Thursday, November 29, 2018

Waggle Helps Pet Parents Avoid Economic Euthanasia

Responsible pet parents always want what’s best for their pets. We shower them with everything that could keep them happy and healthy; the best food, treats, plush beds and an array of toys. (When Lexy’s scratcher lounger wears out, there’s always one to quickly replace it to keep her happy.)|crowdfunding|crowdfunding
Lexy and her beloved scratcher

We also ensure they receive regular vet checkups and keep on top of their healthcare needs. But what happens when one of our pets develops a serious illness that requires costly medical intervention?|crowdfunding
Lola at the vet

Unfortunately, in those circumstance many pet parents find themselves having to choose between paying the rent, buying food, or paying for expensive treatment. And too often the heartbreaking decision of economic euthanasia has to be made. I'm very grateful that I've never been faced with this choice. Despite Lola's Chronic Sinusitis and her acupuncture treatments, I've always been able to handle our vet bills.|crowdfunding

What is Economic Euthanasia?

Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association says economic euthanasia is “defined as a condition in which euthanasia is elected based primarily, principally, or to a large degree on the cost of veterinary medical care.” Some of these pets often have a good prognosis if treatment is received, but sadly the treatment is cost prohibitive to their owners. If the owners do not choose euthanasia, many pets end up in a shelter, which taxes an already overburdened system.  

According to Veterinarian’s Money Digest, pet owners spent $17.07 billion on veterinary care in 2017, and that amount is estimated to increase by 6.9% by the end of 2018. Despite this increase, and the willingness to spend this necessary money on our pets, many can no longer afford emergency or surgical treatment. 

The grief people feel after euthanizing a beloved member of their family because there are no financial options must be unfathomable, and I hope it’s a situation I never have to face. Luckily for many there is now a light at the end of the tunnel during a dark time, and that light is Waggle.
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What is Waggle? 

Waggle is a unique, pet-only, crowdfunding program that can help pet owners get much needed financial assistance to pay for their pets’ veterinary care. They partner directly with leading veterinary providers to reduce economic euthanasia, presenting new options for pet owners and giving their pets a second chance at life.|crowdfunding

How Does Waggle Work? 

It’s actually very simple. After a pet owner finds out the cost of treatment for their pet is not within their means, the owner (or the shelter/rescue organization) submits the pet’s profile to Waggle using their simple and easy tools and templates. (The information submitted must include the veterinarian’s information, pet’s diagnosis, and treatment estimate.) Following submission, Waggle's team of professional writers create the pet’s story in a compelling and effective way. Then the donors become involved. An impressive 100% of donations are used to fund the pet’s medical care. The donors are making such a significant impact on the lives of both the pets and their owners! 

Success Stories


Diagnosed with diabetes in 2017, the disease proved difficult to manage. Webster’s owner, Kathleen, was on the verge of losing him until she submitted his story to Waggle. Webster’s care was 100% funded, giving Kathleen and Webster more time together.|crowdfunding


Bear arrived at Project Precious Rescue in Stamford, CT all the way from Texas. Although the rescue was assured he was a healthy puppy, that was far from the truth. A few days after his arrival, PPR faced an unexpected minimum surgery cost of $6,000 plus post-operative ICU care. Bear’s care was also 100% funded by donors, giving Bear the chance to find the perfect forever family.|crowdfunding

How You Can Help

If you’d like to help fund a pet’s medical care, take a look at the current list of pets in crisisSugh, who suffers from the parvovirus, and Finn, who was fatally shot, are two of the many pets with current campaigns. As we said above, 100% of your donation goes towards the pet's medical care. Donors also get updates on the pet's progress.|crowdfunding

For more information about Waggle, visit or  Follow them on social media to stay up to date on current campaigns and more success stories. 

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  1. This sounds like such an awesome program!

  2. What an awesome and wonderful post with information all pet parents can use and pass on to any other pet parents who could benefit by this kind organization. Thank you.

  3. Needless to say, that is a situation all of us dread. How nice to know that someone has come up with a concrete way to help.

    The Chans

  4. That's wonderful, thanks for tell us, we sure didn't know about Waggle.

  5. OH MY! After reading your post, I went to the corporate website for charity donations, and Waggle Foundation is listed! I'm going to ask our HR department if we can use our jeans-day money to donate to Waggle Foundation Inc. Thanks for letting us know!

  6. That sounds like a great program ! Purrs

  7. That sounds like an amazing program. It breaks my heart to know money can be the choice of life or death.

  8. This is a truly terrible thing. I have had Twitter folk pleading for funds to help them rescue a sick pet. Nightmare. There is help? Ten Waggle is totally awesome and every life saved must be a cause for celebration.

    Now let's get vets onboard for alternative ways to pay.

  9. That is a wonderful programme to help those in need.

  10. That sounds pawsum. We sure wish we'd known 'bout places like these years ago. Big hugs

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

  11. This sounds great! Thanks for sharing about it!

  12. I can't imagine how upsetting it would be to have to face the decision of economic euthanasia. I'm so glad there are organizations like Waggle out there to help.

  13. This is an amazing service. It's so hard to be in a situation where finances rules a pet's medical care. Thank you for sharing Waggle's service.

  14. This is a fantastic program especially for those that are low income. In San Francisco they have VetSOS which helps the homeless with their pets for free, a fantastic program

  15. I can't remember hearing about this before. Awesome! Since most of the shelters have exclusive agreements with food manufacturers around here, we've been donating all our excess to a pet food pantry. Just one more way to keep pets where they belong ... in their forever homes!

  16. Euthanasia either if it is due to not being able to pay for medical costs or for anything else it is heartbreaking. I am glad Waggle is contributing to avoiding economic euthanasia.

  17. I love this idea. I’ll have to update my article on vet care to include a link. I hope the word gets out so people can get their needs met.

  18. What a great idea. Economic euthanasia is so heartbreaking. I hope that Waggle helps lots of pets and their humans.

  19. Waggle is awesome! PAWS is working with them, and what they do is so important and needed. Oh, and Webster ... is our friend's kitty, and he's doing really well. :)

  20. Waggle can be an answer to the prayers of a pet parent facing a horrible choice. I can't imagine ever having to go through that - it would break my heart into a million pieces. Great post!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  21. Economic euthanasia is the worst thing that a pet parent might have to end up doing. The only alternative has been surrendering the dog to a shelter.

  22. This is such a cool service! I wonder how often funding comes from outside of the persons existing support network vs from their existing network?

  23. It is so wonderful to hear about Waggle; such an important and relief to have this service available. Thank you for bring the news of Waggle to us!

  24. I had heard of Waggle but I didn't really know what they did. What a wonderful organization, it's great to hear that there's hope for pets with treatable illnesses - they deserve a chance!

  25. I wish I knew about Waggle when Sweet Praline was diagnosed with cancer. I knew I couldn’t afford all of the possible treatments, surgeries, and test. Of course by the time we found out she had cancer it was really already too late. Thank you for sharing information about this. I will definitely keep it in mind for the future.


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