BOISE — About 500,000 pets are put down annually because their owners can't afford vet care, and as COVID-19 continues to close businesses, leaving people unemployed, that number is on the rise.
But, a company called Waggle is helping to combat that number by helping pet owners raise money for their bills.
"Now more than ever pet owners are having a hard time specific to COVID-19," said Waggle founder, Steven Mornelli. "People don't have the funds to take basic care of their pets, so they are relinquishing them or putting them to sleep."
Waggle is creating funds for those people who are in tough situations, so they can keep their pets and get them healthy.
"Oftentimes, people don't have the few hundred dollars in some cases that could otherwise save a beloved member of their family," said Mornelli. "This takes a huge toll on the veterinary industry, rescues, shelters, and the animal welfare groups nationwide, so I want to make sure there is awareness around platforms like Waggle.
Waggle is different from other pet funding companies because 100 percent of the funds raised by Waggle go directly to their veterinary partners. The owners of the pets don't receive any of the money; therefore, donors can be assured all of their money goes straight to the pet in need.
If you or someone you know is facing this challenge because of new financial burdens as a result of COVID-19, please visit waggle.org for help.