4 Paws For Ability Voted Top Rated Nonprofit AGAIN in 2024
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by Chris Shoulders
4d ago
We are excited to announce that we have yet again been selected as a Top Rated Non-Profit in 2024! This incredible success is thanks to the passion our entire 4 Paws community has continued to invest in our mission. Here’s what people had to say… “My daughter received her service dog Dream last year. She loves the independence she gets while tethering with him in public and my husband and I can finally relax at night knowing he’ll alert to her seizures. Lots of support every step of the way, from fundraising through training class as well as after class if issues arise. Great organization ..read more
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Summer of Service: Understanding What Dogs Are Allowed Where in 2024
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by Chris Shoulders
3w ago
4 Paws for Ability is proud to place over 120 service dogs a year nationwide, but there is often confusion about what makes service dogs different from therapy dogs and emotional support animals.  It is essential to understand the differences between these types of dogs, particularly with respect to service dogs to keep our families, and other service dog teams safe in public. Service dogs are specially trained to assist people with disabilities in performing daily tasks. These tasks can range from tracking chemical changes in children with epilepsy, scent tracking kids who have eloped ..read more
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Caiden & Gordy: “The Wait for Your Angel Dog is Worth It”
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by Chris Shoulders
1M ago
“This is Caiden and his service dog Gordy at our homeschool convention this weekend. Gordy is a life changer for our entire family. Over the weekend my son has truly enjoyed himself, confidence has been a blessing to witness and everyone was such a good listener. I loved getting compliments from people how they didn’t even realize we had a dog with us. A restaurant manager came over and said how surprised she was by how well behaved Gordy was. He was best behaved service dog we saw the entire time. Other dogs would bark and every single time, Gordy would just shake his tail and continue to wa ..read more
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Emmy & Alpina: “Our Fabulous Working Girl”
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by Chris Shoulders
1M ago
The impact 4 Paws for Ability service dogs make change lives and lasts a lifetime. For many of our families, that impact is felt immediately. The service dog team of Alpina & Emmy graduated in the Apricot Class and in less than a month, their lives are blooming. “Emmy’s service dog Alpina has been doing wonderful learning the routine at home. Both of them just love each other’s company. Let’s face it, Emmy has tantrums a lot. We do our best to calm her but there’s just something about the way Alpina interrupts those tantrums. Emmy starts to laugh and then we move into feeding Alpina treat ..read more
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A Helping Paw: How Service Dogs are Helping People with Seizure Disorders
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by Chris Shoulders
1M ago
At 4 Paws for Ability, we specialize in training and placing task-trained service, facility, and hearing ear dogs specifically to support the unique needs of their partner. These dogs focus on tasks including behavior disruption, mobility, tethering, scent and behavioral seizure response, and more. Service dogs that assist those with a seizure disorder, like epilepsy, are often referred to as seizure assistance dogs. Seizure assistance dogs are trained to recognize scent changes related to epilepsy – smelling the chemical body changes that occur during, and sometimes even before, an individual ..read more
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Aidan & Crispix: Visibly at Peace
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by Chris Shoulders
1M ago
“It is unbelievable the things and ways our lives have changed. Our teenager on the spectrum, who used to never be still and stim and pace, is now visibly at peace. When we applied, I often wondered; ‘The task commands I could see work for others but how would this look for my son?’ Aidan had a meltdown in class and seizures during the training, then it just magically fell into place. One day we went from meltdown in the morning to Aidan independently handling his dog the first day at the mall. When we came home, Crispix helped him to reprogram when anxiety kicked in and got him back into ou ..read more
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Fulfilling His Potential: How Public Access Rights Protect Service Dog Teams
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by Chris Shoulders
2M ago
“We went out for the first time to a restaurant! No questions asked and they even offered Mirabel water. Mirabel even got to attend Liam’s music therapy and there was so much good energy from him! Autism spectrum disorder can present a wide range of challenges, including difficulties with social interaction, communication, sensory processing, and behavior regulation. Mirabel’s presence provides reassuring companionship, sensory pressure, and a sense of security that allows Liam to better manage overwhelming situations.  Mirabel empowers Liam to break down barriers, fulfill his potential ..read more
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Letters From Ms. Pat
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by Chris Shoulders
2M ago
“I was looking for something a little more exciting. Puppies and children… what could be better? I was hooked!” Pat Stover, better known as “Ms. Pat” had retired after three decades of teaching and thirty-six years as an antique shop owner and was looking to make the most of her time. “After reading ‘The Underdogs’ I was motivated to attend an introductory program which included a mother who generously shared how a 4 Paws Dog had helped her child. It sounded like a miracle to me.  How could a dog do so much?” Pat remembers. Starting her volunteer journey in the puppy house, her first da ..read more
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“What We Are Constantly Working Towards”: How Ohio State Students are Leaving Their Legacy After Graduation
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by Chris Shoulders
3M ago
“I’m not sure there’s many words that can explain the feeling of seeing a foster find their place, and watching Rexy meet and work alongside his boy was truly one of the most incredible feelings.” Kristina Bauer is a volunteer with 4 Paws for Ability as a member of 4 Paws at Ohio State, a campus-based group of 4 Paws fosters and volunteer trainers.  Currently, the group of nearly 150 student volunteers has 48 service dogs in training socializing on-campus with them day in and day out, all with one goal in mind; seeing their dog provide safety and love to a child or veteran one day. “It’s ..read more
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4 Paws & Freshpet Team Up for Earth Day 2024
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by Chris Shoulders
3M ago
April 22nd is Earth Day! This year, 4 Paws for Ability has teamed up again with our friends at Freshpet to turn sustainable actions into impactful donations. Throughout April Freshpet will donate $1 for each ​sustainable action tracked through the CO2Hero app. Click to Learn More… With 24/7, on-campus housing and care of our service dogs in training and newborn puppy litters, cleaning up is often a minute-by-minute task. Here are ways you can support 4 Paws and Freshpet by joining our effort to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Reduce -Find alternative modes of transportation or carpool to work -Us ..read more
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