My name is Jessica Minor, and I am currently raising money for a new service dog. I have had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was 1, and I have been in a wheelchair since I was 8. Because I am in a wheelchair with limited range of motion, I cannot pick up things from the ground. Also, being independent and living by myself can be difficult at times because of my arthritis.
I have had a couple of service dogs in the past, and they have helped me tremendously. One of my last dogs, Serene, assisted me while I was completing graduate school in Pittsburgh, PA. Because of her, I felt more comfortable living by myself and going to conferences for school. Unfortunately, she passed away suddenly at 5 years old. After graduating, I started looking into getting another service dog.
Recently, I got a job as an Assistant Professor in Greenville, SC, and I start teaching college classes in the Fall. Having another service dog will help me to start a new phase of my life with freedom and independence. My service dog will be able to assist me at home, at work, and while traveling for conferences.
Fibi, my new service dog, will be highly trained with advanced obedience and socialization, wheelchair training, and retrieval training in order to pick up things like my cell phone and papers. Above are some pictures of Fibi with the trainer's family.
I will be getting Fibi from an organization in Florida, GatorlandK9, which specializes in training service dogs and dogs for veterans (http://www.gatorlandk9.com). This organization is a family run training facility that has been training German Shepherds for more than 20 years.
In order to cover the expenses of the dog and the training, the cost for the service dog is $16,000. I already have $7,000, but I am requesting help in raising the rest. I am starting now in hopes that I will be able to obtain the dog by Thanksgiving 2014.
If you or someone you know is interested in helping, please consider making a donation for Fibi. Thank you very much!
You can send a donation to either of the following addresses:
97 Market Point Dr. #606
Greenville, SC 29607
Service Protection Dogs (for Jessica Minor's dog)
PO Box 296
Barberville, Fl 32105
If you have any questions, my email address is Jlminor13@yahoo.com. Feel free to contact me. Thank you!