Smartpup for Jai (162216)

Smartpup for Jai (162216)

An Autism Assistance dog will significantly change Jaiโ€™s life! Our beautiful, cheeky, adventurous 5 year old boy has severe Autism and Intellectual Disability.
90.36% Raised
$18,071.00 donated of $20,000.00 goal
80 Donors

Jai is non verbal and struggles to understand language and communicate his wants, needs and feelings which often results in meltdowns and self harming or destructive behaviour. Jai has no understanding of things that might be dangerous to himself or others like cars on a road which means we cannot take him anywhere without being secured in a special needs stroller.

As Jai is growing he is experiencing so much more in the world but it can often be very difficult for him to process what he feels and what is going on around him which causes him to get extremely overwhelmed and act out or abscond.

A smart pup is able to come with us everywhere we go. Jai will have a best friend to explore new environments and help him stay calm if he becomes overwhelmed, to help him stay safe by being an anchor to stop him from running off or wandering and if the worst happened they are also trained to track him.

A smart pup can help with Jaiโ€™s own daily routines but also by giving him responsibilities that will increase his communication and independence skills and create opportunities to socialise with other kids and hopefully help him to make more friends.

These incredible pups are trained to sense when Jai is struggling and provide comfort and emotional support by nuzzling, giving kisses or laying over him for deep pressure to prevent meltdowns or destructive behaviours and also to help settle and sleep beside him at night.

We know it is going to be a long journey as it can take up to 24 months to train our highly skilled pup and that cannot begin until we have raised $20,000 to go towards the extensive training.

Your donation no matter how big or small will be greatly appreciated. Smart Pups is a non-for-profit organisation specialising in training these amazing animals for children with special needs and we are so thankful to have been accepted into the program.

For more information about smart pups and the wonderful work they do please visit their website:

Smart Pups

Every donation adds up to make a big difference! 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.

Smart Pups Team

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.

  • Robynne Linney
    Posted at 08:56h, 14 October Reply

    An Autism Assistance Dog will be a fantastic companion for Jai.

    • Kristina
      Posted at 08:05h, 05 January Reply

      Thank you so much Robynne!

  • Rebecca Boughton
    Posted at 11:43h, 14 October Reply

    Good luck x

    • Kristina
      Posted at 08:06h, 05 January Reply

      Thank you Bec ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gillian Wal
    Posted at 08:08h, 16 October Reply

    Jaiโ€™s mum/dad are customers at my coffee van. They are beautiful people and I love jai. Jai deserves everything. He is a gorgeous boy.

    • Kristina
      Posted at 08:07h, 05 January Reply

      Aww thank you so much Gilly!! You have been such an amazing support for us and we will be forever grateful!

  • Jordan Farnbach
    Posted at 05:38h, 19 October Reply

    We wish you all the best

    • Kristina
      Posted at 08:07h, 05 January Reply

      Thanks so much Jordan!

  • Boyd Wendy
    Posted at 18:05h, 25 October Reply


    • Kristina
      Posted at 08:08h, 05 January Reply

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kaiya Noble
    Posted at 13:46h, 03 December Reply

    I hope you get your special dog Jai.
    From Kaiya (from daycare)

    • Kristina
      Posted at 08:09h, 05 January Reply

      Thank you Kaiya!

  • Michelle Addamo
    Posted at 17:54h, 03 December Reply

    It was wonderful to be your kindergarten teacher and I know how much this would support you to continue to learn and grow x

    • Kristina
      Posted at 08:14h, 05 January Reply

      Thank you so much Michelle, you are an amazing Teacher and we feel so lucky to have had you be apart of Jai’s journey.

  • Abbey Dunn
    Posted at 17:58h, 03 December Reply

    Jai was my nieces best bud at daycare. She loved him. I hope you make your goal.

    • Kristina
      Posted at 08:18h, 05 January Reply

      Aww thank you Abbey, tell her Jai says Hi.

  • Abbey Dunn
    Posted at 18:00h, 03 December Reply

    Jai had a friend is my niece at daycare. We use to hear all about Jai when she had been.
    Good luck buddy we hope you make your goal.

  • Katalina Sim
    Posted at 19:42h, 03 December Reply

    Good luck Jai and enjoy your new best friend

    • Kristina
      Posted at 08:18h, 05 January Reply

      Thank you very much Katalina!

  • Michelle Addamo
    Posted at 21:37h, 03 December Reply

    Keep smiling Jai โค A smile that lights up a room xx i hope you get your special puppy friend soon x

    • Kristina
      Posted at 08:19h, 05 January Reply

      Thank you Michelle, you are so kind, we cannot wait to visit the centre over the holidays!

  • Gary Richards
    Posted at 13:17h, 10 December Reply

    Hope this helps.

    • Kristina
      Posted at 08:21h, 05 January Reply

      Thank you Gary, of course it helps!

  • janelle elliott
    Posted at 11:14h, 07 January Reply

    From Levi x

    • Kristina
      Posted at 10:27h, 07 February Reply

      awww thank you so much Levi!!

  • Tarsha Gregor
    Posted at 22:22h, 13 January Reply

    Wishing all the best for Jai and his smart pup.

    • Kristina
      Posted at 10:28h, 07 February Reply

      Thank you for your support Tarsha!

  • Natalie Fleming
    Posted at 15:34h, 14 January Reply

    ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™love you all

    • Kristina
      Posted at 10:30h, 07 February Reply

      Thanks so much Natalie, Jamie, Montana, Amelia and Tiffany <3

  • Jenni Scarpella
    Posted at 18:31h, 14 January Reply

    Big love little man! You have the best, most loving mumma you can be gifted to help you along in your journey x

    • Kristina
      Posted at 17:48h, 07 February Reply

      Awww ๐Ÿฅฐ thank you so much that is really generous of you and amazingly sweet of you to say. Big love and hugs to you, Jett and your fam xxx

    Posted at 07:41h, 15 January Reply

    Hope you reach your goal xxx Bec and Dom

    • Kristina
      Posted at 17:49h, 07 February Reply

      Thanks Bec and Dom weโ€™re almost there!! xx ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Jacqui Boyett
    Posted at 06:18h, 21 January Reply

    Lots of love to your beautiful family.
    From the Global Ripple team x

    • Kristina
      Posted at 19:01h, 07 February Reply

      Thank you Jacqui and your wonderful team at Global Ripple Op Shop in Byron Bay, we are truely thankful for your generous donation and support!

  • Suzanne Monty
    Posted at 18:14h, 03 February Reply

    Hope you get the money you need

    • Kristina
      Posted at 12:49h, 15 March Reply

      Thank you Suzanne!

  • Joe Ozzimo
    Posted at 20:07h, 03 February Reply

    Best of luck.

    • Kristina
      Posted at 12:50h, 15 March Reply

      Thanks Joe ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marina Moser
    Posted at 20:22h, 03 February Reply

    I hope Jai gets his smart pup soon ๐Ÿ’•

  • Michelle Goegan
    Posted at 20:57h, 03 February Reply

    I hope this helps get to your goal and you are able to get this very special dog for Jai.

  • Wendi Edwards
    Posted at 03:24h, 04 February Reply


  • Janice Thomason
    Posted at 07:22h, 06 February Reply

    I wish you all the best for your handsome boy

  • Megan Johnston
    Posted at 11:26h, 06 February Reply

    We hope this pup is everything and more โœจ

    Posted at 11:10h, 14 February Reply

    Wishing young Jai all the best and your wonderful family with this new pup

  • Dwyer Gail
    Posted at 13:24h, 18 February Reply

    Assistance dogs are just wonderful. Glad I can do my little bit to help Jai and his family.

  • Mel Hardie
    Posted at 13:47h, 18 February Reply

    From one blue family to another xxx

  • Jennifer Graps
    Posted at 13:53h, 18 February Reply

    Best of luck to Jai – enjoy your puppy ๐Ÿถ

  • Jennifer Graps
    Posted at 13:55h, 18 February Reply

    Best of luck to Jai & his family – enjoy the puppy ๐Ÿถ

  • James Moriarty
    Posted at 13:57h, 18 February Reply

    Blue family. One in all in.

  • Doug Irwin
    Posted at 14:21h, 18 February Reply

    All the best little fella.

  • Doug Irwin
    Posted at 14:51h, 18 February Reply

    All the best .

  • David Fourna
    Posted at 15:44h, 18 February Reply

    A beautiful boy deserves gun and happiness in his life.

  • Rebecca Lyons
    Posted at 16:22h, 18 February Reply

    Good luck!!! As an ex member and a parent, I know the difficulties that are faced when dealing with our children. Much love to your son!!!

  • Wendy Phillips
    Posted at 18:04h, 18 February Reply


    Posted at 18:45h, 18 February Reply

    Hope this little bit helps Jai get his smart pup.

  • Denise Owen
    Posted at 19:16h, 18 February Reply

    Hope you get the support puppy that you dream of Kai

  • Kevin Vincent
    Posted at 20:28h, 18 February Reply

    Good luck Jai, we hope your puppy brings you joy and happiness.

  • Vanessa Dhondee
    Posted at 20:32h, 18 February Reply

    Family deserves this!

  • Jenna Lim
    Posted at 21:37h, 18 February Reply

    Wishing your family all the best for the future.

  • Katrina Gilham
    Posted at 21:44h, 18 February Reply

    Much love to Jai. We hope you have your smart pup soon. Xxx From our blue family to yours xxx

  • Karen Prendergast
    Posted at 10:17h, 19 February Reply

    Happy to help in a small way towards a smart pup for Jai. Wishing Jai all the best

  • Denise Wicker
    Posted at 11:23h, 19 February Reply

    I feel for this beautiful boy xx

  • Jay Colliver
    Posted at 21:08h, 19 February Reply

    I hope a smartpup can bring some calm to your life and help you in your times of need. Always happy to help my family in blue ๐Ÿ’™

  • Lauren McCormack
    Posted at 21:26h, 19 February Reply

    Enjoy your pup ๐Ÿถ

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