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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Training, Animals, Autism, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Disabilities, Health, Human Services

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.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tina Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son was just placed in a class for a multi purpose service dog for his autism, TORRETTEs, IED, OCD, ADHD, and severe anxiety. This is a wonderful non profit organization who helps children with all different types of disorders regardless of age. They even help Vets in need. I would not recommend any other agency. They have provided a safe place for parents and children to talk, share, and listen. One big happy family! I also recently decided to give back by volunteering and fostering a future 4 PAWS SD.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter fostered 3 dogs. The attention to detail in training, placement, care and feeding, is first class. I've seen the difference it has made in lives. Cannot say enough positive remarks about all involved. Tremendous leadership, caring and love.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely love this program this organization and everything it does and stands for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

4 Paws is a fantastic organization and I am so glad to be a part of watching magic happen

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to donate to a great cause. Currently am also puppy raising a Papillon destined for the service dog program. Can't wait to see some lucky child with one of these great dogs.

1 Nicole151

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization! I have had 3 dogs from there that I have socialize! Love what they stand for!

1 Sherene B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with 4 Paws as a volunteer for a number of years. I am constantly impressed with the care and treatment of their animals from training puppies to their breeding program. They have a facility completely dedicated to their breeders and puppies which is monitored extremely closely.

In addition, what this organization does for the community is amazing. They train service dogs for people who would find life very difficult without them. These are quality dogs that are highly trained to accomplish very specific and needed tasks.

While the CEO is VERY involved with the day-to-day operations, she has also wisely surrounded herself with employees who are the best at what they do. When out in public with a training dog, I have heard no shortage of positive comments about these dogs. This is one organization that I am, without reservation, proud to be a part of and will continue to support 4 Paws for Ability as long as I am able to do so.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great job hope u keep it up on going great wounderful

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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