Autism Service Dog for Matthew
$17,410 of $15,000 goal
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.
Thank you, once again, to everyone who helped make this happen for my son.
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.
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.
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!!!
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
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.