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Mission Statement

Compassion in Action. Inspiring Change.
Inspire collaborative efforts to decrease the homeless pet population.


We started with a wish.

A wish for a better future for homeless animals - better than one being euthanized every 4 seconds in a shelter. Better than 45 kittens and 15 puppies born for every human birth. Better than thousands upon thousands of kittens being born outside to feral mothers, destined to fall victim to wild animals, vehicles or disease.

Our wish is for a future where every homeless pet will be treated with respect, and be cared for, living in a safe environment.

Because when kindness and respect guide our actions toward every other living being, the world is a better place for everyone.

Guided by the model of Best Friends Animal Society and Alley Cat Allies, we’re working toward no more homeless pets - starting with Wisconsin.

WISH was founded in May, 2011 by a group of dedicated individuals dedicated to improving animal welfare in Wisconsin. Using their combined experience, they developed a three-pillar approach to their mission focusing onoutreach to shelters, adoptions, and developing a solid Trap-Neuter-Return program.

Outreach to Shelters
WISH reaches out and connects with animal welfare groups across the Midwest to help them strengthen their organizations, increase adoptions, garner volunteer and community support, and do their part to reduce the homeless pet overpopulation epidemic.

The adoptions pillar is founded on the principle of working with community shelters that are beyond animal capacity and need support. Rotating between shelters across Wisconsin, we pull pets that need homes and aren’t likely to find them in their current situation. In our fosters homes across Northeastern Wisconsin, we rehabilitate, provide essential medical care, spay/neuter, combo test, deworm and then work with local vet partners and Petco to help cats, dogs, puppies and kittens find forever homes. We focus predominantly on the need of cats at this time as the need is so very great. Since 2011, we’ve adopted out over 450 pets!

We have also implemented Trap-Neuter-Return program as our third pillar to help prevent unwanted kittens from being born into a world where there are not enough homes for them. We have held numerous Spay Days in 2011, and will be holding more Spay Days at Globe University in Appleton in 2013 and beyond. We are actively looking for a donated parcel of land or warehouse space to expand our program. Please contact us at info@wishuponapaw.org for more information.

Wish Upon a Paw is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and operates as a 100% volunteer-run, no-kill, foster-home-based animal welfare organization that will be based in the Fox Cities of Wisconsin. We receive no federal or local funding; we rely completely on donations to fund our consulting efforts, trips to shelters and rescues, TNR program and care for the kittens and special needs cats in our foster homes.

Our Vision
Grassroots action for maximum impact, community by community.



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