Meet a Puppy Raiser
Tori Shishler | University of Kentucky Foster, Fall 2012
I have people come up to me all the time and ask me how I can give up the dog after getting attached to him and that they could never do the program because of that. I know that its going to one of the most difficult things that I have ever done, but I also know how completely worth it it will be. Neo will eventually go to a family who has wanted him longer than he has probably been alive, a family who will love him unconditionally and most importantly to a child who needs that forever friend that will help them live their lives to its fullest potential. Sure, Neo can be a handful at times, but its all worth it when I’m out in public and people compliment his behavior or thank me for helping such a good cause. Giving up Neo after being with him 24/7 for the past three months is going to be hard, but knowing I’m helping change people’s lives and giving Neo to a family that’s going to enjoy being him 24/7 for the rest of his life makes it all worth.
Emily Rudman | Wittenberg Foster, 2009, 2010
I don’t know if I can truly explain in words what the 4 Paws program on Witt’s (Wittenberg) campus has meant to me. It’s been everything really. It helped me find my passion, my vocation, and taught me so much about caring for dogs, the importance of service, and about who I really am. The four dogs I trained through this program taught me more about responsibility, patience, and love than any human I have ever known. Because of my involvement in this program, I really hope to work with either 4 Paws or a similar organization in my future. I’ll be attending Vet school at Purdue in the fall, and I hope to use my degree to continue training and caring for service animals. It is also my goal to keep up with the program on Witt’s campus, and maybe even help to start a similar program on other campuses (like Purdue maybe!) I think it’s such an amazing opportunity for the students involved and a great environment for the dogs to be socialized in. I wish I had more words to describe just how much this program means to me, but I am truly at a loss for words. All I know is I will never be the same, and I feel so incredibly blessed for that.
Heidi Miranda Clinger | Wright State University Foster, Fall 2012
Fostering a puppy for 4 Paws has been such a good experience for me! It’s so cool to watch the puppies develop and change throughout the semester, growing in their social confidence and obedience skills. I really enjoy having my foster in class and with me everywhere I go, but the best part about this program is knowing that I’m helping someone. That my foster will be someones hero one day, and I got to play a part in helping him get there! I absolutely love 4 Paws for Ability and I am so glad I joined the university program!