Dee Cosgrove

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A Dog for Dee, bio

 Once upon a time there was a girl.  Deep down in her heart she wanted a dog.  And then came the day when her parents told her they were getting her a dog.  And that girl was Delilah.

-Written by Dee, age 9

…And that dog was not just any dog; it was going to be a 4 Paws for Ability service dog!

Written by Dee’s mom and dad

Our lovable girl Dee adores animals, especially dogs.  Everyone who knows her knows about her love for dogs.  She is very good at stopping a passerby to ask if she may pet his dog.  It has been a great way for her to meet new people.  Often people are amazed that she knows so much about dogs, but we’re not surprised since the Dog Encyclopedia is her favorite book.

Since we adopted Dee a couple years ago, our friends and family have asked if we had considered getting her a service dog.  When her doctor and therapist began asking us to consider a service dog, we started the application process.  We believe that a dog for Dee will be life-giving and help her continue to heal from complex early childhood traumas.

A 4 Paws for Ability service dog will be trained specifically to meet Dee’s unique needs.  This highly trained dog will meet the requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and have full public access.  Given Dee’s diagnoses, her dog will provide a calming presence, interrupt negative behaviors, encourage socialization, increase confidence, give sensory input, help with daily transitions, teach responsibility, increase empathy, and provide a trustworthy companion with unconditional love. It’s really amazing how much a service dog can bring into a child’s life.  We envision that Dee will gain greater independence and learn to interact with the world around her in positive ways as she continues to heal from early childhood trauma.

Our family is very excited to have completed the application, medical and personal references, and interview to begin the process of getting a service dog for Dee.  We have signed the contract to begin our partnership with 4 Paws for Ability.  We are now at stage 3 of the process, which is fundraising to meet the financial requirement.  The average cost to breed, raise, and train a service dog is around $40,000.  4 Paws for Ability asks that we raise $17,000 of that cost as a fee.

Once we meet our financial goal, 4 Paws will add us to the next available class for service dog training.  After that we will wait for our turn to go to Ohio for extensive training with our service dog.  This wait time will be about 2 years; so the sooner we get going, the better!

Obtaining a service dog is no small task, but we trust that the benefits of a 4 Paws for Ability service dog far outweigh the costs and our efforts.

Would you please consider helping us reach our financial goal so that we can get a dog for Dee?

All donations can be given directly to 4 Paws for Ability.
Please include that the donation is for Delilah Cosgrove.

Donate online by visiting

You may call with your credit card information from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Phone: (937) 374-0385

Or you may write a check to 4 Paws for Ability, memo: Delilah Cosgrove.
Send your donation to:
4 Paws for Ability
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio 45385

4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to place quality service dogs with children with disabilities and veterans who have lost use of limbs or hearing, and educate the public regarding use of service dogs in public places.

4 Paws for Ability is located in Xenia, Ohio and online at