Jennifer’s Canine Companion Journey
Raised $446
Goal $20,000
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The hope of having my service dog brings me so much joy and peace. Together, we can go serve and love those in vital need.
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The Story

Littleton, CO

Jennifer Leigh has a deep passion for helping those who are in pain and suffer. Her love and empathy led her to live overseas for over eight years, traveling to over 35 countries to show God’s love to people. During a trip to South Sudan, Uganda, and Rwanda in summer 2013, Jennifer reached a point where she knew that she needed further training to keep doing what she loved. She returned to the United States and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in clinical mental health to become a licensed counselor. However, her transition home was physically and psychologically challenging.

Upon her return, Jennifer began having severe anxiety frequently leading to panic attacks. She would easily feel uncomfortable in socially overwhelming situations. In January 2014, she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her condition has gradually consumed her life making going out or studying difficult. “I have worked tirelessly towards my healing, yet the physical and psychological components of PTSD continue to keep me from being able to live life to the fullest,” Jennifer said.

In hopes of regaining her independence and confidence, Jennifer was recently approved to receive a psychiatric assistance dog through Little Angels Service Dogs of San Diego, California. Her Little Angel will be specially trained to sense when she is beginning to have a panic attack and ease her anxiety. The service dog will also be able to provide boundary control when she goes out. Most importantly, her dog will be able to provide companionship offering emotional support.

While Jennifer’s Little Angel will be life changing, the extensive training can be costly. She hopes to raise $20,000 through to cover the cost and begin the training process. “The hope of having my service dog brings me so much joy and peace. Together, we can go serve and love those in vital need,” said Jennifer. "No words can express my desperate longing for this dog.” Join Jennifer’s journey of receiving her canine companion by making a tax-deductible donation and sharing her story today!

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