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Maya's New Leash on Life

Good Dog! Scholarship Fundraiser


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50% of $32,000 goal

Amy Kotha

Fundraiser since Dec 2022

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Make it Pawsible for Maya to Open her World!

Maya is a beautiful teen with a sensitive soul.

Exceptionally compassionate and nurturing, her parents share that she loves helping others and often does so without expectations. She wants to improve other people's lives, especially if she can support other kids facing similar struggles. This is why she's open to sharing her story, especially if doing so also helps fight stigmas.

Maya is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, and a Connective Tissue Disorder.

These comorbid conditions have a significant impact on Maya, depriving her of the everyday experiences that most teens take for granted. Simple activities like hanging out at the mall with friends, attending a favorite band's concert, or eating at a restaurant with family have become elusive. They have not only affected her physical health, mental well-being, and overall quality of life but have also turned each day into a relentless battle for this beloved girl and her family.

Maya is waiting to be matched to a specially trained service dog that will help her with:

  • Anxiety Relief - providing grounding support and comforting her during stressful situations.
  • Transitional Support - helping her stay calm and feel secure when going places like school. 
  • Self Regulation - providing deep pressure support and tactile stimulation that helps prevent and manage sensory and emotional dysregulation. 
  • Social Bridging - facilitating positive interactions and serving as a visual reminder to be patient and kind, as not all disabilities are visible. 
  • Sleep Quality - helping her fall asleep and self-soothe when she wakes at night. 
  • Independence - encouraging her to try new things and providing a sense of empowerment 
  • Companionship - giving unconditional and non-judgmental support to help her thrive in high school and beyond … with a loving friend who is always by her side!

Help Bring a Service Dog Home to Maya!

Click the donation button to contribute to our fundraiser!

You can also mail a check to waive the small credit card fees. Please indicate "Maya’s New Leash on Life" on the memo line and send it to:

Good Dog! Service Canines
Attn: Maya’s New Leash on Life
855 South Main Avenue, Suite K-162
Fallbrook, California 92028

Please note that mailed donations are recorded and deposited at the end of each month.

Also, your donation applies to many corporate matching programs! Please check with your HR department to get your company's support.


Good Dog! Service Canines is dedicated to bringing the benefits of the human-canine relationship to children with disabilities and their families. Our highly skilled pups not only provide assistance and independence but also bring hope, joy, and laughter back into the lives of those who need it most.

We invest an average of $32,000 to raise, care and train each service dog as well as educate and support each family who receives them. Currently, we add 8-10 new teams to the Good Dog! Family each year, in addition to supporting our active Good Dog! Teams. That means we must raise up to $320,000 annually. To help us offset these expenses, families pledge to contribute at least $16,000 towards their $32,000 service dog program costs, qualifying for matching with a service dog when they reach $26,000 of their goal amount.

Caring for a disabled child can come with emotional and financial struggles, but we believe that shouldn't stop any family from having access to cover the costs of their service dog.

That's why we created the Good Dog! Family Scholarship Fund.

For families struggling to raise the remaining amount of their service dog programs, we're here to help! The Good Dog! Scholarship Fund offers financial aid once they've met the minimum $16,000 pledge requirements.

With your support, we can provide life-changing service dogs to Good Dog! Families in need, at little or no cost. Let's work hand in paw to create a brighter future!

All gifts are received with the greatest gratitude.

About Good Dog! Service Canines

Good Dog! Autism Companions was founded in 2011 by the parents of an autistic boy. After getting a service dog for their son, they soon realized the life-changing benefits these dogs could provide to so many more. Today, Good Dog! Service Canines provides highly trained service dogs to children with disabilities and their families, helping them live better lives! Each dog is professionally trained using only positive reinforcement methods because we believe the true power of the human/canine bond is brought about through a loving, trusting relationship. Good Dog! Autism Companions, founded in 2011, has expanded its services to help more kids and families. We are now doing business as Good Dog! Service Canines. Thanks to all whose support let the love grow!

For more information, visit gooddogservicecanines.org.


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