4 Paws For Ability Inc

Rating: 4.85 stars   111 reviews


253 Dayton Ave. Xenia OH 45385 USA


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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Reviews for 4 Paws For Ability Inc

Rating: 5 stars  

We received Mr. Raiden in January 2015. Because of him I can rest easy and know that my girl is starting to live a normal life again.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son received his service dog in December of 2010. His dog has kept our son safe & makes him feel secure. His service dog has helped reduced our (parents) stress level since we know if our son runs off she can search & track him. The bond between our son & his service dog is incredible. Thank you 4 paws for ability!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter received her dog last February. It has changed our lives! We are able to sleep peacefully again knowing that if she should have a seizure during the night- her dog will alert us!
Our dog also helps a great deal with mobility during our daughters "bad" days when walking is difficult for her.
4 paws is a life changer! The dogs are highly trained. Very socialized and just the best!

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2 people found this review helpful

4 Paws for Ability has literally changed the lives of everyone in our family in ways too numerous to count. From the tiny little things that are easier today to the confidence we have to tackle large challenges when our son has his dog at his side. I can't say enough great things about them.

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I got my Service dog back in June 2009. The staff is amazing! They're always there to answer any of your questions and they've retrained my dog for mobility support and balance. 4 paws for ability has changed my life for the better I no longer have to use my walker, I can use the stairs now and I feel more independent now then I ever had before. I also volunteer there with puppy socialization. I can honestly say that there is no better service dog organization. Where most service dog places require you to be on a waiting list for 5 years while they fund-raise for you and the dog you get is older. 4 paws people usually raise their many within 6 months to a year for most and the dog you get is a year and a half at most. Also you don't have to give back the dog once he retires!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We are currently fundraising for a service dog for my daughter. The people are amazing and so helpful. There is someone in my community that has a dog from 4 Paws and he is so well trained. These people are amazing at what they do

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 Paws is an amazing organization that has not only been a blessing to my family with the placement of Dewey, our service dog, but we have told others who have gone on to get their service dogs from them also.
Everything about them is first rate and you always know right where you are in the process of fundraising, etc. They are always available after placement to answer questions and/or concerns.
Once a 4 Paws family always a 4 Paws family!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son received an Autism Service Dog in May 2014. Miki has changed our lives forever. 4 Paws loves their dogs. Every single one! Every one is helpful and kind. We still communicate with them every year to re-certify the dogs. We are going back in March 2017 to get our second dog after a birth defect was found in our first dog. It took a year to find the defect, and 4 Paws is giving us another dog FREE of charge. We are blown away by their kindness. I would recommend 4 Paws over and over again!

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 Paws for Ability placed my child with a Multipurpose Service Dog named Paris. She not only gives me advanced notice of his seizures (48-60 hours advanced notice, mind you) but also assists with Behavior Disruption and Tracking/Search and Rescue. Paris has brought me extreme peace of mind and has even alerted to seizures that were not fully coming to surface, allowing for my son's medical team to have a better understanding of his seizure activity. We have only had Paris for almost 2 years now, and it is evident that she is exactly what my child needed. Paris LOVES her job as a Service Dog and loves her boy just as much. In addition to all this, the 4 Paws staff always makes themselves available to answer questions in all areas related to Service Dogs and I could not be happier with the amount of support I have personally received. If not for 4 Paws and their dedication to training and providing Service Dogs to those in need, I'm sure that we would not be where we are today.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son received his multi-purpose service dog 19 months ago and we cannot remember what life was like before him! He is a great addition to our family and provides us with a wonderful sense of security knowing that he is always on the job to alert us to seizures or blood sugar drops. He is absolutely beautiful and the most well behaved dog. He goes everywhere Bain goes which includes doctor appointment, therapy appointments, hospital stays, school, field trips, etc! We love 4 Paws for Ability! All of the trainer's and other staff members are great and very professional!!! I only recommend 4Paws for Ability to any child or Veteran seeking to find a service dog!

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