Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A "Dog Friend" for Ryan



No offense to all the cats out there (we love you!), but this family has a need only a furry canine can fulfill, and they need your help. Tom and Angela of Delaware, Ohio are raising funds on behalf of 4 Paws For Ability, a non-profit organization specializing in training and placement of service dogs for disabled children.

Five-year-old Ryan Bowser has Autism. Ryan is a wonderful little boy who loves everything. He believes strongly in recycling and reusing everything possible, and yet he struggles to make sense of the world around him. Children with Autism tend to wander away and are unaware of many common dangers such as traffic or the ill intentions of a stranger. Ryan needs a special companion at his side trained to provide the assistance he needs. In addition to providing constant companionship and unwavering friendship, these four-pawed wonders are also specially trained in search and rescue skills. Nothing could bring more ease to Ryan’s parents than knowing that the next time he slips away they would have someone to find him.

4 Paws For Ability, based in Xenia, Ohio, strives to provide service dogs to families and children that struggle with life’s daily challenges and who are often turned away by many other agencies. 4 Paws trains a variety of assistance dogs, including but not limited to seizure assistance, mobility assistance, hearing ear dogs and autism assistance dogs. A portion of the dogs trained for service are rescued from shelters. Some of the dogs even serve time in the Rover Prison Rehab Program as a stepping stone to becoming certified service dogs.

There has always been a magic about dogs and children, but for children with Autism the magic of a dog can be life-saving.

You can help bring that magic into Ryan’s life by making a tax deductible donation to 4 Paws For Ability in Ryan Bowser’s name. http://www.4pawsforability.org/donation.html and be sure to include "In honor of Ryan Bowser" in the special instructions or memo portion of a check for any donations to be attributed to him.

For additional information contact the family at 4paws4Ryan@gmail.com. To contact 4 Paws directly call (937) 374-0385 or check out their website at http://www.4pawsforability.org/.

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