This lovely little boy is Max! He is a very sweet 5 year old boy who loves animals, playing on the phone, and helping others. He was diagnosed when he was 3 years old with Autism, ADHD, mood dysregulation and sensory processing disorder. As he has grown we have learned he has generalized anxiety and Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Max has made remarkable achievements over the years but it hasn’t been easy.
Max started out like any other baby, but we realized something was different with Max around 2 years old. He was late to speak, had multiple asthmatic episodes, and multiple ear infections. He had no self regulation and acted out. We thought terrible twos that went into terrible threes. Then the meltdowns only grew daily and became worse. He had several surgeries which included 4 sets of tubes and the removal of his adenoids and tonsils. He had meltdowns, focus issues, impulse control issues and issues forming relationships with other people including his peers.
We have tried all different types of structural programs, charts, therapies, medications, parenting guides, and research. With multiple failed attempts we were given the suggestion of a therapy dog to help Max with his needs and life challenges. Max has been approved for a multi-purpose service dog for Behavior Disruption. It has been increasingly difficult to bring Max into public because of his meltdowns. This will also give Max a best friend who will love him unconditionally. We believe this will help Max become more independent and successful in life.
4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit organization that helps place people with disabilities with a certified service dog. This group is dedicated to helping those in need of help. They work with children as well as adults in making sure the service dog will fit the needs of the handler and help that person succeed in life.
It will cost 4 Paws for Ability, Inc. at least $40,000 to place a dog with Max. We are committed to raising $17,000 to get Max a service dog. If you can help, please visit www.4pawsforability.org/donate-now. Be sure to include “Max Gagner” as the recipient of the donation. Also a Razoo account is set up at https://www.razoo.com/story/Y21msf that is directly deposited to 4 Paws for Ability toward Max’s dog. You can also mail a check directly to 4 Paws for Ability, on the memo line of the check please write “Max Gagner.”
4 Paws for Ability
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385