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2017-09-13 / Front Page

Fundraising Goal Reached for Delhi Boy’s Service Dog

By Rosie Cunningham


Evan Kruppo reached his fundraising goal to acquire a service dog from 4 Paws for Ability in Ohio. 
Contributed Photo Evan Kruppo reached his fundraising goal to acquire a service dog from 4 Paws for Ability in Ohio. Contributed Photo DELHI - A little boy will be getting his dog. Evan Kruppo’s family and his community have been working diligently to raise the necessary $17,000 for an assistance service canine and the goal has been met. Evan has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

“I just mailed the last checks and I have to wait for them to be processed,” said Evan’s mother, Patti Kruppo. She said she is just waiting to find out what the next steps are.

In an earlier interview, Kruppo said she believes the dog will be an asset to the family because of “elopement” issues.

“Evan is often unaware of the hazards posed by water, roads and parking lots,” she said. “Drowning is the leading cause of death for children with ASD. The priority for the service dog is to assist in maintaining Evan’s safety. Secondly, the dog will be trained to provide calming pressure and assist Evan in socialization.”


The community is invited to attend the third annual Autism Awareness Event on Oct. 7 at Courthouse Square in the village of Delhi, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Contributed Photo The community is invited to attend the third annual Autism Awareness Event on Oct. 7 at Courthouse Square in the village of Delhi, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contributed Photo The canine will come from 4 Paws for Ability out of Ohio, an organization which enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs.

The total cost for the service dog is $17,000, not including travel and hotel costs for 12 days.

Two or three potential dog matches will be brought to the training facility. From there, with the help of the experts, it will be determined which dog will best meet Evan’s needs.

For several months, the community has rallied and supported the Kruppo family - multiple fundraisers have been organized and held, making the dream of obtaining the service dog a reality.

Kruppo reminds the community to attend the third annual Autism Awareness Event on Oct. 7 at Courthouse Square in the village of Delhi, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fundraiser will include vendors and entertainment.

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