Recycled carts, rentals, and donations to rescues

Our mobility carts are so well made and durable that they are often in excellent condition when they are no longer needed by the original animal.  We receive requests for discounted carts on a daily basis from people with limited ability to pay for a new cart, and from rescue groups and humane organizations.   We are also moved by stories of animals abused and neglected who are in need of mobility assistance.

In order to meet our customers need to recycle their used carts, and to meet the needs of needy,  we offer our cart recycling program.  Eddie’s Wheels will pay for the return shipping of any Eddie’s Wheels cart.  These  wheelchairs are stocked and categorized by size, and whenever possible we sell used carts at a fraction (usually half)  of the cost of a new cart to needy people and organizations.  Very often we’ll refurbish, repad and reconfigure the balance of the wheelchair for the new customer.  Sometimes we can alter a cart that was built for a boxer, and fit it for a much smaller dog.  We can change axles from counterbalance to standard or vice versa, to meet the needs of a new dog.   When we sell recycled carts, we are re-couping our investment in shipping, parts and labor to make the used cart as good as new.  This, in turn, allows us to make outright donations when possible.  All used carts sold by us come with a new cart, lifetime of the dog, warranty.

Hunter is able to rent a used cart to recover from a traumatic and temporary loss of mobility

Our supply of used carts also allows to provide short-term rentals to dogs who will only have a temporary need for wheels – such as dogs recovering from ACL surgery,  spinal compressions and tick borne paralysis.

We recently received a tiny cart   just in time to provide a free cart to a little dog in rescue at the Animal Welfare League of Chicago.  We built and sent a free cart to Russia for a dog that had been grotesquely abused and whose case became a sensation in St. Petersburg, changing the laws governing cases of animal abuse.  We built a custom cart for a pitbull who had been rescued by a military family whose owner was going a third tour of duty in the Middle East.   We always offers discounts to rescue groups and shelters, animal hospitals and sanctuaries when we have to build new carts.  We are able to do this because of the generosity of the our previous clients who allow us to re-sell their carts.

Here is a wonderful example:  A man calls with an 11 year old boxer with DM and tells us that he has been unemployed for 2 years due to the contraction of the economy.  He wants to provide his beloved dog with the assistance she needs but he cannot afford a new cart.

He gives us his dog’s dimensions and we look on the deck and find a perfect cart for his dog.   It is a perfect match….. and it had only arrived back here the day before.  The original owner is delighted that his dog’s wheelchair is saving another dog’s life, and everyone, especially the boxer, is delighted.

Eddie’s Wheels is also committed to the concept of recycling goods.  We don’t like to think of our carts being sent to landfills when they could be helping another dog.  We are always happy to sell a used cart rather than build a new one in an effort to conserve precious resources.  We are committed to creating a community of caring dog lovers who can rest assured that their pet’s wheelchair is helping someone else’s best friend, even after they are gone.

 

 

27 Responses to Recycled carts, rentals, and donations to rescues

  1. Carole April 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Hello Sue,

    As front wheelers are so specialized, we do not have used front wheel carts. But, as mentioned in the blog entry, we do offer a discount to rescue groups.

    Carole
    Eddie’s Wheels for Pets

  2. matthew hall May 9, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    was wanting some info on how to get my 13 yr old boxer a wheel chair? thank you

    • leslie May 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

      Go to the “order a cart” page (doubleclick), take the measurements and send in your information. If we have a used cart the right size, we’ll let you know.

  3. synda walburn May 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    I have a 17yr old Lasolpso which has arthrits of the spine and can no longer get around. I have to help him walk which is very hard he weighs 20lbs. I also am dissabled and on such a tight budget I will have to save a little at a time to buy one for him. I am hoping you may have one that has been donated as I know how exspensive this must be and I know I will not be able the cost. Please help Cody get around he is other wise preaty healthy. I am afraid I will have to put him down because I can’t help him. I love him so much and is the last dog I will ever be able to have do to it is to hard when they die I don’t know if I can put Cody down I have been crying for three days over it. I had him at the vet today & he said it is his back legs he is in good shape otherwise. I was sure he would say it was time to let go. He said if he could walk he would be good for a while. Please I am sure you get alot of these I am on Soc Sec/SSI & food stamps. I try to buy food that we both can eat as my monthly income is less than $700.00 a month. I wish I could afford ins. for Cody. I will send you proff of my income if you need it. I sure hope you can help Cody. God bless you for these carts. I know you are in bussiness to make money and you told Matthew to go ahead and measure his dog. Does that mean you go ahead and charge his card?

    Thank You:
    Synda Walburn

    • leslie May 19, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

      If we have a donated used cart that is the right size for your dog, I will be happy to pass it on to you. We need the dog’s measurements and then we’ll look and see what is possible.

  4. Chrystina June 13, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    Hi
    I was interested in maybe some used wheelchair parts. Is that an option. If so I am interested in prices. If not I am interested is the price of a used wheelchair for a 50-55lbs dog.
    Thank you
    Chrystina

    • leslie June 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

      We do not sell parts, but we would be happy to discuss the possibility of a used cart. Send us your pet’s measurements and we’ll see if we have something that fits.

    • leslie June 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

      We don’t sell parts. If you are interested in a used cart, you would need to measure your dog and then I’ll see if I have something the right size for you.

    • leslie June 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

      We don’t normally sell parts. If you’re interested in a used cart, please provide us with your dog’s measurements, according to the measurement chart on the website, and we’ll see if we have one the right size. Generally used carts are about half the price of a new cart.

  5. leslie June 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    It has been our experience that when an elderly cat loses its mobility, he has other health issues that make getting a wheelchair unrealistic. However, if this cat really is healthy and motivated, a cart is a viable option. We do not have many used cat carts in stock, but send us the cat’s measurements and we’ll see if something is available.

  6. Monica Ann Ryan/Hope 4 Paws Dog Rescue September 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    Hi
    Hope 4 Paws Dog Rescue in Illinois currently has a 11 week old beagle mix puppy unable to walk due to complications of Parvo and meningitis. Long term health prognosis and chance of adoption is dim unless we can outfit her with a wheelchair. She currently weighs 7 lbs. and will most likely reach 20-25 lbs full grown. Do you have anything used that could help her? We are paying off a $4,000 vet bill for her and her brother and she is still undergoing treatment. We would appreciate any assistance we could get for our beloved Kennedy.

    • leslie September 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

      Is she healthy enough now for a cart? Try taking her measurements now, and we’ll check our stock of used carts – if there’s one available that is a reasonable fit for now with some room to grow, we’ll donate it. If we have to build, we’ ll do our best to discount it with funds from our Buddy Fund.

  7. Monica Ryan/Hope 4 Paws Dog Rescue October 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    The vet believes her to be healthy enough to start using one now. They advised us that lying down all day puts her at risk for pneumonia as well as bed sores. She wants so badly to get up and cries in frustration at times. Otherwise her tail beats a mile a minute. I will get her measurements to you as soon as possible. Thank you so very much for your help.

  8. janis January 14, 2012 at 2:49 am #

    I am looking for wheels for my shepherd mi but cannot afford much due to unemployment issues. Do you know of anyone that no longer needs them that might strike a bargain with me?

    • leslie January 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

      We have some used carts here and are happy to sell them for the price of refurbishing it for your dog – IF we have the right size in stock. So send us your dog’s measurements, and we’ll see what’s possible.

  9. Teresa Michalk November 9, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    I have a 3 yr old chihuahua that has recently become paralized in his lower half due to a enflamed disk in his back. We are not sure how he will do with a cart but really want to try one to improve his quality of life. Do you have a used one we could rent for a while to see how he does with it? If yes I will send in the order form with his measurements.

    • leslie November 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      If we have a used cart for you to try-out, we can do this, but we cannot build new carts as rentals. Most disc dogs love their wheels and adapt almost instantly to using them….take a look at all the videos on our youtube.com channel to see many dogs in their first minutes of being put in their carts.

  10. leslie November 19, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    If you measure her, we might have a used cart instock that might fit her. Follow the directions on our website about how to measure. If you live in Hawaii, shipping a cart for a large dog is very expensive.

  11. Joan budicak January 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    I have a 14 year old fox terrier/rat terrier she had bad knees when she was young. At the time she was my sister -in laws dog .She had the operation to correct her problem. unfortunately my sister-in law passed and I inherited Pookey. She has been my dog for the past 7 years. Yesterday, I took her outside and she was having a bowel movement and made a little yelping noise and that was it,she has not stepped down on her foot since. Did I mention she is also blind. This poor dog my heart just breaks for her. I cannot afford any kind of operation, so , I am looking for options to make her comfortable for the time she has left. Can you recommend anyone who donates or a cheaper alternative? I just don’t think she is ready for doggy heaven

    Thanks,
    Joanie Budicak

    • leslie January 10, 2013 at 11:39 am #

      I would talk to your vet about what is causing her pain and deal with the pain issues. Many small dogs will recover from knee injuries with the use of anti-inflammatories and pain medication.

  12. BARBARA CAINE September 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    HI, IM SORRY I DONT KNOW WHAT YOU NEED AT THE WEBSITE PLACE, I DONT EVEN KNOW IF THIS IS THE CORRECT PLACE TO BE ASKING OR PLACE TO PUT MY REQUEST. IM A DISABLED WOMEN WHO IS TRYING TO GET A WHEEL CHAIR FOR MYSELF ALSO, I NEVER IN MY WILDEST DREAMS EVER THOUGHT THAT MY 19 YR OLD AMERICAN BOXER WOULD BE ABLE TO WALK OR RUN LIKE SHE COULD OVER A YR AGO. I WATCHED SOME VIDEOS TILL I COULDNT ANY LONGER THEY MADE ME CRY. I BOUGHT THE STRAP THAT GOES UNDER HER AND TRY MY BEST TO BE ABLE TO HOLD HER UP TILL SHE CAN USE THE BATH ROOM, BUT AS FAR AS WALK AROUND AND ENJOY LIFE, WELL, SHE AND I ARE IN THE SAME PLACE, I CAN PAY A LITTLE FOR SOMETHING WHAT YOU HAVE, I WILL DO MY BEST, I LET MY SELF DO WITH OUT FOR MY ANIMALS. I ALSO HAVE A BLACK LAB THAT IS MY SERVICE DOG, HE IS VERY JEALOUS OF DAKOTA, BUT SHE LOVES HIM. BUT THEN HE DONT LIKE ANY ANIMAL AROUND ME NOT MEAN JUST POSSESSIVE, I KNOW I HAVE TO GIVE YOU HER SIZE BUT I DONT KNOW HOW, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO MEASURE AND WHERE? I KNOW YOU HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE ASKING FOR HELP I READ A LOT OF THEM AND YOUR ANSWERS, IF THERE WAS SOME WAY THAT I COULD LET A DR BILL OR OTHER BILL GO SO I COULD BUY ONE PLEASE GIVE ME PRICES, I THINK THAT SHE WEIGHS 40 LBS. SHE IS IN SO MUCH PAIN, BUT WHEN SHE WANTS TO GO SHE WILL DRAG HERSELF ACCROSS THE FLOOR, I DONT FULLY UNDERSTAND HOW SHE WILL BE ABLE TO USE THE BATHROOM, THIS IS WHAT WE DO, ME WITH MY STICK FOR BALANCE PUT STRAP UNDER HER AND CAUSE WE HAD TO FIX DOOR FOR ME SHORT STEPS IT WORKS GOOD FOR HER, SHE GOES OUT AND JUST DROPS WHILE I TRY TO HOLD HER HIND UP AND PEES OR POOPS, I HAVE TO MAKE SURE HER LEFT LEG IS OUT OF THE WAY SO SHE DONT USE ON IT. THEN WE TURN BACK AND GO TO HER PALET ON FLOOR AND AS SHES LYING DOWN I LET GO ONE SIDE OF STRAP SO I DONT HURT HER BY PULLING IT OUT . SHE STAYS THERE AND SLEEPS MOST OF TIME. I DIDNT KNOW FOR A YR SHE COULD HAVE WENT DOWN MY WHEEL CHAIR RAMP AND BEEN ABLE TO WALK WITH BEAR AND ENJOY LIFE, PLEASE GET BACK WITH ME. PLEASE; THANK YOU, BARBARA AND DAKOTA

    • leslie September 27, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      I do not think that you would be able to manage a dog in a wheelchair yourself as you are too disabled to lift a boxer into a cart. If you have a personal aid, perhaps this would work. The order form on the website gives explicit directions about how to measure and order. If we have a used cart in stock the right size, I will be happy to pass it on to you.

  13. Michelaine September 19, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    Hello, I have a Shitz shu that has been a wonderful part of our family for 13yrs. He has developed spinal issues which is causing a dead rear leg & causing his lower back to twist as his hind falls to the ground. He is still so lively & so very much a part of our life. He loves to walk outside with me but now drags his back half around. I am now operating on a very limited budget & it breaks my heart to see him reduced this way. It’s like not being able to help one of children. We have had several years of hardship of late from my husband coming home from Iraq with a brain injury from a roadside bomb, myself having a double mastectomy due to breast cancer and my son being disabled due to a rare aggressive intestinal disease. He remains chronically ill & on disability. Mombo our Shitz shu knows when my son is not doing well & will not leave him. I just can’t imagine putting him down when he has so much left & has always been there for his family. I have an income of $890/mo. I would love to be able to give him mobility again. If there is anyway you could help it would be GREATLY appreciated. He is 22lbs, measures 11″ from his paw pad to the thin skin between his hind leg and side stomach wall…

    Thank you so much

    • leslie September 27, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      We have many used carts to be recycled on our deck that have been donated back to us by our customers when their dogs pass on. If one of these carts fits your dog, I’ll give it to you. If we have to build him a new one, I will donate it to you as we have an angel right now who is raising money for our Buddy Fund. Please go to the order form and measure your shitzu. Mention that I have offered you a donated cart on the form.

      • Michelaine September 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

        OMGoosh!!! Thank you soooo much Leslie & the Angel whom is looking out for those who cant! You dont know how much I needed this message this morning as I was upset watching him trying to get around in the yard this morning & thinking what in the world was I gonna do with the cooler & winter months ahead & him dragging himself around. I know this can be good for his coat & skin. I was in tears & God sent an Angel to rescue our furry friend! May God Bless them & you guys too!!!

        I am measuring him right now!

        God Bless,
        Michelaine & Family

  14. Kaly Nukala October 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Our dog Toby around 60-65 lbs ( Lab with German shepard mix) is 5 yr old and last month it was paralysed with one of the vaccination given to him ( Lepto perosis). Now it is recovering and back legs are holding and slowley front legs. Currently toby is in rehab, try to find some wheelchair to him to walk around. Please help me in this

    • Leslie November 7, 2013 at 10:30 am #

      Call the office at 1-888-211-2700 with your dog’s measurements and we’ll see if we have a used cart in stock for you.

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