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MCHENRY, IL: March 3, 2021: Five-year-old Bradley Becker loves big dogs and likes to snuggle with them. His family is working on adding one to their home, but it will be much more than a family pet. They are hoping for one trained specifically for his needs: a service dog to help Bradley with autism.
More About Bradley
Diagnosed at two years of age, Bradley is constantly at risk of running off. Mom, Amanda, explains, “We had an instance when Bradley bolted out of our house when one of his therapists opened the door to leave. We had to run after him in the middle of the street. I now have a fear that every time someone opens the door that he is going to bolt. This dog will be lifesaving for him because the dog will be trained to track and find him should he escape.” The service dog will also be used to help ease his problems with transitions, temper tantrums, meltdowns, and head banging.
What the Service Dog Will Do
Here are the tasks Bradley’s dog will be specifically trained to do:
Tethering – providing an anchor for Bradley in public settings so that he doesn’t wander or run away into an unsafe situation. Currently, the family does not go out much so this will give all family members more freedom and a better quality of life.
Tracking – should the unthinkable happen and Bradley manages to get away from his parents, his service dog will be trained to track him using his scent and help reunite him with his family safely.
Behavior Disruption – his dog will be trained to interrupt repetitive and self-injurious behaviors and temper tantrums.
Assistance with Transitions – Like most kids with Autism, Bradley relies heavily on predictability and routine. The dog will act as a source of consistency and comfort for him when daily transitions in his preferred routines are interrupted.
Social Bridge and Communication – through partnering with a dog, Bradley will have a best friend who offers unconditional love with no expectations. This relationship will help him learn and practice social skills that currently cause him distress and anxiety and decrease his isolation with other children.
If you would like to help Bradley on his journey, you can donate HERE to his Facebook fundraiser, or donate directly through 4 Paws using the information below.
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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 Bradley Becker should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Bradley Becker on the memo line.
Mail checks to: 4 Paws for Ability In Honor of Bradley Becker 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 Bradley Becker 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.