Providing Service Dogs to Children Worldwide

4 Paws for Ability enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs. This provides increased independence for the children, and assistance to their families. And 4 Paws also works with veterans from recent conflicts who’ve lost the use of their limbs or their hearing while in active combat. In all cases, the results speak for themselves. Lives are transformed.

Our founder, Karen Shirk is alive today because of a service dog, Ben. Karen was home after open-heart surgery when a deadly mix of meds left her barely conscious and fighting for life. The phone rang and rang. Ben finally picked it up and placed it beside her, then began to bark. It was her dad, and he rushed over and got her the help she needed.

Please help this astonishing nonprofit agency continue to build its meaningful work. Your support will be a life-changing act for a child, a family, a dog, and for you. (It’s more than a project!)































HiFive Development

unveils new building plans as 4 Paws looks towards the future!

7 Render 10 Render 2 Floor Plan

My Simple Clean Logo-4 Paws will receive $2.00 from each treat sold, which will go towards our building fund.

Support Our Building Fund by Ordering 4 Paws My Simple Clean Dog Treats.

4 Paws will receive $2.00 for each package of treats sold from My Simple Clean, which will go toward our building fund.

Costs for Service Dogs

  • At 4 Paws for Ability it costs over $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 $14,000.
  • Upon completion of training, 4 Paws service dogs are required to be re-certified annually
  • It costs about $1,500 – $2,000 to maintain a service dog each year…about $100 a month.