Dog rescue group looks to add new facility

TOMAH, Wis. (WEAU) -- 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. Our main office is here 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 the foster homes until they get adopted," said Director Stacey Zellmer.

Last Paw Rescue has foster homes located from La Crosse to 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 Foster Mom Linda McCauley.

As the operation has grown to bring in more than 1,200 dogs each year, 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 smoother.

"We need a base of operations. Right now we're working out of our homes, storage units, rented parks. 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," said Zellmer.

The group has already identified what they call the perfect location, and 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, just a location for intake, medicine and other supplies.

Last Paw Rescue says it's always looking for more foster families and adopters.