UPDATE: Girl finally receives service dog thanks to donations

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Hope finally meets her new service dog, JoJo
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UPDATE: Oct. 13, 2008

PHOENIX - 3TV has an update to a story first brought to you in September.

A young Valley girl in need of a service dog, but her family did not have the money to get one. Eventually they were able to raise the necessary funds and her wish for a friend and helper finally came true.

Beth Maloney knows her daughter Hope may not be your typical 6-year old, but she certainly likes to do things kids her age like to do.

Hope has Cerebral Palsey and getting around has always been difficult. That is, until now.

Thanks to the people at AZ Power Paws Hope was introduced to her new service dog and new best friend, JoJo, and it could not have come at a more needed time in her life..

Hope's mom is just glad to finally see the smile on her little girl's face and now she can start to have some hope and faith of her own.

JoJo will not move into the home just yet. Over the next few months the two will go through special training together so JoJo can provide the proper help and care for Hope.

ORIGINAL STORY:

PHOENIX - We all know service dogs can work miracles but right now it may take a miracle for one Valley family to get the dog they have been waiting for.

It can take as long as two years and cost as much as $10,000 to get the right service dog but after eight months of waiting one Chandler family has learned there is a dog ready and waiting just for them. All they have to do is come up with the money to make it possible.

For the most part Hope Maloney is a normal 6-year-old girl. She likes to play on her computer and with her toys but Cerebral Palsey makes it difficult for her to get around but a service dog could change all of that.

After eight months of waiting the Maloney's got the call. Hope mother, Beth Ann Maloney, tells 3TV, "I was so excited I didn't even ask any questions. They said they could be here October 13th. I said ok I'll be ready."

Nevertheless the dog does not come cheap. Typically service dogs cost about $15,000 but with help from the Scottsdale-based non-profit "Power Paws," the price is cut to just $5,000 which is less but still a lot.

Beth Ann had much of the money saved but then Hope had surgery this summer and some very serious complications. Thus all their savings went toward those medical bills.

Now this mom is just dreading having to pass up on this service dog. After all, a service dog would give Hope her independence. Hope explains to 3TV, "It's gonna catch me and open up doors."

Both literally and figuratively the dog will help Hope get dressed on her own, go to restroom on her own and even the first grade. She can even take the dog on the bus to school with her.

That is so long as they come up with $5,000 by October 13.

To make a donation to help Hope get her service dog, go to the "Power Paws" organization by and specify under "Comments/Questions" that the donation is for Hope Maloney.

You can also call (480) 945-0754 or send donations to Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc., P.O. Box 1163 in Scottsdale, AZ 85252 and specify the funds are to help Hope.