Mount Pleasant, MI – Deklan Gerred is a six-year-old with autism. His parents, Brianna and Wade say he is such an adventurous, colorful, excitable, daring, compassionate, and sweet little man; with a knack for living on the wild side. While living on the wild side may sound cute, it is especially dangerous as Deklan is predominantly non-verbal. He has recently started to elope from home. His family has taken all the preventive safety measures they can but would like a helping hand, or paw, in this case.
What the Service Dog Will Do
Not being able to verbally express himself creates a lot of frustration for him and his family. Mom, Brianna states, “It’s heartbreaking knowing there is so much going on in that brain of his and not many ways to get it all out. A service dog will help comfort Deklan, redirect him from self-injurious behaviors, deflect from meltdowns, provide deep pressure therapy, be tethered to him in public to keep him safe, and help find him if the unthinkable happens.
How the Community Can Help
It costs 4 Paws between $40,000-$60,000 to raise, train, and place a service dog. The families pay or raise a fee for service of $17,000. The family has raised some of the funds already but could use the community’s help to provide this lifesaving service dog and make Deklan’s dream come true. How to help:
· Purchase a t-shirt or sweatshirt, which will make a great holiday gift:
· Donate via credit card: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1158647194532967/
· Donate by check: Make payable to and mail to 4 Paws for Ability, 207 Dayton Avenue, Xenia, OH 45385 and include Deklan Gerred in the memo field.
4 Paws for Ability Mission Statement
4 Paws for Ability strives to be the leading provider of service dogs for children regardless of disability as well as adult children with caregiver guardianship who cannot live independently. 4 Paws assists Veterans who have given selflessly to our country by providing service dogs which can assist with disabilities on a case by case basis as well as adults living with hearing loss, diabetes, or Alzheimer’s.
4 Paws for Ability Noteworthy Accomplishments:
· 4 Paws has placed over 1,500 service dogs around the globe over the last 22 years.
· 4 Paws was the first and is still the largest service dog agency helping kids with Autism.
· 4 Paws has received national media attention. Below is a clip of ABC World News Tonight of an Autism Assistance Dog Placement: https://www.facebook.com/WorldNewsTonight/videos/10154289918119818/?v=10154289918119818
· 4 Paws is in Episode 1 of “Dogs” on Netflix. Below is the trailer: