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 Hunter Christ below. Please help make this dream come true!Browse All Dreams
Hunter Christ is a 4 year old boy who loves dinosaurs, monster trucks and baby Yoda. He enjoys hikes in the vast wilderness that Alaska has to offer and is always excited to go on new adventures. However, being on the Autism Spectrum means that sometimes his brain just can’t handle the everyday adventures in life. Sometimes he can’t process the things around him, so he continues to run or chase after what he wants, without being aware of the dangers around him. And like others on the spectrum, Hunter also has sensory processing issues and is speech delayed. He also has a hereditary hearing loss.
As his mom, I believe that a properly trained service dog will allow Hunter to have a bigger sense of independence, as well as allow him to be safe in everyday situations. See, Hunter recoils from most touches and will not hold my hand in many situations where it’s needed. In other situations, he has wandered off because his eye has been caught by something. And when those overwhelming feelings hit and he has a meltdown, he oftentimes will turn to a dog to calm down.
Despite everything I already do to keep him safe and calm him down, it’s not enough. That’s why I turned to 4 Paws for Ability. Hearing the success stories of others and seeing the amazing dogs they have to offer, I knew it was the right thing to do. Having a dog that can help Hunter manage those overwhelming situations, a dog that can help him adjust to the hard transitions of everyday life and, in worst case scenario, track him if he gets lost, would be absolutely life changing for our family.
You can take a look at our fundraising page here:
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 Hunter Christ should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Hunter Christ on the memo line.
Mail checks to: 4 Paws for Ability In Honor of Hunter Christ 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 Hunter Christ 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.