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Educate a Canine Magic Assistance Dog in Honor of: Michael DeOliveira

Fundraising global stats: 34% left

Amount raised: $16,285

Amount left: $8,215


“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
Ryan B donated $75 on 2/26/2018
Paula R donated $50 on 12/26/2017
Irma G donated $100 on 12/16/2017
In memory of Stephen Mulvey, Jr.
Lucy O donated $25 on 12/7/2017
Thank you Gina for donating at the LuLaRoe Party!
Melanie M donated $250 on 12/7/2017
I am proud to donate 100% of the profits from our LulaRoe fundraiser for Michael on 12/2. Hope you reach your goal soon!
Judith C donated $25 on 12/4/2017
For Michael
Michaele R donated $20 on 12/3/2017
yvette s donated $40 on 12/2/2017
Stacey F donated $25 on 12/2/2017
nancy b donated $100 on 11/30/2017
Maria I donated $25 on 11/30/2017
Getting close to the goal! Can't wait to see Micheal with his dog.
Thomas S donated $250 on 11/29/2017
Hope you achieve your goal soon! The Scherer's are rooting for you!
edgar d donated $50 on 11/28/2017
Frederick H donated $100 on 10/30/2017
Anna W donated $50 on 10/30/2017
Dear Catherine, we're happy to support you and Michael and wish you all the best.
Gordon A donated $25 on 10/30/2017
All God's Best for You
Lucy O donated $334 on 10/29/2017
Thank you to The Bronx Burger House and their generous patrons!
Fabio C donated $400 on 10/28/2017
We loved seeing the great work all of your family is doing to support Michael in his quest for an ECAD service dog. Susan & Fabio
Joseph S. F donated $20 on 10/23/2017
Jesseca C donated $50 on 10/6/2017
Joseph S. F donated $10 on 10/5/2017