Meet Conner Gretz!
He’s 8 years old, and was diagnosed in 2013 with ODD (oppositional defiant disorder), ADHD, SPD (sensory processing disorder), and a seizure disorder, but began exhibiting signs a year before. Conner has trouble relating to humans, and has no human friends; he says that his best friends are the cat and his toys. He has no fear. The possibility of injury, the speed of moving cars–nothing scares him, and this makes him a daredevil. He frequently gets hurt doing things like going down the sliding board headfirst or climbing onto the swing set sideways. He darts away in public, mostly in parking lots, sometimes into oncoming parking lot traffic. This is made further difficult by his ODD, which triggers him to say no to everything–even fun things like going to the park or eating a treat.
Conner’s family dreams of a multipurpose service dog that could eliminate the fear of Conner running away into danger’s path by being tethered to him, and be able to track him if he did manage to get away and hide. A service dog would also provide deep pressure contact, which would help with his SPD, and be trained in behavior disruption tactics to help with meltdowns.
Conner loves to cuddle and loves animals, taking great pride in helping with his pets (three cats and one fish), which means that a dog would be right at home with Conner. He also loves bugging his big sister, Shyanna…which means he’s not so different from any other little boy!
Conner’s family is working to raise $14,000 toward 4 Paws’ mission to qualify for a service dog that will improve the quality of his life immensely. His sister, Shyanna, 7, has autism and a seizure disorder, and received a 4 Paws service dog in June of 2013. Thank you for helping make Shyanna’s dream come true, and if you can, please help do the same for Conner by making a donation today to 4 Paws for Ability in honor of Conner Gretz.
- Click “Donate now!” and specify that your donation is for Conner Gretz
- Or mail a check with Conner Gretz in the memo line to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Conner Gretz
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio 45385