Toni Belle is a beautiful and bright seven-year-old child with autism. Toni’s parents know that an ECAD service dog will help her feel secure and decrease her anxiety, and help keep her safe in public by preventing her from running off.
Meet ECAD Client Toni Belle Goding
Please help Toni Belle get a service dog!
Toni Belle is one of the sweetest, loving, and most generous people you will ever meet! She will give away all her prized possessions, to a fault, and unfortunately people often take advantage of her. She is an old soul and always chooses the kind and positive action. As Toni often says, “It may be the right thing to do, but is it the kind thing to do?”
One in 68 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism, and Toni is one of them. As a family, we have spent a tremendous amount of time, effort, and expense to best accommodate her special needs. Over the years, Toni Belle has unfortunately been the subject of teasing by some of her peers. We have worked very hard to keep her safe and protect her self-confidence as much as we can. Toni Belle also suffers from extreme anxiety and says, “I don’t want to be so afraid all of the time. I just don’t know what to do. I always feel scared.”
The cost to breed and educate a service dog is $25,000. Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD), based in Connecticut, is one of the most respected training facilities in the country. ECAD’s Service Dogs receive over 1,500 hours of training. Additionally, Toni’s dog will be specifically chosen and trained to meet her unique needs. It is our hope that her service dog will help Toni feel safe and decrease her anxiety. Her service dog will be able to sooth and comfort her as well as increase her self-confidence and independence. In addition, her service dog will be trained to keep Toni safe in public places because she will be unable to wander off or get lost when tethered to her dog.
This is why are asking for your support. Can you help our family by making a donation of any size in Toni Belle’s honor? Thank you so much from our family to yours. We are truly grateful for your support.
Thank you for your generous gifts to ECAD in honor of Toni Belle Goding.
ECAD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are 100% tax-deductible as allowable by law.
For checks, payable to ECAD: Please mail to address below, with “Toni Belle Goding” in the memo line. If your employer has a Matching Gift program, please complete the required form and mail it to ECAD.