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14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I own a little long-haired chihuahua named TinkerBell, who is not able to use her back legs. She can only drag herself a short distance, and it brings me to tears when she wants to play with her furbabies brother and sisters, and is not able to do so. I could not afford to buy my little girl a wheelchair, so I contacted Handicapped Pets Foundation. Stephanie and all of the board members, who are “ANGELS” made it possible for TinkerBell to get a wheelchair. She is happier now, able to play, get some exercise, and have a much better quality of life. Thank you sooooo much to the Handicapped Pets Foundation for helping my little TinkerBell, and so many other pets. This wonderful foundation is so caring, and such a blessing.

Very Grateful,

Jane W. & TinkerBell

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Handicapped Pets Foundation helped save my dog’s life. He is paralyzed from a fall and was granted a wheelchair from this most generous organization. Stephanie went above and beyond to help Brody. It has changed his life and the wheelchair has given freedom to live freely. Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing charity In these hard times no one has been much help. Even vets have been with a deal with it attitude. Encouraging us not to give up but give no hope. This foundation has given us so much hope and kindness. I appreciate you all so much God bless you all Khloe loves her chair and is learning more and more everyday.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My little 9 lb Frenchie is paralyzed in back legs. She loves her wheelchair. It has taken four weeks for her to walk in it. She was so scared at first. I appreciate the help I received to pay for her wheel chair. Thank you so much.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience has been amazing. I was shocked to find out that my dog, Zeus was chosen. The staff was very friendly and made the process so easy.

2 jscopperlily

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog Oliver became suddenly paralyzed due to a disc issue. It was heartbreaking. He is only 5yrs old and very energetic. Not only was I dealing with the emotional side, I was also in an emergency financial hardship. I was not sure what the future looked like for Oliver. Euthanasia had been seriously talked about but since he is so young, I felt we both deserved a fighting chance. I took to Google for advice and saw a lot of happy dogs in wheelchairs. Wheelchairs I would never be able to afford... Thats when I came across Hpets. I applied for a walking wheels wheelchair. I had no hope of receiving one. Why us? Ya know? But somehow just applying made me feel like I was doing SOMETHING. Not long after, I received a phone call. The nice woman informed me they had chosen Oliver for a free chair. I immediately started crying (crying now too) I was so thankful for this opportunity to improve my dogs quality of life. The first time I put him in it, he took off like a rocket and I had to chase him. He goes everywhere he used to. Hikes, dog parks and much more. Thank you Hpets! I almost forgot to mention that Oliver and I foster dogs, puppies and kittens. He brings them out of their shells. I couldn't do it without him. He gives back to the animals everyday :)
With love,
Oliver and Jessica

2 ChrissyMc

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such an amazing group. I had a dog who tore his acl in both knees. He was over 100 lbs. This organization was able to help my dog live the rest of his golden years running around like he was a puppy again- with the use of a wheelchair! I will forever be thankful for Handicapped pets giving back my dog his puppy smile before his passing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Sometimes we may feel like all the odds are stacked against us, and sometimes no one will believe we can. But what if someone gave us a chance? What if instead of “this is impossible.” we thought “what else could we try instead?” What if there were someone else who wondered the same thing? That’s handicapped pets. My very dear friend Stella had had an adverse reaction to her vaccinations. She fought through IMHA getting 3 blood transfusions, and damaging inflammation on the right hemisphere of her brain, but a catastrophic grand mal cluster seizure had left her mostly paralyzed on her left side. We were told it was over, over and over again. We were told if she did make it, we would have at the very most 6 months of difficult low quality life left. I thought there might be another choice. So many challenges, diet experimentation, physical therapy (including bathtub hydrotherapy) later, with marginal success, we decided to try a wheelchair. We received our x-small, four wheeled chair(her trouble was on one side, not front or back) fumbled it together and strapped her in. She hasn’t stopped since. It’s now been three years, and she has not needed her wheelchair for almost a full year now. She just had her first visit with her old gp (we were seeing several specialists, then an at home hospice vet, since we were told it wouldn’t be long and we preferred home end of life services) and when she was brought back outside to us the vet tech had the same happy tears in her eyes that her vet had had in her voice on the phone throughout the visit (covid vet visits are kinda weird). She had a chance, and she inspired people. Handicapped pets helps the best among us to make the most of any chance they have. I will forever have gratitude in my heart for them for being there when we needed them. This company represents what makes humanity beautiful.. compassion.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful non profit helping many animals be able to enjoy life with amputation .Very kind and fast shipping and was chosen by them to help my baby enjoy the the time he has left be able to get around .Truly a blessing .

2 Melissa185

Client Served

Rating: 5

They stepped up with immediate service for our German Shepherds hip problem. They sent him a dog wheelchair that allows him to live his life normally until he can get a hip replacement. They gave my puppy the opportunity to run and play like a normal puppy should. We are forever thankful that this organization exists and helps those in need like our dear Champ.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Sixteen years ago I adopted a blind and deaf Australian Shepard. Handicapped pets.Com was my godsend. They took me under their wing and guided me to be the best fur mom to a special needs dog that I could be. Sixteen years later I still hold the gratitude in my heart for them. The tenderness , love, and positivity they have for their clients are like no other. I have recommended and continue to recommend their products and staff with the highest confidence of satisfaction. They have been a true gift to my fur babies!

2 Betty B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The handicap pets of American truly need this foundation! I found myself in need of a wheelchair for my recently disabled dog and was shocked at the cost of a much needed medical device for her. For the first time in my life, I was faced with having to make a decision between the cost of the needed rear support wheelchair or the treatment to help keep her mobile for as long as possible. The ideal is that these two approaches work in concert to keep her mobile and comfortable. When I reached out to the wheelchair manufacturer I was shocked at the justification for the incredible mark-up on the materials for the wheelchair (I am in manufacturing so I am not joking when I bridge the mark-up issue). So I started a search for used rear wheelchairs and found HP Foundation. When I reached out to them, Stephanie returned a response promptly, walked me through the application process and made me feel like I was in the right place for my dog. The entire process took 2 weeks (from app to decision) and I am happy to say that my dog is racing around the backyard in her new pink wheelchair, at no cost to us. I have recommended this foundation to everyone that I can and have asked my vet to promote them as well for other pets that may be in need like mine. I look forward to being able to pay it forward by returning my wheelchair, when the time comes for another lucky family to be able to use it. Also given the money that they saved me I intend to make a donation to this foundation as it is greatly worth it!!

1 Stephanie D.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Handicapped Pets Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the health and well-being of elderly, disabled, and injured pets. With this COVID19 crisis, many families with disabled animals do not have the means to provide viable ambulatory assistance to their pets in need. We have been inundated with requests. HPETS hopes to donate wheelchairs to these pets-in-need.

They provide us with so much joy, love, and happiness. Let’s give some back to them and extend the life of Handicapped Pets by helping them move; getting the exercise they need to live long, happy, healthy lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I am the owner of Eddie's Wheels for Pets, Handicapped Pets Foundation was formed as a means of marketing Walkin Wheels, a canine wheelchair company owned by the director of Handicapped Pets. I had the company investigated by the attorney general of NH because altho they purport to assist people in need of mobility aids for disabled pets, the only ones they are willing to provide are the ones they directly profit from - contributions to this foundation assist in the healthy profit margin for a one-size fits all dog wheelchair mass produced in China.

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mark 05/06/2011

Response From Mark C. Robinson,
Founder: Handicapped Pets Foundation.

1. In regards to the May 4 post by Leslie DG: we were, indeed investigated thoroughly by the attorney generals office based on her complaint. They found NO FINANCIAL IMPROPRIETY. Neither I nor my company benefited financially from the foundation.

2. More than one dog wheelchair company supplies products to the foundation at a significant discount. Eddies offered only a 10% discount to the foundation. Other companies offered much more.

3. We selected the 501c3 non-profit status so that our transactions are visible and open to the public. People can see how their tax-exempt donations are used. Companies like Eddies Wheels that solicit contributions are not required to do this. In fact, the reason why donations to Eddies Buddy Fund charity are not tax-deductible is because they are treated by the IRS as PROFITS. There is no accountability for what is done with money received or whether product donated is resold at a profit. This is why real charities are willing to be 501c3 non-profits.

4. In regards to the next comment - They never responded to my request - , it was necessary to suspend operations while we were providing data to the attorney general’s office. Hundreds of requests were not responded to. Leslie DG, your unfounded, unwarranted complaint caused the untold suffering of many dogs.

Mark C. Robinson