Gunnar's Wheels

$135,230 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 3,067 people in 26 months
My dog, Gunnar was hit by a truck on Feb 16, 2014, which left him a paraplegic. We incurred many vet bills during his recovery. He now requires a wheelchair cart to get around, which helped him regain his mobility and live life to the fullest. We received a ton of help during his recovery... and decided to give back.

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.

That's it!


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:

http://www.wqow.com/story/27259016/2014/11/Monday/new-set-of-wheels-osseo-man-helps-right-hand-hound-recover-from-paralyzing-accident

http://www.leadertelegram.com/Features/Lifestyles/2014/09/21/Couple-dedicate-themselves-to-paralyzed-Labrador-retriever.html

http://www.leadertelegram.com/News/Region/2016/07/03/Dogged-determination.html

http://ecweb.libercus.net/News/Front-Page/2016/08/28/Help-on-wheels.html


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Ned, a pup we recently helped is back to herding cattle thanks to your donations!!! Great article. Click on the link to read the story!! Front page news!!

http://jeffersoncountycourier.com/Monitor/Entries/2018/8/7_See_what_youre_missing..._files/ned%20the%20cow%20dog%20for%20web.pdf
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Thanks to your donations, we were able to save Gunnar, A pup I named after my own Gunnar. We were contacted by a gentleman in Texas that came across him while on his sanitation route. He messaged us asking for help with finding a rescue for this boy, as the owners did not want him anymore. We shared his post, and God's Dogs rescue in San Antonio stepped up, found him a foster and the rest...you will see from his youtube video that we had done. Enjoy...Gunnar Thank You!!! Jason
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I received a few messages looking for updates on animals post-cart. Clarice, the fawn, received her wheels this week and is finally able to be up and exploring the world. She will be at FURWINllc wildlife rehab as she recovers, with the hope that she may someday be released into the wild once again. We now have dogs, cats, rabbits, an opossum, a sheep, and a goat in the carts. The second picture is Clarice making new friends with a opossum baby. Thank you for your support!!!
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This is Clarice. We think she was stepped on by her momma accidently, leaving her hind legs Paralyzed. I spoke with the rescue/wildlife rehabber Saturday, and her Pink wheels are on their way!! Here is an excerpt from her Facebook post.

FURWINllc
Page Liked · June 16 ·

I have AMAZING news! Jason, the ceo of Gunnar's wheels is GIVING us the cart/wheels for Miss Clarice! GIVING! How amazing is that. He wants to help her and be involved so if you all could please go to Gunnar’s page and like it and maybe send them a message of thanks for the
Awesome thing they are doing for this sweetheart Clarice I’d so much appreciate it. I am beyond happy. Please share this amazing news. And thank you so much Jason for helping and being a part of Clarice’s amazing journey.
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Teri Cecil
18 months ago

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.

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Paula McLain Harvard
18 months ago

I also have a cart to offer you...used by our 30 lb. Pembroke Corgi, Pip. Please let me know how to send it to you.

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Rylee Huffman
22 months ago

I had a paralyzed dog pass about a month ago and have been searching for someone in need of his wheels if you are interested in our wheels we would love to donate them!

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Carolyn O'Connell Bumbaugh
17 months ago

I have a cart to donate but can't find Jason's FB page. All I get is sharing on my page. Please post the correct address so I can contact him directly.

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Wendy Porretto
19 months ago

I have a wheelchair for him . It was for a German Shepherd. It would be perfect for him

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Julie Hale
24 months ago

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.

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Tammy Richardson
23 months ago

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.

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Wendy Rauls Wilke
26 months ago

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!!!

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Dan Meier
18 months ago
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7

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

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Liz Wasick
22 months ago
7
7

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.

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Kirsten Seiverd
26 months ago
7
7

What a wonderful way to give back love. I will share.

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Laura Lee
19 months ago
5
5

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

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Beth Jurovcik
18 months ago
4
4

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!

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Kirsten Seiverd
26 months ago
3
3

How does one donate if they have no credit card?

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Michelle Rydberg
26 months ago
3
3

what a great step for those on need!!!!

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Ken Novak
8 months ago
1
1

A promise fulfilled to a best friend. How much better does life get? Awesome work, Jason!

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Norma Galvez Ruiz
10 months ago
1
1

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

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Beth Jurovcik
10 months ago
1
1

Hello, if you have a cart you would like to donate to Gunnar's Wheels, please contact via the FB page. Or you can mail the cart to: Nels Gunderson Chevrolet Attn: Jason Parker 50859 Spruce Rd Osseo WI 54758 Thank you in advance!

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Victoria Sager Macsata
10 months ago
1
1

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.

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Lisa L. Renken
10 months ago
1
1

How do I apply for a cart for my 9 year old Shepherd, Eli ?

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Grace Ogle
2 days ago

Here is the $100 payment for Roscoe's wheels. Thank you so much.

SR

Thank you for the wheels for Pippa, she is doing very well!

GD
$10
glenn derman
13 days ago

I love dogs and my own just died. I wanted to honor her.

$15
Jennifer McBenge
20 days ago

For max!

$400
Daniel Kelly
23 days ago

Beth, here is the money for bears wheelchair. It will find its way back to you in the wake of Bear's passing. God Bless you and Jason for the help

$225
Susan Ketcham
29 days ago

Our corgi is getting worse every day!

$5
Anonymous
1 month ago
$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
Teri Cecil
18 months ago

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.

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Paula McLain Harvard
18 months ago

I also have a cart to offer you...used by our 30 lb. Pembroke Corgi, Pip. Please let me know how to send it to you.

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Rylee Huffman
22 months ago

I had a paralyzed dog pass about a month ago and have been searching for someone in need of his wheels if you are interested in our wheels we would love to donate them!

+ Read More
Carolyn O'Connell Bumbaugh
17 months ago

I have a cart to donate but can't find Jason's FB page. All I get is sharing on my page. Please post the correct address so I can contact him directly.

+ Read More
Wendy Porretto
19 months ago

I have a wheelchair for him . It was for a German Shepherd. It would be perfect for him

+ Read More
Julie Hale
24 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Tammy Richardson
23 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Wendy Rauls Wilke
26 months ago

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!!!

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Dan Meier
18 months ago
7
7

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

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Liz Wasick
22 months ago
7
7

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.

+ Read More
Kirsten Seiverd
26 months ago
7
7

What a wonderful way to give back love. I will share.

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Laura Lee
19 months ago
5
5

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

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Beth Jurovcik
18 months ago
4
4

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!

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Kirsten Seiverd
26 months ago
3
3

How does one donate if they have no credit card?

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Michelle Rydberg
26 months ago
3
3

what a great step for those on need!!!!

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Ken Novak
8 months ago
1
1

A promise fulfilled to a best friend. How much better does life get? Awesome work, Jason!

+ Read More
Norma Galvez Ruiz
10 months ago
1
1

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

+ Read More
Beth Jurovcik
10 months ago
1
1

Hello, if you have a cart you would like to donate to Gunnar's Wheels, please contact via the FB page. Or you can mail the cart to: Nels Gunderson Chevrolet Attn: Jason Parker 50859 Spruce Rd Osseo WI 54758 Thank you in advance!

+ Read More
Victoria Sager Macsata
10 months ago
1
1

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.

+ Read More
Lisa L. Renken
10 months ago
1
1

How do I apply for a cart for my 9 year old Shepherd, Eli ?

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