Autism Service Dog for Matthew

$17,410 of $15k goal

Raised by 55 people in 35 months
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Chris Raley  FRESNO, CA


We are raising money to train and purchase an Autism service dog for our son Matthew. The dog will come from Bob at Dogwish.org. He is an expert at training service dogs and we feel Matthew needs one badly.

Matthew is almost 7 years old now and was officially diagnosed with Autism at age 3. He attends ABA therapy and is homeschooled because our local district does not have a setting that is appropriate for him.

He is on the severe side of the spectrum. He is non verbal and prone to meltdowns at home and in public. We have just now begun to be able to go out together as a family with Matthew after several years of my wife and I taking turns running errands etc.

An Autism service dog will help Matthew in so many ways. He will be safe. We won't have to worry as much about him wandering off if there is another set of eyes on him. He will have a constant companion to lean on during rough times. He will be less likely to depend on technology (ipads, tv etc) to regulate himself.

On behalf of Matthew and our family, we thank you for any help you can provide.
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Update 12
Posted by Chris Raley
18 months ago
It's time to take this campaign down. Argus has been with us since September and has been an amazing addition to our family.

Thank you, once again, to everyone who helped make this happen for my son.

Chris Raley

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Update 11
Posted by Chris Raley
26 months ago
Our first family photo.
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Update 10
Posted by Chris Raley
26 months ago
I would like to announce that Argus is home with Matthew and his family. He finished his training a few weeks ago and has been bonding with Matthew more and more each day.

My wife and I would like to thank every single person who made this dream possible for our son. It was unthinkable to me that we'd be able to raise the money needed for Argus. It seemed impossible.

Now he's here and not a day goes by that I am not thankful for all of you.

With our deepest thanks,
Chris, Angelica, Karen, Matthew and of course, Argus.
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Update 9
Posted by Chris Raley
34 months ago
The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.
Psalm 23.1

Thank you to an angel in Louisiana, known to our family, for scooping us up and taking that last giant leap with us in his arms. I can't describe how thankful I am to you for doing this for our son. We are truly blessed to know you sir. Thank you.

Matthew is going to get his service dog. He is a German Shepherd puppy named Argus.

Thank you to all of you who have donated, shared, offered services and time. I can't believe what has happened in the last month and especially in the last 3 days.

Friends, family, people whom I've never met...all of you helped make this happen.

We have surpassed our goal by a wide margin. We are going to take that generosity and share it with others who are in the same situation we were in until an hour ago.

Pay it forward.

I will write more when I can. Matthew needs me now.

God bless each and every one of you.

With my deepest thanks.

Chris Raley
Matthew's dad
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Aubrey Levack
27 months ago

WOW !! That is beautiful, it helps to restore our faith in humanity when people help our children, they are our future, i can only hope we are that loved!!!

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Jaime Ortiz
34 months ago

I would love to help u , I trained a service dog for my daughter. She was diagnosed on the spectrum at 5. She is now 24, and doing amazing her dog is going to be 11. I have trained several other for my friends children. Please feel free to call me 559-905-6751

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Terri Parker
34 months ago

this is the sweetest thing anyone could do for this little guy ..this puppy will grow up with him ,love & protect him like a family member dogs have a big hearts are very loyal.

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$17,410 of $15k goal

Raised by 55 people in 35 months
Created January 05, 2014
PO
$5
pedro oliva
34 months ago
GM
$13,000
Gary M.
34 months ago (Offline Donation)

Galatians 6:10, Romans 15:13

DM
$100
Don and Kathy Moss
34 months ago (Offline Donation)
$25
Anonymous
34 months ago
TC
$20
Tim Cook
34 months ago
KG
$50
Kaitlyn Gomez
34 months ago

Happy Birthday Buddy!! Love you

JS
$25
Joan Saracino-Bernstein
34 months ago

Wish I could do more......Good luck!

AM
$20
Amy McClelland
34 months ago

Happy Birthday Matthew! love Amy, Chris and Anthony x0

$10
Anonymous
34 months ago
JC
$10
Jarrod Cochran
34 months ago

Hope this will help some way!

Aubrey Levack
27 months ago

WOW !! That is beautiful, it helps to restore our faith in humanity when people help our children, they are our future, i can only hope we are that loved!!!

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Jaime Ortiz
34 months ago

I would love to help u , I trained a service dog for my daughter. She was diagnosed on the spectrum at 5. She is now 24, and doing amazing her dog is going to be 11. I have trained several other for my friends children. Please feel free to call me 559-905-6751

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Terri Parker
34 months ago

this is the sweetest thing anyone could do for this little guy ..this puppy will grow up with him ,love & protect him like a family member dogs have a big hearts are very loyal.

+ Read More
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