• Emma Loves Dogs

Emma Loves Dogs

Emma Mertens is an 8 year old girl from Hartland, WI, who is battling a DIPG

Brain Tumor. Emma has a passion for animals, especially dogs, and today

August 30th is her birthday. In the past, she has asked for donations to local

animal shelters instead of receiving birthday gifts. “This year we are taking

Emma’s generosity and passion for animals to a whole new level” said her

parents Geoff and Tammy Mertens.

Today, Emma’s parents announce the launch of the Emma Loves Dogs

Foundation. The mission of Emma Loves Dogs is to provide financial assistance

to organizations that share Emma’s passion for helping animals, such as police

K9 units and non-kill animal shelters. Application process to receive funding will

be released in the coming weeks.

Our goal for Emma Loves Dogs is to raise $500,000 to fulfill Emma's wishes, so

she can provide a lasting impact for years to come.

Please visit us at to learn more and donate today.

Use the hashtag #EmmaLovesDogs on social media.

Background Information:

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. Unfortunately, the survival rate for

DIPG remains very low. At this time there is no cure for this tumor. Emma was

diagnosed in early 2019 and has fought to live her life to the fullest everyday. To

read more about her story, click here.

Below are two recent awards that Emma has received:

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

  • Emma received the Youth Community Kindness Award from HAWS for her contribution to the Humane Society.

Questions: Please contact us at

Emma Loves Dogs

If you are looking for other ways to get involved or know an individual or organization in need of funding, we would love to hear from you!


Address: PO Box 230 | Hartland, WI 53029

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