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 Nicholas Bruewer below. Please help make this dream come true!

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Nicholas Bruewer

Dreamer Nicholas Bruewer

Five-year-old Nicholas Bruewer loves animals and has a natural curiosity to discover new things. His family is working on adding a service dog to their home. It will be a constant companion to Nicholas and his younger brother. They are hoping for one trained specifically for his needs: a service dog for ASD (Austism Spectrum Disorder), behavior disruption, tracking, and tethering.

More About Nicholas

Diagnosed at three years of age, Nicholas is constantly at risk of running off. He is non-verbal which increases the concern that he will quietly elope (wander off). Dad, James, mentioned specifically that Nicholas has quietly gone upstairs without anyone noticing his absence for periods of time. He also has a tendency to want to wander when over stimulated. This dog will be lifesaving for him because the dog will be trained to track and find him should he elope. The service dog will also be used to help ease his problems with transitions, temper tantrums, meltdowns, and throwing of nearby objects.

What the Service Dog Will Do

Here are the tasks Nicholas’ dog will be specifically trained to do:


Tethering provides an anchor for Nicholas in public settings so that he doesn’t wander or run away into an unsafe situation. Currently, the family does go out, but they always have to be aware of Nicholas’ tendency to elope. This will give all family members more freedom and a better quality of life.


Should the unthinkable happen and Nicholas 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, Nicholas 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 connecting with a dog, Nicholas 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.

Thank you for reading our story!

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

Mail checks to: 4 Paws for Ability In Honor of Nicholas Bruewer 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 Nicholas Bruewer 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.