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This story is the second installment in what I hope will be a long list of posts about economical sources for dog wheelchairs. I started this journey after I realized that finding inexpensive carts for paralyzed dogs and cats was the number question asked on the Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog website. Now I found that Roll’n Pups helps you build affordable dog carts.
Last month I told readers about the great cost-effective dog wheelchair rental program from K9 Carts and this month I want to tell you about the Roll’n Pups organization. It is a young all-volunteer group that teaches people how to build a cart for their disabled fur kid. I’ve written previously about DIY dog wheelchairs and shared several DIY videos, but Roll’n Pups offers a different kind of do-it-yourself project that is full of helpful details.
The goal of the organization is to provide everyday people with the knowledge and skills they need to build a quality dog wheelchair, plus the opportunity to ask for help from an expert if you need it.
The group is headed by Dawn Jarman who is the dedicated pet parent of seven dogs that include: dachshunds, a lab/collie mix, and a 10 month-old Catahoula. She and a handful of volunteers have personally built these lightweight PVC carts for dogs and cats of every size and shape. They are a wealth of valuable information.
Roll’n Pups Cart Instructions
The Roll’n Pups website explains everything pet parents need to build a safe and reliable cart for their handicapped pet:
- Details how to measure a dog for a wheelchair that will fit properly
- A list of the materials needed to build a cart and their approximate cost
- The tools needed to build a dog wheelchair
- Tips to simplify the building process and make it accurate
- How to introduce a pet to a wheelchair and teach them to safely use it
All of the instructions are shared in a written step-by-step format and as a series of detailed videos.
Roll’n Pups takes great pride in the design and quality of their carts and they spend lot of time energy on their website sharing detailed instructions, Dawn is always available to talk someone through the building process if you get stuck. Pet parents can reach her through the Roll’n Pups website or Facebook page.
In addition, Dawn and her volunteers will assemble a limited number of carts for a specially-abled pet. At the time of my interview with Dawn she was completing a specialized wheelchair for a two legged cat.
The group would like to be able to build more affordable carts, but they have limited financial resources and time. They just began charging a small fee for assembly and shipping and to repair an existing cart. Dawn started a program where people can sponsor the cost of a wheelchair for a pet in need and she’s opened a retail component of the website for pet parents who want to contribute by purchasing a memory candles or note cards.
Building dog wheelchairs is a labor of love for Dawn and her volunteers and they have big plans for the future. They hope one day to expand their project by hosting workshops in communities across the country that would teach people how to build carts and then ask them to pay it forward by teaching others. In fact, if you are reading this and have interest in learning how to host a workshop or have a local civic group learn how to build wheelchairs, Dawn would be very interested in hearing from you.
In the meantime, their grassroots approach is gaining momentum and more pet parents are building economical carts for their pets.
Disclaimer: If you are interested in learning the Roll’n Pups cart building method, please be sure to discuss it with your dog or cat’s veterinarian. Every paralyzed pet is unique and some wheelchair designs might not meet the need of your dog or cat’s medical condition. And if you get the okay to build, please send us a picture of the finished product. I’d love to see the face of your happy pet running in their handcrafted cart.