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4 Paws For Ability Inc Review - An Amazing and Wonderful Organization
4 Paws For Ability Inc Review

4 Paws For Ability Inc Review


An Amazing and Wonderful Organization

4 Paws for ability trained and placed a service dog for our child. Our dog had more than 500 hours of training and has been an amazing addition to our child's healing. The organization is a 501 c 3 charity that follows all nonprofit protocol.

4 Paws unlike other organizations, has a fund raising requirement. The service dog is Free. The only expenses we had were our travel to Xenia Ohio for two weeks of training. Since we had a RX for the dog, those expenses were tax-deductible. I think the fund raising requirement is a great idea because it significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to acquire a dog. My understanding from other organizations I researched is that it can take 3-5 years of waiting before you get the dog --- and most organization won't place a dog with a child. By helping the nonprofit raise the money to train the dog, you cut down the amount of time --- and the money goes to a charity so it doesn't come out of your pocket.

Another thing I particularly liked was that many of the dogs were rescued. The dogs still had to go through all the training and testing to be sure they would be suitable.

My child has had her dog for 3.5 years and he is amazing. He has been such a blessing. Everywhere we take him, people comment on how amazing he is -- that speaks so well of the foundation of training he received.

We have taken him on planes, trains, and boats, he is always well-behaved and doing his duty. The biggest problem we have is that he is a "kid magnet" and so welcoming everyone wants to pet him while we are out.

Thanks 4 Paws for making our child's life so much better.

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4pawsclient says: (8 years ago)
I have great respect for 4 Paws. When ever people stop to ask me about my dog, I fill them in on what they want to know and also give them a business card. I am a teacher aide and bring my dog to school every day. Everyone is amazed at how well he is trained and works for me and also is very calm around the children.
I think if you would e-mail the director and find out the percentage rate of dogs that were placed and still working as service dogs and the percentage of dogs that did not make it with a family you would be totally surprised.

tylersdog says: (9 years ago)
1. How do you know that your dog had 500 hours of training? Were you there for those hours?
2. What does being a non-profit organization have anything to do with whether the dogs are to service dog standards?
3. The dog is called "Free" but in reality, the dog is not free. Every single person who donates to 4 Paws for Ability is paying for that dog to be trained and placed with the child that they're donating for.
4. It can take years to fundraise the enormous amount of money that 4 Paws is asking for. It can take as little as months to a year to be given a service dog from other reputable organizations.
5. Just because a person completes the "fundraising requirement" does NOT mean that they will be getting the dog. That "wonderful" non-profit organization hides behind their status as a 501(c) to withold dogs when they simply feel like and take the money and RUN!
6. You didn't do enough research because there are a lot of organizations that will place service dogs with children.
7. Yes, we would all like to rescue all the dogs from shelters, but that's not a good idea at all when you're talking service work and children with special needs. The histories of the dogs are UNKNOWN. You do not know if the dog has a violent history, has been beaten, starved, neglected, diseased, etc. There's a significant risk involved in placing shelter dogs with childen who have special needs, especially children who have behavioral issues.
8. The fact that strangers are admiring your dog speaks nothing of 4 Paws for Ability. I've taken my dog in public many times and people oooh and awe all over him.
9. My guess is that your dog has less training than my dog does. My dog can do all of the same things that you listed here ...and he's still considered "just" a pet.
10. Have you ever researched what legitimate service dog training entails? I hope that you'll take the time to do some homework on this topic. It is shockingly obvious that 4 Paws for Ability is not producing dogs that are to the standards of other true service dog facilities.

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I'm very sorry if this sounds harsh. I am in a rush and I don't have time to sugar coat it. Nothing personal to you.....

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