Our 10 year old twin sons, Austin and Hunter, have autism and require constant adult supervision-without which, they would be unlocking doors, hopping fences, and/or eloping from our home! Simple, daily routines and tasks like using the restroom, taking a shower, attending to our daughter, or assisting one of the boys independent of his brother-are nearly impossible to do without another adult present. Having a service dog would give our family everyday freedoms we haven’t had for years and provide our sons with a fresh opportunity to gain more independence at home and in the community. Not to mention the special benefit of companionship and love which we know will leave a lifelong impression on our sons. This gift would be an unbelievable blessing and one we would be grateful for each and every day. So much more than a dog-a companion, a best friend, a pair of eyes and ears for safety, for respite (and bathroom breaks!), and most importantly, a beloved member of our family.
We need to raise at least $17,000 in order for 4 Paws for Ability to make this dream a reality for our family!
It costs at least $40,000 to specially train a dog for Austin and Hunter. Families cover only a portion of that cost, a fee of $17,000. We are fundraising to help cover the fee required to provide him with a life-changing service dog. Donations in support of Austin and Hunter should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Austin and Hunter Dick on the memo line. Mail checks to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Austin and Hunter Dick
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.
If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now . Include Austin and Hunter’s names in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal. You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday thru Friday 9AM to 4PM EST.
You can also donate online through a Razoo page set up especially for Austin and Hunter:
Thank you, thank you, thank you!