Thank you for helping us provide an autism anchoring service dog to a child living with autism!
Our dogs play an active role in helping to keep a child on the autism spectrum safe from wandering, and provide a calming influence for the family as they go about their daily lives. Over the years, we have placed these highly trained gentle giants all over the country, and take pride in providing this service to families in need of an anchoring dog. Many of the families we have worked with over the years are in need of financial support. Sam’s Legacy Fund, the charitable arm of Autism Anchoring Dogs, is designed to help offset these costs. In addition to the costs associated with the service dog itself, these funds may be applied to transportation costs, equipment replacement expenses, renewal training costs, veterinary care, and other expenses as needed.
We greatly appreciate any and all donations and apply them directly to the fund to help families in need. As the demand for autism service dogs has steadily increased in recent years, we are in need of help in order to continue serving the families accepted into our program.
Please click the Donate button above to be taken to PayPal, an electronic commerce (e-commerce) company that facilitates payments between parties through online funds transfers. While it is helpful to have an account with them, it isn’t necessary to process credit card payments.
“Noble dogs, noble job…”
Like most non-profits, much of our funding comes from the generosity of people willing to donate to a cause they believe in. Money donated to Autism Anchoring Dogs goes to subsidizing our costs, which are many. We carefully select the dogs used in our program based on a variety of factors, chief among them temperament and sound structure. Not every dog admitted to the program will become a service dog, but our costs remain fixed. We obtain our dogs from reputable breeders, putting a great deal of care into researching each pedigree for health and longevity. After the initial cost to procure the puppy, there are additional costs associated with transportation, food, healthcare, training, equipment, facilities, etc. These are all factored into the final cost of each service dog that completes the program and is eligible for placement with a family.
By donating, you help us to offset some of these costs. Below is a partial list of where your contribution goes:
- $10 buys a dog chew toy or a dog grooming rake
- $50 buys a “Furminator” (a long hair de-shedding tool for dogs)
- $75 feeds one giant breed dog for a month
- $100 buys a dog anchoring vest, leash, and collar (provided with each dog placed)
- $250 covers the cost of one spay or one neuter
- $350 covers the cost of health insurance for each dog’s annual baseline medical expenses
- $500 covers transportation costs for dogs purchased from out-of-state
- $900 feeds one giant breed dog for a year
- $2,000 – $3,000 covers the cost of one giant breed puppy purchased from a reputable breeder
- $15,000 covers the cost of one fully trained autism anchoring dog placed with a family
As can be seen, these costs can add up quickly! We gladly accept donations through our PayPal link, which can process credit card payments. This is the easiest way for most people to donate. If you wish to send a donation through the mail in the form of a check or money order, please send it to:
Autism Anchoring Dogs
P.O. Box 80788
Portland, OR 97219
As always, all information submitted regarding donors or program participants is for internal use only. Autism Anchoring Dogs will never release any information without express permission. We do not sell or release any information on those who use our website, and all personal and financial information is held confidential.