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 Martin Hulsey below. Please help make this dream come true!

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Martin Hulsey


Dreamer Martin Hulsey

Martin is a precious, loving and energetic 4-year-old who is fiercely curious about the world around him. At the age of 2, He was diagnosed with nonverbal autism. Martin struggles with communicating his needs and desires, socialization, and stemming behavior which includes an ever present risk of elopement and escape. Although there is no cure for autism, with a service dog, barriers are minimized and Martin is given another tool to better manage his autism and live his best life. We are thrilled to announce Martin has been approved to receive an autism service dog through 4 Paws for Ability.

4 Paws Autism Assistance Dogs will be trained in a variety of tasks to assist Martin. These include behavior disruption to distract and disrupt repetitive behaviors or meltdowns, tethering to prevent and protect Martin from wandering, and search and rescue tracking to locate Martin if he has wandered.

An Autism Assistance Dog would benefit Martin in many ways, such as:

  • Performing deep pressure by lying across his lap when he gets upset.
  • Snuggling or giving kisses when Martin is upset and crying.
  • Improve Martin’s sleep just by being present and snuggling.
  • Using search and rescue skills to follow Martin’s scent and lead us to him, should he ever wander off.
  • Prevent wandering while out in public by being tethered to Martin.
  • Friendship.
  • Becoming a social bridge leading to incentive to communicate.
  • Assisting with transitions.
  • Teaching responsibility.

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

Mail checks to: 4 Paws for Ability In Honor of Martin Hulsey 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 Martin Hulsey 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.