Make a Dream Come True!

Every day, families around the country are raising money so their children with disabilities can receive service dogs to improve their lives. You can read some of the stories here of the children and their families working to reach their goals. Please help make a dream come true!

Clarissa Ferry


Clarissa is 19 years old and has a genetic condition called Dravet Syndrome. Dravet Syndrome is a severe form of epilepsy. In addition to seizures, individuals with Dravet often have weak immune systems, frequent respiratory infections, scoliosis and other orthopedic issues, cognitive and behavioral issues, autistic characteristics, low muscle tone, sensory integration problems, speech and language difficulties, and problems with the autonomic nervous system (controlling body temperature and other items). We believe a service dog will help Clarissa through seizure response, mobility assistance and autism assistance. Clarissa faces many challenges, and she is one of the strongest, bravest people I have ever met. She pushes forward and finds fun every day. She loves animals, music, jewelry and makeup. She speaks up for herself and her friends. She is kind and caring and always watches out for anyone she thinks needs a helping hand. Clarissa recently completed her education at ...

Cole Kolojay


Cole is a sweet and soft spoken 6 year old boy. His interests currently include baseball, cars, and drawing. In 2019, Cole was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with accompanying Global Developmental Delay and Language Impairment. Since his diagnosis, Cole has benefitted from speech and occupational therapies as well as services provided by KidsTLC and Autism Support Now. We continue to look for solutions to help Cole continue to succeed. From an early age, Cole bonded with our household pets. Our family dogs aged and have since passed on but Cole continues to find comfort in his stuffed animals, many of which are simply named "Doggy." It's no secret that having a canine companion provides many benefits such as comfort, and unconditional love and support. With the help of our pediatrician and some long-term therapists, our application was accepted by 4 Paws for Ability for an Autism Assistance Dog. The dog will be specifically trained in behavior interventions, interruptin...

Isobel Guerriero


My family calls me Mitzy and I am a nearly 4-year-old princess and sister. I have a personality that lights up the room, I'm outgoing, imaginative, artistic, and energetic. I was born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) which is an invisible disability that has lifelong mental, physical, and emotional difficulties. I am unable to control my impulses or predict outcomes, I can be hyperactive, I don't understand cause and effect, I have memory deficits that affect my ability to recall past experiences, and I have a hard time controlling my emotions. Small things like bright lights, loud sounds, or simply being hungry overwhelm me and when I am overwhelmed it’s likely I will react by exploding into behaviors that are unpredictible and I can’t control. My brain gets stuck in fight or flight mode and when I'm operating from the “danger” part of my brain, I put myself and others in danger either with aggression or by running away, and I can run fast! I was adopted in 2019 afte...

James Rasmussen


Meet James Rasmussen. James is a nine-year-old with an unforgettable happiness and enthusiasm for life. James is in LOVE with dogs. He wants to pet every dog he meets. James and his family are working to add a service dog to their family to promote independence and to be a constant companion to James. They are hoping for a dog trained for his specific needs in mobility, in redirecting behaviors, and as a companion at school as well as medical visits. James was diagnosed with partial agenesis of the corpus callosum when he was only a year old. His mom and dad noticed he wasn’t meeting developmental milestones and were referred to a neurologist at a children’s hospital. The underdevelopment of the corpus callosum in James’ brain has caused major global delays in his development and abilities. After many years of physical, occupational, and speech therapies, James has come a long way! He has worked very hard to walk independently, put on his own shoes, and learn how to use an au...

Charlee Olmstead


We need your help!! Charlee is a sweet and spunky two and a half year old girl with Down syndrome. She has been partnered with 4 Paws for Ability to get a service dog! Charlee loves dogs and we recently lost our family dog. They were very bonded and it’s such a big loss for Charlee. We’ve chosen to adopt a service dog to assist Charlee with independence. When Charlee is playing outside she repeatedly tries to elope (run away). We have to keep her in a stroller or shopping cart anytime we’re out. Her dog will be trained to be a tether to her or in a worst case scenario, to track and find her. Charlee also struggles with sound sensitivity and sensitivity to positional changes (such as laying down for diaper changes) and her service dog could help calm her and give her a sense of safety. Her dog will also help Charlee with balance and gait stability when navigating new surroundings. Her dog will also help to keep her calm in doctor’s offices and hospitals. She frequently pan...

Ever Dilley


Hello all! Ever is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Our days and nights are now filled with insulin shots, carb counting, and blood sugar checks for my sweet boy. It’s definitely overwhelming, but we are slowly trying to get back to a semi normal life. Of course all I have been doing is reading up on everything and trying to learn as much as possible with this new way of life. I came across 4 Paws for Ability and instantly wanted Ever to be able to have a diabetic service dog. He will have his canine companion who will be able to detect and hit on when he’s having low and high blood sugars so a disaster doesn’t happen. I never want to have to experience that. The DKA (diabetic keto acidosis) he had when we took him to the hospital before he was diagnosed was enough for me, FOREVER. So I am asking everyone, whether it be you donating yourselves or even just sharing this for us, to try and meet our goal of $17,000 to get his process started. As soon as we meet our goal, we will th...

Kaiden Setty


Three-year-old Kaiden Setty has been through so much in his short little life; he never loses his smile and never gives up. His parents say he is the strongest little boy they know. ##About Kaiden Kaiden was fostered and then adopted by parents, Ashley and Jerred. Kaiden had an extremely traumatic start at birth; he went without oxygen to the brain for five minutes, from that he suffered Stage 4 brain bleeds and hydrocephalus. Kaiden has had five shunt surgeries in his life and an infection in his cerebral spinal fluid. He was also diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy. His parents were told that he would never be able to do anything for himself and would be wheelchair dependent for the rest of his life. He has shocked all doctors with his tremendous progress, through lots of therapy and his determination. Kaiden had his first seizure in 2020, so epilepsy was added to his diagnosis along with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and a Cognitive Impairment. A few months ago,...

Cameron Stowe


Cameron is a typical 13 year old boy who loves to play video games and ride his bike. He also loves to play with his cars and trucks, and go swimming. However, things were never very easy for Cameron from the very beginning. When he was born, his stomach was not attached to his esophagus and he was flown to another hospital to have a 7 hour surgery, where they gave him a 50/50 chance to live. However, our little survivor pulled through. That was the first challenge in his life, and since then he has many others to deal with. Cameron was diagnosed with autism, an intellectual disability, and most recently, epilepsy. Cameron has always struggled with anxiety and has repetitive behaviors, but ever since the seizures have started his behaviors have changed. He now has a lot of meltdowns and becomes more confrontational. He seems much more distressed and not at peace many times. It makes us very sad to see our sweet little boy this way. Cameron is very excited that he has been accep...

Avery Brothers


Avery is an amazing, smart, and playful 4-year-old who is filled with joy. He was diagnosed with Nonverbal Autism and major sensory food aversions when he was just over 2 years old. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. There is no cure for Autism, however, there are a number of interventions and tools which have proven effective in helping a person with Autism. One tool can be an Autism Service Dog, which we feel is perfect for Avery based on his love for dogs. After extensive research and consideration, we decided to start the process of getting him an Autism Service Dog through 4 Paws for Ability. 4 Paws Autism Assistance Dogs can be trained in a variety of tasks to assist a child. These include behavior disruption to distract and disrupt repetitive behaviors or meltdowns, tethering to prevent and protect a child from wandering, and search and rescue tracking to locate a child who...

Amelia Kilby


Hi! We are the Kilby Family, and we would love to introduce the sweet little monkey we call our daughter, Amelia. Amelia, or Amy for short, is the sweetest two-year-old that we know! She is full of smiles when she’s in the right mood, loves the tickle monster, and adores anything made of yarn. Amy has also been diagnosed with autism, global development delay, pervasive sensory disorder, and speech delay. For anyone not familiar with what autism, or ASD, is, it is a sensory processing disorder that presents a lot of challenges with social skills, repetitive behavior, speech and non-verbal communication. Autism comes in a wide variety of variations and levels, with 1 being the most “high functioning” and 3 being the most “low functioning”. Amy is considered a level 3 on the autism spectrum. Amelia’s language delay means that she is completely non-verbal; she doesn’t use sign language nor does she grunt or point to get what she wants or needs. Recently, we submitted an application...

Christian Alford


We would like for you to meet our son Christian. He is our pride and joy!! Christian was born January 16, 2013, a seemingly healthy boy. Between 12 months and 24 months of age, we noticed he did not talk as much as other children his age or play with other children in his class. He also made a humming noise most of the time. When he was 2 years old, we took him for his 24 month checkup and the doctor told us what we were already thinking. He wanted to have him further tested for Autism. In December of 2015 it was confirmed and our sweet Christian was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Speech and Language Disorder and Delayed Developmental milestones. He is now 3-1/2 years old and communicates some, but many of his words are hard to understand unless you are around him all the time and just know what he is trying to say. He does not handle large groups of people well and does not handle being in new places or disruptions to his normal daily routine. He gets frustrated ...

Luca DePento


Luca is a bright and beautiful eight-year-old boy. He is very friendly, open, and loves to be of help. He delights being in the outdoors and using his limited verbal communication skills to play with other children in the community. He loves to look at his books in his room. He loves nature and is more comfortable outdoors than anywhere else. **The Autism Spectrum Diagnosis** Luca was diagnosed with Mild to Moderate Autism in 2012. Mom, Kathleen, explains: “This has caused a total change to our family and we are educating our family members to the best of our ability. Luca struggles to cope with the world around him and the turmoil inside. His motor planning disorder means that he is often unable to verbally express the thoughts in his head.” Luca is enrolled in speech and occupational therapy, which are helping, but he really struggles with some sensations he encounters from the minute he awakens. Everything from wearing appropriate clothing and brushing his teeth, to the sounds ...