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November 14, 2011

Our son received his Autism Service Dog in March '08 .Fred Tracks and tethers (his most important jobs for our high risk son) ,and does behavior interruption and calming pressure.He's a snuggler ,too.
I would be unable to walk through parking lots or parking garages with our child if Fred was
not tethered to him.
He's been to the children's hospital for surgical procedures and waits with our son in holding before and in recovery after.
We can walk calmly through stores and hallways of buildings,now.
One of our funniest trips was to our local Aquarium .An eagle was a visitor in the lobby and never took her eyes off of Fred.
Despite our attempts at safety measures ,our son has wandered off our property before and doesn't answer,so having Fred is literally a lifesaver because he can track our child as soon as we realize he is missing.
I've been back to 4 Paws twice since we received Fred to help two other families with their child while they train . I'd happily do it again.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having a well trained service dog that I can be proud of in public. Becoming friends with other parents who also have children with various special needs ,who have received a service dog from 4Paws for Ability. I've also become close to some adults who have received mobility service dogs.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a way to fund additional buildings and state of the art kennels and equipment that would benefit so many more families .

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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

How did you find this group?

A classmate of my son's had an Autism Service Dog from 4Paws and shared the info with me.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

This group encouraged me to never accept limits in our life .Anything is possible now.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 10, 2010

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November 10, 2010

I am a puppy raiser for 4PawsforAbility. It has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. We fostered our first service dog who was a yellow lab and is now back at the facility for advanced training. We have now brought home our 2nd foster dog a beautiful german shephard. This experience has been so rewarding for our whole family along with our community whom enjoys visits from our public social outings.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

There is a family in the local area that received a 4Paws dog in Sept 2010. I met her after we started puppy raising and they received their dog for their daughter who has autism.

Ways to make it better...

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

none

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I wish I lived closer :D).

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, meeting new people, educating others about the impact of service dogs on people, teaching me new ways to train dogs and more.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Grateful

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 10, 2010

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November 10, 2010

I'm the volunteer webmaster for 4 Paws for Ability and have a change and an addition for your profile of 4 Paws: Change: it's Xenia, Ohio (not Xienia) Link to website: http://www.4PawsForAbility.org Also sending the 4 Paws jpg logo Thanks, Judy Vorfeld

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Webmaster for several years.

Ways to make it better...

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

Can't think of any. It's an amazing organization. Stable, creative, compassionate, responsive.

October 25, 2010

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October 25, 2010

We received an autism-assistance service dog named Vista for my son Jamaal, 13 years old, in September of this year. Vista is trained in tracking, behavior disruption and is a constant companion for Jamaal. Training is an intensive 10 days of learning about your service dog, how to care for her, how to handle her in public places and what to expect when you get home with your new family member. The patience, support and encouragement of the 4 Paws staff is incredible. Fundraising is not always easy, it can be frustrating, training is exhausting and what happens in your real world experience can be overwhelming at times, but what makes it worth it is the incredible bond created by your service dog and your child.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the relationship between my son and his service dog as well as having the service dog as a part of our family. She's been instrumental in allowing him to interact more often and spontaneously with others.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them to get a larger facility as the work they do requires as much space as possible and they are growing out of the space they are currently in.

October 24, 2010

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October 24, 2010

Our deafblind daughter received her service dog over 2 years ago. The dog is a multipurpose service dog who assists with ambulation, scent recognition, object retrieval, and behavioral interruption. They have been through multiple surgeries (the dog was a big assistance in learning how to walk following hip surgeries) and her dog has been there to help with the recovery. They ride the bus to school together and in general are a great team. The dog is amazingly well trained and our daughter is now providing commands with sign language!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Enhancing the lives of individuals with different abilities.

Ways to make it better...

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

Enhance it's ability to assist additional individuals.

October 23, 2010

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October 23, 2010

When looking for assistance for my son that has asperger's syndrome, I was turned away. I have been told by many that there is no help for children with aspergr's and most of all they didn't even know what asperger's syndrome was. How can anyone help wen they don't kow what it is. My son went on a feild trip (in 4th grade with me in attendance) to a place that has service dogs. This is where I found out that they has Autism Service Dogs. I immediately came home and started to google for Autism Service Dogs. 4 Paws was the only site that came up. Most of all they serviced children!!!! I was so elited that I filled out the form received the papers and started to inform the public about 4 paws! They treated me with the upmost respect and was thrilled that they even had a conversation with my son. They really know what they are doing! We are still waiting for my son's service dog, but ths is part because my son has an allergy to animals and it takes a special kind of dog to fully service him. I know that the service dog will allow my son to live a full and prosperious life without to many worries. Thanks 4 Paws for doing what you do!!!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways.

Ways to make it better...

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

NONE!

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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

October 22, 2010

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October 22, 2010

4 Paws for ability is bringing security to our family. A sense of safety for our son with Autism. The service dog will be the greatest gift we could have asked for to ease the stress in our home. We will be able to enjoy our family time and not be on edge waiting for the next issue to come along. Their support means so much to our family. They strive to help family's with disabled children and not just the child!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Obtaining an Autism Service Dog for our son.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a way to reach out further than it has to help others.

October 22, 2010

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October 22, 2010

My daughter received a multipurpose service dog from 4 Paws for ability in December 2009. Before we received my daughters service animal, she would hide under parked cars, escape door locks like a special magic trick. On top of this, came added worries on what would happen next. My daughter had many "meltdowns", and had no friends. Once my daughter got her service animal things have changed for the better. The meltdowns have decreased, she sleeps alone with her dog beside her, and added confidence to be able to do things that was not possible before. Thanks to 4 Paws for Ability, our lives have changed so much. Without 4 paws, my daughter would not be safe and for once be happy with her new best friend.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

4 paws for ability has changed our lives in so many ways. From all the staff at 4 Paws, they made you feel like family and helped in any way possible. Even when we left training we knew if we needed anything the organization would be behind us. Wonderful organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would not change anything about 4 paws for ability, they are the best!

October 22, 2010

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October 22, 2010

My son has had his multi-purpose service dog since April 2009. Our life has changed because of this organization. I have actually gone back a number of times to be part of the miracle during other classes. If you are looking for an organization that will help you in getting a Service Dog for your loved one with a disability, 4 Paws for Ability is the one. Karen, Jeremy and the staff do a great job finding the dog that will help mitigate your loved ones needs.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

we received a service dog for my disabled son from 4 Paws.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help them expand their facility. It is so great to go and get your dog and also to go back and visit but they are in desperate need of a newer, BIGGER facility.

October 22, 2010

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October 22, 2010

We are getting a service dog for my teenage son who is legally blind and has multiple disabilities. Other service dog agencies will turn away a person who has more than one disability, is under 18 or already has pets in the home. But not 4 Paws, they specialize in taking the "Dis" out of disability. 4 Paws has been amazing every step of the way, from the first questions on will this work for us? To what kind of dog do we need? To how will this be funded? Preparing for the arrival of a service dog can be exciting and overwhelming, having already placed over 500 dogs 4 Paws has "been there and done that" many times... Because they are so good at it they can anticipate what families are going to need before we even know we will need it. They provide a family support network to help you every step of the way. I think we would still be wandering around in the maze of which way to go if we hadn't had such great support. Beyond the obvious benefits the person with a disability gets from having a service dog placed in their lives, 4 Paws places rescue animals when ever possible and utlizes prison inmates as dog trainers. Its a win - win - win! Just when you think it can't better, there is more! 4 Paws is also dedicated to community education and awareness about service dogs and public access.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Everyone that we have come in contact with at 4 Paws radiates acceptance and love for people with disabilities and animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would give them a bigger place to train service dogs and families.

More feedback...

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

How did you find this group?

Researched service dog agencies

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Moving us toward greater independence and self determination for our son

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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