The Indiana Branch of Pet Smart, on behalf of the national company, recently made a $16,000 donation toward the purchase of a 4 Paws for Ability service dog for Ty George, 3, of Pittsburgh, who has autism.
The donation was accepted following a fundraiser spaghetti dinner and auction at Towne Hall in Elderton. It costs an average of $22,000 to train and place a service dog with a child, and each family is asked to raise at least $13,000 of the cost.
In the front row from left, are cousin Hunter Claypoole; uncle Kevin Eshbaugh; cousin Deklyn Eshbaugh; cousin Kohlt Eshbaugh; sister Lexi George; Ty; grandfather Larry George; cousin Hannah Claypoole; and second row, aunt Danielle Eshbaugh; grandfather Ron Lukehart; mother Melissa George, holding sister AliMae George; grandmother Carol Lukehart; father David George; and grandmother Amy George.
For more information on making a donation or to learn about the service dogs, visit www.4PawsForAbility.org. (Teri Enciso/Gazette photo)