I'm a 32 year old woman diagnosed with MS in 2003. Im trying to raise funds for the training of my service dog so that I can gain some independence back. The training cost for all necessary tasks and commands is $5000.I'm fundraising because with my social security diability I only receive a liitle under $70000 a year. $5000 will go to the training but I am trying to raise $5000 because the dog is in California and and is a $10000 dog. Although its from a non-profiit that fundraises as well the faster you can help fundraise for your dog the more likely you will get the dog in due time and I need this dog as soon as possible!
I'm in Connecticut ans team training is in Califrnia so I need to raise funds for team training sa well which includes getting out there and cost for food and hotel which I believe wont be as expensive as usual because the organization has facilities where people can stay. I just want to explain why list a goal of $10000 which im aware is expensive but I'd ik to point out tat the last dog I had was $20000. Once this organization reaches $10000, whether or not the dog will cost more to finish they begin training for you. In order to reach the goal to have this dog that I need I need help.
This dog will help me control my balance, steady my gait, keep my balance and help me build muscles in my legs because I will walk supported meaning I can practice walking more. He will be trained to help me when I drop things because of the numbness i my hands, travel with me on the bus or train giving me confidence and the ability to get to and from places and maybe eventually even a job so that wherever I walk assisted by the dog I know I'll be able to have help to get back. For the past few years my disease has been progressing despite medication and I have gotten weaker and weaker. Inow walk with a walker and am trying to keep myself out of a wheelchair. I want to do everything I can to build myself up and do my best to slow the damage.
I had a wonderful retriever service dog named Winter from Paws with a Cause who was trained to help me with my seizures but I also have MS and when that began to progress too much for her training to handle and she refused to wear a harness we were deemed unfit by the foundation that did the training before me and she was taken back. That broke my heart and thats when I realized I had to find a place that trained mobility dogs.
Over night I was without assistance and without my friend. Now i know that the foundation I got her from doesnt do bracing or mobility training so as my needs grew she really could not meet them. I miss her so greatly but I know that right now if I'm going to have a dog it has to be a service animal. To learn more about the assistance animal I'm fundraising for you can visit the littleangels.com homepage and click the link for assistance dogs.
I was previously trying to raise money for a dog by a different trainer of Colllie mobility dogs which cost $12000. but because of the high cost with that trainer I was not going to be able to afford it anytime in the next year or perhaps at all. Luckily I had the foresight not to put a deposit down with that trainer. There were many people, friends and family alike, who were generous enough to help me out in the first few week of my fundraising on a different sight so that I had enough to recently put a payment down to reserve a dog at littleangels to reserve my service dog. For that I am so appreciative and really feel so blessed.Thanks to this I am much more hopeful of being able to start working with a balance/mobility dog sooner.
Being able to walk down the street with confidence is so important to live the life I'm trying to regain. I have all but been a prisoner in my apartment for so long and this mobility dog can be a major step toward freedom, strength and health. I havent been able to visit a friend for longer than I can remember. Anyone that could lend a hand in any way whether it be a donation or passing the word along to a network of people who I dont yet know it would be such a help to me toward this goal and I would be so appreciative. Every little bit helps.
All the best and be well.