“We teach our children about how to look both ways before they cross a street, don’t talk to strangers, and don’t touch a hot burner. Now we need to educate our children about dogs.”
-Ryan Anderson, Cofounder of DADD
Our Story: On February 28th, 2010 in Astoria, Oregon, a 4 year old little girl named Ashlynn Dawn Anderson was attacked and killed by a dog. That little girl was our son’s daughter, our granddaughter. Our hope is to educate people in order to prevent families from having to experience the loss we did.
Our Mission: To establish an educational program designed for children, teens and adults. To be presented in schools to educate people on the dangers/risk there can be with dogs. Tell the story of our loss and thereby educate children so they know what to do, what not to do, and how to talk to their parents about dogs.
DADD’s Goal: Our long term goal is simple: Educate our children so we can prevent future accidents and reduce the number of severe injuries in children, as well as to establish Scholarships in memory of Ashlynn. We will achieve our goals by doing the following:
- Provide educational seminars in elementary schools
- Use Victoria Stilwell’s expertise for planning seminars
- Fundraise through our annual Beach Walk, merchandise sales, and individual/corporate donations
Create awareness! We feel all dogs have the potential to be dangerous.