Help Matthew get to his service dog!!!
Organized by: Kassie Ingberg
HIT A ROADBLOCK!!!!
June 24, 2016
Due to some unfortunate life events (one being running from their burning house-loosing everything including the puppy he had just gotten for his bday) my friend's son, Matthew, has been dealing with PTSD since he was 10. He wasn't diagnosed until he was 12 when something triggered him and his personality did a 180. Nobody can truly understand the true hell of PTSD until you live it. A little over a year ago Matthew's family applied for a PTSD Service Dog for him. A service dog is a dog trained specifically to do various tasks to help him. Aside from helping relieve anxiety and panic attacks his dog will be trained to turn lights on and check the room before Matthew enters; provide a barrier between Matthew and other people when he's in a crowded room; respond to Matthew when his anxiety is heightened; prompt Matthew to leave a room when there is chaos and more. Matthew is involved in 4H and has difficulties being in group activities and crowded areas. Although there has been a great deal of improvement, he has missed out on many opportunities because of his inability to participate in a lot of group events. It is very difficult to find training facilities that train PTSD service dogs for anyone other than veterans. Training a service dog costs $15,000-20,000. There is such a high need for trained dogs for vets and there are a lot of organizations that will fund service dogs for vets but not the general public. There are only a few accredited facilities that will accept applications from non-veterans. Alpha K-9 out of Sacramento, CA notified Matthew's mom a couple of weeks ago that they had someone wanting to sponsor a dog for Matthew. A week ago they contacted her saying they were going to start looking for the right dog. Matthew knew nothing about the status of his application until his mom was notified on Monday that Alpha-K9 had found a dog and sent a pic of him for Matthew. It was a pretty emotional moment when Matthew found out about his new dog! Matthew and part of his family are driving to California the end of July so he and Theodore (AKA T-Dog) can meet and participate in the last training together. Although they are traveling semi-redneck style by driving, pulling a pop-up camper and staying overnight in as many Walmart parking lots as possible trip costs are adding up fast! Please consider helping Matthew and his family relieve some of the financial stress (donating here or giving them national gas station gift cards) so he can pick up his new best friend and strongest "tool" that he will ever have while battling PTSD!!