4 Paws For Ability Inc

Rating: 4.76 stars   50 reviews

Issues: Animals, Disabilities, Health, Human Services

Location: 253 Dayton Ave. Xenia OH 45385 USA

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


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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

This 4 Paws group is amazing! I have had contact and worked with them for more than 8 years. The need for these dogs is so great because of the magic they provide. Karen, Jeremy, Jennifer and all the staff and volunteers are amazing. They actually care about the children and Veterans and their families. The dogs are checked for physical and mental problems. They started out using rescues and found the success rate was so much better with a breeding program. The pups are started at day 1 to become a companion and work dog. Over the past 16 years they have placed 800 dogs, changed 800 plus lives. Changed for the better prison inmates, volunteers and staff. Yes there are issues at times. The law of averages is always there. But if there is a problem they strive to correct it. They are open about everything. Go to their facebook page or web page to find out how you can help this wonderful organization it is well worth a visit!

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5 people found this review helpful

I volunteer with 4 Paws as a puppy raiser and we house a breeder. The trainers are always avaliable to answer my questions and give support. In my dealings I have found them to be above reproach. I will work with and support 4 paws as long as I am able.

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2 people found this review helpful

Please please PLEASE do not support this organization! If you want, go see for yourself. Walk in and it's crates stacked on crates. Their facility is disgusting, and dogs at shelters are treated better. Many of their dogs have psychological and physical issues due to being stuck in crates for the majority of their lives. They're SOCIAL animals and need interaction...all 4 Paws is concerned about is the money they get. They also have no idea what they're doing breeding wise. The CEO has absolutely zero business skills and general knowledge of proper breeding. A golden retriever litter was born there and NONE of the litter (out of 5 dogs) didn't make it. Two were diagnosed with hip dysplasia before the age of 1 and the other 3 were very nervous. They just bred the same Sire dam! That is awful! They're placing dogs with families with behavioral issues and very poor breeding. Please do not support this abusive and awful organization.

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2 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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

I wish I lived closer :D).

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Webmaster for several years.

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

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