08 Aug Smart Pup for Theo
Theo is a cheeky 3 year old boy who has just been diagnosed with severe Non-Verbal Autism (Level 3). Theo, his older sister Aurora (4) and younger brother Oscar (1) all love to explore, but they can’t go out often as Theo has a high tendency to abscond. We are trying to get Theo an Autism Assistance Dog, who would be his loyal companion and best friend. The well-trained Autism Assistance Dog would allow for him to be tethered and secure while navigating and exploring the world, will help to regulate his sensory overloads and will help encourage social interaction. Smart Pups Assistance Dogs have accepted his application, however he needs to fund-raise $20,000 to get onto their wait-list. Your kind donations will give Theo and his siblings the opportunities in childhood that most children take for granted.
A few words from Theo.
I currently live in the beautiful Adelaide Hills with my Mum and Dad, along with my sister Aurora who is 4 and is in Kindy, and my baby brother Oscar who just turned 1. I don’t have any other family in Adelaide to play with or to help look after me, and Mum and Dad are burnt out from my high needs and by not having any help or support nearby. I am a very active boy, and I love it when my body moves, particularly while playing outside on my bike, swing, see-saw or slide.
My parents became worried about me just after my first birthday when I stopped trying to talk to them and entered a world in my own head. I started playing differently to other kids, I started to forget some of the fun things I had learned, and I stopped responding to anyone trying to get my attention. After seeing some friendly doctors and therapists, I was diagnosed with non-verbal Level 3/3 Autism. Mum says this means my brain is wired differently to most people, and that I will see and interact with the world in wonderful and unique ways. I want to tell Mum and Dad that I love them, but I still can’t get words to come out.
Mum and Dad are trying to get me an Autism Assistance Dog to help keep me safe and to regulate my emotions. I don’t get to go out much because I like to run away and explore, but being tethered to an assistance dog would prevent me from running away, giving me and my siblings the chance to do things most kids take for granted, like going to the park or a beach. A dog would also help me calm down when the world gets too bright and noisy, and would help regulate my emotions, allowing my family to take me to social outings. While the dog will be my best friend, I hope he will give me the confidence and calming influence so that I can get my first human friend.
Smart Pups have offered to train me my very own Autism Assistance Dog, but Mum and Dad would like to fundraise $20,000 to get on the waitlist. Unfortunately, the government and NDIS do not provide support or funding for Autism Assistance Dogs, so organizations like Smart Pups are forced to rely on donations from everybody to operate. Please can you help me get my very own Autism Assistance Dog by donating whatever you can, and allow my family to get out and participate in life, without fear of me absconding.
Big bear hug and kisses for your help,
Your donation will be greatly appreciated no matter how big or small. This organisation is a non for-profit organisation. The training for the pup can take 12-18 months but it is intense, and these dogs are just incredible.
Thank you for your donation! All donations over $2 are tax deductible.