The England family has over the years toyed with the idea of getting Mason a dog, but finding the time in their jam-packed schedules to properly train a puppy always seemed like an overwhelming task. However, it was on a short trip to visit family when Mason formed an immediate and overwhelming bond with a puppy named Brody. It was then that everyone knew .... Mason was getting a dog.
An incredible nonprofit organization called Merlin's Kids was selected to find Mason his match based on their ability to tailor a service dog to his individual needs. They will be able to not only provide the England family with a loving, obedient companion, but individually pre-train Mason's therapy dog to:
- Ease anxiety
- Provide sensory input
- Alert Jamie/Rich to seizure activity
- Track Mason in the case he leaves unsupervised
As the needs of someone with ASD typically change as they grow older, Merlin's Kids will provide continuous training to keep Mason's service dog in tune with his requirements. As an added bonus, his selected dog will be raised and trained locally, allowing the pair to begin forging their special bond before they become his service companion.
We need your help! The average cost to raise and provide continuous training for a Merlin's Kids service dog is between $25,000-30,000. While Merlin's Kids has fantastic donors to help cover some of this cost, our goal is to raise $17,000 to help offset any costs the England family will incur.
We know that times are uncertain, but please consider helping in any way, little or big, to help provide Mason with a life changing constant in his life. Thank you and we love you all!