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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.


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

118 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sabina S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

4 paws for ability. Gives families the much needed help .by providing fantastic service dogs. 4 paws gave us a life we never knew . Going out in public didn't happen without a fight. Now it's normal. The simple things that everyone can do daily were a struggle. Not anymore thank you 4 paws

Brandey H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has a Multi-purpose Assistance Dog from 4 Paws for Ability. They have been wonderful, from the very first phone call. They continue to be wonderful, now that we have our dog. One of her tasks is tracking. Within two months of being home with our service dog, I had to use her for a real track. When your child goes missing, no amount of money is too much to be able to find them quickly. Thank you 4 Paws!


Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son received Bronx in Oct 2014, our meltdown prior would go for what felt like for ever now they are half of that. Did I mention how Bronx help find his boy when took a stroll. .

Love this organization they are alays there to answer any questions

Tina Y.


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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just finished up our fundraising & placed in a class. We are so excited for our son to get his service dog. Everyone at 4 Paws has been so helpful during the process! We are happy to have found them! You really do feel like part of a family!


Client Served

Rating: 5

4 Paws for Ability is an incredible organization. From questions during applying, fundraising, and now having our sons Service Dog home with us, they are knowledgeable and available to help. The 10 day training class was a life changing experience and I have gained even more respect for everyone who plays a role in the process of caring for and training these dogs. I would not hesitate to recommend this organization to anyone with a child who has special needs. So blessed to be a part of the 4 Paws family❤️

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

PLEASE don't give these people any money!
You do all the fund raising yourself and are directed to have donors deposit directly to their bank account...since my grandson can no longer travel, my daughter has had to find a local organization.
Almost $1000 in 4 Paws account will not be returned. How convenient for them!

THEY insist on having donations deposited directly to THEM even though the family does all of the fund raising...see how that works?

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2 Tina103

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!