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STAR Foster | Elly Organiscak

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Elly: Mom teaches, learns NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio – For Elly Organiscak, it all started with a Google search. “You will read it and hear it that 4 Paws is magical. It really is…” After researching service dog agencies, she found her home with 4 Paws for Ability. That’s when she and her family decided to… Read more »

Paw of the Class: Joel & Jubliee, furever friends

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XENIA, Ohio – It was love at first sight as Founder, Executive Director and Papillon-lover, Karen Shirk made her way to then 12-year-old Joel Wilcox with his new furry, four-legged best friend Jubilee, better known as JuJu Bean, his new seizure-alert dog, on the first day of the December’s Holiday Hounds class. The tiny dog’s… Read more »

4 Paws @Big Blue

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – As the brightly colored autumn leaves wisp passed the busy, bustling students on their way across campus to their next lecture, some students at the University of Kentucky are taking a moment to say ‘goodbye’ to those who became best friends to them throughout the fall semester. Smiles and tears cannot be… Read more »

‘Twas a paw before Christmas…

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‘Twas a paw before Christmas, when all through the facility,  not a dog was stirring, not even Dudley or Kizzy.   In 4 Paws for Ability, the crates were closed with care,  in hopes that their children would soon be there. Meanwhile in their homes, the children were snuggled into bed,  while visions of furry… Read more »

Holiday Hounds: December.2012 Class

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Abigail & Joska, 1st day of December.2012 Class

XENIA, Ohio – Just like Christmas morning, 10 children sat, smiling, bright-eyed and anxiously awaiting their gifts. But these weren’t like any presents—no unwrapping or batteries needed, just tender loving care… and maybe a treat or two along the way. It was time for them to meet their new best friends, their service dogs, who… Read more »

Karen Shirk nominated for Rare Life Award

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Karen & Piper

Our very own founder and executive director, Karen Shirk has been nominated for the ‘Rare Life Award’ presented by Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This honor is given to those who exhibit Courage, Leadership, Survival, Heroism, Devotion and/or Character. Winners will receive a medal, presented at a reception given in their honor, and be… Read more »