Help Me Get A PTSD Dog

For: Amanda K
Portland, OR
Organizer: Amanda K
Help Me Get A PTSD Dog (Amanda K)
$10,000 goal
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The Story

My full name is hidden for my own protection.

Many years ago, at the ripe age of 21, I was in a relationship that ended up in repeated sexual assaults. Now, all these years later, I have realized I have PTSD, more specifically C-PTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). My life, as I've known it, has virtually come to a screeching halt. I am afraid to go out on mass transit, which is my only option for getting around. I've noticed more anger in myself lately. So far, my cat has been my ESA (Emotional Support Animal), and while she's been awesome, she's a senior and I can't take her out and about. 

So, I need a dog. I have a particular breed in mind (Doberman), but some disagree that it's a suitable breed for being a service dog. All I know is that having a service dog in my life will dramatically improve my ability to live my life and boost my confidence in being in public.

These are my preferences. I'd prefer shorter-haired dogs (less shedding), but any of these four would be great. 

  1. Doberman
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Rottweiler
  4. Greyhound

The fees range from $5000 for a local trainer, although I'm not sure how reputable for PTSD training they'd be, to $20,000 for a training service in the Midwest. 

The goal for this fundraiser is to raise the up front costs of getting a dog and her training. Training takes time, so by the time her training is done, I'll be able to afford all the other costs. 

Right now, I'm anxious and hyper-vigilant in public. I have had increasing difficulty being in crowds, and it's only getting worse. 

Thank you.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 8, 2018

Posted on February 8, 2018

A couple more breeds added to the list. Share to help me get closer to getting a dog. Well, reserve one to get trained.

Posted on February 7, 2018

Posted on February 7, 2018

Pictures added! My ideal, despite some with concerns for training, is a female Dobie with natural tail and ears. Like in my main photo. I know with potential rescue dogs, I may not have a choice. Docking and Cropping of ears and tail is purely an aesthetic thing. It does nothing to help the dog. Except making them look even scarier. I like the floppy ears. Second choice is a GSD, also female. 
I put a recent pic of me (hey, I got eyeliner on!) and one of Portia, my cat. She isn't keen on dogs, but if the dog is well trained and can handle being around cats, I think they'll be okay. With some careful introductions and plenty of high-up places for her to observe from, which I'll have by the time training is done and all. 

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