A Service Dog for Rogan

A personal campaign sponsored by Rogan Cortez

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 Until There’s A Cure...There’s A Dog is the SDWR motto.  With hundred of lives changed and over  decade of dedicated work, SDWR is a leader service dog organization. We believe that through our uniquely trained service dogs, the lives of those with invisible disabilities can be improved. 

At SDWR, our service dogs include Diabetic Alert Dogs, Autism Service Dogs, Seizure Response Dogs, and PTSD Service Dogs. Each type of service dog is hand raised by SDWR staff and volunteers to mold it into a life-saving tool for each of our families in need. We promote a high level of interaction between the dog, the recipient family and our training staff to create an environment of success.  Unlike other service dog programs, SDWR takes the next step in providing a solid base between a service dog and the recipient.

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SDWR is a fully incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Our program gives those with an invisible illness a chance at their own service dog. As a non-profit, we offset the costs of investing in an assistant dog. We believe no one should have to pay for a service dog. Through fundraising opportunities and our donors, we work to make service dogs for the disabled  a reality. Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers  helps families find local resources to help offset the costs associated with the training of a service dog. All donations go to the placement of service dogs and the needs of our mission.


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I am the mother of an amazing 8 year old boy named Rogan.

Rogan was diagnosed with Autism at age 3 & 1/2. He is an extremely loving and bright child, but struggles with speech/communication, social, and sensory issues. 

I first started researching service dogs for Rogan about a couple of years ago when we noticed that Rogan had a tendency to run off impulsively while my husband and I were out with him in public places. 

Rogan is extremely active, and due to anxiety and his curious nature he tends to run when overly stimulated. Rogan is unable to communicate what causes him to be anxious, so we just have to guess. It is extremely difficult to take Rogan with us to the grocery store or other public places because of his running. My husband and I are in fear that he will run into traffic or worse (if that's even imaginable), but we also know that Rogan needs to experience everyday life in order to thrive and progress. Additionally, Rogan struggles with initiating play with his peers and is unable to hold conversations with adults due to his speech delay, and has sleeping issues causing him to wake frequently in the middle of the night. Recently, Rogan attempted to climb out of a second story bedroom window in our home.  

Rogan will be starting the second grade next year, and has struggled remaining focused, making friends, and completing work at school.

We feel that Rogan would greatly benefit from having a service dog to assist him with safety awareness, socialization, comfort at night, and the decrease of anxiety that comes as a part of his Autism. Due to the high costs of Rogan's therapies and medical bills, we are unable to purchase a service dog at the high cost that they typically run. 

Given Rogan's needs, we feel that Service Dogs by SDWR would be able to provide the type of service dog that would best fit and benefit him. Our hope is not only for this dog to provide safety, but also comfort and friendship that he so desperately needs. We have a family dog that Rogan likes, and he enjoys feeding, hugging, and giving commands to the dog. Additionally, Rogan has responded well to equine therapy, and loves to groom and ride horses. We know that a service dog would make an enormous difference in Rogan's life and hopefully provide him with a better and brighter future.

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