Sponsor a Personal Service Dog
Our Dogs will help provide:
Signals to loved ones before a child has a meltdown
Deep pressure/calming to reduce duration and frequencies of behavioral outbursts, generalized anxiety, or stress due to post traumatic stress disorder
Tether to prevent flight risk children from running or wandering off
Physical support, balance, and lift assist for those with mobility challenges
Warning for dysregulation of blood sugar, seizures, and other health conditions prior to dangerous episode
A sense of independence and ability to perform everyday tasks that the average person takes for granted
MERLIN'S KIDS SERVICE DOGS ARE TRAINED ON THE CUSTOMIZED NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUAL CHILD OR VETERAN.
THEY NEED YOUR HELP SO THEY CAN HELP OTHERS.
Consider doing something that matters. Sponsor a dog.
No amount is too small.
Did You Know That It Costs Merlin's KIDS:
$25/week to feed one dog. There are over 60 dogs in our foster and rescue program.
$500-$3,000 for initial veterinary care.
$500-$800/year/dog for maintenance veterinary care. This includes exams, bloodwork, vaccines, parasite preventatives, and other routine procedures.
$3000-$5000+ for emergency or specialty veterinary care.
$300-$500 for customized service vest and accessories to fit specific needs of the service dog recipient.
$500-$1500 to transport a dog. We rescue dogs all across the country. Depending on travel mode and location of rescue and placement, this price varies. If you are a transporter and would like to volunteer your time, please contact us!
$8000-$12000 for rehabilitation and training. This process may take 6 months to 2 years depending on the dog's initial behavioral status and job they are trained for.
The average service dog costs us $10,000-$25,000. Help us save 2 lives at a time.
Meet and Sponsor Our Service Dogs In Training
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From Shelter Dog to Service Dog: Harper, a gentle Rhodesian Ridgeback lab mix, was rescued from a high kill shelter in Georgia. In March of 2014 Harper moved to a farm in North Carolina where she met her puppy love, Samuel. Two years later she was in Ithaca, New York to begin her training with Merlin's KIDS Cornell students. As part of her rehabilitation, she had to have a $3000 surgery to fix her knee. But she is healing well and her training will give her a purpose, as she will become a service dog for a a veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Help us support Harper's medical fees and training by donating or joining her fundraising team today!
Dog of the Month: Harper
Harper on rescue day in 2013. She was on a kill list in a shelter in Georgia.
Harper today! She is in the process of learning to detect cortisol levels in soldiers with PTSD.