This post is another installment in my mission to find resources that financially assist dogs in need of wheelchairs. I started the project after I realized that finding financial aid for handicapped pets in need of a cart was the number one question asked on Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog.
Quality dog wheelchairs can be expensive and range in price from $350 for a small rear support cart to more than $600 for a full support quad cart. The expensive price tag is due to the fortunate fact that the major dog wheelchair companies are obsessed with producing carts which are custom made to accommodate each dog’s size, weight and specific form of paralysis.
While this attention to quality is good news for paraplegic pets, it also presents a financial burden to many families. And that is why I started my journey to locate and share resources that can help.
With this installment I am happy to share two resources that assist pet owners in getting an affordable cart. The first is a dog wheelchair donation program and the second is rental program for dogs that only need a cart for a short period of time. Both programs are from HandicappedPets.com.
Handicapped Pets Foundation to Financially Assist Dogs in Need of Wheelchairs
The Handicapped Pets Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that donates Walkin’ Wheels adjustable carts to pets. The foundation began in 2009 with the goal giving mobility to elderly, disabled and injured animals.
Pet parents are asked to visit the foundation’s website and complete an online questionnaire that asks for details about their pet’s disability and the owner’s financial status. The Handicapped Pets Foundation notifies pet parents of their acceptance into the program within 10 days of submitting the application.
The foundation is supported by cash donations made by the public. They do not accept donations of previously used wheelchairs. Those items can be listed on the HandicappedPets.com website on their free classified ad page.
HandicappedPets.com 6-week rental program
There are many situations where a dog does not need to use a wheelchair for the rest of their life so HandicappedPets.com came up with a 6-week rental program. It’s a good short term solution for pets who are recovering from an orthopedic or neurological surgery and dogs that need help with mobility after an injury.
How the 6-week program works:
- Order a Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair by completing their online rental form.
- Pay for the cart your pet needs.
- Receive the wheelchair which is shipped directly to you and your pet.
- Return or keep the wheelchair when the 6-week period is coming to an end.
If you choose to return the rental cart, pet parents are asked to contact HandicappedPets.com by phone to notify them. The company will issue a “Short Term Use Return Materials Authorization”, which allows you to return the wheelchair. It if is returned within the 6 week period in good condition, HandicappedPets.com will return 50% off the purchase price. This rental agreement applies whether you have the cart one day, one week, or for the full 6 weeks.
If your dog still needs the wheelchair after the 6-week period, pet parents can keep it because it has already been paid for with the initial paperwork.
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HandicappedPets.com also suggests that owners check with their veterinarian or local pet rehab therapy clinic about a loaner wheelchair because many keep them on hand for this purpose.
If you know of a resource that donates, rents or loans carts I would love to hear about it. Together we can financially assist dogs in need of wheelchairs.
Here are other organizations that donate dog wheelchairs:
Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this post, but I have an affiliate relationship with HandicappedPets.com.