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Educate an Assistance Dog in Honor of: Michael DeOliveira

Fundraising global stats: 54% left

Amount raised: $11,304

Amount left: $13,196


“In the United States, approximately 1 in 68 babies are born with Autism.  I’m one of those
moms that has a child with Autism.  Meet Michael, my beautiful son.”

Please help Michael live a fuller and safer life with a Service Dog for Autism!


Michael DeOliveira is a seven-year old boy who has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is a serious developmental disorder that impacts a person’s nervous system. Michael’s autism affects the way he perceives the world, causing him daily anxiety. However, he loves large dogs and is calmed by their presence. That is why Michael’s doctor recommended a service dog, indicating that a specially-educated dog would help to improve Michael’s social interactions and emotional and cognitive development. A service dog would also help him gain more independence and the ability to perform activities of daily living. Importantly, having a service dog will help keep Michael safe. Michael has a tendency to wander off and/or bolt away from his mother and other caregivers. The dog will be specially educated to help prevent this from occurring.


Michael’s mom was introduced to ECAD - Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities - and applied for a service dog for Michael. “Going to the interview at ECAD was one of the best days we had in a very long time! We had been going through some very challenging times with Michael, but being at ECAD is when I finally saw the light,” his mother, Catherine, explains. “Being around the service dogs had a very positive effect on Michael. No wonder they call the autism program Canine Magic!”


Michael and his family (Michael lives with his mom, maternal grandparents and aunt) are absolutely thrilled to be on their fundraising journey to help raise money to obtain an ECAD service dog for Michael. “It takes a lot of hard work, patience and time to train a service dog, so we ask for everyone’s support in helping us in this commitment!


Thank you for your generous support to help ECAD educate a service dog for Michael.  Donations are 100% tax-deductible as allowable by law.  If your employer has a Matching Gift program, please complete the required form and mail it to ECAD, P.O. Box 831, Torrington, CT 06790. 


   Recent Activity
Maria C E donated $100 on 7/21/2017
Hope your puppy comes home soon Love you, Uncle Andre
Milagros L donated $200 on 7/20/2017
My best wishes to Michael and his future best friend!
Lucy O donated $400 on 7/16/2017
Thank you to all who donated today at the Hispanic Heritage Festival!
Dustin P donated $54 on 7/15/2017
Wish you the best on this endeavour
Justin B donated $400 on 7/13/2017
I wish you and your family Health and Happiness.
Paul S donated $30 on 7/11/2017
In honor of your wonderful grandparents.
Lucy O donated $20 on 7/8/2017
Best from Diana T.
Sergio P donated $100 on 7/7/2017
May you find the perfect dog.
Lucy & Julio O donated $100 on 6/22/2017
Happy Birthday! We love you! Grandma & Grandpa
Antoia Kaye E donated $25 on 6/22/2017
Happy Birthday Michael! Trust in The Lord!
Patricia S donated $25 on 6/22/2017
Happy Birthday Michael! Glad to help my Battle Hill friend Lucy, and her beautiful Grandson!
Kathleen L donated $25 on 6/22/2017
Happy birthday, Michael! All the best.
Maria e donated $200 on 6/22/2017
Happy Birthday Michael. Hope your puppy comes home soon. Love Aunt Cre, Uncle Andre, Lina and Andrea
Dominick E donated $20 on 6/20/2017
Thanks to Israel Caban Jr. for spreading the word via ECAD Zumba fundraiser.
Andrea S donated $50 on 6/20/2017
all the best in reaching your goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Catherine O donated $35 on 6/18/2017
Thank you Jen and Holly for your support during a rainy yard sale! Every dollar makes a big difference!
Jane D donated $50 on 6/16/2017
Happy to help, my daughter received her own service dog 2 years ago.
Kenneth G donated $250 on 6/15/2017
God bless....
Judith L donated $100 on 6/14/2017
Happy Birthday!
Leydy Johanna R donated $25 on 6/12/2017
I know you'll reach that goal--- If that immense love and dedication reached me, it will reach many more people, I know it! :) <3
Justin B donated $100 on 6/7/2017
Michael, I hope that things only get better for you.!
Giancarlo T donated $1000 on 6/3/2017
Coraggio sempre.
Marcia H donated $25 on 5/29/2017
As a elementary school teacher and special education teacher, I know what impact this dog will have on Michael and his classmates.
Joanmarie K donated $50 on 5/29/2017
Go for it Catherine and Michael The dog therapy sounds great !!!
Lucy O donated $10 on 5/26/2017
Best to Michael from Zahra Watson!