It's a pet parent's worst nightmare. Your dog or cat gets hit by a car, attacked by another animal, or is diagnosed with a life threatening illness. You suddenly realize you can't afford to pay the high cost of Veterinary care that could save your beloved pet's life. What happens if you can't afford critical vet care, do you have any options?
No one should have to say goodbye to a pet they love and cherish because they can't afford critical Veterinary care.
A few years back while volunteering for the Phoenix county animal shelter, a woman brought in a beautiful German Shepherd. He was clearly an older dog. I always have a soft spot for senior pets so I went over to greet them. The woman was sobbing because she had to surrender her precious dog to the shelter.
I said "Don't worry, we'll take great care of him and find him a loving home". The woman just shook her head. She didn't speak, she just gave our Intake staff member the dog and quickly left, still sobbing. The dog had a cancerous tumor and she was dropping him off to be euthanized. She couldn't afford treatment and there wasn't an available rescue to help pay for it. She couldn't even afford to have him euthanized at a Veterinarian's office.
I was so shocked. I couldn't believe she had to leave him there to die. I could see it tore her apart to leave her dog like that, I felt horrible, especially for the dog. I knew that being unable to pay for expensive Veterinary care is often one of the reasons people surrender pets to a shelter. I didn't judge. I wasn't walking in her shoes so I couldn't know the circumstances she was in that led her to believe she had no other choice.
I cried all the way home that day. I still think about that sweet dog and wonder why nothing could be done for him.
In the animal health world, the gut-wrenching choice to say goodbye to a pet primarily because pet owners can't afford Veterinary care is known as "Economic Euthanasia".
I can't imagine being faced with saying goodbye to one of my pets because I couldn't afford veterinary care.
What could be more heartbreaking?
Because no pet parent should have to say goodbye to a pet they love and
cherish when they can't afford life saving Veterinary care
This post is sponsored by Waggle®. I am being compensated to share information about Waggle, a crowdfunding organization that helps families who can't afford Veterinary care for their pets. As always, Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them only shares information we feel is relevant and helpful to our readers.
"Each year, an estimated 500,000 pet guardians in the U.S. face a harrowing moment: The realization that the potentially life-saving treatment their pet needs is beyond their reach."
Waggle is a crowd funding platform that provides a much needed service for people who are at risk of not being able to afford critical medical care for their beloved pet. Waggle partners directly with Veterinary providers, nonprofits and pet parents to help provide options and second chances for cherished pets.
Waggle's mission is to "Provide a last-chance safety net for pets in medical crisis by creating a network-based solution to end economic euthanasia of pets"
We've all seen requests in email or on social media from various crowdfunding sites, some non-profit and some for-profit. A dog or cat has a serious injury or illness and the pet owner can't afford Veterinary care, so they reach out to the public for monetary donations.
In cases where we know the pet or their owner we want to answer the call for help and donate. However, sometimes the pet and owner are total strangers. I don't know about you, but when I don't know the pet or their family, I'm suspicious. Sadly, the internet is fraught with deception, and online requests for monetary or other donations are no exception. How do we know the need is real and that the person making the donation request isn't a spammer? The truth is, we don't.
Waggle is the only pet-dedicated crowdfunding platform that partners directly with leading veterinary providers, non-profits and pet parents. This process verifies the recipient and ensures the need for help to pay for critical vet care is real.
The partnership between Waggle and its Veterinary partners ensures that funds go directly to the pet's medical care. This gives me confidence!
Waggle has many pet success stories, one of which is Cece a six year old Portuguese Water Dog from Connecticut. Cece had been playing in the yard with a neighbor's dog when she suddenly collapsed. She couldn't stand or put weight on her back leg. When her family took her to the veterinarian, they discovered Cece needed surgery to remove a damaged ligament in her knee. A "false" ligament then had to be inserted to stabilize her joint. Afterwards she would need weeks of rehabilitation and therapy. Waggle helped raise $2,000 to help get Cece the critical veterinary care that would help her walk normally again.
Adorable Cece, cuddling with the human sister who loves her to pieces!
Cece's owners Tom and Margaret had this to say in appreciation of the help they received from generous donors, Waggle, and their expert veterinary partners:
"Tom and I want to thank everyone for their donations and get well wishes for our Cece. She is home from The Saybrook Veterinary Hospital and is doing well. We would especially like to thank Dr. Suzanne Magruder of the Saybrook Veterinary Hospital for telling us about Dr. White who performed Cece`s knee surgery. Dr. Magruder also initiated us to get financial help through Waggle.org. We also want to thank the whole staff of the Saybrook Veterinary Hospital. Their kindness and help was greatly appreciated." --Tom & Margaret Mazzella
You can read more about Cece's heartwarming story here.
A heart wrenching story was Kenji, a 2 year old Welsh Pembroke Corgi who needed $1,200 to treat severe wounds following a viscous attack by another dog.
Kenji is a sweet, gentle dog who touches the heart of everyone he meets. A neighbor's dog escaped out the front door of his house and attacked Kenji, unprovoked. The dog's owner tried to get him off Kenji but to no avail. It took several minutes for the dog to let go of poor Kenji. Following the attack Kenji's wounds were severe and he was rushed to the animal hospital for immediate treatment.
Kenji needed surgery to clean and drain his wounds. Although he was sent home with drains inserted in the affected areas, after a few days his condition worsened and he had to return to the hospital. This poor sweet boy needed more surgery! Kenji will need numerous follow-up visits and constant attention for quite some time as he fights to fully recover.
Read more about Kenji's frightening ordeal here.
I can't even imagine how frightened Kenji's mom must have been seeing her furbaby viciously attacked like that and fearing for his life. What a nightmare. I'm so glad Waggle was able to help Kenji's family fund the critical veterinary care he needed.