A new type of wheelchair for disabled animals
This project was developed with advice from Jackie Woelz at veterinary physical rehabilitation unit of UC Davis.
A wheelchair is the most important tool for mobilizing disabled animals, but the wheelchairs for animals have not been well-developed and there are many people who do not know about or cannot afford these products because the market is limited making the price very expensive. There have not been pet wheelchairs designed with the same ergonomic properties as human wheelchairs.
Wheelie provides an ergonomic structure using memory foam that can support disabled animals and enhance their comfort. By designing fashionable wheelchairs, I hope to eliminate people's prejudice towards disabled animals and prevent their abandonment.
Wheelie increases the mobility and independence of animals and allows their owners to see them as valid companions.
Even though wheelchairs are for disabled animals, animal hospitals don't have wheelchairs. Wheelie wheelchairs could be available for rent and lease in the hospitals so they are affordable.