I had the most amazing experience working with Paddy's Paws. They are very fast at responding to messages. This rescue cares about the well being of all the animals. I love how they do home visits to make sure the dogs are going into the best home. The home visitor I had was excellent. I recently adopted a wonderful puppy and the foster home she was in was so wonderful for these dogs. The whole family cared for the dogs as they were their own. I can't say enough good about this rescue. I very highly recommend them."

- Katrina Fure, October 9, 2016