From: Boston, MA
Program: Hearing Dog
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$4,151
Hey readers, I’m Michael Argenyi. I’m now in my 30s and I’m deaf. When I was a mere 8 months old, my parents got the diagnosis and all my life, I was raised to be as independent as possible.
Sometimes independence backfires. It was right here in Boston that one night my dog and another dog I was taking care of jumped off the bed and ran to the door. I got up and followed them, and that’s when I saw the smoke in the staircase. A look out the bay windows onto Commonwealth Avenue confirmed it – a fireman was high upon a ladder opposite my window but he had no clue I was waving at him.
Thanks not to my fire alarms but to two dogs, I was safe. After that, I decided that as much as my past rescue dogs meant to me, I might equally benefit from a hearing service dog. Hopefully I will never sleep in my own home worrying that I won’t wake to an emergency phone call or a fire alarm. Unfortunately, it’s not cheap. It costs $42,000 to train a service dog (a smart dog requires lots of play and food to sustain him, just like humans). My goal is to surpass the $8,000 I’m responsible for raising. I appreciate anything you put toward helping me get there.
*NEADS clients pledge to raise a minimum of $8,000 for the organization, thus allowing us to fulfill our mission of placing Service Dogs with individuals who benefit from them the most. Each donation ensures that NEADS will continue to change lives with our World Class Service Dogs.
On our donation form, pick the name of the client you want to sponsor under the Program Menu and check whether or not we can share your contact information with the client. Client fundraising totals are manually updated weekly (not automatically) which allows 100% of each donation to be allocated towards each client’s fundraising goal.