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Autism Service Dog Delivered by SDWR to Family in Troutville, VA

Troutville, VA, February 16, 2020 --(PR.com)-- Charlie, a 4-year-old little boy from Troutville, VA,
received a very special delivery today of his very own Service Dog from SDWR. Charlie's service dog,
Onyx, will be able to accompany him everywhere thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Charlie's parents are looking forward to having additional help with their son's coping, inability to sleep
well, transitioning to change in his routine and an overall tool to cope with Charlie's symptoms of autism.
With his Autism Service Dog, Onyx, by his side, Charlie's family is hopeful that it will help him better
transition and adjust as he gets older and assist him with his daily struggles of autism.

SDWR will continue to work with Charlie, his parents and Onyx in their home environment, to train for
specific needs he may have. What makes SDWR so unique from other nonprofit service dog
organizations is this highly customized and tailored training program. SDWR trainers will continue to
return for training sessions with Charlie, his family, and Onyx every 3-4 months during the next 18
months to make a successful team and gain public access certification.

As an honored graduate of the SDWR Fallen Officer Puppy Program (FOPP), the service dog is named
after fallen hero K9 Onyx of the Kingston Municipal Police Department. Onyx was a member of the
Kingston Police Department for more than 8 years and served as a narcotics/patrol dog. FOPP is an
initiative by SDWR to pay respect to the legacy of service by fallen American police who sacrificed their
lives in the line of duty. Autism Service Dog Onyx's work with Charlie will carry on in memoriam of K9
Onyx's life of service before self.

About SDWR:
Service Dogs by SDWR has a mission to provide specially-bred dogs for individuals of all ages with
invisible disabilities like PTSD, Seizure Disorder, Diabetes or in the case of Charlie,, Autism Spectrum
Disorder. In addition to the nearly 600 working dogs already placed, there are several hundred more
actively enrolled in SDWR's program.

Service Dogs by SDWR is a non-profit organization based in Virginia, and relies on donations to help the
organization in its mission, "Until the puzzle is solved ... there's a dog." To make a donation or learn more
about SDWR, please visit the website, http://www.sdwr.org. To learn more about Autism Service Dogs
visit https://www.sdwr.org/service-dogs/autism/ To find out how you can volunteer or serve as a service
dog raiser visit http://www.sdwr.org/volunteer-opportunities.

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