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 Claire Grondz below. Please help make this dream come true!Browse All Dreams
Claire is a witty 5th grader with Autism who loves to bring her creative ideas alive through animation. She has always had a passion for animals and nature. She comes alive in the presence of animals. When Claire was in 2nd grade, could not read. Her teacher suggested we take her to the “Read to Dogs” program at the library. She was instantly motivated and gained the confidence she needed to learn to read. Now she reads at grade level.
Autism looks different in girls. Unfortunately, many misdiagnosed years have gone by and Claire has missed out on the supports she needed. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition that is marked by social and communication difficulties and inflexible patterns of behavior.
We want Claire to live her life to the fullest potential. Claire has been approved for an Autism Service Dog through 4 Paws for Ability. Her dog will be trained to assist Claire, including harmful behavior disruption, alerting of potentially dangerous situations, calming, sleep improvement, self-esteem improvement and act as a bridge to social interactions.
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 Claire Grondz should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Claire Grondz on the memo line.
Mail checks to: 4 Paws for Ability In Honor of Claire Grondz 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 Claire Grondz 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.