Fundraiser helps 5-year-old get service dog

By Lora Chance - email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A fundraiser was held Monday night at Chuck E. Cheese for 5-year-old Kathyrn Ross-Schmid.

Kathryn has autism and her mother, Regina Ross-Schmid, is trying to raise enough money to get her an autism service dog.

A non-profit organization, 4 Paws for Ability, has agreed to train a dog for Kathryn in exchange for $13,000. The dog will be trained in tethering, behavior disruption, tracking and hand signals to accompany verbal commands.

"No matter where in the world we go, her service dog is always going to be with her," said Ross-Schmid. " Her dad is deployed right now, so her service dog is always going to be by her side that just gives her a since of routine and comfort that she needs in her life."

Kathryn's father, Sgt. Adam Ross-Schmid, is currently serving in Iraq. 15 percent of the proceeds from Monday night will help bring Kathryn's new best friend home.

To make an online donation, visit You can also make a tax free donation directly to: 4 Paws for Ability, Inc. 253 Dayton Ave. Xenia, OH 45385. Include "In Honor of Kathryn Ross-Schmid" in the memo line of your check.

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