Autism Service Dog for Jacob

$13,895 of $12,500 goal

Raised by 61 people in 40 months
Jacob Hill is a loveable five year old boy with bright captivating eyes and a contagious smile.  At first glance, he appears just like any other rambunctious little boy.  However, in just a little while, you'll notice that Jacob struggles to verbalize his wants and needs well.  He not only has difficulty following commands, he has no sense of danger and is prone to wandering. This is because Jacob has autism.
As Jacob's Nana, I see first-hand the constant fear that his mom and dad live with knowing that he is always at risk.  There have been several intsances in which Jacob bolted from his caregivers and immediately ran toward the street.  As with many children with autism, Jacob is innately drawn to water and moving cars.  Despite his challenges, Jacob is a promblem-solver, making him an excellent escape artist! As a result, someone must be assigned to holding on to Jacob to ensure his safety.  Consequently, his mom and dad never rest physically or emotionally.  And, Jacob doesn't get to have the independence that every little boy deserves.
After many tears and much research, my daughter discovered Autism Service Dogs of America (ASDA).  As an answer to countless prayers, Jacob was accepted into the service dog program.   While tethered to the autism service dog, Jacob will be able to walk alone, giving him that needed independence.  Jacob's service dog will protect him from running off and will be able to relieve his anxiety by applying deep pressure upon command.  An added blessing is the companionship that the dog will provide Jacob, who struggles to make connections with other people. 
The cost of training a dog for almost two years to become a certified service dog, who will accompany Jacob everywhere, including school, is $13,500.  The program will not begin this training until the money is raised.  Please join me in raising the money to bless Jacob with a live-changing service dog.
Thank you so much for your consideration.
Susan Garcia, Jacob's Nana
All donations will go directly to ASDA, a non-profit organization, and are tax-deductible.  If you would like a receipt, please email Cret or Allison.
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Thank you so much to everyone that donated towards Jacob's autism service dog. We are still in shock that Taylor Swift donated $10,000! Our hearts are filled with joy and gratitude. This dog will change Jacob's life and we couldn't be more thankful.
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Thank you all so much for your generous donations. We cannot believe Taylor and Andrea Swift saw the girls' video and donated $10,000 helping us to reach our goal and pass it! We are so appreciative to everyone that helped us fund Jacob's dog. Thank you thank you!
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The mission at Autism Service Dogs of America (ASDA) is to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals living with autism, and their families, by providing exceptionally well trained service dogs. Their service dogs provide physical safety and an emotional anchor for children with autism. With their child tethered to a service dog, families are able to engage in activities as simple as going to the park or going out to eat as a family. When out in the community, a service dog increases safety and helps families feel secure. The service dog’s calming presence can minimize and often eliminate emotional outbursts, enabling the child to more fully participate in community and family activities. In many cases, the service dog accompanies the child to school, helping with transitions between activities and locations. Having a service dog helps increase opportunities for the child to develop social and language skills with others.
We can't wait for Jacob to receive this incredible blessing and cannot wait to see the impact it will make on his life. Thank you so much for supporting him!
Jacob's sister and cousin's contribution
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Rebecca Smith
38 months ago
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Any advice on getting donations or where else i can share because I too have been looking to get my 5yr old autistic son a service dog and only had one donation from a family member so far and its been up over a year now and not getting help through Facebook i just don't have many connections... Any advice appreciated!

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Karen Rush
32 months ago

Iam excited you will be getting a srrvice dog. Ijust wanted to let you know that Service dogs are FREE from New Horizon Service Dogs in florida. They have beautiful Goldens and Labrador retrievers that are very well trained. God Bless you and I'm praying you get a dog soon.

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Jackie Sherrill
32 months ago

Congrats to your family! ❤️ I hope that the service dog brings much success to your son. As many children with autism need service dogs, we are also working hard to spread the news and do fundraisers. Positive Prayers and blessings to you. Jackie Sherrill (mom of Landon)

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Amy Milling
38 months ago

Best of luck with the new dog. Dogs for children with autism are amazing and you will likely see Jacob develop in language quickly as well after receiving the dog. He has to give it commands after all. I work with an organization that trains these types of dogs and I have heard remarkable success from the children, and parents who could finally get a full nights sleep for the first time. Best of luck to all of you.

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Keather Patterson
38 months ago

Jacob sounds a lot like my son❤️ I hope the new dog brings lots of joy and comfort. You guys are in my prayers!

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Misty Woolard
38 months ago

ENJOY YOUR NEW SERVICE DOG JACOB!! THANKS BE TO GOD!! WOOT WOOT!!

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Anonymous
32 months ago
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Jamie Brooks
37 months ago
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Great job on the video, ladies! Enjoy your new furry friend, Jacob!

MG
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Melissa & Michael Guglielmino
38 months ago
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we wish you and your new best friend the best of luck ❤️

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Anonymous
38 months ago
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Bobbi Jo Toy
38 months ago
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Keep us posted! Cannot wait to hear that you finally got your dog. Blessings,

JE
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Janet Eichenberger
38 months ago
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Every little boy should have cool girl cousins like yours. You are blessed. May this little donation continue to bless you

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Jasper Steed
38 months ago
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I am going to donate to your son every month Driving Me Krazy Games Llc , along with Autism Smiles Llc Inc

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Trena Keyes
38 months ago
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Kim and Trena, I know it's not much but I hope this gets you one step closer to getting the service dog that this little man desperately needs. God Bless this little man and his family

Rebecca Smith
38 months ago
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2

Any advice on getting donations or where else i can share because I too have been looking to get my 5yr old autistic son a service dog and only had one donation from a family member so far and its been up over a year now and not getting help through Facebook i just don't have many connections... Any advice appreciated!

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Karen Rush
32 months ago

Iam excited you will be getting a srrvice dog. Ijust wanted to let you know that Service dogs are FREE from New Horizon Service Dogs in florida. They have beautiful Goldens and Labrador retrievers that are very well trained. God Bless you and I'm praying you get a dog soon.

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Jackie Sherrill
32 months ago

Congrats to your family! ❤️ I hope that the service dog brings much success to your son. As many children with autism need service dogs, we are also working hard to spread the news and do fundraisers. Positive Prayers and blessings to you. Jackie Sherrill (mom of Landon)

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Amy Milling
38 months ago

Best of luck with the new dog. Dogs for children with autism are amazing and you will likely see Jacob develop in language quickly as well after receiving the dog. He has to give it commands after all. I work with an organization that trains these types of dogs and I have heard remarkable success from the children, and parents who could finally get a full nights sleep for the first time. Best of luck to all of you.

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Keather Patterson
38 months ago

Jacob sounds a lot like my son❤️ I hope the new dog brings lots of joy and comfort. You guys are in my prayers!

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Misty Woolard
38 months ago

ENJOY YOUR NEW SERVICE DOG JACOB!! THANKS BE TO GOD!! WOOT WOOT!!

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