Support Kids on the Wait List

Some names and photos have been changed to protect privacy of the children, but all stories represent current kids on our wait list. We rely on generous donors to make these dreams come true, and any amount helps! You can even become a team member for their fundraising teams! Thank you for your support!

From Zayn's parents; Zayn is an almost 3 year old with a heart full of energy, curiosity and joy. Zayn is one of the most beautiful people we have ever met! Zayn was diagnosed with Autism in October of 2021 and with epilepsy shortly after in March of 2022.

At first, his diagnoses were a shock, but as time went on it became clearer and clearer to us how special Zayn truly was. He sees the world in a completely different way from the “typical” culture and society we live in. While this is beautiful we have found at times, it is very dangerous as well.

Navigating the world is already a challenge regardless of neurodevelopment, we are finding that struggle to be true in our daily lives as a family.

We began the process of finding support for Zayn and for our family together so that we can give Zayn the best possible life.

Zayn goes to an incredible program throughout the week, he attends speech therapy and occupational therapy. We have regular visits to the neurologist and neurodevelopment pediatrician. But something has still been missing. As a family we struggle to navigate intense tantrums, self harm behaviors, bolting/running away, inconsistent or little to no sleep and now seizures. I felt like there could be something else to support our precious child.

I ran across a post from another mother with a child very similar to Zayn who had recently applied and received a service pup for her son. The photos I saw of her son with his companion gave me so much hope. After reaching out to her I decided to put in a preliminary application to Merlin’s Kids Service Dogs. To my surprise, the company headquarters was only a few towns over from where we live!

After filing out the application things started to click! We met the director of the company who invited us to visit a trained dog to see how our family and Zayn interacted with a service animal. It was INSTANT magic. We practiced tethering with Zayn and it was the FIRST TIME we have been able to go on a family walk (with Zayn actually walking) ever. With tears running down my face I looked to the director and told her how much hope this gave me for our family and our future.

I never knew something as simple as walking outside with my child would bring about so much emotion. I knew from the moment Zayn met this service animal, he deserved the chance to be supported by a companion trained specifically for him.

After that visit we were approved to start the process! Now we (mom and dad) are in training to learn how to handle and support a training dog for Zayn.

We appreciate any support given!

Support Zayn Here
Chaize is a kind, caring, smart loving, fun, energetic teenage boy. With autism. Right now we are going non stop doctors appointments including therapy sessions. Chaize is severely affected by triggers, meltdown, social anxiety, and wandering. Unfortunately Chaizes cannot detect danger. and has put himself in dangerous positions. It is very hard for Chaize yo enjoy normal things like school, libraries, zoos, museum, a walk in the park, or a trip to the store. Chaize also has multiple loud outbursts an hour. At this time he is also battling severe depression. A service dog will help Chaize in so many areas. He needs a dog to keep him safe. Chaize needs a service dog for his everyday needs. Chaize is very happy thinking his dog is coming soon.
Thank you all so much for your support.
You are all amazing.
From The Chaize Family. ❤

 

Please help this local NY family - 7 year old Beatrice is a preemie twin who has autism that prevents her and her family from friendships, work and social outings.  She is the daughter of a former NYPD officer who now works for Homeland Security, and a part time professor who is unable to work full time due to Beatrice’s needs.  Beatrice has minimal verbal communication, and often uses screaming, loud vocal stimming or self injury to communicate frustration.  She has zero danger awareness and has run off.  Her sensory needs are overwhelming to her and she engages in unsafe behaviors such as climbing on counters or rocks, going upside down, and walking off during outings.  The family of five is unable to take Beatrice places she loves, such as aquariums, parks and grocery stores, because it’s just too difficult and dangerous.

Support Beatrice

Nakiyah suffers from CVS - Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome. A service dog will help her anticipate and recover more quickly and fully from vomiting episodes.  Support Nakiyah .

 

Klaire is a 21 year old autistic child who loves animals, babies, corny jokes, and superheroes. Her heart is so big that she wants to fix the world at the cost of her own self. Sadly, she has been subjected to bullying and exclusion and suffers from severe anxiety and depression.

Klaire has so much potential. She wants to be an art therapist so that she can help others who have suffered as she has. She has a future but is having difficulty seeing past her current life of pain.

Please help us raise funds for Merlin’s KIDS to help Klaire and others like her be matched with a service dog. Her future canine buddy will not only help her with calming the flair-ups of her anxiety attacks but will quell the loneliness and sense of unworthiness that she feels. Service dogs can detect cortisol (which indicates stress) and can provide calm through interventions such as deep pressure.

Klaire has been accepted for a service dog, and now we join Merlin’s KIDS, a 501c3 nonprofit, to raise funds.

Klaire has an inner flame that can light up the world. She, as an autistic child, can learn to live in a non-autistic world with the help of a service dog.  We appreciate any donations of any amount!

Support Klaire here

UPDATE: Christopher has been placed with a service dog! Christopher is four with multiple disabilities and needs a service dog to help with safety and support.

Desiree has autism and seizures. Desiree needs a service dog to assist with social interactions and settings.  Support Desiree!

UPDATE: Seth has been received his new service dog!  Seth's first service dog Makana passed away suddenly on August 28th after only being with Seth for 4 1/2 years. Seth has decided he is ready to find his new best bud. We are once again partnering with Merlin's Kids to train his service dog. We appreciate any donations of any amount and look forward to making Seth's life whole again in the coming months. Thank you!

 

Lauren and Cosette - A Happy Ending

After a terrible service dog experience followed by a great one, we are dedicated to fundraising for Merlin’s KIDS so that more kids can be matched with life changing service dogs! Support Lauren's campaign

UPDATE: Ke’yair has been paired with his service dog!

Ke’yair has just had a leg amputation due to returning cancer, and needs a service dog to help with mobility and support for ongoing medical and therapy appointments. He was introduced to us by Campaign One At A Time, who has raised the initial $10,000 towards his service dog.

UPDATE: Kayla has been paired with her service dog! Kayla needs a service dog to alert her parent if she has a seizure, comfort her during and after a seizure and give her the confidence she needs to continue to live life to the fullest.

UPDATE: Halley has been paired with Diamond! Due to my Tourette's, I struggle to be independent and confident; my dad is afraid to let me go for walks and even cook by myself because of my ticks. My hope for a more normal life is a service dog named Diamond. There are days that I arrive at our training sessions when I have been ticking for days and even weeks at a time and my ticking stops within minutes of being in her presence.

UPDATE: Robby has been paired with his service dog! Robby is a young teen that suffers PTSD from a severe bullying / physical abuse incident at school. He urgently needs a service dog to help remove him from stressful situations, as well as provide calming interventions during times of stress.

UPDATE: Annie has been paired with her service dog!

UPDATE: Davey has been paired with his service dog! Davey needs a service dog due to a lack of safety awareness and a life threatening blood sugar disorder that has hospitalized him several times.