WeRateDogs Raises Money for Doggos in Need. 12/10 Good Job!

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
College Sophomore Matt Nelson created one of the funniest Twitter accounts eva– WeRateDogs. Here’s how he used his wonky rating system to raise over $100,000 for dogs in need.

Matt Nelson sat in a marketing class at Campbell University earlier this year, one that as a golf management student, he needed to take, but wasn’t necessarily interested in. That wasn’t him being disrespectful, but more, him being a little bit busy in real-world marketing—running the hilarious site WeRateDogs.


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WeRateDogs isn’t a tricky gimmick. You really send a picture of your dog, and Nelson really rates it on a scale of 1-10 (though some of his faves often end up over 10!). The best part, though, and what makes WeRateDogs comedic gold, is Nelson’s taglines with the funny pictures. In fact, he’s used his witty sense of humor and love for doggos as he calls them to help raise over $100,000 for dog causes!

This is Duddles. He did an attempt. 13/10 someone help him (vid by Georgia Felici) pic.twitter.com/UDT7ZkcTgY

— WeRateDogs™ 🏳️‍🌈 (@dog_rates) June 26, 2017

His first GoFundMe was based on a frequent-flier family of his dear to his heart for their continual dress up of their dogs. Nelson used his Twitter power (150k followers at the time) to raise $700 for one of the dogs to get a wheelchair she needed.

And thus, he realized he could really use his influence and humor to help other dogs and their families. While he says he started WeRateDogs initially to just make people laugh, and because he has always been a dog lover, he became well aware of his ability to make an impact in the lives of so many dogs. Recognizing that dogs are family members, he wanted to use his platform to help them and their families, and boy has he ever!

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Since he started regularly sharing GoFundMe links, his followers have raised over $100,000 for 22 different dogs and their families. He advises pet parents who need help and want his to let him know and to be fully open and honest in the need of the pet. He encourages pet parents to share the stories of their dogs, and how their dogs make a difference in their lives and the lives of others, and of course, use good pictures to send to him for rating.

It’s the pictures pet parents send that appeal to his followers, and coupled with his captions that will crack you up, he gives back to so many dogs and their families.

We’re telling you— go, look, laugh and donate! It’s h*ckin’ funny! We dare you not to giggle. (Spoiler: You’ll lose!)

Lori Ennis
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