Meet Waggle! A Pet Crowdfunding Platform.

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Meet Waggle! A Pet Crowdfunding Platform.

Imagine having the opportunity to get some help with your vet bills!

Waggle is a crowdfunding platform created just for pet parents and have a mission of ending what is called “economic euthanasia”.

Struggling with vet bills is more common than you think, so if you are in a position where you need help – know that you are NOT alone!

I heard about Waggle a while ago – and as soon as I did, I was in love with their mission.

What is one of the most common reasons owners surrender their pets to shelters?

Because they do not have the money needed to pay for expensive medical care! This is where the Waggle Foundation wants to make a difference!

Well, Waggle wants to make life easier for those that may be dealing with expensive medical treatments to help their pets – which in turn can help alleviate the issue of surrendering animals for health issues – or requests for economic euthanasia!

Don’t forget to consider other options as well like Pawp pet insurance or any other insurance that specifically helps pets. Getting insurance can really help alleviate the stress of dealing with finances if your pet becomes ill or injured.

What Is Waggle?

Waggle is a unique pet only crowdfunding platform that can help pet owners get much needed assistance to pay for expensive vet bills.

Just like any other crowdfunding platform, your pet will have their own page on the Waggle website. Their page will have some personal and medical details as well as an area where supporters can donate to your pets care.

How Does It Work?

You take your pet to the vet (hey, that rhymes!) – and then get your diagnosis. If the cost to treat the illness is too much for you to handle alone you can ask your vet about using Waggle.

Then the veterinarian will submit your pet’s profile to the platform – Waggle sets it live – and then you can promote it as does Waggle to get people to donate.

You can view a current list of pets needing help on the Pets Who Need Support page.

Greta’s Story!

Waggle Crowdfunding - Vet Bill Help

Greta was one of the first dogs profiled on the platform. Within days of her campaign going live her cost of care was 100% funded.

That money was sent right to her veterinarian for her urgent care.

Greta’s owner is a senior citizen with a limited income who depends on Greta for companionship.

Because she is a puppy – and puppies do crazy things, she had a scary incident with a rope toy that required medical care – without the care she received she may not have made it.

Waggle made all the difference for her owner!

Pretty cool right?

What If My Veterinarian Does Not Know About Waggle?

Easy peasy!

Just let them know about Waggle and ask that they join the program as a partner so your pet can be added.

The more we tell veterinarians about this platform, the more Waggle can help family pets!

They are accepting veterinarians from the US and Canada at this time.

How Much of the Donations Do Pet Owners Receive?

100% of the donations are submitted directly to your veterinarian for payment of your bill.

The veterinarian caring for the pet will receive the money directly. This is why we love this platform so much!

In a world where so many are doing crowdfunding for “fake” purposes, Waggle gives you a sense of security as to where your money is going.

Things Happen!

We noticed a few negative comments left on the post and wanted to clarify them for everyone.

Waggle did reach out to me and confirmed the issue is with the veterinarians not submitting invoices for a pets treatment.

Waggle cannot pay an invoice if it does not receive one!

In the comments below that is what happened. Waggle tried to reach the veterinarian to get an invoice, but got no response. After a time they did refund all donors for the pet that the fundraiser was for.

This is not a Waggle issue! You should be sure your veterinarian is in the program and that they will be proactive in getting Waggle the invoice once your pets’ treatment is complete.

PAYMENTS TO VETERINARIANS!
In order for Waggle to pay your vet bill, they must receive an invoice from the vet! If no invoice is received, no payment will be made and all donors will be refunded.

Pet Updates

Another great feature is that the veterinarian and pet owner will be able to share post-treatment updates so you can see how the pets you supported are doing.

How Can Waggle Offer This Platform?

Because Waggle is committed to making sure 100% of every donation goes directly to a pets medical needs, they work with sponsors, veterinary partners and have an optional tip donation to offset their costs.

They do charge a small fee at donation time to offset a minimal amount of the costs needed to run the website – an additional “tip” is optional.

From building the website to maintaining it – promotion – advertising, this all has costs allocated and without their partners and small donations from users they would not be able to do this!

If your organization is interested in partnering with them – definitely reach out – the more the merrier!

Can I Post My Personal Pet?

The general public is not able to include their pets on the platform.

Your veterinarian must be a Waggle partner to have your pet listed. Please make your vet aware of the program if they do not know about!

So, What Do You Think?

Love it? Hate it? Cannot wait to use it?

Let us know what you think! Waggle is listening and wants to make this a wonderful resource for all pet owners! Be sure to follow them on social media and sign-up for their newsletter to get the latest updates on their platform!

Jill Caren CharityPaws

Jill Caren

Jill is an avid animal lover who spends her time helping animal rescues by photographing homeless pets and through her work on CharityPaws.

She is currently owned by Cleo, an American Pit Bull Terrier and Snoopy Cat. Her inspiration comes from her girls Ginger and Riley (RIP) – pit mix sisters who were loved family members for almost 15 years.

You can find her on LinkedIn and Instagram.

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32 thoughts on “Meet Waggle! A Pet Crowdfunding Platform.”

  1. We are jumping up and down with joy! Thanks to all of you Miss DJ was able to get her life-saving surgery. And not only was it a success while she was at the specialty hospital with her foster mom one of the vet techs who was working on DJ’s case met her and fell in love with her. She applied to adopt her, she checked out 🙂 and now DJ is HOME! In one month DJ’s life went from being on the line to happily ever after. We could not have done this without help from Waggle and all the generous pet lovers out there. Thank you!

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  2. Finding Waggle and all of you is a blessing. We have put the word out to our family and friends to see if they could help as we need to raise some more money. I will post her surgery date once I have it. In the meantime we are keeping Biscuit relaxed, comfortable, and giving her so much love. Waggle and those that donate, you are amazing. Because of you Biscuit will be able to walk on all fours again. Thank you for this help. I will pay it forward.

    Kimberly S.

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  3. Great gratitude to Waggle and the support of his Pet Loving Friends and Family!!

    Your contributions to Yoda fundraising campaign were astonishing. I’m still in aww for the generous monetary gift to help pay down the reoccurring Vet Bills since the 13th of September when Yoda was found waiting. The proceeds will be put towards the following Vet treatments provided by Companion Veterinary Services in Hammond Louisiana. For now, Yoda waiting is over he has won the hearts of everyone who come across his path. He has never been broken his sweet spirit he has always remained trustworthy during his veterinary treatments.

    THANK YOU!

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  4. Hi Alexis, thank you SO much for your support of our pets in medical crisis!

    We’d definitely like to fix the issue right away. You’ll find our direct contact info right on our home page https://www.waggle.org/ at the bottom where it says “Waggle Support”. For security of your donors’ accounts, you can easily reach us there.

    Sometime donors accidentally choose the monthly rather than the one-time tab which apparently happened here. We’ll take care of it for you 🙂

    Again, thank you for your support.

    The Waggle Team

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  5. When I found waggle I was in love with what they’re doing. I decided to make a ONE TIME donation back in like June and have since been getting $56 taken out of my account every month. The frustration in this for me is that there is no way to get in touch with anyone about why they keep taking money out of my account seeing as how I did not request to do monthly donations. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that they don’t have any contact info on their site or any of their social media accounts. At this point I’m going to have to see if there’s a way my bank can stop these payments from coming out of my account. Will never donate to this foundation again once I get this issue resolved.

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    • Hi Alexis, on their website it does clearly state on the donation page that it is a monthly donation – https://www.waggle.org/furever. There is another page where you can toggle between one time and monthly – so maybe you entered your donation on the wrong page? I do agree that it is frustrating there is no contact information on the website though to get assistance. I would reach out to them on social media or ask your credit card to stop the payment. I know the Waggle team and know this is not an intentional issue and I do believe Waggle monitors these comments as well, so someone may reach out to you to assist you. Jill

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  6. While we will likely never know how Sissy found herself in such a terrible condition, there is one thing we know for certain – she is alive and healthy thanks in part to the support of the Waggle community! With close monitoring, tweaking of medications, and continued vet care, XRYs show Sissy’s pneumonia has cleared. As of now she has not had any recurrent seizures, although she will have routine blood work to monitor her. The vet feels her seizures were related to an infection that spread from her lungs to her brain and, now that has cleared with antibiotics, he doesn’t think she will have any further seizures. Lastly, she was able to pass the bones on her own and did not require exploratory surgery.

    Sissy required a lot of around-the-clock monitoring and vet care and, through that, her primary vet tech fell in love and recently finalized her adoption! Sissy now has a little boy to grow up with and a canine companion to keep her company. Thanks for helping make this fairy tale ending come true for Sissy!

    Sissy

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  7. The words “thank you” don’t seem to adequately express our heartfelt gratitude for your kindness and generosity. You have transformed the life of not only Guppy, but also our family. You have made it possible for Guppy to now live a normal and healthy life and we will be able to have the joy of watching her grow up. She has brought us so much joy during a time where there is so much uncertainty in this world. Your organization is making such a difference in the lives of families and their fur babies. You will probably never fully know the impact you have made in the lives of others. Animals are innocent creatures and deserve nothing but love and protection from all of us. Thank you for being their voice and advocating for their care. We are so blessed and grateful that you have created an organization that steps up to care for our faithful companions. Guppy is recovering well after her surgery and she will be back to her old tricks in no time … THANKS TO YOU! Keep up the great work. You are changing lives more than you will ever know. God Bless You!

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  8. Thank you !!! Thank you !!! TinkerBell and I want to thank Waggle for their kindness and GENEROUS help in getting us fully funded. You are helping to make it possible for TinkerBell to have the surgery she desperately needs.

    I am crying tears of joy, you are little TinkerBell’s “Angels”. You have given her such a wonderful gift and miracle. TinkerBell is scheduled soon for her surgery. It will be such a happy day when TinkerBell can walk again, and not be in pain. I will keep you updated when she can have the surgery, and her progress.

    Love & Very Grateful,
    Betsy Voss

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  9. Waggle is a horrible scam. They will not reimburse extra funds raised to the intended animal. No, they keep it for themselves.

    Do not use this organization. Write your own Go Fund Me.

    They do not care about animals. They take the money for themselves.

    Don’t be fooled! Do not use or support them!

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    • Hi Phyllis, can you email me at hi@charitypaws.com with more details about what you encountered. I would love to research the issue as I would never want to recommend an organization that is not being ethical, but also want to hear their side. Thank you, Jill

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    • Hi Phyllis,

      This is Waggle’s customer care team. We saw your comment posted here and we were very sad and surprised to read this as we worked with you extensively to help Danny.

      As you know, Waggle only pays that money directly to the pet’s veterinary provider. That way donors are assured their money is going straight to helping the dog or cat! This is very different from regular crowdfunding platforms and is an important part of what we do: provide safety and security for our donors and sponsors.

      Waggle requires the animal hospital to send us the invoice so we can verify it is real. We worked with you and your veterinarian but we were never provided with the proof we needed. So we immediately contacted everyone that gave to your campaign.

      At Waggle we provide 100% transparency. We want donors to know that we make sure their money goes directly to the cause.

      We have helped thousands of pet owners and rescues raise money to help pay for their pets’ medical care. We invite anyone who has questions to check out our website, especially our success story section:
      https://www.waggle.org/success-stories

      For more info on how waggle works, please visit http://www.waggle.org and our Resource Center:
      https://www.waggle.org/resource-center

      The Waggle Support Team

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  10. I read the article you have written on Waggle.org, and wanted to let you know that we used the crowdfunding for our cat back in Nov – Dec 2020. We have as of yet to receive the funds from the campaign nor has our Vet clinic. The people who donated were charge extremely large processing fees also. Please do not recommend this site to others as it has not been reliable or helpful. I am looking into small claims court at this point to collect the money for our cat’s surgery.

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    • Hi Kim,

      Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. We have not heard any other negative things to date and hope this is just a miscommunication of some sort. Please if you see this, please let us know if this is resolved in an amicable fashion! Hope your cat is doing well though! Jill

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    • Hi Kim,

      Unfortunately we were unable to send the funds raised to your veterinarian. Despite multiple hours of assistance by our team to help you one-on-one and calls made by us to your veterinarian, we never received the required treatment invoice so we promptly contacted every donor to let them know their generous donations were secure and would be refunded.

      You’ll recall that our staff helped you reach your goal of $1,150. Sir Cadbury was 100% funded – mostly from a grant provided by our team at the Waggle Foundation. Our grants have helped thousands of pets as you can see here: https://www.waggle.org/success-stories.

      While we are sorry to hear you could not obtain the invoice from your veterinary provider, know that we will continue to help other pets in crisis and their families in financial need.

      The Waggle Support Team

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  11. Hi my name is Eddie to see that my dog is 13 weeks old his name is Chase he’s sick I don’t know if it’s parvo or what it is all I know is he’s throwing up white foam stuff with blood inside of it is that we are not eating he’s not drinking nothing and just happened like 2 days ago started a half of a half way in our trip to return home to Washington from California I can’t afford the vet bill and I don’t know what to do if anybody has any ideas or can help please let me know

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    • Hi Eddie,
      Unfortunately a vet visit is probably the only thing you can do, especially since he is a puppy there could be many things wrong. Not sure if you saw this post? https://charitypaws.com/cant-afford-vet/ – which may have some resources as well. There is also an option to chat with a vet which may be more affordable for now and maybe they can offer other options as well. Hope your baby is A-OK! Jill

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  12. My baby Teddy has cancer. It goes from his nose down. Trying to go through the eye to the brain. He is a 10 year old Pit Bull in well health other then this. We need help with the vet bill chemo and meds. He is at UF animal hospital in Orlando. You please if I can get any help. I’m his grandmother my daughter owns him but he loves grandma too. I love him I can’t lose him. I’m 68 and he is my happy support.

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  13. Hi I only see reviews for 2018, are you still helping pets/vets with medical promotions/fundraising?

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    • Hi – we do not specifically help animals, Waggle does and they are still actively helping animals so you should talk to them and your vet about your needs!

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  14. My mom is on disability and her beloved puppy “scrappy” is very sick. I think it may be heartworms.. We’ve tried everything and this is our last hope. I’ve never asked for a handout but seeing my mom so upset is breaking my heart. She is a great mother and lil scrappy is brought so much joy to her life when nothing else would..

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    • Hi Marc, sorry to hear about Scrappy – please check with your vet to see if they are part of the Waggle program so you can get a fundraiser going to see if he can get the care he needs! Wishing you and your mom and Scrappy the best. Jill

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  15. This is an amazing platform!! Our family was in need and they helped us raise $2,000!! The more we shared our campaign on social media, the more positive feedback we got and the more people helped us. We spoke with the team at Waggle and they were so kind to us and helpful. There are some really great people out there doing great things. And important for all the donors out there, with Waggle you know the funds raised is going to the right place! To the vet! With the GFMs, you have no idea where the money is going!

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    • Hi Kevin! I am so glad you had an amazing experience. The Waggle team is awesome – truly compassionate people. I hope they help a LOT more animals and parents in the future!

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  16. What a great idea for a platforme. There are so many pets and pet owners needing our help, I’m sure this site will be of great help.

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  17. What a wonderful program this is. I remember way back when, when Nissy had to have his bionic knee implant… The only thing on the peeps’ minds was gettin’ Nissy back to health. Had they not been able to afford to do so, I can’t imagine what would have happened. But the thing is, so many peeps can’t. It’s great when other peeps are able to help out. We cats are family, you know? PURRS.

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  18. I had never heard of this platform. Love that it’s set up to pay veterinarians directly. I will share, for sure!

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