About Us

The mission of Emma Loves Dogs is to provide financial assistance to organizations that share the same passion that Emma had for helping animals, such as police K9 units and non-kill animal shelters.

Emma's Story

Emma Mertens was an 8 year old girl from Hartland, WI, who was diagnosed with a DIPG Brain Tumor in early 2019. She fought to live her life to the fullest every day up until the night she passed away on November 17th, 2019.

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) is a type of tumor that starts in the brain stem, the part of the brain just above the back of the neck and connected to the spine. The brain stem controls breathing, heart rate and the nerves and muscles that help us see, hear, walk, talk and eat. There is still no cure for this tumor. To read more about her story, click here.

Emma had a passion for animals, especially dogs. Emma also loved helping others and, in lieu of gifts, had asked for donations to local animal shelters for her birthdays. On her 8th birthday, we launched the Emma Loves Dogs Foundation to provide financial assistance to those in need that share the same passion for helping animals that Emma had.

Emma Loves Dogs Foundation will work to achieve its mission in Emma's honor.

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Emma received this award for her contribution to the Humane Society.

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Emma was made an honorary member of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Canine Handlers Association

Emma has a passion for animals (especially dogs) & loves helping others. This year for her 8th birthday, she wants to help as many animals as possible. Our goal is to make that happen.

Our Mission

The mission of Emma Loves Dogs is to provide financial assistance to those in need that share the same passion for helping animals that Emma had.

 

Our Impact

We've awarded over $90,000 to 29 animal shelters and 13 police K9 units in our first year!

Looking For Funding?

Organizations that fit our criteria (such as police K9 units or non-kill animal shelters) that are in need of funding are invited to apply with the form below.

To Help Support These Efforts, Click Below!