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JD Mauss

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our friend, JD Mauss.


JD “Deeds” Mauss turns 3 next month.  He is a Pleasant Grove resident the son of our friends Jeremy and Barbara Mauss. He has a very special opportunity. They are seeking the support of the community in order to achieve this potentially life-saving goal.
From outward appearance Deeds looks like your typical child.  He is tall with stunning blue eyes and a smile that lights up the room.  Inside Deeds works hard daily to do things that often come naturally to most.  JD has Autism, Periventricular Leucomalacia and mild Cerebral Palsy.  The Autism alone causes a myriad of issues — most significantly, he has no aware­ness of the danger of traffic, deep water, or the ill intentions of strangers. He does not often answer to his name being called and has a tendency to be an escape artist. Combine these traits and you have a recipe for disaster!

4 Paws for Ability, a nonprofit organization located in Xenia, Ohio, has the answer. They have agreed to train and place a certified service dog, known as an autism assistance dog, in his home. This will be trained specifically for Deeds. Its tasks will include disruption of repetitive motions, seizure awareness and most importantly, tracking and search and rescue. On those occasions when Deeds defeats our latest safety measures and escapes the house, the dog can track him for us so that we can bring him home safely!

Training one of these dogs is a costly process. Deeds dog will cost $22,000 to train. Most service dog organizations would place him on a waiting list after he turned five, then he would have to wait an additional 2 to 5 years until they could raise the necessary funds. However, 4 Paws for Ability is special in that they allow parents to volunteer and raise the money in their own community and gives us a $13,000 goal to meet. This will allow JD to have his dog much sooner.  It can also help bring public consciousness for all persons with disabilities, especially if they appear “normal”.

His family is trying to gain awareness for Deeds and his dog.  They would love for assistance in reaching their community for fund-raising, but also to let people know that they will soon have a neighbor they will see out and about.

For more details on JD’s condition, 4 Paws for Ability, and the benefits of autism assistance dogs, please see the contact information below.

What we ask, is that instead of throwing us a bone this Holiday season, you instead throw a bone to little JD, in hopes that they can raise enough money for the autism assistance dog. Just click the button above and make a donation to JD.

Thank you so much for your time, consideration, and support!

Contact for JD Mauss:
Barbara Mauss
628 East 100 South
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Phone (801)722-9350
Contact for 4 Paws for Ability:
Karen Shirk
253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, Ohio 45385
Phone (937)374-0385