Every day, families around the country are raising money so their children with disabilities can receive service dogs to improve their lives. You can learn about Amelia Kilby below. Please help make this dream come true!

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Amelia Kilby

Dreamer Amelia Kilby

Hi! We are the Kilby Family, and we would love to introduce the sweet little monkey we call our daughter, Amelia. Amelia, or Amy for short, is the sweetest four-year-old that we know! She is full of smiles when she’s in the right mood, loves the tickle monster, and adores anything made of yarn. Amy has also been diagnosed with autism, global development delay, pervasive sensory disorder, and speech delay.

For anyone not familiar with what autism, or ASD, is, it is a sensory processing disorder that presents a lot of challenges with social skills, repetitive behavior, speech and non-verbal communication. Autism comes in a wide variety of variations and levels, with 1 being the most “high functioning” and 3 being the most “low functioning”. Amy is considered a level 3 on the autism spectrum. Amelia’s language delay means that she is completely non-verbal; she doesn’t use sign language nor does she grunt or point to get what she wants or needs.

Recently, we submitted an application to 4 Paws For Ability after recommendations from Amelia’s occupational therapist, physical therapist, and her current team of doctors. 4 Paws specializes in training service dogs for children and adults with disabilities, including autism. Each dog is trained specifically to fit the needs of the child that they are matched with! What this means is that Amy’s dog will be trained to tether with her, preventing wandering; tracking just in case she does wander away, balance support, and assist in mood changes.

As you can probably imagine, this kind of dedicated training isn’t cheap. Insurance refuses to cover anything relating to the cost, so we’re collecting donations for this amazing tool to help Amy, and any little bit helps!

PS October 2020 Amelia was diagnosed with epilepsy and seizure alert has been added to the skills that a service dog can assist with.

Thank you and have a wonderful day! Sarah J. Kilby Sarah.williams09@yahoo.com

How Can You Help?

It costs 4 Paws between $40,000-$60,000 to raise, train, and place a service dog. Our family has to raise $17,000 of that to pay for a service dog.

Donations by check in support of Amelia Kilby should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Amelia Kilby on the memo line.

Mail checks to: 4 Paws for Ability In Honor of Amelia Kilby 207 Dayton Ave. Xenia, Ohio, 45385

If you wish to make an online donation directly through the 4 Paws For Ability website, click HERE. Be sure to include Amelia Kilby in the memo line so that the amount is credited to the correct account!

If you would prefer to make a credit card payment over the phone, please call 4 Paws For Ability at 973-374-0385, Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm.