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This fundraiser ended on 11/15/11

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I need to raise funds to get a service dog to help me in my daily life.

I'm Eva! I'm 28 and have quadriplegic cerebral palsy. I use a power wheelchair to get around and I am non-verbal. I am a college graduate and am planning to go to grad school in a year from now. Although I have full-time aides that help me out, I have always wanted a service dog to help me be more independent.

I have always loved dogs. I have volunteered for the humane society, owned a dog-walking business, and have always had pet dogs. All this was done with the physical assistance of my aides, with me directing them on what to do.

In my free time I like to write, go out to coffee with friends, do disability activism, and cruise around my community. Although I have full time aides, having a service dog will make me more independent. I can be in my room working on my computer and if I need help I can tell my dog to get one of my aides. I want my dog to open doors, turn lights on and off and politely bark at people when they are ignoring me and I need them to move out of my way. Having a service dog bridges the social barrier too. When I’m out in public my dog becomes an easy ice breaker. People ask about the dog and then the conversation leads elsewhere. Having a service dog is vital to me.

What happens to the donations?
Well currently, I am applying to 3 different service dog programs. If I get chosen for one of those programs, here is what happens.

Laughing Eyes Kennel: This is a smaller program. They do charge for the dog, around $5,000. The cool thing about them is they train the dog to your specific needs.

C.A.R.E.S: Another small program. The dog costs $2,500

Canine Assistants: This program provides dogs to recipients free of cost. However, it has a 7 year wait list. If I get my service dog from this program, I will donate whatever money I received from this fundraiser to Canine Assistants. They are a non-profit and rely on donations to continue providing service dog to people who need them.
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