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 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?
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.
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.
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!