Pet parents reach out to me a lot about where they can get help to pay for an MRI or an expensive surgery for their dog. Let’s face it, being the owner of a disabled pet is expensive. There are veterinary bills to pay as well as rehab services and special equipment. If you are in this situation now with your dog or cat, I have good news to share.
Chantal Locke, one of the founders of FundMyPet.com, asked if I could share information about their website. FundMyPet is an online fundraising site exclusively for animal emergency expenses.
“We are extremely passionate about helping animals and are very excited to have created a website that has the potential to save animals’ lives,” said Brad Maver, FundMyPet co-founder. “While we do allow campaigns for just about any pet expenses, our primary intent is to aid with unexpected pet emergencies and steep vet bills. We are advocates for responsible pet ownership and always encourage anyone looking into getting a pet to research the costs involved with pet ownership.”
Pet owners create a page about their pet and the medical emergency they are facing. The campaign is easy to put together with a user friendly template and only requires minimal personal information from you. Once the information is complete, you launch the campaign and share your pet’s story across social media. FundMyPet is concerned about your safety so every campaign is secure. All donations are automatically transferred to your bank account within seven days.
Your campaign is free to create. To cover their costs FundMyPet will deduct 5% from each donation you receive plus a 3% processing fee.
FundMyPet.com works the same way as other crowdfunding sites, but there is one big difference. The people who come to this website are animal lovers who want to help a pet suffering an emergency situation.
It’s a simple four step process
- Create a fundraising campaign
- Share your campaign with friends and family
- Collect donations
- Keep donors in the loop
Why FundMyPet.com was created
Co-founders Brad Maver and Chantal Locke are animal lovers and animal rights activists. Between them they have a total of two cats and three dogs. Like most pet owners, they dedicate a large portion of their lives to their pets and they have experienced the sad situation of having a sick pet and high vet bills.
Not long ago, Zane, Brad’s German shepherd, started showing signs of hip dysplasia at the young age of six months. It was not only devastating for Brad, but also financially stressful because Zane needed surgery that could run upwards of $2,000. Brad worried about what would happen to Zane if he couldn’t find a way to pay for the surgery.
That’s where the idea of FundMyPet.com was conceived. Brad knew that he couldn’t be the only pet parent who had been thrown a hard-to-foresee curve ball. He decided to create a solution to this problem. Now Brad and Chantal are helping pet owners raise thousands of dollars towards their emergency vet bills.
Here’s a video that shows exactly how FundMyPet works.
I am NOT being compensated for this story. I am sharing this resource with readers because I was also in the situation of not being able to afford all of the procedures Sophie could have benefitted from when she was sick.