Fundraiser to help Ashland 12-year-old receive a service dog

Photo Courtesy: 4 Paws for Ability

ASHLAND, Ky. (WTVQ) – 4 Paws for Ability is helping spread the word about a fundraiser for a 12-year-old boy who has applied for a service dog.

The organization says Aiden Adkins has Autism, ADHD and PTSD and a service dog would help keep him safe and perform behavior disruption to redirect self-injurious behaviors to calm Adkins in stressful situations.

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According to a Facebook page describing the fundraiser, Adkins also has a history with epilepsy.

“Having a service dog would be life-changing and lifesaving for Aiden. His quality of life would change drastically. He has always wanted to be like his friends and able to do more; however, with the challenges he faces, he is unable to join them. Having a beloved companion by his side would enable Aiden to achieve more goals and have a better quality of life being outdoors more and enjoying life,” Paula Adkins said, Aiden’s mom.

4 Paws for Ability is based in Xenia, Ohio, but says it places dogs all over the globe.

The organization says it costs between $40,000 – $60,000 to raise, train, and place a service dog. The families pay or raise a fee for service of $17,000.

The Adkins family has raised approximately $8,000 so far, according to 4 Paws for Ability.

On election day Zanzi’s Pizza of Ashland is holding a profit share to help. On Tuesday, Nov. 3, 20% of your purchase will go towards Adkins fundraiser.

Also, if you show the flier on any day $1 of a purchase of a large pizza will also be donated.

Zanzi’s pizza fundraiser flier