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 Keagan Berding below. Please help make this dream come true!

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Keagan Berding


Dreamer Keagan Berding

Keagan Berding is a six-year-old boy who loves to play with his cars, Magna-Tiles, and kinetic sand. He loves being outside and getting dirty. But being on the Autism Spectrum means he can’t always handle overwhelming situations. Sometimes, despite how hard he tries, he can’t process his surroundings, and he tries to escape. Sometimes he wants so much to play with his peers, but he can’t stop running. And sometimes in those situations he seeks out and cuddles with the family dog Cooper. And while Cooper is a good boy, he’s not trained to be in those kinds of situations. Like many kids on the Autism Spectrum, Keagan has sensory processing issues and anxiety. He is also non-verbal.

Keagan’s family believe that a properly trained service dog will allow Keagan to be his best self and could be lifesaving. Dad, Ryan, explains, “Recently, we had one of our worst days as a family. The combination of Keagan’s ASD, being non-verbal, and his difficulties with sensory processing leads to a lot of eloping and escaping. We have implemented all sorts of security measures to help keep Keagan safe, but one Saturday afternoon in July, Keagan was able to find himself outside of the house all alone. He was outside for less than one minute before we noticed, but it was almost too late. By that time he was nowhere in sight. What followed was a chaotic 30 minutes of searching, police, and so many emotions. Thankfully, one of our neighbors saw him and alerted us to where he was. This moment was a turning point for us as a family. Despite how much we already do to keep him safe, it wasn’t enough, and we needed to figure out how to do more. This is how we found 4 Paws for Ability and the amazing service dogs they train. Having a dog that can help Keagan with his anxiety but also be trained to help with eloping and, if the worst were to happen, track Keagan if he is lost would be life changing for him.”

Check out our fundraising page https://www.mightycause.com/story/For-Keagan or use the information below to help us reach out goal!

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 Keagan Berding should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Keagan Berding on the memo line.

Mail checks to: 4 Paws for Ability In Honor of Keagan Berding 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 Keagan Berding 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.