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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

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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?
SCAM!

Jansell N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks 4paws for helping us in this journey now we know we are not alone

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is really amazing! I love that 4 paws lets wright students volunteer for somthing so amazing.

Deborah151

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

We've watched families foster dogs in 4Paws training program. This not only trains the dogs preparing them for service but also teaches Leadership skills and respobility to the youth involved.

1 Traci10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked first hand with 4PAWS and the work they do for the children and veterans is amazing. Not to mention the outreach that they do to the local colleges and communities to help wherever they can.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Caring wonderful people and high quality service dogs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Receiving our son's service dog was life changing for our family. For the first time in 13 years we were able to go to events and activities as a whole family! Previously it was one parent at the event and one parent at home with our son who has a disability because he could not handle the sensory overload or the difficult transitions or the time the event took. His safety was compromised as he would elope during stressful events.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to this facility and its SPOTLESS!! the dogs are loved, exercised multiple times a day and played with routinely to prevent over training. They are placed with fosters after a rigorous screening process and training. Every trainer isn't just an experienced trainer, they have to learn the exact way 4 Paws trains before they can work with the dogs. This nonprofit has grown leaps and bounds over the last several years because of their high success rate, excellent support care and honesty with matches. Word travels in the special needs community, if this wasn't the best of the best, everyone would know it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This company sucks. Its their way ornthe highway and theyre all about getting your money!!! Do yourself a favor and give someone else your business.

4 Willow Arden

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I emailed this organization about their availability for possible services of which would better assist me to provide for my 9 yr. old daughter, who was only recently diagnosed with High Functioning Autism. The return email I recieved confirmed they do not provide services for our needs but it also belittled resource we created to provided a viable, not to mention legal, resource for my daughter. While I accept they do not provide the services I need, I was shocked at this response. It seemed to me, we were pigeon-holed into a category without the slightest bit of courtesy or empathy for the heart-breaking struggle someone in our position must be undergoing.

For people who are unaware, while children with HFA do not display the same impairments as low and mid functioning autism children, HFA children are often VERY actively suicidal, not to mention capable of, because they are considered to be behavioral problems. Because they are "a smart child" diagnosis is problematic, therefore they are treated with low regard by the public school system, after all, they should be able to "get over" or deal with the normal every day teasing from other children and expected to fall into line like the other kids do.

I most certainly did NOT expect nor request this organization to change their function or mission. All I am saying is that it would have been nice not to have had blind judgement so readily passed against us. We get enough of that already.