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Educate an Assistance Dog in Honor of: Mudge Wasser

Fundraising global stats: 92% left

Amount raised: $1,977

Amount left: $22,523


“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 Mudge was a young child, we painstakingly avoided automatic hand dryers, toilets, and loud places. We told everyone who approached Mudge 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 our child 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.


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 $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!!!
Barbara & David B donated $18 on 10/26/2017
We are cousins you never met ... but Grammy & Grumpy know us. Wishing Mudge a perfect connection with the dog.
Davene W donated $20 on 10/11/2017
Walter and Roberta G donated $112 on 9/28/2017
Paul B donated $50 on 9/22/2017
Barbara H donated $5 on 9/17/2017
Candice A donated $100 on 9/15/2017
Beautiful cause for a beautiful family!
richard p donated $25 on 9/11/2017
happy to help
Jane C donated $25 on 9/5/2017
Heena and Steve R donated $100 on 9/3/2017
With blessings.
Peter K donated $36 on 9/1/2017
Sonia H donated $100 on 9/1/2017
Prayers for Mudge and his family and the doggie.
Jody F donated $25 on 8/31/2017
I am wishing a best friend for you.
Gerson G donated $250 on 8/31/2017
We are so excited to help our amazing grandchild get a beautiful service dog. We love you Grammy and Grumpy.
Deborah and Ron P donated $36 on 8/31/2017
May Mudge find solace with his companion.
Anna H donated $25 on 8/31/2017
Go Mudge! Go mama! Wish I could give more. Love you!
Meagan M donated $25 on 8/31/2017
We love you all so much! While I realize every drop in the bucket helps fill it... I do wish we could give more. Big Hugs to you mama!
Davene W donated $265 on 8/31/2017
Aliya G donated $500 on 8/31/2017