Thank you all again for your amazing support! We will be closing out our GoFundMe tonight. We hope to see some of you at our Chick-fil-A party tomorrow night! Thank you all again, and remember to follow our blog, Facebook page, and/or our Instagram account to keep up with our journey to get Woofster and beyond :)
WE DID IT, EVERYONE! We are still so amazed and humbled! I will be writing a big, long blog post soon to tall every one our next step and to even address some negative responses that have been brought to my attention. No, no mention of names or sources, but I just want every one to be on the same page with us :)
We will be leaving the gofundme up until the 16th of this month. We are not doing this to fish for more donations... we have been blown away by the overage donations we have received! If you wish to do anything please pray for our continued journey or send happy vibes :) The 17th is our Chick-fil-a party for us reaching our goal which is why we will choose to close the gofundme the day before. Thank you, everyone!
Pictured is Everett, ready to splash in some puddles, with his new stuffed dog. He thinks this is what Woofster will look like (of course, we won't know that for a while) and he carries it every where!
I cannot believe we are at 95% of our goal! This is so BEYOND what I dreamed for our little boy! So, I thought I would take a moment to let every one exactly where we are on our journey.
First, we have been pre approved to formally fill out an application with the organization we have chosen. the application is very long and extensive, and I hope to have it finished in the next week or two. Once this is approved we will move forward and be placed on a small waiting list for a dog and we must pay 25% of the total cost at this point. They use very reputable breeders and get their dogs a few at a time. We hope to not be on this list very long. Once a dog is secured for us we then make a trip to the facility to tour it, meet the dog, and make sure the dog is a good match for us and Everett. While there is the possibility that the dog would not be a good match I have been told this is a rare case. At this point we would then sign the training agreement and pay another 25% of the total cost. The dog would then be trained in many aspects: crate, obedience, tasks, and services. The best part is that the organization urges the dogs to play as well as train. This makes it very easy for the dogs to transition and easily fit in as a family dog as well as a service dog. Which is good because Everett is SO ready to play with Woofster! Once the training is complete we travel back to pick up the dog. We must pass the testing to prove our competence of the tasks and commands before we can bring him/her home, and at that point we pay the remaining cost. Usually from start to finish the waiting is up to 20 months. Yes, it may seem like a long wait, but it is so worth it! Most "free" service dogs can take up to 5 years on a waiting list and most of them require the child to be much older than Everett is at the moment. After much thought and prayer we felt this was the best way to go and YOU ALL have made it possible even faster! We are still so blown away by the generous support, prayers, donations, and sharing of our cause.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I try to respond to each donation made on our GoFundMe page, and each message comes from the heart! I will continue this blog and page(s) through our journey and even beyond! I want every one to see Everett when we eventually get Woofster :) Although the blog may be quiet as we wait for Woofster, we will definitely update frequently once he/she is here... stay tuned!
Wow! We hit the $7,000 dollar mark! This is incredible!! We thank each and every one of you amazing donators and supporters (those talking about, sharing, and praying for us). We are blown away be even the smallest gift as we know it was given from the heart, and we were especially blessed by a very out-of-the-blue LARGE donation. Words cannot express our humble gratitude. We have decided that we will get all of our donors names either embroidered on Woofsters working vest and/or his stylish doggie bandana. We want to always remember those who are making this possible. Thank you!! :)
We are fundraising to help us meet the cost of a service dog for our sweet boy, Everett. Everett was born with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and Arnold-Chiari brain malformation. He also has some sensory processing disorder. He is the sweetest little boy and sharp as a tack! We have two cats, but he longs for a dog! A mobility service dog could help him with a variety of daily activities. A little boy needs a good dog, and I really want my son to get the love of a dog with the added benefit of it being trained to help him along his journey. He has been through many surgeries and overcome so much, I absolutely believe he deserves a service dog! Thank you for your consideration to donate to our sweet boy :)
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