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4 Paws For Ability Inc

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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

97 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

4 Paws is amazing! They are so helpful and so supportive throughout the entire process of getting one of their life changing service dogs! Very knowledgeable and informative as well. They for sure go above and beyond!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sydney and her 4 Paws best friend Lexus have been together since the June class of 2013. I have never seen such professionalism and the service dogs are absolutely amazing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter received an Autism Service Dog last year, this wonderful animal can track my daughter by scent if she wanders, provide heavy weight compression when she needs it and also behavior disruption by the dog witnessing a specific (harmful to herself) the Service Dog knows to engage our daughter (nuzzle or paw) asking for attention instead. The quality of training is beyond compare, our family had a trip that required air travel this past week and my daughters service dog was better behaved then the police working dogs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We will be getting our daughter's service dog in April 2018 through 4 Paws for Ability! When I was researching service dog companies I found 4 Paws for Ability and decided if I was raising quite a bit of money to go to a non profit I wanted to visit first. So we came right after the new building was done. We got to tour the building, see all the dog areas, offices, training, outside areas. They were fantastic, explained everything. Even let us go visit the current class that was training so we could see what we would be experiencing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son just received his seizure alert multipurpose service dog in June. We can't say enough wonderful things about 4 Paws. The whole training class was amazing, and we absolutely love his new dog Bridget. She is going to change his life and ours in so many ways. We are so grateful to 4 Paws for everything!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization with a wonderful team of staff and volunteers!

I was introduced to this organization several years ago when we approved our son's developmental pediatrician about obtaining a service dog. Our doctor's response was "4 Paws for Ability is the best group", and we applied. The best part is the after-placement training support. Trainers are available for questions, concerns, and support even after leaving the on-site training. Our doctor was right - 4 Paws for Ability is the best group!

Daniel118

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have two sons that have autism. When we decided to pursue obtaining a service dog for them 4 Paws was great at taking the time to answer all of our questions. Before we even decided to use the services of 4 Paws we had an very specific question. They transferred us directly to the CEO in order to obtain the most accurate answer.

Since deciding to use 4 Paws, they have been with us every step of the way. Not only helping with inquiries related to a service dog, but by providing an amazing support group. The journey of getting our boys the service dog they needed was hard, but 4 Paws in staying with us throughout the entire process.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As the dad of two autistic boys, this nonprofit has been there with support since deciding to obtain a service dog. We were able to quickly get the information we needed to make a decision on how a service dog would assist. Once we decided that a service dog was the way to go, they have provided constant support.

Jenny97

Client Served

Rating: 5

Top notch organization!!! This company partners with its clients from day 1 and is committed to its dogs and families for life!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization! The trainers are phenomenal. They love their families and are committed to each family and dog.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We started as a puppy raiser family, presenting to various groups about 4 Paws and their mission, and volunteering on site in October of 2015. In January 2017 all that changed when my daughter received her amazing service dog Ramsey. There are days where I don't know how I made it through them before Ramsey entered the picture. We still occasionally volunteer onsite, give presentations, and puppy sit for other raisers while we enjoy the first year of "Team Leah and Ramsey".

1 tiannahall

Client Served

Rating: 5

4 paws for ability has allowed our family the chance to do things together we never thought would ever be possible. Going to the grocery store, going to dinner at a restaurant, navigating an airport, attending gatherings in public places. Those things were not options we had until Cricket the Wonder Dog joined our family. she is trained in search and rescue tracking, self harm behavior disruption, deep pressure application, sensory overwhelm alerts and tethering for my son affected by autism. I don't know how we survived without her and we will forever be in debt to this incredible organization for giving our family the ability to FINALLY feel a sense of normalcy in our day to day lives. Cricket is a miracle and the people involved in this organization that made her placement with us and the placement of so many other magical animals are our heroes.

1 Morgan17

Client Served

Rating: 5

4 paws is literally a life saver. Their service dogs are amazing as are the staff.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter will be getting her service dog from 4 Paws next summer. From day one we have been impressed with their caring, professionalism, and support. I recommend them to anyone who has a child with special needs who could benefit from a service dog.

1 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!

Stacie9

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

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!

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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❤️

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!

2 rajczi

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.