Jay J is a little boy from Western New York who was severely abused as an infant. By the time he was 3 months old, he had already suffered 11 broken bones (from multiple instances of abuse) and had been shaken so severely that he developed seizures. As many as 200 in a single day! (His abuse was so horrific, that New York State actually changed their child abuse laws as a result of JayJ's case. https://www.facebook.com/JusticeForJj ) Jay J's bones have healed but shaking has left him severely delayed and he requires constant, vigilant attention. His service dog serves as a ready assistant in times of need, bracing Jay J in case of a fall from seizure, helping with mobility and providing comfort during a seizure.
Service dogs aren't pets. They are specially trained to help a specific individual with specific tasks or needs, and their training, can cost as much as $25,000! The average service dog's working life is about 7 years, Jay J will likely work with 10 or more service dogs in his lifetime, Taking into account inflation, medical care, food, a handler for school, harnesses or other special equipment, that's a lifetime cost of over $500,000!
Health insurance does NOT cover the cost of service animals.
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