Moment autistic boy bonds with service dog touches thousands

( - A photo of a mother crying as she watched her autistic son recline on his new service dog has gone viral, gaining over 16,000 likes.

4 Paws For Ability, a Dayton, Ohio-based non-profit that places service dogs with veterans and children with disabilities, posted the picture of the unnamed mother and child on October 18. According to the post, the family traveled the globe to meet the boy’s new service dog, Tornado.

In the post, they shared the mother’s words.

“This boy is the strongest child I have ever met; he has faced countless rude and ignorant adults and children who do not understand him, who have hurt him, and who have not valued him because he is different,” the mother said.

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