The Waggle Foundation is committed to creating and following best practices to achieve its primary mission—the reduction of the number of pets who fall victim to economic euthanasia; ultimately, the Foundation hopes to totally eliminate this tragic occurrence. It is our hope that we can enable all pets to live out their natural lives as happy and healthy family members, sharing their proverbial hearth with their cherished (two-legged) households. Harnessing its resources, the Foundation seeks to inform the public through community-based programs and outreach education, to widen public awareness of its objectives, always adhering to its best practices:
Waggles believes in the popular precept "it takes a village." We know that when the energy and resources of a group coalesce, the resulting effort is robust and powerful. We know that people are besieged by countless charities—many of which espouse their individual beliefs—and so each time a benefactor chooses the Waggle Foundation, we regard that faith in us as a sacred trust; we are, therefore, committed to doing the most good we can with that donation. To achieve that, the Foundation focuses on campaigns that "multiply" donor value by including pet parents, individual donors, foundations, corporate sponsors, and veterinarians—so that we all work in concert.
In the last dozen or so years as crowdfunding on the Internet has proliferated, it has become increasingly difficult for the average donor to be assured that his/her donation is going directly toward the intended goal. Moreover, donors want the assurance that 100% of their contribution is being used for that purpose. At Waggle, we embrace total transparency: Through our Veterinary Partner hospitals—Waggle's boots-on-the-ground--we vet the cases presented on our website. Owner need is established at this grass-roots level. (For example, local veterinary hospitals can verify denied-credit applications.) Most importantly, payments for veterinary services are not made to individuals, but rather, to the veterinary practices that have performed the work.
We believe that our philanthropic dollars should help as many pets as possible. To that end—and for the time being—we have capped the dollar amount allocated per pet at $2,000, the "sweet spot" that our veterinary board members feel is realistic on a national level. We hope that we can help thousands of pets in this fashion. We have partnered extensively with shelters and rescue organizations, knowing that they are almost always financially strapped. Every animal entering a shelter must receive the most basic veterinary attention—a work-up and possible spay/neuter. Beyond that, however, every rescued animal is a potential a Humpty Dumpty, who needs to be put back together—and so a rescue organization's bills constantly mount. Aid, even capped at $2,000 per animal, helps allocate resources broadly, allowing us to positively impact thousands of animals' lives.
In the preponderance of cases, economic euthanasia could be prevented by responsible pet parents who plan for the inevitable catastrophe. We believe in promoting prevention and education, encouraging pet parents to obtain insurance and/or to create "rainy day" funds to prepare for future unforeseen (but usually inescapable) veterinary needs. While working to eliminate economic euthanasia, the Foundation underscores the importance of that message, so that the unexpected is anticipated.