We would like you to meet our son, Ian! My husband and I adopted Ian at three years old from Inner Mongolia, China. Ian was abandoned on the streets of China as an infant. His date of birth is estimated to be June 6th, 2012. Due to his abandonment, abuse, and extensive time spent in a Chinese orphanage, Ian has been diagnosed with PTSD and severe trauma. In addition to this, Ian also has microtia, and is missing his right ear completely, and is therefore completely deaf on his right side. Ian has a removable bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA); however, his hearing impairment, even with his hearing aid on, is still an ongoing struggle that effects his speech, language, and social development. This unilateral hearing loss makes it extremely difficult for Ian to localize sounds, meaning that he is unable to identify where a sound or voice is coming from unless he has a direct line of sight to identify the source. That being said, Ian is unable to hear traffic, alarms, or shouts, posing danger in all aspects of his daily life.
When Ian first came home from China, he did not know an utterance of English. This, in addition to his hearing loss, makes every sentence he speaks a difficult feat. His struggle to communicate with teachers, peers, and even close family members often makes him feel frustrated, and therefore causes him to internalize his emotions for hours at a time. Ian has recently been diagnosed with communication, language, educational, and developmental delays—likely due to his lack of nutrition, touch, and stimulation for the first three crucial years of his life. Following Ian’s diagnosis of PTSD and deafness, we began to seriously look into getting him a service dog. We found 4 Paws, and decided to apply. When we were accepted after our phone interview, we were over the moon! A service dog will change Ian’s life in so many ways, and will allow my husband and I to take a breath. Knowing he will have the dog to listen for traffic, alarms ,and his name being called is life changing in itself. Then, to know that the dog will also be able to help Ian regulate his emotions and assist him in recognizing and coping with his PTSD triggers is an exceptionally large step towards Ian’s independence as he grows.
These diagnoses are accompanied by a myriad of symptoms, that often present themselves in bursts of extreme anger, frustration, fear, and simply shutting down. Ian is unable to properly regulate his emotions, which further contributes to these extreme reactions. Ian’s PTSD is triggered daily. Anything from an unexpected touch to a large brick building may set him off. He is currently seeing a trauma specialist to help determine the roots of his triggers an teach him how to regulate his feelings; however, Ian’s future service dog will be able to provide him comfort and solace in a way we cannot even imagine. Ian has been through more in his five years on this earth than many people will ever experience in their lifetime. He is the light of our lives, and has changed our family dynamic for the better. From food hoarding and language barriers, to trust issues and anxiety, children like Ian come with a unique set of challenges, but, they are worth it. Love makes a family and nothing else, and we cannot wait for Ian to meet his dog. Thank you so much for taking the time to learn Ian’s story, and thank you for your generosity.
It costs 4 Paws anywhere between $40,000 and $60,000 to train a dog that caters to Ian’s specific needs. In order for Ian to receive his service dog, is required that the family receiving the dog raise $17,000. Thank you so much for helping us reach this goal. ANY donation of ANY amount is so greatly appreciated. We are so thrilled to be a member of the 4 paws family, and cannot wait to meet Ian’s dog.
All donations should be made DIRECTLY to:
4 Paws for Ability
In honor of Ian Carr
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385
If you wish to make a donation on-line the website, is www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now . Include Ian’s name in the notes or instructions to merchant section. You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday thru Friday 9AM to 4PM EST.
Thank you for your support of Ian!