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I wonder if they will still be firmly behind her when the first child injury occurs?

animals for autism

Posted by GlobalGiving on January 27th, 2012

In 2010, Pepsi created the Pepsi Refresh Project to support projects that have a positive impact in local communities across America. Pepsi believes good ideas can come from anyone, anywhere and anytime and so they decided to be the catalyst for bringing them to reality. The projects were voted on and chosen by Americans and the result: more than 1.2 million people impacted across the country through more than 1,000 grants awarded in 345 cities and 45 states.

GlobalGiving is honored to be a part of this program. We work with agency partners and grantees to administer, disburse, and monitor these grants. All grantees undergo a due diligence process, whose terms are available as part of the official Application Guidelines at the following link:

We also support grantees in a variety of ways by assisting them with various steps like project planning, budgeting, event coordination and securing local volunteers. GlobalGiving has visited many projects in various stages of implementation. We’ve seen amazing work being done all around the country, such as a turtle rescue project in Pittsburgh, new homes for foster children in Mississippi, a karate program for children with special needs in NYC, and a project to support the homeless in Washington DC.

Over the last few months we’ve heard the concerns raised regarding a $50,000 grant awarded to an individual, Lea Kaydus, in July 2010. The project is to provide ten trained dogs to families of autistic children free of charge. Activities funded under this grant include the construction of a new canine training facility and costs associated with the training of the dogs.

We do not take any expression of concern lightly, and we are committed to ensuring that grant activities are implemented as they were intended. We have been thoughtfully evaluating the situation specific to this grant, in addition to overseeing many other projects that are still actively pursuing their goals. As with all Pepsi Refresh Grants, GlobalGiving monitors project activities to ensure compliance with the terms of the grant agreement. We have been in regular contact with the grantee throughout the grant period (including a recent site visit), and she is in compliance with the terms of her grant agreement and is scheduled to deliver the dogs to the requesting families starting in Spring 2012.

We understand that for the families involved, the care of their children is their foremost concern. We stand firm in our commitment to do everything we can to support the grantee to help bring this project to fruition. We have also encouraged the grantee to be in more regular communication with the families going forward, to which she has agreed. We ask everyone involved to please refrain from personal attacks and understand that the grantee is doing all she can to accomplish her goals with this project.

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  • Patty Dobbs Gross January 27, 2012, 2:38 pm

    This post is well written, but not honest. There is nothing in this letter from GlobalGiving that addresses the oft repeated concern that Siberian Huskies are not a safe candidate for an autism assistance dog for children, the Lea has a poor and sparse track record in creating autism assistance dog placements or that the dogs earmarked for these ten children are being properly socialized for their role as autism assistance dogs.

    There’s also nothing written about who is taking responsibility (in writing) if any of the children get bitten by their autism assistance dog in the future.

    The “idea” for one individual with little to no experience to create ten autism assistance dog placements with ten Siberian Huskies for $50,000 ($5,000 per placement; less than half of true cost) wasn’t a valid one to start and although I’m certain many of the grants approved by and administered to the Pepsi Refresh Everything giveaway were good, this particular grant was a mistake to approve and in this one case the necessary due diligence failed to happen.

    Mistakes are made all the time; it’s what we do when we discover them that separates the moral from the immoral…

    Kind regards,

    Patty Dobbs Gross
    Executive Director
    North Star Foundation
    We help children find their way.

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