Daniel is our funny and sweet loving 9 year old son. He was diagnosed with Level 2 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and moderate to severe Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) at age 5. Daniel struggles to regulate himself emotionally, wanders easily, and has difficulty making friends and fitting in as most kids with ASD face. This not only interferes with his social life at school but can affect as a family where we go, who we see, and the types of activities we take part in. My husband, Daniel’s dad, travels for a living and being by myself can limit us due to having 2 boys VS 1 mom on outings.
Daniel has been approved for an Autism Assistance Service Dog from 4 Paws For Ability! This is where we need your help. We have been working toward getting to this point for 2 years. As some of you know Daniel used to be absolutely terrified of animals. Thank goodness he is finally ready!!!
These dogs are incredible in every way. We feel it will not only enhance Daniel’s life but our families as well. These amazing furry friends not only provide a companion for Daniel, but will help redirect him when he is over stimulated, upset, or stimming. Over time we have the possibility of these struggles being reduced thanks to the dog! They are also trained to tether to the child to keep them from wandering. If Daniel were to wander off at any time whether we are home, camping, or a friend’s house, the dog can track him and is trained to do so!
Ultimately, when we asked Daniel why he wanted a Service Dog (SD) he replied with, “So I always have a friend to play with at school”. Hearing this as parents, our hearts broke and we decided the cost of the dog is priceless to provide him a companion so he never feels alone.
The cost of the dog will not stop us, our portion to raise is $17,000. With some outstanding love and support we have raised $3,470 so far, leaving us a remainder of $13,530. This is where we could use your help to make Daniel’s dream come true!
Donations in love and support of Daniel can be made online via the website: www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now
By check via mail: 4 Paws For Ability
In honor of Daniel Thornton
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385
Thank you for all who choose to support us in our journey and God Bless!