As the owner of a paralyzed dog or cat, you can make a difference to pets with mobility problems by taking this survey. Baily’s Wellness Foundation is collecting data so they can create targeted programs for families with disabled pets.
When I started Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog (LFPD) in 2013, there was only a small handful of services to help pet families. A couple of groups were donating dog wheelchairs and a few universities were conducting research projects.
There were two groups teaching us about life with a dog or cat who couldn’t walk: Dodgerslist, for dogs with IVDD and Tripawds for pets with an amputation. But if your fur kid had another disability or injury, it was hard to get information about the daily care they needed.
No group was collecting data to see what we needed
Bialy’s Wellness Foundation is making it their mission to do that task. Their first step is to get as much information as possible from pet parents who are currently, have in the past, or will in the future care for a pet with mobility impairments.
I hope you’ll take part in this important survey. You’ll find it at the end of this post.
What is Bialy’s Wellness Foundation?
When I started LFPD, it was my goal to fill in the gaps about teaching pet families how to take care of their paralyzed dog. So, no matter the cause of your pet’s mobility problem, you’ll find an article about the ailment on my site.
One of my other goals was to share resources about nonprofit groups that financially assist pet families. That’s how I met Erin Kowalski, President and Founder of Bialy’s Wellness Foundation.
Erin is a canine massage therapist who was the foster mom to a puppy named Bialy. She was a sweet 2-month old stray dog who had been severely abused and left with a wound on her neck and a broken back.
Bialy wasn’t able to use her hind legs. She was put into a splint and sent home with Erin.
With Erin’s determination, Bialy became healthy enough to start a full-time rehab program. After 6 months, her hind legs were shaky, but they could support her weight. And once the puppy stopped growing Erin saw that she was fitted with a dog wheelchair.
Then the rescue group who found Bialy adopted her to Terry Ruggiero and her family. Terry’s dog had been a client of Erin, when he needed physical therapy.
The two women decided to share the responsibility of Bialy’s 24-hour needs. Each became pet mom to her until her death in 2014.
Their dedication to one little dog led to founding Bialy’s Wellness Foundation for all disabled dogs.
Click here to read Bialy’s story: Paralyzed Puppy’s Christmas Tale.
The mission of the organization
Bialy’s Wellness Foundation helps families and rescue organizations care for pets with special needs, particularly those with mobility issues from paralysis, amputation, neurological or birth defects, and other diagnosed ailments.
Erin explains her group like this:
Because care for these animals can be costly, too often they are put down or surrendered to high kill shelters. We provide families and rescues with the equipment, medical care, rehabilitative therapy, training, resources and support to give these special animals another chance at the good life.
Bialy’s Wellness Foundation fills a critical void in the rescue and pet-owning community. Through our sponsorship, collaborative blog and social media outreach, we connect families and organizations to veterinarians, rehabilitation and massage therapists, trainers and each other. We provide a space where animal lovers and professionals can share the insight, experience and hope we need to ensure our most special animals can enjoy long, active and happy lives.
The foundation’s new survey project to get accurate statistics about your needs
Erin and her team are putting together a series of surveys to help them target the specific needs of pets and families with mobility impairments.
They currently have two surveys. One is a comprehensive questionnaire that asks detailed questions about your pet’s condition. These include tests they received to determine their diagnosis and the treatments, surgeries and therapies they received.
The Comprehensive Survey
The Targeted Survey
This questionnaire is more targeted. It’s geared towards achieving short term goals.
Please feel free to complete one or both of the questionnaires.
How your information will be used
Erin hopes the information received from your answers will enable the foundation to develop classes that can teach and train pet owners. They also plan to use the data as a guide to prioritize the next steps for their organization.
A personal story about how Bialy’s Wellness Foundation helps animals
You’ll find lots of stories on the BWF website about dogs and cats who have benefited from their services.
One of those pets is a dog named Gertie, a Pitbull mix who was born with Swimmers Puppy Syndrome. The condition left her unable to use any of her four limbs. The only way she could move her body was by flopping around on her belly.
Here’s Gertie’s video
To date, the BWF has helped hundreds of pet families in the USA, Canada and South Africa. They provide supplies and equipment, veterinary diagnostics and rehabilitation care. Bialy’s Wellness Foundation is funded through private donations and programs like Shop AmazonSmile.
Please leave a comment below regarding your thoughts about the survey and if you any recommendations for other information it should include.