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4 Paws For Ability Inc

Rating: 4.77 stars   52 reviews 6,510

Address:

253 Dayton Ave. Xenia OH 45385 USA

Mission:

Provide companionship and promote independent living for children and veterans with disabilities.

Programs:

Autism Assistance Dogs

Most requested and most often placed, Autism Assistance Dogs have the ability to track a child that has wandered off, keep the child with the caregiver in public, and are trained to respond to a child’s repetitive behaviors to stop the behavior(s).

 

Hearing Ear Dog

Assist the hearing impaired by alerting them to the presence of a sound in the environment. The dog learns to respond to verbal and hand signals and work for toys or affection. It is trained to make physical contact and lead someone to the source of a sound.

 

Mobility Assistance Dog

Increase the independence of someone who uses a wheelchair, has trouble standing, and/or with ambulating such as people with spinal cord or brain injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida, and Cerebral Palsy. These dogs can be taught to help pull a manual chair up a hill and retrieve dropped items among many other tasks.

 

Multipurpose Assistance Dog

A creative solution for someone who does not fit into one category, which includes people with multiple issues or diagnoses such as Down Syndrome, Fragile X, ADHD, or mental health issues.

 

Seizure Assistance Dog

Trained to complete a variety of tasks from alerting to behavior disruption. Seizure medications often cause behavioral or balance issues and the dogs can help to stabilize the child by wearing a harness that the child can hold. The dogs are trained to remain calm in a chaotic environment and can recognize an impending seizure and signal the child's caregivers before it happens.

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Reviews for 4 Paws For Ability Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am a college foster for 4paws, meaning I raise a new service dog in training each semester. I am currently raising my third puppy and cannot speak more highly of 4paws. 4paws really cares about their dogs and the kids they give them to. Although some of the rules and procedures surrounding the fostering process may seem rigid they are put in place to insure their dogs' safety. Volunteering for this organization has changed my life. I love all three of the dogs I have fostered and seeing photos of them and communicating with the families and kids who receive them has been an amazing experience. Every organization has its problems and I think the bad reviews of 4paws that are out there are from people who have not given 4paws a chance. Their new facility is a testament to their hard work and the vision they have for providing exceptional care for their dogs and an amazing facility for families to come to when they go through training with the dogs.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Seriously LOVE this place. We have been matched with my daughters seizure alert dog for 4 years. To say he's amazing isn't giving enough credit. He's perfectly trained and his personality is so awesomely matched to my daughters that I couldn't have chosen a better dog for her. I have 24/7 support, an open line to trainers, volunteers and other parents anytime I need it. The community and love you feel at 4 Paws is second to none. There is no place I would have chosen other than 4 Paws. I did over a years research before I settled on them, and can truly say they are the best of the best. I will continue to support 4 Paws and when Kyto is retired we will be going back for our next service dog.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

We've had our service dog from 4 Paws for 3&1/2 years. I can't count the times he's saved my child's life. The training, time and screening 4 Paws puts into their dogs is second to none. Even to this day I can call 24/7 with any questions or concerns. The support doesn't stop when you leave class. It states from the day you are accepted to receive a service dog and doesn't stop. From fund raising, pre planning, class, back home and beyond you have the entire 4 Paws family backing you. Karen has devoted her life to helping others like herself that would have been turned down for a service dog (we were turned down by 2 other companies before I heard about 4 Paws). With EVERY family reporting success and how much this organization and the people behind it have changed their lives you could't have picked a better nonprofit to give to.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them every penny I could to help them expand.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Great job hope u keep it up on going great wounderful

 
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We love our Sobe girl! She is a perfect match for our son! We are so grateful to 4 paws!

 
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We received our sons autism service dog in October of 2014. Our lives have changed for the better. Shopping trips, field trips, and speech have all been improved experiences for my son. 4 paws is dedicated to providing the best trained service dog for your child's specific needs. The staff and family that is gained is priceless. We have been truly blessed.

 
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The staff at 4 Paws for Ability truly work with families to answer questions and assist families through the process! We are very excited to be partnering with 4 Paws for Ability to get our daughter an Autism Assistance Service dog!

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I just received my son's service dog. He is a hearing ear and autism service dog. He also tracks him when he wanders away. I want to say this. I researched EXTENSIVELY before I chose 4paws. I had to really want this. Lots of entry paperwork, lots of referrals, lots of fundraising. They do not just hand out dogs like candy. They also make sure you have ALL the tools to be successful service dog owners and handlers. These dogs are loved from day one. Every one who comes into contact with these dogs love them. He could not be the dog he is if he was not loved and cared for from day one. Even the dogs that do not make it to become service dogs are adopted out to only approved families. First and foremost 4 paws loves their dogs. Then they love their families. You become a part of a family when you receive your service dog. The love and acceptance you feel in the room as a parent of a special needs child......it is a miracle in and of itself. Most of us do not take our children out in public. You never feel judged or lacking. What you do feel is love and understanding and SUPPORT! Our service dog is a MIRACLE in our family. A miracle that all the people involved with 4 paws gave to us. A gift that is immeasurable. Thank you from the depth of my soul.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Great organization that truly makes every client and volunteer part of the "family" for life!

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Very few agencies place dogs with children; even less place them with families with multiple children with disabilities. Imagine my shock when I inquired with the head of 4 Paws about a seizure and sensory dog for my daughter and she said, wouldn't you like your dog to help your other kids too? Let me tell you, our dog has changed our entire lives. She has found my son who slipped away from his grandmother at a museum, she has warned us of seizures, she stopped my oldest son from picking his skin until it bleeds but, most of all, she provides calm, love and security at home and at doctor/dentist appointments. She absolutely exceeds all of our wildest dreams.

You do have to fundraise for 4 Paws but you don't go at it alone. You also have to wait a while for your dog. Finally, you have to train there for 2 weeks. You have to be committed. However, it is worth every effort. Our lives are so much better with our beautiful 4 Paws Dog.

In addition to a dog who meets every expectation and more, 4 Paws for Ability provides us support and a network of friendships that so many families don't have. I couldn't recommend them more highly, in fact, 3 of our closest family friends have hotten dogs there since meeting ours. 4Paws changes lives and are more than deserving of your support.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

This organization has integrity and cares for their dogs and trains them in a positive manner that prepares them to be excellent service dogs for the people they eventually assist.

 
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