Help Rachel Train Her Service Dog

Hello, my name is Rachel! As many of you who know me personally already know, I developed multiple health problems and disabilities following my brain injuries several years ago. While I’ve made improvements in some areas, many of my symptoms are expected to be present and fluctuating in severity for the remainder of my life, and I need more permanent assistance coping with them.

Because of the severity of the symptoms i’m having from my disabilities, doctors have expressed their concern for my safety and encouraged me to look into obtaining a service dog to help mitigate those symptoms and provide more safety when I’m alone. After a lot of careful research, talking with other service dog handlers, trainers, breeders and advice from my physicians I decided to go forward with the process. That’s when Apollo came into my life.

He is currently in training to become a medical alert/response and mobility aid service dog for me. To name just a few of the alerts and tasks: He is being encouraged to use his natural instincts to notice the changes that happen before I collapse and alert me to the oncoming episode - allowing me to get to the ground beforehand and avoid hitting my head again from a fall. He is also being trained to respond to my falls, help ground me from lapses in consciousness and memory, to be an alert for help if I’m unresponsive for too long, and to provide counter balancing.

Waiting lists for already trained service dogs are usually several years long as well as can often times cost up to $25,000, which is why I chose to try the cheaper route of training up a new puppy with the help of professional trainers. The cost for me to go this way, while a lot less expensive than it would’ve been if I bought an already trained one, is still not cheap though. The process is expected to take around 2 years long, and cost around $10,000. I am not able to work right now because of my health and haven't been able to for the last few years. Because of this, funds are obviously not at their highest, and affording his specialized training on my own is not possible at the moment. 

I’m not one who likes asking for money for myself, but without the support and financial help from others – training him to be my service dog is really out of the picture. With specialized training Apollo will be providing much needed aide, protecting me in so many ways, and giving me a lot of my independence back. If you would consider donating to our training fund – no matter the amount - we would be extremely grateful!

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  • Zach Seeley  
    • $40 
    • 13 mos
  • Elizabeth Cash 
    • $20 
    • 17 mos
  • Macy Smith 
    • $15 
    • 18 mos
  • Andrew Smith 
    • $5 
    • 18 mos
  • Congrand Quagliaroli 
    • $5 
    • 18 mos
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Rachel Peterson 
Dahlonega, GA
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