4 Paws for Ability, Inc. mission is to:
- Enrich the lives of children with disabilities by the training and placement of quality, task trained service dogs to provide increased independence for the children and assistance to their families.
- Enrich the lives of veterans from recent conflicts who have lost the use of their limbs or their hearing while in active combat.
- Educate the public to accept the use of service dogs in public places.
- Assist with animal rescue when possible.
It is 4 Paws vision
- To have a large corps of volunteers to assist in all areas of the day-to-day operations of the agency as well as serving on committees to assist in specialized areas of need, such as marketing and fundraising.
- To have a sufficient number of employees to manage a growing organization, though it is 4 Paws desire to have volunteers meeting most of the agency’s needs, to keep the costs associated with service dog placement at a reasonable level.
- To be financially independent with funds available to those clients who need assistance with the fundraising process.
- To be the preferred provider of service dogs for children at the national level.
- Provide as many children as possible, within the scope of our ability to serve, and with disabilities falling under the definition of such in the Americans with Disability Act (1990) with access to a qualified service dog trained specifically for their needs, with no minimum age , and regardless of the severity of the disability.
- Increase public awareness of the laws regarding service animals and the value they provide their owners.
4 Paws Unique Competitive Advantages
- Faster turnaround time for training and receipt of a service dog. The process typically takes families 2 years from start to finish. This includes time fundraising, training for the dog, and final placement with the family. The waiting period for most service dog organizations is 3 or more years.
- Challenges are welcomed. 4 Paws is willing to reach out and tackle the more difficult placements.
- Enviable success rate. We have a 98% success rate in placements: we have a 90% success rate with the first dog placed in the home and an overall success rate of 98%.
- Flexible training. Training that can provide unique and highly customized kinds of placements.
- Nationwide. National outreach rather primarily regional.
- Open to more individuals. 4 Paws has no minimal age requirement and does not discriminate based on severity of disability within the programs it provides.
- Pet Friendly. 4 Paws does not require that recipients give up their pets to receive a service dog as many agencies do. Families with indoor dogs will still be eligible for our program.
4 Paws for Ability relies on the generosity of individuals, as well as corporations, and accepts donations for operating expenses, training, food, toys, training supplies, medication, and our building fund. Fundraising occurs primarily by the applicant with the assistance of 4 Paws. Given our current facility expansion at 207 Dayton Avenue, alternate sources of funding are necessary to achieve the required renovation and expansion plans.