Lady Gaga’s Dog Walker Ryan Fischer Starts GoFundMe After Traumatic Shooting

Little Monsters everywhere were in an uproar after Lady Gaga’s dogs were stolen back in February. The pop star’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was shot in the chest while walking the three precious pups. The dognappers took two of the three pets, Koji and Gustav, leaving the third, Asia, behind with Fischer, who was bleeding on the ground. 

Now, Fischer has started a GoFundMe page and says he feels “abandoned and unsupported.” What happened since the shooting, and why isn’t Lady Gaga helping her dogs’ hero?

Lady Gaga in a black outfit and hat, holding a black dog.
Lady Gaga at LAX in 2015 | GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

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Lady Gaga offered a $500,000 reward for the safe return of her two stolen dogs

One of the reasons it’s sp surprising that Lady Gaga’s dog walker is resorting to asking for donations is that she offered a generous financial reward at the time of the dognapping. After her dogs were taken, Gaga immediately reached out to the public offering $500,000 for the return of her two French Bulldogs. 

The dogs were returned unharmed days later by a woman who claimed she found them tied to a pole. It is unclear whether or not Gaga gave the woman the promised reward.

Lady Gaga in a white crop top and denim shorts walking a black dog.
Lady Gaga outside her Midtown Manhattan apartment | Tamarra/GC Images

Lady Gaga said she would pay Ryan Fischer’s medical bills

The singer expressed her gratitude to Fischer in an Instagram post saying, “I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero.”

Gaga also offered to pay Fischer’s medical bills, which amounted to nearly $10,000. Little Monsters noted that Fischer’s bills pale in comparison to the amount Gaga offered as a reward for the return of her dogs. 

Lady Gaga in a long gown carrying a black dog wearing a Santa costume.
Lady Gaga and her dog Stella attend Billboard’s 10th Annual Women In Music | Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic

Ryan Fischer started a GoFundMe

Since the ordeal, Fischer has started a GoFundMe in an attempt to raise $40,000. He currently has raised just over $30,000 toward his goal. 

The purpose of the funds, according to Fischer’s GoFundMe page, are “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.”

It appears that Fischer is or will no longer be working as Gaga’s dog walker. He plans to go on sabbatical to strengthen his “emotional and mental health.”

Lady Gaga in an oversized pink shirt and curly black wig holding a black dog.
Lady Gaga at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Berlin, Germany | Chad Buchanan/GC Images

Little Monsters want to know why Lady Gaga doesn’t support Fischer

Little Monsters everywhere are wondering why Fischer has had to solicit donations from the public when he risked his life for her dogs. After all, the singer and actor offered a generous reward for the return of her pups. Surely she can afford to assist her employee whose life was endangered in the dognapping.

On his GoFundMe page, Fischer said, “With no vehicle, apartment, and having run out of savings and surviving on donations from generous loved ones, 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.”

Donators have expressed their outrage towards Gaga in the comments of Fischer’s GoFundMe page. 

A user commented: “I am betting that many people making the donations are living paycheck to paycheck. Interesting that these are the people who are stepping up to help a person in crisis. It’s nothing but unconscionable that the owner WHO HAS HER DOGS BACK is conveniently oblivious to her former dog walkers needs. He needs and DESERVES help. Not to mention a very GENEROUS reward for his attempts to prevent HER pets from being stolen. Maybe she could pass on buying a few pairs of shoes this week and do the right thing. She has the money but probably was absent the day compassion was distributed.”

One user said: “If someone put their life on the line for my animals, I’d give them what ever the hell they want. You could have been killed. I gave what I could. I don’t have 400 million $$$ but I care.”

Another user wrote: “Lady G abandoned you and the Keystone folks. Sorry about this. Feel better.”