David is a very active, funny, 4 year old boy with a zest for life. He loves music, cars, and playing outside. David is also autistic. This means every day is a struggle for our sweet boy. He battles anxiety, sleep problems, noise sensitivity, food sensitivities, social challenges and so much more. New situations and changes in routine are very difficult for him. The sights, sounds, and smells of this world that most of us barely notice can prove overwhelming, leading to meltdowns. Everyday activities such as going to his sisters’ basketball games, church, a parade, or even a restaurant can be very challenging and sometimes impossible.
We are very excited that David has recently been approved to receive a service dog from 4 Paws for Ability. This dog will help him in so many ways. An Autism Assistance dog will help lower his anxiety, help him deal with challenging situations, keep him from wandering off, and so much more. David’s service dog will be trained to recognize his stress levels, help him calm down, restrict self-harming behavior, and track him in the event he wanders off. It is very common for autistic children to wander off. David has managed to escape the house on more than one occasion, and it is very scary. Just the other day he mastered our most recent set of door latches. Thus far, each new security measure only stumps him temporarily. This intelligent boy truly wants to embrace life and a service dog can help! We know God has special plans for David and cannot wait to see them unfold!
4 Paws for Ability service dogs are trained from birth. It costs at least $40,000 to train and place these special dogs with a disabled child. 4 Paws is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing highly trained service dogs to children with a wide variety of special needs kids. 4 Paws asks that each family partner with them to enable them to continue matching kids with these amazing dogs. We are working to raise $17,000, so David can one day have a very special dog to help him navigate this world. We are planning local fundraisers and hope to be able to put David on the waiting list in a few months. The wait time is 2 to 2.5 years due to the nature of the extensive training and the number of kids who need these service dogs. We hope David will receive his dog by age 7.
If you would like to help us meet this goal, you can mail a check to 4 Paws with David’s name on the memo line:
4 Paws for Ability
253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, OH 45385
If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now. Include David’s name 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
Roy & Meredith Drewett