Wheelchairs for dogs are a godsend for disabled pets, but several years ago I learned the price tag makes them out of reach for many families. Frustrated pet owners would contact me to see if I knew of an organization that would donate a free dog wheelchair. It led me to research the problem and what I found was amazing.
There are lots of generous nonprofit groups whose mission is to get paralyzed dogs into donated carts when their families can’t afford one.
The list below includes all of these organizations and their requirements to apply. Some of the groups buy new wheels for paraplegic pets while others offer refurbished carts or loaners. When you find one that fits your needs, click on the highlighted link. It’ll take you to the group’s application page or where you can leave a message.
And if you’re in need of financial help to pay for veterinary care, here’s my list of groups that assist with this problem too.
Why carts can be pricey
Dog wheelchairs are complicated devices and a lot of details go into building each one. The leading manufacturers use durable, but lightweight materials that won’t strain a paralyzed dog’s back. And many carts are custom-made to accommodate the physical disability of an individual animal. While this attention to detail is commended, it also drives up the price.
Organizations that donate dog wheelchairs
The groups who offer free donated carts, for the most part, are made up of animal lovers who have or once had a paralyzed dog in their life. They understand the obstacles pet families face and have taken it upon themselves to help.
This is a loaner program to individuals and rescue groups. Animals use a cart free of charge until it’s not longer needed. The wheelchair is then sent back to Gunnar’s Wheels.
Hailey’s Wheels for Life
Joey’s P.A.W. (Prosthetics and Wheels)
Mango on a Mission
CorgiAid Cart Program
High Rollers Club HRC
Wheels to Help Me
The Guinness Dunn Foundation
Bandit’s K9 Care & KC’s Kruisers
Tyson’s Love and Hope on Wheels
Wild Hearts Foundation
The Wishbone Foundation
Winston’s Wheels and Pumpkin’s Wheelie Good Friends
Dog wheelchair manufacturers that donate
Many of the retail dog wheelchair companies have programs to assist pets in need. Some are unofficial and don’t advertise unless a pet owner asks, but they do have carts for donation on hand.
Handicapped Pet Foundation
Eddie’s Wheels Donation Program
K9 Carts Donation Program
Want more information?
If you know of another resource that donates dog wheelchairs, please leave their name in the comment section. I am always happy to add to this list.