In 2013, Maddy started volunteering at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society as a dog walker. She had grown up with dogs in her family and after moving to Oshkosh to study Kinesiology and Biology, she was homesick and missed her pets. It was at OAHS, that Maddy discovered a passion for Animal Welfare. She became more involved in the ins and outs of sheltering as the months passed and joined the shelter’s Mod Squad, a program for at risk pups with behavioral concerns. This Behavior Modification program put Maddy on a path to wanting to help animals in need of a little extra TLC. A year and a half after Maddy started volunteering at OAHS, she accepted a job offer at a neighboring shelter, the Neenah Animal Shelter. During her time there, Maddy discovered a litter of puppies at Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas that were at risk for euthanasia due to overcrowding. This sparked Maddy’s relationship with Lola’s Lucky Day, Lucky 7’s primary rescue partner. After learning more about overcrowding in the South, Maddy changed her college major to English and Human Services with an Emphasis in NonProfit Fundraising and Management and decided to focus on starting a nonprofit Dog Rescue that could serve as a resource for other organizations in need of assistance. Lucky 7 Dog Rescue was founded on October 19th, 2015 after an impulsive trip to Texas where Maddy, Sam and Elizabeth rescued the original “Lucky 7” and two more bonus pups. Lucky 7 became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization less than a year later on June 6th, 2016 and has quickly expanded from 1-5 volunteers to 176 volunteers, over 40 foster homes, and now, a brick and mortar outreach center. Maddy has worked as a volunteer for over a dozen animal welfare organizations, she has received over 200 hours of certified dog training hours, is euthanasia technician certified and has worked as a paid Animal Caregiver where she distributed vaccinations, assisted on surgeries, and performed animal intake check-ins for almost 4 years between the Neenah Animal Shelter and Oshkosh Area Humane Society. She is beyond grateful for her time as an employee and volunteer with the organizations that fueled her love for rescue and looks forward to continue growing Lucky 7 to give back to world of Animal Welfare.
In April of 2016, Katie saw a post from Maddy, the President and Founder of Lucky 7 Dog Rescue, looking for a last minute volunteer to help with a rescue transport down to Lola’s Lucky Day to transport 31 dogs back to Wisconsin Rescue Partners. Katie’s love for adventure, confidence, and excitement pushed her to volunteer for that trip and it was there that her already prominent love for animals grew. On Katie’s first rescue trip, she volunteered with Maddy and another volunteer, Audrey. The girls traveled down to Houston, where they stayed for four days and spent time at the Harris County Animal Shelter. Harris County intakes roughly 80 animals a day. When the girls pulled into the parking lot for their first day of volunteering, Katie witnessed a dog being abandoned at the shelter by their owner. The dog was terrified and had dug his feet deep into the ground of the parking lot, adamant he was not going inside the shelter. Katie instantly jumped at the chance to rescue this dog and once inside spent time getting to know him. The girls were able to take the dog with them and get him set up with a boarding facility where he would stay until he was vetted. Katie’s involvement in a rescue mission directly from Harris County opened up a love to work hard and efficiently under pressure. Katie changed her major to Human Services Leadership and began working with nonprofits, learning more on the background of management, organization, and hard work. Katie eventually went on to accept a job with the Oshkosh Area Humane Society as an Animal Caregiver where her and Maddy were able to work side by side, developing a bond and friendship and expanding Lucky 7’s protocols and policies. As an Operations Supervisor for Lucky 7 Dog Rescue, Katie will work directly with Maddy to oversee the organization’s management. She will assist with scheduling vet appointments, helping with intake, organization paperwork, and more. This role allows a team effort to help expand the growth of Lucky 7 Dog Rescue to be a suitable, volunteer friendly, asset to the Green Bay community and beyond. Since her start with Lucky 7, Katie has assisted with nearly 2 dozen transports, several of those being cross country trips in which she has efficiently transported animals in need from Lola’s Lucky Day to their awaiting placement in Wisconsin.
In August of 2017, Taylor attended her first Lucky 7 fundraiser, Mutts and Merlot, and knew instantly that she wanted to get involved with animal rescue. Having always had a passion for animals, she jumped at the chance to volunteer. Taylor went above and beyond from day 1 to spread the mission of animal welfare throughout the entire state of Wisconsin. While attending the University of Wisconsin, Taylor assisted with transports, community outreach, and even fostered dogs while still pursuing her undergraduate studies. Following graduation, Taylor moved to Milwaukee for work but insisted on staying involved with Lucky 7. She currently works with other Milwaukee based volunteers and foster homes to offer assistance in a part of the state where we are still growing. Taylor continues to foster for Lucky 7, but has also offered her talents by helping out with Lucky Mutts- a Milwaukee based rescue organization. Additionally, Taylor has become one of the Lucky 7 Events Coordinators. In this role, Taylor will have the responsibility of organizing community events and promoting our rescue mission. Taylor’s compassion for animals and desire to create positive interactions allows her to go above and beyond in all she does. Taylor has even taken the time to design flyers and marketing tools for another Green Bay rescue- Hidden Paws Network. Taylor believes in teamwork and showcases the mission of Lucky 7 Dog Rescue well. By working with multiple organizations as a team player, she is able to show how important it is that we all work together because we have the same goal in mind- make the world a better place and save animals.
Her attention to detail, creativity, and knack for modern design allows her to organize effective and purposeful events that spread our mission. Taylor is a beneficial asset to our Lucky 7 family; we are so grateful for everything she has accomplished and everything ahead for her bright future.