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We Need Your Help - Urgently!

Your donation today isn't just a gift; it's a lifeline.

Meet Emily. Her story is profound, moving and shows clearly how life changing our dogs are for their autistic partners. Her beautiful autism assistance dog Lilly died tragically from a sudden illness, cruelly whipping away her lifeline to independence.

Emily, along with many others, is waiting for us to provide a new highly trained and life-changing partnership to unlock their world. Can you help?

We want to train 10 more dogs this year but to begin that work we need to raise £100,000.

Please read these words from Emily’s Mum, and imagine helping us provide this support ten times over. Every penny is important and will help us towards our goal.

Your Support Has Never Been More Crucial
“The empty hole in our house left by Lilly’s passing is still difficult to manage. I want to take the opportunity to pay tribute to the wonderful Lilly who came into our lives and hearts to support Emily. When she came to us, we didn't really know how much difference she would make. Emily, at the time was struggling so much with daily life it was not conceivable that this little four-legged friend would help them so much. Slowly slowly, the bond between them grew. Lilly soon took over the job of accompanying them to Forbidden Planet to spend hours looking at graphic novels and anything Dr Who. She also had many trips to the cinema, enjoying time watching all the new releases. Then covid happened, and the world became a scary place, but thanks to Lilly, there was no hiding away. Emily got up and off they went for their walk each day. By the end of the lockdown it was time for a ‘re-train’, she went off to a Dogs for Autism trainer and worked hard to come back to us.
When she came back the smile on Emily’s face was the best. Back came the cuddles and the total outpouring of love from both sides. Sadly in September that came to end - after giving so much, in a cruel twist of fate Lilly got very poorly, Emily took the superhero cloak that lily had been wearing and put it on themselves. They took Lilly to the vets and specialist centre to try to save her. As we prayed for a recovery Hilary and Jan and the rest of the Dogs for Autism team were there with us doing all they could to save her.
Unfortunately it was not to be, Lilly the wonder dog was taken from us.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all those at Dogs for Autism for giving Emily the chance to experience life with an assistance dog. Seeing them grow as person and in a pairing with Lilly was a pleasure.
Although this is a tribute to Lilly, I also want to pay tribute to Emily who transformed from a shy and nervous person into the rock Lilly needed in her final days, How they managed the situation was awesome and completely inspiring.
What I miss most is the smile and joy you brought Emily's life. Dogs for Autism really do transform young peoples lives.....
We know there will never be another Lilly, but Emily needs the support of a new assistance dog. Without more funding, we aren’t able to give Emily their new lifeline and special friend. Will you help?

More about what we do...

Our dogs transform the lives of people with autism and their families by ensuring their physical and emotional safety. People and families can become isolated, our dogs open up their world. Behaviour and anxieties can be socially difficult to manage, our dogs provide physical interventions to manage disregulation. Social connections can be very difficult to make and maintain for autistic people - our dogs provide unconditional love, become a very best friend and provide physical and emotional affection.

The Clock is Ticking...

Emily is just one of the autistic people waiting for us to be able to train them a dog. Emily had an amazing dog; Lilly was a Dogs for Autism assistance dog who tragically contracted meningitis last year. Despite extensive medical treatment Lilly sadly didn’t make it – Emily’s lifeline and very best friend was gone.



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Hilary Armour
Dogs for Autism
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