$500 – Required deposit for a bred puppy
$1500 – Interim deposit for puppy
$2750 – Final and total cost of puppy
$3750 – Projected cost of initial vet visits
$5000+ Service Dog Training Fees
I am fundraising for a PTSD service dog. After receiving undue harassment related to my disability, I found myself freezing in unsafe spaces and even experiencing panic attacks. After a hospitalization following continued harassment, I learned that a service dog could actually guide me safely away from abusers who chose to ignore my diagnosis and accommodations. I appreciate everyone's concern over the medical emergency, and I want to take action to assure that I have more safety in the event that people are not able to come together in a rapid response.
A few years ago, I was diagnosed with PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, and nightmare disorder. I learned that this had been the case for many years without treatment. PTSD, as my therapist explained, is an external injury to the brain caused by the associated stress. While healing and adapting is still possible, much of the damage will remain and will continue to require extensive therapy, medication management, and workplace accommodations.
After a recent hospitalization, precipitated by a severe panic attack, I decided that living in shame for being differently abled was not the route for me; thus, I began my blog at castcure.net where I openly journal my thoughts, coping strategies, self-education, and how I sometimes just survive at baseline. My research for my blog eventually brought me to support pages for PTSD service dogs who provide both meaningful companionship and task performance based on individual needs. Initially, I struggled with the idea and the "what if" stream of thoughts until I reframed the situation:
I want to live and deserve to live.
So, with the support of a few of my inner orbit, I had the conversation about what my professional life would be like, what stigma I'd face, and what I really deserve out of life as a differently abled person. Not everyone I've encountered in the past few years have been supportive, and so I'm asking those of you who are to please consider a donation or to share my story in hopes that someone might empathize enough to donate/share.
My Service Dog Tasks
• crowd control
• interrupt dissociation/crying/flashback/freezing behavior/nightmares
• respond to anxious behaviors by applying deep pressure therapy and licking hand
• retrieve medication
• wake me up
• guide to a safe place by providing an excuse to leave uncomfortable situations
• routine reminders
- Anna Brockenbrough
- Vivian Brosseau
- Kate Jones