Hunter Schaper of Brenham is a sweet, loving twelve-year-old boy who struggles daily with autism. Hunter’s struggles would be greatly reduced with the aid of a service dog. As a result, Hunter’s mother, Leslie Schaper, is running an online fundraising campaign on in hopes of raising the $10,200 needed to purchase a service dog.

Hunter was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and continues to feel the effects of the disease today. “Due to Hunter being so active and a wanderer, I researched service or companion dogs,” said Leslie. “I came to the conclusion that this was something Hunter needed and could benefit him as well as our family.”

The aid of a service dog would provide Hunter with more independence and allow the family to partake in more activities together. The service dog would also be able to alert the family when Hunter wanders off, which is a significant concern to Leslie.

Hunter was recently approved for a service dog through Retrieving Freedom, Inc. (RFI) based in Waverly, Iowa. RFI breeds and trains its service animals for placement with veterans, children with autism, and children with diabetes.

In order to participate in RFI’s program, Hunter and his family need to raise the $10,200 needed to train the service dog and travel to Iowa to get the dog. As a result, the Schaper family is running an online fundraising campaign through Red Basket, a nonprofit crowdfunding site sponsored by WoodmenLife. Every penny donated will go directly to the family to help Hunter get his service dog. No fees are charged to donors when giving through Red Basket. To support Hunter with your tax deductible donation, visit