We instantly fall in love with our new dog, and while excitedly choosing their leash, collar, toys and treats, the last thing we're thinking of is the cost of veterinary surgery. Quality pet food, grooming, doggie daycare, routine vet care, dog walker services...it adds up so quickly.
And it's all fun and games until someone hurts their knee, isn't it? Your dog is limping and has a torn CCL. You're not financially ready for any of it - not a custom knee brace, not physical therapy and least of all, surgery.
The wonderful care you've given is overshadowed by feelings of guilt for being a bad pet parent. You think, "I adopted my dog. It's MY responsibility to pay for this stuff." You'd feel selfish and irresponsible asking for help. And with all of this emotional baggage, other bills are still rolling in. You can't keep up. You try getting Care-Credit, but you're either denied or can't get a credit limit high enough to pay for the care your dog needs. You've already got balances on other credit cards. Slowly, your dog's bills are costing more than your rent or mortgage payment. Now what?!?
Don't underestimate the willingness of others to help, especially when it comes to animals. You can still pay for the majority of your dog's care, but why deny others the joy that comes from giving? Asking for help can feel uncomfortable, but I'd be willing to bet you've made contributions toward a good causes before, right? Do you remember how good that felt?
There are reputable fundraising sites online. Campaigns are easy to set up, and it's easy for people to make donations. Post your campaign wherever it is that you socially hang out online: Insta, Facebook, Pinterest,
If you're not into Crowd Sourcing online, how about these fun ideas?
You might just be surprised by the kindness of others, even strangers. Give it a try!
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