Making a Difference
My daughter Abby is two years old and has Down syndrome.
- Abby doesn't have any siblings to run around with and is an only child. She has also been consistently behind her peers in development and even though she is a fun loving, happy toddler, she tends to be very timid about trying new activities. A therapy dog would have a huge impact on her daily life! Part of the duties the dog would perform includes motivating her to practice walking (at two she is not yet walking but very close) and would require regular exercise. Exercise for Abby is also very important because she has been hovering around the 100th percentile for weight since birth and has low muscle tone and a slower metabolism due to her Down syndrome.
- The dog will also help her navigate her world, will be attuned to her emotional state and will help her calm down if over stimulated or frustrated. The dog can help with stranger intervention to keep her safe and also be there with her during transitions throughout her day.
- Abby already exhibits a great love for animals and is very gentle when petting them. Having a dog not only trained to meet her needs but also is a dependable, loyal companion will have a profound impact on Abby’s life. I firmly believe that a therapy will not only instill greater self-confidence but also be the motivation she needs to continue to meet her goals and objectives.
What We Need & What You Get
- The cost of a trained therapy dog is broken down as follows:
- $35 enrollment
- $350 startup fee
- $800 Dog Fee
- $70 a month for the training of the dog with a 12 month minimum.
- If our goal isn’t reached on indigogo in the specified time, we are going to continue to fundraise locally until our goal is met.
- We are excited to offer a personalized photo of Abby with her therapy dog for $25 contributions. Training starts in June so I promise pictures will be in the mail shortly thereafter. For larger contributions, we are going to have commemorative ornaments made of Abby and her dog.
Organizations Making An Impact
- Therapy dogs are placed with adults and children who have a physical, cognitive, or emotional need that can be helped with a loving pet or companion. These needs might include depression, loneliness or anxiety. Emotional Support Animals often provide a reason to get up in the morning, motivation to exercise, and they give there human partners someone to care for.
- We are working with a non-profit organization called Sunstone Service Dogs and their website is: http://www.oregonassistancedogs.org/index
Other Ways You Can Help
- I understand that financial times are still tough and have been for my family as well. Please, even if you can't contribute personally but feel like it is a worthy cause, share our information with others. Even if people just contributed a dollar, every bit counts and adds up!
- Use the Indiegogo share tools!