Parents of murdered UW-Madison student honor her memory with microchip clinic
PLOVER (WAOW) -- A microchip clinic for dogs and cats was held today at the Humane Society of Portage County in honor of Brittany Zimmermann's love for animals.
Kevin and Jean Zimmermann are committed to keeping their daughter's memory alive.
"Every year we like to do something for her. This year we definitely wanted to do something with animals because she was such an animal lover," said Jean Zimmermann.
Brittany Zimmermann was killed in her apartment four years ago while she was attending college in Madison.
This year, her parents put on a free micro-chipping clinic in Brittany's honor. The Zimmermanns paid for the $2,000 event themselves.
"I believe that they were able to buy 150 microchips with what we donated," said Jean Zimmermann.
The Zimmermanns said they picked microchipping to help owners be reunited with their lost pets, and because it was a cause close to their daughter's heart.
"There are times when animals can get out of their houses. We just want to make sure if an animal is lost, someone brings it into a humane society, and they can just scan the microchip, and make sure that that animal does get back to their owners, because if something had happened to one of the three of Brittany's cats she would have been devastated," said Zimmermann.
The clinic has chipped 98 cats and dogs so far.
"When we pulled up, it was just animal after animal, they were wrapped around the building. It was a really good feeling," said Zimmermann.
Pet owners say they are glad to see the Zimmermann's giving back in this way.
"I don't want her to be somewhere I'm not. I want her to be with me forever," said Kathy Baughman.
"There's a lot of them out there, so if someone is going to say it's mine, well I can say it's mine, and we can prove it," said Debra Polcin.
The Zimmermanns hope they can continue to partner with the Humane Society of Portage County to keep helping animals, and to keep Brittany's memory alive.
"If they look at their pet everyday, and think of Brittany because their pet is safe, fantastic," said Jean Zimmermann.
Officials from the Humane Society of Portage County say they plan to put on another clinic with the Zimmermanns in the near future. They are also asking for financial help from area businesses to buy more microchips for pets.