Smart Pup for Elijah (202401)

Smart Pup for Elijah (202401)

Elijah is a happy, loving, caring and cheeky young boy. He has been diagnosed with Autism level 3, GDD, nonverbal and intellectual disability. Elijah brightens the room with his up beat personality, his infectious smile and his quirkiness. Elijah loves his family, especially his baby sister Aubree. He loves dancing, painting, jumping and some down time to watch his favourite shows.
Elijah is our quirky, happy little miracle that has such a beautiful outlook on life.

28.13% Raised
$5,625.00 donated of $20,000.00 goal
11 Donors

A little bit about Elijah:

Elijah is nearly 4yrs old and has level 3 Autism, with GDD and an intellectual disability and is nonverbal.

The world can be a confusing place for Elijah. Everyday tasks can present as challenging for Elijah and require guidance through all his daily activities, including those that seem like normal practices to others, like feeding, sleeping, bathing, dressing and other basic personal hygiene and self-care tasks.

Regressions is quite common with Elijah, which means even a learnt task or skill can be forgotten overnight. Which can prompt him to become overwhelmed attempting basic tasks. An assistant dog would help Elijah navigate his emotions through these difficult situations until further help can be provided.

With Elijah being nonverbal, it further complicates his many challenges by his inability to communicate. Being nonverbal exacerbates anxiety and causes stress for Elijah and those around him. It can also become a safety risk for himself and others in stressful times. A support dog is trained to be the emotional support for Elijah during these anxious situations.

Elijah does not have the ability to understand the concept of safety and dangerous settings, which puts him and others at risk of harm. A Smart Pup could quiet literally save his life. Whether it be out walking, crossing roads, climbing unsafe objects or reaching for unsafe objects, as an assistant dog can step in, warning him and others of potential dangers.

Thank you for coming on this journey with us in securing a Smart Pup for Elijah. Every donation adds up and we are grateful for your support.

Sharni Pinder

Every donation adds up to make a big difference! Your ongoing support goes towards training each Assistance Dog for a child with special needs. You are part of an incredible community of loyal supporters, who together help to make great things possible from what are often small beginnings. Thank you for your donation! All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your suppawt.

  • Mrs Noela O'Reilly
    Posted at 18:51h, 25 January Reply

    Elijah is a very loving little boy & I’ve know his mum & grandparents for over 20 years.

  • Yvonne harris
    Posted at 20:01h, 25 January Reply

    Love you guys so much. I hope you get the funding to be able to get the pup Elijah needs. All the best xox

  • Donna Klease
    Posted at 08:08h, 09 February Reply

    Love to all the family xxx

  • Phoebe McAuliffe
    Posted at 17:19h, 10 April Reply

    I saw your story in the community newsletter. I hope this helps Elijah

    • Smart Pups
      Posted at 08:56h, 15 April Reply

      Thank you Phoebe, Smart Pup and Elijah’s family appreciate the support.

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