Let me introduce Malachi. He is an amazing, creative, intelligent and loving 9 year old boy. He loves science, numbers, his iPad, animals – just to name a few things. It is very difficult to see how Malachi struggles with life on a daily basis. He looks like every other 9 year old boy and for the most part he don’t acts. But life can be challenging for him. Malachi is learning to live with AUTISM and an anxiety disorder as well as some other medical issues.
We have applied to 4 Paws for Ability so that Malachi can receive a service dog to help with some of the life challenges that he faces. We have been through the application process and gotten the necessary medical approvals and now we have agreed to to raise $17,000 for 4 Paws for Ability. It costs 4 Paws a minimum of $40,000 per animal to train a dog to be a service dog. 4 Paws asks each family to raise $17,000 of that. Once we have raised our portion, then 4 Paws will place us in a class and train a service dog specifically for Malachi’s needs.
The dog selected and trained for Malachi will help him with his anxiety disorder, increase his level of confidence, provide companionship, teach him responsibility, help him with transitions, interrupt negative behaviors, assist with calming during times of increased anxiety and stress. Also a service dog will help in school, to help Malachi stay in a regular classes. Due to his S.P.D., it’s hard for him to cope in a bigger classes. A service dog will also be a forever furry friend who will love him unconditionally. The dog will also be a companion that can be with him when he plays outside, stays in a room by himself inside our house, help him to go to sleep in his own room by himself. His furry companion will help Malachi become more independent and self-sufficient, skills that he will need to be successful in life.
A service dog can make a positive impact on the rest Malachi’s life that NO amount of therapy is able to do.
How can YOU help Malachi?
Donations in support of Malachi should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Malachi’s name on the memo line. Mail checks to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Malachi Carson
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.
If you wish to make an online donation, the website is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now . Include Malachi’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.
Thank you for your support!