We started a foundation called Gunnar's Wheels. Our goal was to have a fleet of loaner carts for shelter dogs and animals whose owners cannot afford them. As of April 2017, we now have 501c3 non-profit status with the IRS!
The rules of Gunnar's Wheels are as follows:
1) The animal gets to use the cart free of charge until the cart is no longer needed, or the animal passes away.
2) At that time, the cart will be sent back to Gunnar's Wheels for a quick once over and sent out to the next needy animal.
This is Hope, the first recipient of Gunnar's Wheels. She came into BARC in Houston, TX. Social media alerted us to her and we provided a cart for her. After Hope, we were able to increase our fleet to 3 carts, with the goal of hitting 50. We were overwhelmed with requests for carts, and are getting to fulfill our dream of helping these otherwise unadoptable animals see their dream of finding a forever family and enjoying life to the fullest!! Hope has actually made a full recovery and can now run, fetch, and hop. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/kimberlee.sofka/videos/10154996331205977/
From the summer of 2016 until now, we have sent out 114 carts. We have helped 130 animals, as some carts are on their 2nd animal.
Just to give you an idea of our expenses: The carts cost between $125.00 and upwards of $700.00 for specialty carts. Specialty carts are 4-wheeled carts, front-wheeled carts, and amputee carts. The cost to repair a cart varies. If the cart just needs a harness, it could be $25.00. If the cart needs a side frame, it could be right around $50.00. The wheels vary in cost from $10.00 to $45.00 depending on the size and composition. We also turn over about 20 chairs annually due to recover or death, which does help keep expenses down.
Our goal for this year (2017), and every year afterwards: We want to help every animal that is in need of a cart.
We tend to spend about $10K per year, so raising $50,000 to $60,000 would keep us covered for the next couple of years. We've set the goal at $30,000 for now, but hope to go far beyond that. We'll continue to raise the goal as long as donations are coming in so we can plan for the future.
Thank you in advance for considering your donation to Gunnar's Wheels!! Any contribution helps us work toward our goal of seeing all these animals mobile and happy.
We are also currently nominated for the National Hero Dog Award. Check it out here, and send us a vote any day you can up until May 3, 2017: http://herodogawards.org/dog/gunnar/
Check out the links below for some great news features about our animals:
I have a new wheel chair that my dog refused to use. Montana was not paralyzed but had neurological issues and would rather walk on his own. I am more than willing to donate this cart. The cart is for a large dog (Montana weighed 130). Please let me know if interested and how to make this happen.
For all friends of GUNNAR and Jason. I have been there from the beginning and watched how this giving back has now come full circle. You will always be special in my life and respect every effort forward you both have made. My 74th Birthday present in your name.
Thanks so much to all who have donated so that Jason can continue to provide this phenomenal service for those of us with disabled dogs so that they may continue to live as normal a life without the use of a limb(s). Without your graciousness, my Star would never have been able to get her chair. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
What a great thing to do. I would like to donate however believe it or not I currently have a basset hound with a back issue we are trying to fix. It kills me to see her like this (she is unable to use her back legs) we are trying a chiropractor and acupuncture hoping to get her better. If and when she is done and I have extra money I will give something. Keep up the great work, my daughter said we need one of these (she didn't know the cost) but they are definitely not in my budget right now. Good luck with this!!!
God bless you both, Gunnar and Jason.... To me Gunnar is an amazing ambassador to all animals with disabilities and special needs... And Jason you ave made a dream come true for Gunnar and so many others.... This cause has opened and warmed my heart since I first learned about it from Brenda (Misty's Mom).... Keep up you great work Gunnar and Jason... P.S. I VOTE FOR GUNNAR EVERYDAY, on HERO DOGS.... So friends PLEASE go to the site daily and give GUNNAR another vote.... Thank You
This is an awesome thing you are doing. We had a dog several years ago that lost the ability to use his back legs and we could have used something like this for him. We miss our Duke so very much. We have a lab/beagle mix that is 16 years old right now and her back legs are becoming very weak, but she is still wanting to be here with us. Keep up the great work you are doing for so many fur children.
This is so awesome , unfortunately I have to come asking for help instead of giving Our 7 1/2 week puppy Camere (pronounced Come ere) lost control of his hind legs two days ago, we took him to the vet and was told it's a neurologic problem. Due to our current situation of me having a disability myself and raising my soon to be hubby children who are undergoing counsrling for abuse we are unable to afford mri And more costly get care, we live on my ssi, due to having to have a full time caretaker we just can't afford getting the wheelchair for our pup, He dosent understand why his legs don't work and tried so hard to play like he was 3 days ago. It's heartbreaking and I refuse to put him down because I know he can beat this. And my dogs are not dogs there family. Can you please find it in your heart's to help us help him? Thanks so much Laura Lee ,Piedmont Alabama
For anyone that has a cart to donate to Gunnar's Wheels, please contact Jason (you can pm him from Gunnar's FB page). As you can imagine, he has a lot happening now, so please give him some time to respond. Shirley Smith, I saw you said you have a mobility cart you'd like to donate. Please contact him via the FB page. And thanks to everyone in advance!
Just today i started a go fund me for my Dog Max. . He is a German Shepherd who suffers from hip dysplasia and has been progressively getting worse and needs a wheelchair i cannot afford. How can I sign up for this service? Max could use the help. Thanks
So sorry to hear about Gunnar. You are really amazing for helping so many people and their beloved pets. We are also looking for a K9 cart for our 15 yr old female pug Sierra, who suffered a disc injury and can no longer use her hind legs. Thank you and god bless.