Ellyn Salkin & Murray

From: Lee, MA
Program: Assistance Dog
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$4,411

My name is Ellyn Salkin and I have been matched with Murray, a Service Dog for Therapy. As an advocate, counselor, and coach for people with autism spectrum disorders, other needs and different abilities, I’m thankful to have Murray by my side to provide comfort and encouragement. There are so many ways that Murray can assist in a therapeutic session or activity. The opportunity to focus attention on gentle Murray can help clients reduce the anxiety of stressful learning and social situations.  Participating in cooperative games with playful Murray helps to bridge difficulties in engaging with others. The ability to help in Murray’s care, as well as sharing in many fun tasks and energetic playtime gives clients a rewarding experience and sense of accomplishment, joy and compassion. I especially look forward to seeing my clients gain the confidence and skills to easily navigate in community and social settings, with Murray by their side providing that initial level of security and comfort to promote success.

With gratitude,  Ellyn

*NEADS clients pledge to raise a minimum of $8,000 for the organization, thus allowing us to fulfill our mission of placing Service Dogs with individuals who benefit from them the most.  Each donation ensures that NEADS will continue to change lives with our World Class Service Dogs.


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