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4 Paws For Ability Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Enriching the lives of people with disabilities by placing life-changing service dogs worldwide.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 100 people 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

232 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Anna T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been volunteer trainers (puppy raisers) with 4 Paws For Ability for three years. We are also the guardian home for one of their breeders, and we volunteer at 4 Paws at least once a week. This organization has truly changed our lives. The dogs are incredible, the training we have received is amazing, and the people we have met are awesome. The only thing better is the difference these dogs make in people’s lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I began volunteering as puppy raisers with 4 Paws for Ability a little over a year ago. I have never met a more caring, dedicated, and all-around awesome staff. The dogs are amazing! Being involved with 4 Paws has been truly life-changing.

Kate W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

When other places said our daughter wasn't blind enough, or that she would never get a service dog because she wouldn't be able to handle them, 4 Paws stepped up and said yes. Our daughter was placed with Dizzy in Nov. 2020. He's the most amazing dog I have ever met. He assists her with walking, behavior disruption, guiding, and being her friend in a scary world. Dizzy has given our daughter independence and our family the ability to go out and live.

Lisa M.29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for volunteer opportunity for my 7 year old son who I homeschool and I to participate in together. I reached out to them and they more than welcomed us together. There are so many organizations that don't allow children under the age of 12 to participate in volunteer opportunities. We both participated in the Zoom online training call and then scheduled a time to come in on site to learn how to assist with taking their pups out to play and exercise and work on their commands. They explained how important it is to them to have children working with their pups as a lot of them will be going to aid a child so they need to know 100% that their pups are comfortable and safe to be around children. 4 Paws staff is absolutely amazing to work with. Even as a volunteer, I have understood from the beginning how important our role is in the pups success. I honestly have felt like my son and I are a part of the 4 Paws team/family since the beginning. Such an amazing, compassionate, welcoming team of people and absolutely phenomenal pups to work with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

4 Paws for Ability has changed our lives not once but twice. We received our first service dog in 2012 and our second in 2021. The experience was still so amazing, organized so well and every detail so thought out to make sure every family was going to be successful. The work that they put into each and every dog they train from breeders to puppy raisers, to weekend fosters, to socializing each dog, constant training, listening to each families need and incorporating that into the training is just beyond words. They provide continuous support whenever you need it. The long lasting friendships families make when they meet in class because this training is a time when nobody judges you if your child has a melt down, has a seizure or runs around the room. As a parent you can breathe. 4 Paws changes lives for the entire family. I know. They have changed ours twice and we will be forever grateful.
The Bish Family

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got my daughters medical alert service dog in 2019. Little did we know that going to this amazing place and getting our life changing service dog would lead us to find the most amazing and supportive community. Our service girl had changed our world, saved our daughters life now multiple times, comforted her through multiple surgeries and months long hospital stays. 4 paws has been there for us every step of the way for training and support every hour of every day someone is there supporting you and your dog! They say the 4 Paws magic is real and trust me it’s beyond magical!

Debi Lynn H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first met staff, volunteers and dogs at the Hero’s Ride in Fairfield, where I was introduced to their mission and how they have helped children and veterans snd the impact these amazing dogs make on the families life. I did my homework on the organization, visited 4Paws in Xenia and within a month was training to be an on-site volunteer… this year the opportunity to foster one of these baby geniuses came in January… it’s a 24/7 commitment, but one that I take great pride in… the training, friends and experiences through 4 Paws Amazing …

Elise A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for almost 3 years and it has been an amazing experience!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are in next year class, so we do not have my son's SD yet, but he is very exited and it has been wonderful journey. We will be visiting 4Paws this week to learn more about the process of training a service dog and to play with puppies. Everyone is very helpful and just so amazing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are a guardian home for a breeder dog for 4Paws. General our breeder dog has worked into our family wonderfully. General is a School Resource Dog. He accompanies his guardian dad to work. He has made a difference in so many lives along with being a breeder dog. 4Paws Magic ✨

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I just "completed" the process of receiving our service dog from 4 Paws. I put "completed" in quotes because once a 4 Paws family, ALWAYS a 4 Paws family. This company is just filled to the brim with AMAZING people from the first person you talk to about getting information to apply for your service animal to the senior trainer you work with when you are in Xenia, OH meeting your dog for the first time. Every single person here makes you feel like the only one on the planet. They all are kind, patient, calm, generous, wonderful humans who genuinely want the best for your family. I will be grateful for this company for the rest of my life. My daughter has Autism, Epilepsy, ADHD, and a rare chromosomal abnormality; this dog has already changed our lives in more ways than we can count and we've only had him for three weeks. The staff at 4 Paws just accept my child for who she is and ask no questions or give any weird looks at any of her many behaviors. People like that don't exist outside of this organization. They completely understand the population they serve and it shows every day.

Jackie N.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter will be receiving her service dog next year. 4 Paws has been absolutely amazing, especially with the challenges brought on by Covid. Communication and support has been top notch. 100% recommend anyone looking for a service dog for their child to apply at 4 Paws.

Client Served

Rating: 5

4 Paws has made such a positive difference in my life. I have had issues with diabetes and the service dog they have provided me, Clancy, has been remarkable. He has been more accurate than my Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM). Additionally, although it has not been his primary job, he has lowered my anxiety significantly after my leg amputation

Further, the people involved with 4 Paws, including the volunteers, workers and fellow clients, are among the best people I know. PLUS, one can volunteer along with other family members even if they are children and, honestly, who does not enjoy playing with puppies?

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is recieving a 4 Paws dog early next year. Even though we don't have her dog yet they have been amazing. They are there for you through every step of the process. From filling out paperwork to interviewing to see if a dog is right for you, to helping you with fundraising any way they can. They are truly an amazing organization and we are blessed to call them family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been fostering with 4 Paws for 3.5 years. One of my fosters recently got placed as a service dog with a family in Seattle (the 4 Paws magic spreads across the country!) and it has been incredible to see the difference that having a service dog has already made in that boy’s life. I still love this organization just as much (and maybe even more!) than I did the day I joined back in January 2018.

Maggie M.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

4 paws for ability is a great place to volunteer. I love seeing the way these dogs positively impact the community both through the people the dogs serve, but also by educating and advocating for service dogs in public!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is a disabled Vet with hearig deficiency. We were given a "hearing ear dog" by donation and appreciate that fact very much. Malachi is my husbands best friend and lets him know when he is needed by someone or someone is calling Bruce's name. We love and appreciate 4 Paws for Ability very very much. Thank you for all you do for kids and veterans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with 4 Paws since July 2014. It's amazing to see how much their services dogs improve the lives of children & veterans with disabilities and the lives of their families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with 4 Paws For Ability for about 4.5 years. I started off working as kennel staff and when it was my time to move on, I knew that I wanted to stay involved. I became a volunteer trainer and have fostered 2 dogs so far. What 4 paws does and what these dogs can do is something magical and cannot be duplicated. I am proud to be part of 4 Paws and will continue to spread the word about this amazing nonprofit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

To say they are life changing is an understatement. My son has a best friend that has improved his life in so many ways and we gained a support network that truly gets it. The staff is extremely responsive and caring. Top notch organization.

1 Morgan W.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I have only been associated with 4 Paws for about a year, I have fallen in love with this organization and what they do to help change families’ lives. I am currently fostering my first pup Tova and even though it can be challenging and frustrating at times, I have enjoyed every moment of it. 4 Paws and it’s volunteer community has never failed to help me when I needed it. If I could give more than 5 stars I would!

Mariah G.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with the 4 Paws for Ability program for almost two years now and I could not love it more. I'm currently fostering my first foster, Abella, and the magic of 4 Paws is truly alive in her. Love love love everything this org stands for and does

Yvone Rush R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From start to Service Dog placement, was 3 long years, but 4 Paws was there every step of the way. Their organization is so helpful & knowledgeable. The families they have helped band together to help others. We were never left without encouragement or help. This continues even after service dog placement. There are people to call of help is needed. Families that support you through your new journey. I could not have found a better organization to help my son. Thank you 4 Paws for providing a service that changes lives for the better!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

4Paws for Ability is an amazing nonprofit that helps not only families, but has also helped children in school.
In February, 2018 our classroom changed forever as we welcomed Buffy! Buffy is an autism assistance dog.
She is so smart and very intuitive. She loves all her kids and they love her.
4 Paws made this wonderful partnership possible with their caring staff and professional, detail oriented training. These people have a passion for teaching their dogs help the people who need them the most

Emma G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer trainer for a year and it has completely changed my life. This org has given me such an important support system and even better friends. We all come together for the kiddos and the vets! One day our fosters are going to change somebody’s life just like they’ve changed ours. So proud to be a part of this org! (Picture of me and my current foster Kolita for my “graduation”)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family serves as a guardian home for mama breeder. She has a big job, and we are blessed to keep her safe.

Robert R.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

4 Paws is awesome! They work with you through the whole process, and are there even after to help when needed.

Sara F.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization providing service dogs for children with disabilities. We love our Autism Service Dog, Callie, from 4 Paws for Ability!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer trainer with 4 Paws for almost a year now and I cannot express how truly amazing this organization is!

Caysie C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becoming a volunteer trainer for 4 paws for ability has been one of the best choices of my life! I’m so thankful to 4 paws for giving me the opportunity to be apart of this amazing organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We became involved as volunteer trainers in 2018. We are also a guardian home for a Breeder dog. We see the 4 Paws magic daily. The friends we have made that we would never have met had it not been for 4 Paws. To see how these dogs change lives. We are so grateful to be a part of this amazing organization.

RyanGagnon

Client Served

Rating: 5

4 Paws has been an amazing organization to work with y the entire process of getting our daughter her service dog!

Courtney G.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely love 4 Paws! Such a great and helpful non-profit

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer trainer for 4 Paws for Ability since August 2017 and have seen first-hand the incredible impact this organization makes on so many levels. It has been such an honor to be a small part of this organization by taking part in some of these dogs trainings, and then getting to witness their full story play out. Witnessing the difference 4 Paws dogs make in their forever families lives is life-changing and I'm so blessed to be a small part of that.

Denise O.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2015, I became an on-site volunteer with 4 Paws for Ability and shortly thereafter our family became volunteer puppy raisers/trainers. We then became a service dog recipient family. All of the above has enriched our lives. I have experienced and often hear accounts how these dogs changes lives and give hope and healing. Working so closely with them in this capacity has offered behind the scenes insight. The 4 Paws for Ability mission and the well being of the dogs and are always foremost in the mind and mission of 4 Paws for Ability. Because of their commitment to quality and the well-being of the animals and humans, the world is a much better place when a 4 Paws dog is involved. I am always quick to refer to 4 Paws For Ability whether it be for volunteer work, puppy raising, or to become a recipient of their incredible service dogs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our medical alert multi-purpose service dogs from this organization are AWESOME!

Audrey R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer trainer for a little over a year now! I can’t imagine my life without this amazing organization. I’ve made so many friends and memories ☺️

Julia J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer trainer for 4paws for a year and a half now, picking up my 4th foster next week! We all say "4paws magic" and there is simply no other way to put it. These dogs save not only the lives of their match, but also their families. Everyone at 4paws puts their hearts and souls into each and every dog so we can help the kids and veterans who need it most.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are so so many service dog organizations out there, but 4 Paws for Ability is THE real deal! We did extensive research on organizations before applying for our service dog and were impressed with 4 Paws. After making the trip to Ohio to tour the facilities we knew there was no other place for us. It’s hard to put into words how much our lives have changed with our 4Paws service dog. Independence. Community. Knowledge.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

4 Paws for Ability is not only giving my daughter her independence back by placing her with her perfectly matched service dog, it's giving us a new family; a community of people that know. A new family that understands what we are going through every day, and know exactly what a blessing these 4 Paws dogs are first hand.

Christina K.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of this nonprofit for almost 4 years now and I have loved every single bit of it. Everyone is so kind and they make you feel like family.

Linda M.13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with 4 Paws for 4 years now and it truly has changed my life. Whether I’m volunteering onsite, or doing work with my SDIT foster, I know that I’m helping a dog that will end up changing the life of a family in need. I’ve learned so much about service dogs and met tons of families that have helped teach me about living life with a disability. 4 Paws isn’t just an organization, it’s a family. We all come together to support each other, even if it’s for something not related to 4 Paws. I’ve met people who became some of my best friends in life.

4 Paws has given me a purpose and I can’t imagine not being involved in this amazing org!

Lilys J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

4 Paws for Ability matched my daughter, Lily, with her service dog last summer. Since day one it was evident that everyone involved cared deeply about how the dogs were raised, to being matched, then training the families and beyond. We are very proud to say we are a part of the 4 Paws family.

Julie M.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter received her first service dog through 4 Paws in 2013. Her service dog has saved her life in multiple ways since that day! It’s truly invaluable what they do! Thank you, 4 Paws!

Kyrstyn Jayde R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do such a fantastic job and I love this organization with every once of me!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a college foster for 4 Paws for Ability for the past 6 months. I truthfully do not have enough positive things to say about this organization. Not only do they care so deeply about each and every client, but also each and every dog and volunteer. This organization continues to change lives every day and I am so grateful to be a part of it.

McKenna M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer puppy raiser for this program and 4 Paws has been nothing but awesome with the way they treat their volunteers and how they raise their dogs to help people in need!

Andrea Armstrong M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the honor of volunteering as a breeder home for one of the 4 Paws doodles. This has brought so much joy to my family. Thank you 4 Paws. I love 4 Paws!!

Tammi V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have only had our service dog a short time but what a difference he makes in our lives! We love everything about 4 Paws! They do such awesome work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for 4 Paws for Ability for 5 years and it has been the most amazing experience ever. I have had the honor to raise 7 service dogs in training as their volunteer trainer. The be able to see these dogs as puppies and work with them each and every day until they become service dogs for children and veterans with did abilities is absolutely amazing to see. I will forever be grateful and blessed to be a volunteer for this amazing program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

4 Paws For Ability trained my son Jeffrey’s service dog, Thor. Their staff and volunteers prepared this pup to perform a number of tasks which help Jeffrey achieve as much independence as is possible for him. Thor is more than a service dog though, he is a best friend and a true companion to his boy. We are forever grateful to 4 Paws For Ability because they provide MORE than a service, they change lives!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer trainer for almost two years now and nothing compares to my experience here. Both of the fosters I’ve cared for have been papillons and the community of people who work with this small breed are delightful. 4paws is filled with loving and caring staff that answer questions, give advice, and help our dogs succeed. I’ve found a family inside being a volunteer trainer with 4paws and I can’t begin to tell you how it’s changed my life. Not only have I made strong and genuine relationships I have two puppies I’ve helped raise to benefit another. They are my extreme joy and it’s been so much fun helping them learn to navigate the world. My first dog has traveled to weight states with me and flown 20+ times, it’s wonderful to take him with me and educate people in the world on the work I’m doing. While the goal of graduating a dog and giving them back are the goal and hardest part at the same time, giving your heart to a SDiT is the best experience you’ll ever have. You may shed some tears, but you won’t regret it.

KaLynn C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

4 Paws for Ability is making a difference in the lives of the clients they serve, but also in the lives of their volunteers. I had the honor of fostering a service dog in training and it was incredibly rewarding to watch his progress. Once he was ready, the professional 4 Paws trainers prepared him for his Autism Assistance work. Love 4 Paws!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Four Paws for Ability is amazing! They are a group of staff and volunteers that truly cares for their dogs and the clients they serve. I have volunteered with them for 2 years now and have had a great experience.

Liz Z.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great way to give back to something bigger than yourself! volunteer puppy raising has changed my life and so many surrounding me! 4 Paws has brought me a greater joy!

Kelsey H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has made my time in college so amazing. I’m on my fourth foster and don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop. The work the organization does is so amazing

Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity matched me with a wonderful service dog, Clancy. Clancy has been more accurate on alerting me about my blood sugar levels than the device I've been using.

I have been amazed at how many of 4 Paws dogs have changed people's life for the better!

Rachael Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best type of volunteering!!! I love being apart of this amazing organization!

Kimberly A.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We’ve had the pleasure of puppy raising as a family and seeing 2 of our pups become service dogs. We are now the proud adopters of one if our other pups, a “fabulous flunkie” who although his destiny was not to be a service dog, he is an amazing pup nonetheless. It has all been a great experience!

Madison S.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both an on-site volunteer and volunteer raiser for 4 Paws. The community is more than just a group of people. It’s a family that comes together to prepare dog’s to help change lives. Every dog receives so much time, dedication, and support. Joining 4 Paws has added so much joy to my life while also letting me have a furry best friend for a few months.

Megan K.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer trainer for 3.5 years with this organization! I love what they do, the people they help, and the puppies!

1 Tina S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do a great job making sure the dogs are well taken care of and trained. They do a lot in the community and schools with the dogs. Love this organization !!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am raising my second service dog in training for 4 Paws for Ability right now, and I am so happy to be part of this organization. The extensive group of volunteers, staff, and puppy raisers are truly like a family who support each other every step of the way to help children and veterans. My first foster is a service dog and I cannot wait to see where my second foster ends up. Even if a puppy is only with you for a short time, they make a lasting impact on your life, and it's such a pleasure to have an impact on someone else's life!

1 Tiffany R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are volunteers at the facility and have become puppy raiders! This organization is amazing! The program is so important and helpful to the clients. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable. The facility is clean and organized! And all of the training thus far has been right on point and we have had help through every step! A one of a kind top DOG company!!!

Michelle E.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sons have had a 4 Paws service dog (Necco) for 4 years and a career changer (Levee) for 2 years. Both dogs are amazing! I cannot say enough about how they have improved my boys quality of life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter received her seizure alert/assistance dog from 4 paws. It was an amazing experience! The trainers are the best! All of the staff and volunteers were excellent!!