About 4 Paws For Ability
4 Paws for Ability believes service dogs should be made available to anyone with a disability who wishes to have the love, companionship, and independence that are the result of service dog placement.
Paws For Ability specializes in placements with people who are turned away by many other agencies.
Often times people with disabilities contact agencies that place service dogs only to be told they are “too disabled” or “not disabled enough” and are turned down. Also, parents trying to find service dogs for their children quickly discover that many agencies will not place service dogs with children. In addition, many agencies won’t place service dogs in homes where there are other pets, and state that if they want a dog they have to get rid of their current pet companions.
For these and other reasons, 4 Paws for Ability offers a variety of training for assistance dogs. Here is a list of the types of dogs 4 Paws for Ability trains.
- Hearing Ear Dogs
- Autism Assistance Dogs
- Multipurpose Assistance Dogs
- Mobility Assistance Dogs
- Seizure Assistance Dogs
A large majority of other service dog agencies list their dogs as “no cost to the recipient,” which is often taken to mean “free.” However, their dogs are not free. The agency placing the dogs, “at no cost to the participant” has received donations for the funding of the dog placed. In other words, someone other than the recipient paid for the training of his or her dog.
These agencies have a person, or a small number of people, doing the fundraising. They are able to raise funds on a limited basis and those dogs are then trained and placed.
Because they are limited in the number of people fundraising, they can only offer a certain number of dogs per year and usually develop a long waiting list. Most agencies with these “free.” dogs have waiting list averaging from 2 – 5 years.
At 4 Paws For Ability it costs $22,000 to train and place a service dog with a disabled child. However, our families engage in fundraising activities as volunteers for 4 Paws to qualify for a free service dog. Each family is asked to help raise at least $13,000.
More information about 4 Paws For Ability may be found at www.4pawsforability.org