Elijah Schwartfigure

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A service dog for Elijah

get-attachment-1.aspxElijah is five years old, severely Autistic, nonverbal, and one of my three sons.  My wife and I received his diagnosis when he was just 22 months old and have been fighting ever since to get him the therapies he needs in order to grow and thrive in this world.  Through our research, we have noted the significant increase in the quality of life for children with this diagnosis following the addition of a service dog to their life.  Elijah is a very active and inquisitive little boy that requires a level of attention and situational awareness that, at times, can be very overwhelming for his mother and me.  While we do all that we can to cater to his needs as well as his two brothers, Elijah deserves a friend that will walk with him and calm him in ways that his mother and I cannot.

The service dog that we will have trained for his needs will be capable of providing a multitude of different needs to Elijah to include calming pressure stimulation and the ability to conduct search and rescue.  Having this capability will provide our family with peace of mind that in the event that Elijah escapes our line of sight, we will have an immediate response available to us through our service dog.  Unfortunately, wandering is a leading cause of death for many children with Elijah’s condition.  Because he does not answer to his name and does not fear the unknown, wandering is a major threat to him and our family.

It will cost 4 Paws for Ability $22,000 to train a multipurpose dog for Elijah. We are committed to raise at least $13,000 so that Elijah may receive a service dog. If you can help us with a tax- deductible donation, please visit 4 Paws Donation Page, or mail a check with Elijah’s name on the memo line to: 4 Paws for Ability, In Honor of Elijah Schwartfigure, 253 Dayton Ave., Xenia, Ohio 45385.

Please assist my family in creating a more safe and independent lifestyle for our baby.  Your contributions, no matter the size will only bring us one step closer to achieving this goal.  From my family to yours….THANK YOU!