Hi there, our names are Kierre and James and we are currently 27 weeks pregnant with our first baby. Our baby boy is a perfect blessing we could not imagine being without now, but he is going to be born with some challenges. At our 20 week scan we were informed that our little boy has Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele, which means that there is a cyst on his back where there is an opening in his spinal column and his spinal cord and nerves have come through to form the cyst. We have also been told that he has clubbed feet on both sides and a brain abnormality called Chiari II Malformation. This means that he is going to need a lot of care and support, although we wont know the extent of his disabilities until after he is born.
We also have two female doberman cross husky dogs who are both two years old. They both need more training and work on their obedience in order for them to be able to stay with us because at the moment they can be too boisterous and it would not be safe for our little boy to be around them in case they hurt him by accident. They are both sweet loving girls and want nothing more than to make friends with everyone they meet, but we need help to calm them down before our baby arrives. They are our fur babies and are just like children to us so the idea of rehoming them is heartbreaking to us. We have looked into the kind of training that they will need and have spoken to behaviourists about them and believe they deserve this chance so that they can stay a part of our family and grow up with our little boy.
In order for this to be possible we need to raise the money to pay for their training and to help us to move house to a more suitable home for both our little boy's needs (it is possible that wheelchair access will be needed at some point) and for the needs of our dogs too so that they have the space to play without putting our son at risk.
We currently receive benefits as we are on a low income but we do not have the money available to pay for training or to move homes. We have looked into rehoming the girls and have found that most places will not keep them together (which is a must due to them being bonded) and that there are costs involved in the rehoming process too which we cannot afford. We also feel that it is not what is best for our family to rehome the girls and that it would cause needless suffering to us all if we send them away. The majority of the funding will go towards helping us move to a more suitable home that will suit our little boy's needs in the future as our current house is not going to be accessible or safe for him if he needs a wheelchair. The money for the girls training makes up about 20% of the total goal amount but is still so important to us.
We hate to ask people to help financially but we are desperate to keep our family together.