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4 PAWS FOR ABILITY INC
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.

The Great!

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.

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I fundraised for 4 Paws as a part of my agreement in receiving a servic dog for my son. Once this was done I participated in the 10 day training class in September.