HandicappedPets.com was created in 2001 to support the caretakers of elderly, injured, and handicapped pets. We have all of the products, services, and support you'll need. The site was created by Mark C. Robinson in memory of Mercedes, a slightly epileptic Keeshond who was put to sleep before her time because Mark didn't know any better and had no way to find out more.
Now there's a way.
The mission of HandicappedPets.com is to provide products, services and support so that elderly, handicapped, and injured pets can lead happy, healthy, high-quality lives.
A Letter from HandicappedPets.com Founder:
To All Pet Lovers and Caretakers,
There was a day when injured pets were "no good anymore." When an animal was hurt, became lame or incontinent, or was for any reason no longer wanted, they were put down.
We are becoming more aware of the sacredness of all life. We are beginning to understand the power of the loving bond that is created when one living thing cares for another. Our pets have become family members and deserve to be loved, respected, and cherished. The purpose and mission of HandicappedPets.com is to help people learn that there are alternatives to euthanasia. An elderly, disabled, or injured pet can often live a high quality life for many years if they get the little help that they need; diapers, a rear-support leash, or a wheelchair.
I created the site in the memory of a Keeshond, Mercedes. She was put to sleep at a vet's advice after being diagnosed with a mild form of canine epilepsy. Years later, a dear friend, was diagnosed with a mild form of epilepsy for which she takes a pill now and then to completely eliminate all symptoms. The disparity between the two reactions to the same disease was unacceptable. I created the site to give caretakers the information they need to make the difficult, loving decisions that face them.
The site is filled with stories of hope and healing as well as the products, services, and support that a caretaker of a handicapped pet needs. People submit their inventions and devices which can be distributed through the site. The discussion area contains over 80,000 messages from people helping one another. The gallery has photos and stories submitted by caretakers. Listings of caring vets, animal rehabilitation centers, holistic healers, and animal communicators, and more are all available.
Particularly touching to me is the 4th grade teacher, Kathy Barton, in Velma Oklahoma who introduces her class each year to her handicapped pets and raises money to buy wheelchairs for dogs that they find on the site. Not only are these children learning about compassion for animals, but also about compassion for all life.
The most common reaction we get from people when they hear about the site is "If only I had known about you before I put my dog to sleep..." We need to reach people. We need to tell them that there are alternatives.
Mark C. Robinson
Meet the Team:
From Left to Right:
Mike Villars, Lisa-Marie Mulkern, Kathy Conley, Mark Robinson, Nancy Bregger, Jen Lewis, Yvonne Driscoll, Angela Bourne, Terry Skelton, Christina Cantara, Jesse Santeufemio, Tom Bourne, Barbara Kelley, and Jess Merrill.
Not Shown: Janice Hagan