Bettendorf Family Raises Funds for Guide Dog to Help Comfort Child with Autism | Local news

  Bettendorf Family Raises Funds for Guide Dog to Help Comfort Child with Autism |  Local news

Not all dogs make the cut. Some just don’t show the attention and dedication it takes to make it as a service dog, making the number of those that can actually be placed with someone even smaller. While they train a few different breeds, Camm said Keagan will probably receive a Golden Retriever/Labrador mix. 

Even if the fundraiser reached its goal today, the Berding’s wouldn’t get a dog until 2024. 4 Paws for Ability is booked out until then, Camm said, and it takes time to train a dog in the special skills they’ll need to work with their people.

Highlights

  • This year, 4 Paws for Ability will place 124 dogs in homes. The organization has placed more than 1,500 dogs since its founding in 1998, primarily with children on the spectrum. 

  • “We need to make sure that this dog can track, because [escaping] isn’t a joke,” Camm said. “This is serious and life threatening.” 

Keagan loves going to Pleasant Valley Community School District and Balance Autism, and was very excited to go back after the COVID-19 pandemic kept him home. 

Despite the cold, which Ryan said Keagan didn’t like, he sprinted into the backyard to jump on the trampoline in the fading sunlight. His sister, 10, came out and jumped with him for a while.