The need for an Autism Service Dog came about when our Little E first wandered away from our home. That day was our initiation into the autistic term "elopement." Also known as wandering or bolting. Previously, it was an unknown term to us, but now it is a part of our every day reality. For the sake of not writing and writing the same thing, if you'd like more info on that facet of Autism, I wrote about it here: Wandering
Having an autistic child that is prone to wander and non-verbal creates a very high level stress for us at all times. We have researched many options, but landed on an Autism Service Dog as the solution. Little E's service dog will be trained to track her scent should she wander away again, be tethered to her in public situations, and bark or "tattle" if she begins to climb a fence or tree. There are many other benefits that come with an Autism Service Dog, but they honestly feel like icing on the cake compared to the HUGENESS of the things mentioned above. Other families have reported their stress level decreasing by 70% with an Autism Service Dog. You can read more about that here: Her Story Continues
We are currently fundraising to bring Little E's dog home through Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions. If you'd like to know more about the details of that and join hands with us in making a "pawsitive" difference, you can read about it here: Joining Pawsitive Hands or More Pawsitive Opportunities lists some of our current fundraisers.
If you simply want to donate, go to Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions, which is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) so you can get a tax deduction by giving directly to them. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on their PayPal link. (Yes, this route does take out 3%) YOU MUST PUT "FREELAND" IN THE COMMENTS SECTION FOR YOUR DONATION TO GO TOWARD LITTLE E'S DOG.
If you want to make a donation, but don't like the 3% PayPal fee taken out, you can write a check and mail it to Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions, PO Box 383, Olivehurst, CA 95961. Again, YOU MUST PUT "FREELAND" ON THE CHECK FOR YOUR DONATION TO GO TOWARD LITTLE E'S DOG.
However you choose to join hands with us, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining hands with us in making a Pawsitive difference in the life of our Little E.