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 Wade Butler below. Please help make this dream come true!

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Wade Butler


Dreamer Wade Butler

Wade Butler is a four-year-old with a personality that you could never forget!

Wade LOVES dogs. He wants to know if you have a dog the second that he meets you. He has an infectious laugh and could brighten the dullest day. Wade and his family are working to add a service dog to their family to promote independence and to be a constant companion to Wade. They are hoping for one trained for his specific needs: mobility assistance, seizure alert, redirect behavior meltdowns, as well as be a companion during his routine medical visits where he is becoming increasingly more and more anxious as he gets older and more aware of what is going on.

Wade was born with a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord do not form properly within the first few weeks of pregnancy called Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele. Myelomeningocele is the most severe type of SB. When Wade was born, his spinal canal was open along several vertebrae in his lower back. His spinal nerves pushed through this opening, forming a sac on his back. A neurosurgeon then had to go in and repair this and close his spine. Wade had brain and spine surgery at less than 24 hours of age. The long-term damage caused by the nerve damage results in paralysis and bladder and bowel dysfunction.

Wade has also been diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Because of this, he has what is called a VP Shunt placed to drain cerebrospinal fluid into his abdomen to prevent brain damage caused by having too much fluid on the brain. When Wade was 2, he was diagnosed with a form of epilepsy. His seizures are sporadic. We do not know exactly what triggers them, however, he does stop breathing and require emergency medication many times during his seizures.

After looking into a service animal for Wade, we found 4 Paws. Their expertise gives me so much hope for an animal for Wade. We believe that this will give us some peace of mind for seizure alert as well as a sense of companionship that cannot be found anywhere else for Wade.

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

Mail checks to: 4 Paws for Ability In Honor of Wade Butler 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 Wade Butler 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.