Luca DePinto

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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 of his home and family around him, even the appearance and order of objects in his environment create impediments to his ability to function.   He can be easily overwhelmed and upset.  When that occurs, Luca frequently runs away without regard to his safety.  He has run into traffic, water, and other hazards.

How an Autism Assistance Dog Will Help

Having an assistance dog to partner with Luca would be life-changing–providing independence, security, and comfort.  A service dog will help keep Luca safe by using a tether when hand-holding is overwhelming for him.  The dog will be trained to alert to his parents when Luca bolts and runs away and will be trained to track him. His dog will be taught behavior disruption techniques, which could provide calming sensory input, interrupt or redirect inappropriate behavior, provide familiarity in unfamiliar circumstances, and be a friend that can walk with him through the anxious circumstances of his life.  His dog would assist Luca in attending more family functions and activities rather than having him isolate himself.

4 Paws for Ability

“Our family chose 4 Paws for Ability because it started the Autism Assistance Dog with search and rescue ability and is the largest organization providing Autism Assistance Dogs to children with no minimum age and no geographic restriction. It costs 4 Paws more than $40,000 to raise and properly train a service dog with our son’s specific needs in mind,” Kathleen noted. His family is committed to raise $17,000 in support of the 4 Paws mission. The money will go directly to 4 Paws for the purpose of helping them care for and train his life-saving dog.  4 Paws can be seen in action in Episode 1 of “Dogs” on Netflix.

How You Can Provide This Life-Saving Gift

If you can help Luca, please visit the 4 Paws Donation Page ( Include Luca’s name on the donation as instructed in the “Description” field of the form on the second page of the donation.  Donations can also be made by mailing a check with Luca’s name on the memo line to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Luca DePinto
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385

Bryston Anderson

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Hello, we are the Anderson family. We are a unique family in that we are a foster and adoptive family. To date we have had the privilege of having 57 children come through our home. Most go on to reunification with family or other living arrangements. Some do not and those we have adopted, six at this point. As you can imagine our home is full of energy and love, but also stress and anxiety as each child learns how to heal and deal with the challenges life has given them. Of our 9 children, 4 are totally different special needs. All of these 4 have suffered from seizures and developmental delays.

Meet Bryston, our fun loving 10 year old. Bryston loves all sports but is especially fond of golf. Although labeled with extreme ADHD Bryston will sit and watch golf. He loves to play golf as well and is actually pretty good at it.

Bryston entered our home as a foster child when he was 8 months old. Bryston was adopted at the age of 2. Bryston had major delays because at 8 months he was still like a newborn and couldn’t hold his head or meet any of the typical milestones. Bryston’s genetic testing showed he has a duplication of chromosome 15Q11.2. This is a rare condition of which many other conditions manifest, some of which are autism, hypotonia, and epilepsy. Bryston has both of these plus more. Most of Bryston’s seizures occur in his sleep. Some of these seizures cause his brain waves to spike downward shutting down portions of his brain. We are fundraising to get a service dog to assist us and Bryston. Bryston tends to wander or elope as many children with autism do. A service dog will help keep Bryston from wandering as well as alert us when his brain is shutting down due to seizure activity. A service dog will also be able to assist Bryston in dealing with his major anxiety and explosive behaviors due to the anxiety.

So please consider a donation to assist us in reaching our fundraising goal of $17000. We have selected 4 Paws for Ability to be our service dog provider because of their excellent reputation. The overall cost to get a service dog to their client is $60,000, yet each client only needs to raise $17000. The remaining costs are covered by donations to the 4 Paws for Ability agency located in Xenia, OH. Yet fundraising $17,000 is a large amount for our busy household as we currently have 5 special needs children ages 11, 10, 7, 3 &1 currently living in our home.

If you wish to make a donation on-line the website, is .  Include Bryston’s name on the donation as instructed in the “Description” field of the form on the second page of your donation.

Checks by mail:

Please make checks out to 4 Paws for Ability and please make sure to write the child’s name on your check memo line – “In honor of Bryston Anderson.”

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Bryston Anderson
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

By phone:

You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday thru Friday 9AM to 4PM EST.

Thanks so much for your gift of love.
The Anderson’s

Liam Espina

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Paws for Liam!

Paws 4 Liam is devoted to providing Liam with a Service Dog specially trained to help a special little boy with Autism. Liam is a 6- year-old boy from Glenview, IL who needs the help of a service dog to help him navigate the difficulties of autism. We have connected with Paws 4 Ability, who will be training Liam’s new pal to help him with communication, mobility, and for Liam’s safety to ensure he stays close.

When Liam was born, he was already melting hearts, with his intense gazes and infectious laughter. Before Liam was 1 he began physical therapy due to his inability to turn himself over or crawl. By 17 months we started to suspect something wasn’t quite right. Liam was not walking, and he was communicating by sounds alone. Liam initially was diagnosed with early developmental delay and began both Speech and OT Therapy. By age three, his verbal communication had not improved, and his anxiety levels began to increase. He would get frustrated and he could not express himself or could not communicate verbally with us and began banging his head.

At age 4 Liam was diagnosed with Autism. We embarked on the journey to learn anything and everything we could so that we understand some of the challenges that Liam will face. Our family was introduced to all sorts of abbreviations and acronyms, such as non-verbal, ABA, IEP, Echoic stemming, picture schedules, transition plans and sensory overload, just to name a few. Kids with Autism are all so very different. The saying, “Once you met one child with Autism, you have met one child with Autism” is very true. The main reason we started researching service dogs was due to Liam’s inability to understand what is safe. Liam will run at a moment’s notice putting himself at risk. Our family researched so many different Organizations and groups. It wasn’t until we saw for our own eyes the amazing impact a service dog has on autistic children at the Child Neurology Conference. These
amazing furry heroes’ and the Organizations that train them are amazing. Our research uncovered so much more that service dogs can do. The Service 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 has wandered. To read more about Service Dogs that are trained specifically for autistic children,

Today, Liam is a, lively and lovable six-year-old who enjoys being outside, running and making his big sister, his Dad and I laugh. He brightens our day and has taught us to celebrate small wins. Liam loves lots of squeezes and pressure for comfort when things are overwhelming or too intense. He has no safety awareness, so Liam requires constant attention and monitoring to prevent him from falling, banging himself against surfaces, wandering or running away.

Liam also has anxiety issues and while he is semi-verbal he uses phrase or sounds in repetition as a coping mechanism. The “repetitive verbal stemming” often keeps him from engaging socially and keeps him from communicating. Liam started 1st grade, which includes new exciting and challenging adventures. Our hope is that Liam’s furry hero, can help him navigate these adventures from the perspective of his special world.

Cost for a Service Dog
It costs more than $40,000 to professionally raise and train a service dog that can meet Liam’s exact needs. Our family is reaching out to ask our friends, families, the community and corporate sponsors to help us reach our goal of bringing his service dog home. Our family will cover a portion of this cost, while we are fundraising for the remaining $17,000, to secure a service dog for Liam.

How you can make a difference
If you can make a donation towards Liam’s service dog, please visit the 4 Paws donation page:

Include “Liam Espina” in the “instructions to merchant” through Authorize.Net. Donations can also be made by mailing a check to 4 Paws for Ability (details below).

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Liam Espina
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

Please be sure to include “Liam Espina” on the memo line of the check. Please feel free to contact us at and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have or discuss how your generous donation and support can make a huge difference in Liam’s life.

Brynlynn Tea

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Brynlynn was born on January 20th, 2015. She is now a beautiful, vibrant 3 year old who loves princesses, Paw Patrol, and animals. Our lives were forever changed on December 2nd, 2016 when she was rushed from one hospital to another. She was diagnosed with cerebral heterotopia, Hemiparesis, reflex asymmetry, seizures, Todd’s paralysis, and Schizencephaly. Her seizures will be a lifelong battle. Brain surgery may be an option for her in the future. For now a seizure alert dog is recommended. The dog will be able to alert to the seizure and we will be able to give her rescue medication.

It costs 4 Paws for Ability between $40,000-60,000 to raise and place a task-trained service dog.  We are raising $17,000 to assist with the cost of Brynlynn’s service dog.

Donations can be made at If you make a donation on the website, please make sure that you include Brynlynn’s name in the description field.  Donations can also be made via check and mailed to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Brynlynn Tea
253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, Ohio 45385

In the memo line make sure you put “In honor of Brynlynn Tea.”

This now starts our journey to raise $17,000 to give Brynlynn a seizure dog that could potentially save her life in the end. Any help is appreciated!

Alexijanae Kanani Oliveira-Golden

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My child’s full name is Alexijanae Kanani Oliveira-Golden. She had medical issues at birth. She is suffering from a rare disorder called Schizencephaly. And Texas Children’s Hospital diagnosed her with Dyskinetic quadropalegic cerebral palsy in 2008.

She has clefts in the hemisphere surface. It’s a disorder that takes place in normal neuron migration during the second trimester. At this time primitive neuron precursors migrate from just beneath the Ventricular ependyma to the peripheral hemispheres where they form the cortical grey matter, causing quadriparesis.

Alexijanae also has microgyria on her brain, which they say is attributed to a genetic defect. She doesn’t walk, doesn’t have good arm reach, and is hard to understand; however she is very smart and cognitive. Her limbs and tongue muscle are her main issues.

She needs a service dog more than anyone I know. We face challenges every day. She wants independence, freedom, she wants to dance and be in gymnastics, she wants to do her own dressing and take her own shoes off . . . but she can’t.

She also has Septo-optic dysplasia and has had two eye surgeries. Plus, she just had her hip sliced in two and put back together. She needs help doing everything; however she is in normal grade school classes.

Alexijanae loves kids and life! She needs a chance in life to make it! She loves Disney and we want to go. She is outgoing and a leader. She loves our church. She wants to become a singer, loves high school musicals, and she loves watching her older brother.

We heard about 4 Paws for Ability (a nonprofit agency) and their Mobility Service Dogs. We think obtaining a dog for Alexijanae would be beneficial to her and us. 4 Paws has a unique approach to placement. They partner with their clients and by doing so are able to place dogs without a long waiting list. A service dog would be ideal because it would give Alexijanae independence, help, support, and a 24/7 friend.

I want so much for Alexijanae and her sister Alia to have everything life has to offer, including excellent gymnastics and dance. Alexijanae loves to sing and maybe at some point she can have a scholarship for voice lessons. She’s getting an awesome education. There are many things she yearns to do, like play baseball. And someday she wants to get married and have children.

It will cost 4 Paws over $40,000 to place a dog with Alexijanae. We are committed to raising $17,000 in support of the 4 Paws mission and can reach our goal with your help. If you can help, please visit 4 Paws Donation Page ( or mail a check with her name on the memo line to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Alexijanae Oliveira-Golden
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio 45385.

Thank you.

Ryland Houk

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Whether you know a lot about Ryland or are being introduced to him for the first time, we appreciate you taking time out of your busy lives to learn about him. So, a big THANK YOU from our family!

Let me introduce you to Ryland.  He loves owls, minecraft and “playing” the electric guitar. Ryland looks very much like every other kid and people expect him to behave like one too but he is different.

Ryland was born premature, a twin, at 32 weeks weighing a whopping 2.7 lbs and spent 6 weeks in the NICU. As Ryland has grown we started to notice subtle differences between him and “typical” kids his age. He had difficulty carrying on age appropriate conversations, isolates himself and he fixated on owls and facts surrounding them. Ryland has super sensitive hearing, and doesn’t maintain eye contact.

Through out his life, Ryland has received multiple diagnosis. ADHD, anxiety, speech delay, fine and gross motor delay, low muscle tone and sensory processing disorder.  Then in the fall of 2017, Ryland received the diagnosis of Autism.

Ryland has to deal daily with issues that cause him stress. Whether it’s the noise in a restroom, fire drills, fireworks, thunderstorms or the constant distractions that occur around him.  Ryland desires to have friends, but he has difficulty understanding the social norms.  Simple changes to his routine can cause him to become upset.  When he is upset he will pull his hair, kick, hit and bite himself.

Our family and Ryland’s doctors believe that an autism service dog would greatly benefit Ryland. The service dog would offer him friendship, independence and security.

A service dog would provide a constant “friend” to Ryland.  It would be trained to cope with his behaviors, offer him affection and touch stimulus to help calm him. The service dog would also help Ryland in establishing relationships with friends his own age.

A service dog would provide some independence and security for our son, it will be trained to have a tether between it and Ryland. This allows for our son to walk by himself outside, yet provides us with the ability to issue a stop command, should the need arise. The service dog would also be trained to track Ryland, should we become separated for any reason.

We have decided to partner up with 4 Paws for Ability.

4 Paws was the first agency in the United States to begin placing highly skilled Autism Assistance Dogs and the first agency known to place these assistance dogs with tracking skills.

You can learn about this wonderful group of people at:

It costs over $40,000 to specialty train a service dog for Ryland’s exact needs, and so our family is reaching out to ask our wonderful friends, families, and community to help us reach our goal of bringing his service dog home.  Our family will cover a portion of this cost, $17,000, to secure a service dog for Ryland.  We are excited for Ryland to be healthier, happier, more productive and independent with his Autism service dog.

You can make a donation in one of the following ways:

Checks by mail:

Please make checks out to 4 Paws for Ability and PLEASE MAKE SURE to put Ryland’s name on your check memo line – “In honor of Ryland Houk.”

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Ryland Houk
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

Online donations:

If you wish to make a donation on-line the website, is .  Include the Ryland’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal.

By phone:

You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday thru Friday 9AM to 4PM EST.

Max Gagner

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This lovely little boy is Max! He is a very sweet 5 year old boy who loves animals, playing on the phone, and helping others.  He was diagnosed when he was 3 years old with Autism, ADHD, mood dysregulation and sensory processing disorder. As he has grown we have learned he has generalized anxiety and Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Max has made remarkable achievements over the years but it hasn’t been easy.

Max started out like any other baby, but we realized something was different with Max around 2 years old. He was late to speak, had multiple asthmatic episodes, and multiple ear infections. He had no self regulation and acted out. We thought terrible twos that went into terrible threes. Then the meltdowns only grew daily and became worse. He had several surgeries which included 4 sets of tubes and  the removal of his adenoids and tonsils. He had meltdowns, focus issues, impulse control issues and issues forming relationships with other people including his peers.

We have tried all different types of structural programs, charts, therapies, medications, parenting guides, and research. With multiple failed attempts we were given the suggestion of a therapy dog to help Max with his needs and life challenges. Max has been approved for a multi-purpose service dog for Behavior Disruption. It has been increasingly difficult to bring Max into public because of his meltdowns. This will also give Max a best friend who will love him unconditionally. We believe this will help Max become more independent and successful in life.

4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit organization that helps place people with disabilities with a certified service dog. This group is dedicated to helping those in need of help. They work with children as well as adults in making sure the service dog will fit the needs of the handler and help that person succeed in life.

It will cost 4 Paws for Ability, Inc. at least $40,000 to place a dog with Max. We are committed to raising $17,000 to get Max a service dog. If you can help, please visit Be sure to include “Max Gagner” as the recipient of the donation. Also a Razoo account is set up at that is directly deposited to 4 Paws for Ability toward Max’s dog. You can also mail a check directly to 4 Paws for Ability, on the memo line of the check please write “Max Gagner.”

4 Paws for Ability
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385

Vincent Wilch

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Greetings, from the Wilch family! We are a military family stationed in San Antonio, Texas. Our 5 year old son, Vincent, has special needs and our infant daughter is medically fragile.

Vincent has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS, an uncommon speech motor disorder), and Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE, an chronic autoimmune esophageal disorder). He also suffers from muscle deficits from his ankles to his hips, caused by toe-walking, and requires Ankle-Foot Orthotics (AFOs), which are plastic leg braces that help him develop his leg muscles.

Despite being 5 years old, Vincent has severe delays estimating him around 2-2.5 years old in physical, occupational, and speech abilities, according to his most recent evaluations. Our average week includes 32 hours of ABA therapy (Applied Behavioral Analysis), 1 hour of Speech Therapy (ST), 1 hour of Physical Therapy (PT), 1 hour of Occupational Therapy (OT), as well as 3 days a week in a special education classroom where he also receives speech services. During ABA and general home time we also work on dedicated OT, PT, and Speech home exercises prescribed by his therapists. Due to his Eosinophilic Esophagitis, and general health condition, we have frequent doctor appointments and several sedated procedures each year.

Vincent is a very energetic child and a caring big brother to his baby sister. He’s constantly moving and engaging in physical activity, but also loves to sit down and read books or solve puzzles. The military family life is very difficult for Vincent, constantly interrupting his routine and bringing about big changes. In the past 4 years, we have lived in three states and six houses, and you can imagine that the frequent changes in environment and constantly switching schools is difficult for any child, let alone one with sensory disorders or Autism. When these situations occur they escalate existing behaviors, such as aggression, self-injury, and elopement (escaping a safe environment). Despite excessive locks and supervision he has still managed to escape and wander away from home, school, and therapy.

Vincent’s Autism Service Dog will be trained in the following:

-Behavior Disruption: When Vincent is engaged in repetitive or self-injurious behavior his service dog will be trained to disrupt the behaviors by laying across his lap, nuzzling him, pawing or touching him, and by using deep pressure therapy to calm and redirect him.

-Tethering: Vincent will be tethered to his service dog, allowing him the ability to move with freedom without the risk of eloping, or running away.

-Tracking: Should Vincent elope from a safe environment his service dog will be trained to track him, saving precious time during a critical situation.

-Balance: The service dog will be trained in the use of a balance harness, a device on their back for Vincent to hold on to when he is unstable.

A service dog would open a world of possibilities and freedoms for Vincent, such as being able to walk on his own for the first time. We are truly excited for this new chapter in his life, but we can’t do it without your help. It costs a minimum of $40,000 dollars for 4 Paws for Ability to train a service dog, and we are committed to raise $17,000 towards Vincent’s new companion. Please consider donating or sharing our cause. We are thankful for the support and eagerly look forward to meeting our new furry friend!

Donations can be given online at Razoo ( or on the 4 Paws website at by writing ‘Vincent Wilch’ in the memo line. Donations are also accepted by check, made out to 4 Paws for Ability, and mailed to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Vincent Wilch
253 Dayton Ave
Xenia, OH 45385

Gavyn Cook

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Hello and thank you for reading my son’s story.  Please let me introduce you to my 9 year old son Gavyn.  He is a very sweet boy who loves animals, playing video games, listening to music and helping others.  He has suffered from abandonment issues, emotional abuse and neglect that lead us to seeking help and guidance for my son.  After a year and a half of therapy, neuropsychological and other exams, we learned that my son suffer from Generalized Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and potentially PTSD.  This helps explain why he has been developmentally behind, had meltdowns, focus issues, impulse control issues and issues forming relationships with other people including his peers.

Based on the determinations from doctors and talking to others who have the same issues, we were told about applying to 4 Paws for Ability for a service dog, as they thought it might be beneficial to Gavyn to help with some of the life challenges. Therefore, I applied to 4 Paws for Ability and completed the application process which included, medical documentation and other approvals. Gavyn was approved for the program and now we have agreed to raise $17,000 for 4 Paws for Ability. Training a service dog to meet the requirements can be very costly.  On average it costs between $40,000-60,000 to raise, train, and place a service dog at 4 Paws for Ability. I am tasked with raising $17,000 of that amount and am hoping that we can receive assistance to make Gavyn’s dream come true.

Gavyn has been approved for a multi-purpose service dog that will help Gavyn and improve his way of life.  The dog will help him through training to interrupt an escalation or meltdown, detect anxiety and apply deep pressure and encourage some social lubrication. In addition, this will give Gavyn a non-judgmental, 24/7 friend who will love him unconditionally and show him that not everyone leaves. We believe this will help Gavyn become more independent and successful in life.

Gavyn was my miracle baby as when I was 17, my doctors told me I would never have children.  When I was 26, I found out I was pregnant with him and had a very rough pregnancy where I almost lost him. Since then he has had a very rough 9 years experiencing things no kid should ever have to. It is a mother’s worst nightmare being told by her 5 year old that he is unlovable, unwanted and that he can’t do anything right.  A service dog can make a positive impact on the rest Gavyn’s life that NO amount of therapy, medication or alternative therapy is able to do.

How can YOU help Gavyn?

Donations in support of Gavyn should be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability – be sure to write Gavyn’s name on the memo line.  Mail checks to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Gavyn Cook
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

If you wish to make an online donation, the website is .  Include Gavyn’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal.  You may also call to make a credit card donation over the phone at (937) 374-0385 – Monday thru Friday 9AM to 4PM EST.


Lita Brewington

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litaLita Lynn is a bright 6-year old that is always on the move.  She has a kind heart and is a great helper of mankind.  She was born a month early but came home right away seemingly fine.  However, at 10 months she started having seizures that resulted in 3 stays in the Pediatric ICU.  The last trip to the ICU came after an hour and a half long seizure that resulted in oxygen deprivation and near death.  While we were assured that she would outgrow the seizures certainly by age 5, they continue to this day and the medical providers in Alaska are stumped.  We’ll be traveling down to Seattle soon for more tests.  The damage done by the seizures has led to muscle control issues, sensory processing difficulties, and severe anxiety.  The sensory processing difficulty means that Lita gets inconsolably frightened around loud noises and a lot of people.  This has resulted in her running blindly away from the stimuli; sometimes into the street.

The healthcare providers and speech and physical therapists have recommended a service dog to alert us when she is about to have a seizure, to aid in calming her and to help corral her when she bolts away.  

I know this dog will make a world of difference to her and to our peace of mind.  Please consider donating to help this animal lover get a childhood friend and protector.  From birth through training, the cost of placing such a dog in a family like ours is at least $34,000.  We are committed to raising a minimum of $17,000 to help 4 Paws for Ability continue this vital work.

If you can help us with a donation in Lita’s name, please visit the 4 Paws Donation Page ( Include Lita’s name in the “instructions to merchant” through PayPal. Donations can also be made by mailing a check with Lita’s name on the memo line to: 

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Lita Brewington
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, OH 45385

You can also visit her fundraising page if you would like to help donate: .

Warmest Regards,

Kaili and Devin Brewington