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Educate an Assistance Dog in Honor of: Michael DeOliveira

Fundraising global stats: 43% left

Amount raised: $13,891

Amount left: $10,609


“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
Alessandra R donated $25 on 9/25/2017
David O donated $100 on 9/14/2017
Es yo Birf! Heres some funds towards Michaels doggie
Irma G donated $200 on 9/12/2017
Happy Birthday Catherine and all the best to Michael! Love, Aunt Irma
Cynthia B donated $100 on 9/11/2017
Lucy & Julio O donated $1000 on 9/10/2017
Happy Birthday Catherine! This donation is in your honor for Michael. You are an incredible mother and wonderful daughter.
Shine Bright Boutique L donated $150 on 9/7/2017
Michael, we are glad we were able to help with a little bit of your financial goal to get a service dog for you! Jacque & Nicole
janet crehan v donated $50 on 9/5/2017
Catherine O donated $40 on 9/4/2017
Thank you Mark P!!!
diane m donated $25 on 9/3/2017
So glad your granddad shared your story with me Michael! Hope you get your dog real soon! :) Diane and Greg Watson
Jennifer W donated $30 on 9/3/2017
You're almost there! Thinking of Michael! Jen W.
Anna Lisa N donated $50 on 8/30/2017
Anne W donated $50 on 8/29/2017
Happy to help in any way I can.
Catherine F donated $50 on 8/25/2017
Lucy O donated $25 on 8/25/2017
Thank you John D. (Bronx Burger House)
Dava A donated $10 on 8/25/2017
Nicholas M donated $50 on 8/25/2017
Dorothy S donated $75 on 8/24/2017
Gary B donated $25 on 8/18/2017
Hope you get your dog real soon. Gary & Cheryl Bauman
Lucy O donated $40 on 8/8/2017
Thank you Carol B!
Lucy O donated $20 on 8/7/2017
Thank you Beth L.