Lady Gaga’s dogwalker launched a GoFundMe for a road trip he’s taking to heal his “emotional and mental health” after the dognapping incident.
In February, Ryan Fischer, Lady Gaga’s dogwalker, was shot in an incident, in which two of the three celebrity dogs were kidnapped. Thankfully, they were soon returned to their loving family, but it appears that Fischer is still recovering from the traumatic experience.
As Daily Mail reports, the dogwalker has now launched a fundraiser to help cover the costs of a road trip he is planning to restore his “emotional and mental health.”
Fischer’s GoFundMe page says:
“All that time spent reclaiming my body, I now needed to be equally devoted to strengthening my emotional and mental health. Having that understanding helped me frame what I need from the rest of this sabbatical: getting a van and exploring this country while seeking out communities that support the process of growing from trauma. For me, this includes retreat centers, trauma programs, queer healers, creatives and spiritual leaders.”
By the time of writing, the dogwalker has raised nearly $20,000 of his $40,000 goal.
According to the fundraiser page, Fischer has no vehicle, no home, and no savings, following the dreadful dognapping incident. He claims he makes ends meet thanks to “donations from generous loved ones.”
The dogwalker adds:
“I am humbly asking for your help. This is not an easy thing to ask, but I have started to realize sharing your vulnerability with others is exactly when radical change begins to occur for everyone involved.
I have set up this GoFundMe page in supporting a van purchase, travel expenses and welcome all input on retreats for trauma throughout the country as well as queer spiritual leaders and healers, and how best to highlight and share with you along the way.”
During the dognapping scene in February, Fischer was walking Lady Gaga’s three French bulldogs Koji, Gustav, and Miss Asia. He was shot four times, and two of the dogs were taken away.
Two months later, five suspects were charged in the dognapping. According to the LAPD, three of them – James Jackson, 18, Jaylin White, 19, and Lafayette Whaley, 27 – have been charged with attempted murder and armed robbery.
Shortly after the incident, as Fischer was still recovering from his wounds, he wrote on Instagram:
“I am humbled and grateful that attention and focus from the police were enough to get Koji and Gustav back to safety, and I know they are committed to bringing these criminals and attempted murderers to justice. I am so appreciative of everything you continue to do.”