Rating: 4.68 stars   25 reviews


Location: 253 Dayton Ave. Xenia OH 45385 USA

Mission: Provide companionship and promote independent living for disabled people.


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  

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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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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Very Well

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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  

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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