Waggle aims to decrease economic euthanasia among pets, benefitting both veterinarians and animal in need

Annually in the U.S., three million shelter pets are euthanized, many due to financial constraints

NEW YORK – October 1, 2019

Waggle, the only pet-dedicated, crowdfunding platform that partners directly with leading veterinary providers to reduce economic euthanasia, announced today its collaboration with MightyVet in its efforts to evolve the veterinary ecosystem for the common good of pets, families, and the veterinary professionals entrusted with their care.

Launched in early 2018, MightyVet promotes the education and support of veterinarians, students, vet techs, and anyone who interacts with them, about the challenges and opportunities faced by those in the veterinary profession.

Waggle, which officially debuted in the fall of 2018, is dedicated to helping sick or injured pets regain their health and live out their natural lives, via an online crowdfunding platform. The first crowdfunding platform in this space, Waggle is dedicated to decreasing the tragic practice of economic euthanasia, which many pet guardians, stretched to financial limits, face.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, three million shelter pets in the U.S. are put down annually and most of those are healthy and treatable and could have been adopted into new homes. “The lack of financial resources for treatment is a major cause of this problem,” said Steve Mornelli, a pet love businessman, and the Waggle founder. “Waggle is a trustworthy means to provide a solution for families who have lost hope.”

“Waggle is a trustworthy means to provide a solution for families who have lost hope.”

—Steven Mornelli, Founder of Waggle

Waggle (along with the Waggle Foundation) helps to reduce the number of pets and families thrust into this heart wrenching situation, giving all a second chance. Waggle further aims for total transparency by releasing the raised funds directly to the veterinary practice treating the animal.

Economic euthanasia can cause veterinarians serious moral stress, as they are put in the position of euthanizing an otherwise savable pet. It goes against their ethics and vision for their careers, leading many to discount fees and services in an effort to restore health to a pet, which challenges their own personal finances and business sustainability.

The result is a daunting, daily challenge, leading to high levels of compassion fatigue, ethics exhaustion, burnout, and decreased career satisfaction. In fact, according to the first mental health survey of U.S. veterinarians, one in four veterinarians has considered suicide.

MightyVet aims to combat these trends by offering access to tools and support to help veterinarians not only survive, but also thrive, amid the challenges that come with the realities of veterinary practice.

“MightyVet is dedicated to the education of veterinarians, specifically in the subjects not covered as core curriculum in veterinary school,” explains Dr. Steve Weinrauch, BVMS, MRCVS, founder of MightyVet, and chief veterinary officer at Trupanion. “Moral stress, burnout, and suicide do not have to be higher in our profession than any other profession. It’s not an inevitability.”

“MightyVet is dedicated to the education of veterinarians, specifically in the subjects not covered as core curriculum in veterinary school. Moral stress, burnout, and suicide do not have to be higher in our profession than any other profession. It’s not an inevitability.”

—Dr. Steve Weinrauch, founder of MightyVet and Chief Veterinary Officer at Trupanion.

Both Waggle and MightyVet recognize that the health of the caregivers on the front lines is equally as important as the care they are rendering to their clients. Helping veterinarians stay healthy and centered will ultimately aid in bringing more pets to wellness.

As greater numbers of pets are ministered to, Waggle’s crowdfunding platform will help fund the care of those animals—so that more canines and felines will find their forever homes and live out their natural lives.