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Educate an Assistance Dog in Honor of: Mudge Wasser

Fundraising global stats: 78% left

Amount raised: $5,476

Amount left: $19,024


“I like dogs and I think having a service dog would help me a lot. Being with a dog makes me feel saferespecially if it’s big and strong, because I feel protected.
That’s just about all I have to say. Bye!"  
Mudge Wasser, age 8
Mudge's Story:

Our child Mudge has had severe anxiety since toddlerhood. When she was a young child, we painstakingly avoided automatic hand dryers, toilets, and loud places. We told everyone who approached her to ask before they touched. We homeschooled, even when bills and expenses towered.

What we knew then was that our child had difficulty processing sensory information. What we didn’t know was that Mudge was on the autism spectrum. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 68 children in the United States have autism, a brain-based disorder that can cause major social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Learning that Mudge had Asperger’s (a form of Autism) helped everything click for us—the social anxiety, the meltdowns, the level of support needed to perform routine tasks. Now that we know about Asperger’s, it is critical that we find more ways to support our child. It is for that reason that we applied for a service dog.


A service dog will help Mudge gain confidence, independence, and responsibility. A service dog will help Mudge stand up straighter, reduce anxiety, and be who she is meant to be without so much standing in the way. Animals have an incredibly calming effect on Mudge. We know that having a service dog will be completely life changing for her.


We are so grateful to have found ECAD, the non-profit organization that is training a dog for Mudge. ECAD asks each family to raise $25,000 toward the cost of breeding, raising, and training the service dog. If you or anyone you know is willing to pitch in, we would be so deeply grateful.


 Thank you for your generous support to help ECAD educate a service dog for Mudge. 

Donations are 100% tax-deductible as allowable by law.  If your employer has a Matching Gift program,
please complete the form and mail it to ECAD, P.O. Box 831, Torrington, CT 06790.
   Recent Activity
Davene W donated $300 on 1/19/2018
Thank you to those who have recently commissioned drawings of your pets. Such an honor to be doing this work!!!
Davene W donated $300 on 1/12/2018
Thank you so much Pop Pop for your generous donation--we are SOOO grateful for your support!!!
Barbara H donated $5 on 1/10/2018
Davene W donated $400 on 1/8/2018
Thank you to those who have purchased recent commissioned drawings of your pets. Every dollar is getting us closer to our goal!!!
Aliya G donated $20 on 1/4/2018
I love the beautiful dog mug that I purchased from your shop, Davene. Thank you!
Davene W donated $480 on 1/1/2018
Many, many thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets to support our fundraiser!!! We are so grateful for your help!!!!
Ted B donated $100 on 12/31/2017
bert i donated $100 on 12/26/2017
Edward J donated $36 on 12/26/2017
Wishing Mudge all the best. May your service dog give you comfort, joy and peace.
Patricia M donated $36 on 12/22/2017
My son is also on the spectrum, and I'm delighted to participate.
Davene W donated $480 on 12/21/2017
Thank you to everyone who has purchased my artwork over the past month. I am so grateful--you all are amazing!!!!
Davene W donated $80 on 12/17/2017
Many thanks to everyone's support yesterday at the Holiday Market!!!!
Amelia C donated $100 on 12/13/2017
Aliya G donated $118 on 12/12/2017
Some Chanukah gelt to go toward your future service dog. :) Love, Tante.
Davene W donated $50 on 12/9/2017
Thank you to everyone who braved the cold today to support my shop!
Davene W donated $300 on 12/8/2017
Thank you to everyone who has bought raffle tickets so far!!!!
Davene W donated $120 on 12/2/2017
karen p donated $20 on 11/29/2017
Hi Davene and Mudge, Happy Holidays!
Brad W donated $118 on 11/27/2017
Jennifer L donated $50 on 11/25/2017
Davene W donated $186 on 11/25/2017
Thank you to everyone who bought items from my shop today!!!!! So grateful for my community of support.
Davene W donated $20 on 11/10/2017
Thanks to Joanie Grosfeld for preordering a ceramic trivet from my shop!!!
heidi h donated $40 on 10/31/2017
Good luck, Davene and Mudge!
Aliya G donated $100 on 10/29/2017
My donation today is given in lieu of payment for the beautiful picture that you drew for me of my dog, Bean. Thank you so much!!!