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


Thomas Parsons

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thomas-parsonsThis is Thomas Parsons. He is a very sweet four-year-old who has a contagious smile and loves animals and nature.  Water activities are his favorite. He would swim or splash in the water all day if possible. He loves spending time outdoors, hiking or playing with leaves and rocks and exploring anything and everything, everywhere.

Thomas is non-verbal and was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was three years old. Since then, he’s been learning new things through speech, occupational and ABA therapy. He also recently started Hippotherapy or therapeutic horse riding. He’s always been interested in animals, they fascinate him. His behavior and communication skills improve when there are animals around.

Thomas also loves going to parks where he can swing, climb and play with other kids.  When he’s in the right mood, he can be very sociable and won’t allow his lack of verbal skills affect the way he interacts with other people.  He is also a “sensory seeker”, which means his brain craves for sensory input. As such, he struggles to sit still, remain on task and control his impulses.  He’s very energetic and really enjoys running and spinning around but sometimes he’s having so much fun that he doesn’t realize when he’s getting too far away or out of sight, so an adult must be with him at all times to make sure he doesn’t wander away.  Sometimes, when he’s not ready to stop certain activities, the “transition” to a different one could cause severe meltdowns that often leave him emotionally and physically drained.

This and other challenges that Thomas faces on a daily basis could improve with the help of an autism assistance dog. The dog would be trained for behavior disruption (touch, kisses, deep pressure, lap and nuzzle) when Thomas is upset. The dog would help to keep him from hurting himself when he is having a meltdown; tethering while walking outdoors to prevent Thomas from wandering away; and tracking Thomas in case he gets lost or out of sight.

A considerable number of service dog recipients have also noticed improvements in their child’s sleep patterns, social interaction and motor skills. They’ve reported an increase in their sense of responsibility, more independence and more physical activity.  Studies have also shown that service dogs in the home reduce stress hormone levels in children with autism.

Thomas’ journey through life might look different than most kids but he is a smart boy who has a beautiful view of the world. I know every difficult aspect of his life would improve by having a four pawed friend who’d provide him with unconditional, nonjudgmental love and companionship.  The cost of training and placing a service dog is about $34,000.00 and we are committed to raise at least $17,000.00 to help 4 Paws for Ability with their wonderful mission to enrich the lives of children with disabilities.

Thank you so much for your interest in helping Thomas get his service dog.

If you’d like to donate you can visit:

You can also send checks to:

(Make payable to) 4 Paws for Ability
253 Dayton Ave,
Xenia, Ohio 45385

Please include the name Thomas Parsons on the memo line.

For more options or more information on how to support Thomas please visit:

 We truly appreciate your support!  Don’t forget to share this with anyone who you think might want to donate too!

Francisca Alarcon, Thomas’ mom.

For contact, questions or fund-raising ideas please send an email to



Él es Thomas Parsons, un niño muy especial de cuatro años de edad que tiene una sonrisa muy contagiosa y ama a los animales y la naturaleza.

Las actividades acuáticas son sus favoritas. Podría estar nadando o chapoteando en el agua todo el día si fuese posible. Le encanta pasar tiempo al aire libre, caminando, jugando con las hojas y las rocas y explorando todo en todas partes.

Thomas aún no se comunica verbalmente y se le diagnosticó trastorno del espectro autista cuando tenía tres años. Desde entonces, ha estado aprendiendo cosas nuevas a través de terapia del habla, terapia ocupacional y terapia ABA. También recientemente comenzó con hipoterapia o equitación terapéutica. Él siempre ha estado interesado en los animales, le fascinan. Sus habilidades de comportamiento y comunicación mejoran cuando hay animales alrededor.

A Thomas también le gusta ir a parques donde pueda correr, trepar y jugar con otros niños.

Cuando está en el estado de ánimo adecuado, puede ser muy sociable y no permite que su falta de habilidades verbales afecte la forma en la que interactúa con otras personas.

El diagnóstico de autismo vino acompañado con problemas de procesamiento sensorial, lo que quiere decir que su cerebro tiene dificultades procesando de forma adecuada la información recibida a través de sus sentidos. Mantener esa información y responder apropiadamente puede ser muy complicado o casi imposible en algunas situaciones. Thomas se caracteriza por realizar comportamientos de “busqueda sensorial” para satisfacer o despertar sus sentidos. Como tal, le cuesta mucho quedarse quieto por cierto tiempo, permanecer concentrado en alguna actividad y controlar sus impulsos. Comportamiento de fuga también es frecuente.

Thomas es muy activo y enérgico y realmente disfruta mucho correr y saltar por todos lados, pero a veces se divierte tanto que no se da cuenta cuando se está alejando mucho o no escucha cuando llaman su nombre, un adulto debe estar con él en todo momento o fácilmente podría perderse de vista.          

A veces, cuando él no está listo para dejar ciertas actividades, la “transición” a una actividad diferente podría causar colapsos graves que a menudo lo dejan emocional y físicamente agotado.

Éste y otros retos que Thomas enfrenta a diario podrían mejorar con la ayuda de un perro de asistencia para personas con autismo. El perro sería entrenado específicamente para cumplir con las necesidades de Thomas, para ayudarlo a priorizar y procesar información y para asistir en situaciones que pueden resultar sobreestimulantes.
Por ejemplo: interrupción de conductas disruptivas (con tacto, besos, presión profunda, etc.) cuando Thomas no se siente bien, el perro ayudaría a prevenir que se haga daño cuando tiene colapsos; también tendría la capacidad de prevenir comportamientos de fuga, ya que se encontraría siempre a su lado, unido a él a través de un anclaje que va desde su cinturón al arnés del perro; de modo que si hay un intento de fuga, el perro lo va a bloquear (sentándose o acostándose).
Además estaría entrenado para rastrear a Thomas si por algún motivo se llegáse a perder.

Muchos receptores de perros de asistencia también han notado mejoras en los patrones de sueño de sus hijos, la interacción social y las habilidades motoras. Han reportado un aumento en su sentido de responsabilidad, más independencia y mucha más actividad física.

Los estudios también han demostrado que los perros de servicio en el hogar reducen los niveles de hormonas de estrés en niños con autismo.

La vida de Thomas puede parecer un viaje diferente al de las demás personas, pero él es un niño feliz, inteligente y con una hermosa visión del mundo. Sé que todos los aspectos difíciles de su vida mejorarían con un amigo de cuatro patas que le proporcione amor, lealtad y compañía incondicional y sin prejuicios.

A 4 Paws for Ability le cuesta aproximádamente $34,000 entrenar y situar un perro de servicio, nosotros nos comprometimos a recaudar $17,000 como mínimo para aportar a la espectacular misión de esta institución: enriquecer las vidas de niños con discapacidades y/o necesidades especiales.

Muchas gracias por su interés en ayudar a Thomas a alcanzar su meta y conseguir su perrito de asistencia.

Si le gustaría aportar a nuestra campaña puede visitar el sitio web:

O enviar un cheque a:

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

Pagar a la orden de: 4 Paws for Ability

En la razón o memo debe decir el nombre Thomas Parsons.

Agradecemos profundamente todo tipo de aporte.  Por favor, siéntase libre de compartir.

Francisca Alarcón, mama de Thomas.   

Para contacto, preguntas o ideas para recaudar fondos, por favor enviar un correo electrónico a

Christian Alford

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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 a lot because he sometimes cannot make everyone understand what he wants or needs, and sometimes self-harms himself during his frustration.  He really has to be watched continuously because he is a climber and very active and does not understand danger.  When in public we have to hold tightly to him because he will run or wander away from us.

We came across some information about autism service dogs and decided to look around for possible ways to get one for our son.  We stumbled upon an organization called 4 Paws for Ability in Ohio who provides service dogs trained especially for children like Christian.  We went through the application process and were excited to hear that our son is approved and accepted into the program!!  We feel a service dog will help our son become more social and to help with behavior disruption (self-harming, meltdowns) and Christian will be tethered to the dog in public places to help keep him from running or wandering away.

It costs 4 Paws more than $22,000 to raise and properly train a service dog with our son’s specific needs in mind.  We are committed to raise $15,000 in support of the 4 Paws mission.  The money we raise will go to 4 Paws for Ability directly, to help them to care for and train these special animals.  Our fundraising will help us obtain a service dog through 4 Paws for our son.  This organization helps many children and adults who need an assistance or service dog for their disabilities and we are excited to help our son as well as help this organization continue their work for others in need.

All donations should be made DIRECTLY to:
4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Christian Alford
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio, 45385.

Please make checks out to 4 Paws for Ability and please make sure to write on your check memo line – “In honor of Christian Alford” – so that we receive the points from your donation.  All donations made are tax deductible as 4 Paws for Ability is a non-profit 501c3 organization.  Any services or products donated for an event is also tax deductible!!

If you wish to make a donation on-line the website, is .  Include Christian’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.  4 Paws for Ability will send you a tax deductible receipt of your giving.

Thank you for helping us,

Bradley and Tiffany Alford (Christian’s mom and dad) 936-334-9366

Brodie Fishwick

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FishwickThis charming little man is Brodie Fishwick. He loves Paw Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, Minions, and all things outside. He is 4 years old and is special in his own way. Brodie was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old. Brodie has made remarkable advances, but it wasn’t always so easy.

Brodie started out like any child would, learning to walk, talk, and interact with other children. When he was only a year old, he didn’t seem to want to interact with other children or even acknowledge they were around him. It seemed like he might just be shy at first and would take a while to warm up to the other children. This continued for a while and Brodie started to show signs of being delayed in his speech and other areas of development. At 2 years old, Brodie only had about 15 words that he would use on a regular basis.

He would also spin around constantly and rock continuously into the back of the couch. He would line up toys in a perfect line, starting with the smallest object and moving up in size. If it wasn’t the way he wanted it, he would get frustrated and sometimes throw the toys. He also has no concept of safety. Brodie will take off running at a moment’s notice.

His family has to keep a constant watch on him and keep him within an area surrounded by gates to keep him safe. He has actually been kicked out of a daycare because he made it out the doors and into the parking lot. He has made strides in his speech, but he lacks the skills needed to know what is appropriate and what is not. His teachers and family work with him constantly to do so.

Brodie is looking to get an autism service dog to help him in social situations. It has become increasingly difficult to take Brodie into the public because one wrong look will set off a meltdown. There has been no way to calm him down as of right now. Our hope is that the dog will help him in public by acting as a calming way to get his mind off of what is upsetting him and causing the meltdowns. Brodie also doesn’t like to be touched unless he initiates the contact. The dog would help keep Brodie safe while in areas such as school, parks, and public areas.

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 $22,000 to place a dog with Brodie. We are committed to raising $15,000 to help 4 Paws continue their work. If you can help us with a tax-deductible donation, please visit the 4 Paws Donation Page ( Be sure to include “Brodie Fishwick” as the recipient of the donation. You can also mail a check directly to 4 Paws for Ability, on the memo line of the check please write “Brodie Fishwick.”

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Brodie Fishwick
253 Dayton Ave
Xenia, Ohio 45385

David Byrd

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david_byrdWhether you know a lot about David 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 David.  He is an amazing 7 year old.  He loves video games, super heroes and asking the question “Why?”. David looks very much like every other kid and people expect him to behave like one too.  But life is different for David. Most people don’t understand the reason he behaves different is due to “Autism”.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior.

David has to deal daily with issues that cause him stress. Whether it’s the noise of life, the sea of faces he can’t interpret or the constant distractions that occur around him. David 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 and if given the chance, he will run.

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

A service dog would provide a constant “friend” to our son.  It would be trained to cope with his behavior, yet offer to my son love, affection and touch stimulus to help calm him. The service dog would also work as a conduit for social interaction of my son with his peers.

A service dog would provide some independence and security for my son, it will be trained to have a tether between it and David. This allows for my 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 my son, should we become separated for any reason.

In order to provide my son with such a service dog, we have decided to team 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:

So let’s fundraise for 4 Paws!

We are humbly asking you to please consider making a tax deductible donation in honor of David.  Our family is very committed to this emotionally, physically, and financially. As soon as we raise the required donation ($15k), then 4 Paws will begin training a dog just for David’s needs.

It will cost 4 Paws for Ability, Inc. at least $22,000 to place a dog with David. You can help us with a tax-deductible donation by visiting the 4 Paws Donation Page ( Be sure to include “David Byrd” as the recipient of the donation in the instructions to merchant on PayPal. You can also mail a check with “David Byrd” on the memo line of the check directly to:

4 Paws for Ability
In honor of David Byrd
253 Dayton Ave
Xenia, Ohio 45385

Conner Gretz

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Meet Conner Gretz!

He’s 8 years old, and was diagnosed in 2013 with ODD (oppositional defiant disorder), ADHD, SPD (sensory processing disorder), and a seizure disorder, but began exhibiting signs a year before. Conner has trouble relating to humans, and has no human friends; he says that his best friends are the cat and his toys. He has no fear. The possibility of injury, the speed of moving cars–nothing scares him, and this makes him a daredevil. He frequently gets hurt doing things like going down the sliding board headfirst or climbing onto the swing set sideways. He darts away in public, mostly in parking lots, sometimes into oncoming parking lot traffic. This is made further difficult by his ODD, which triggers him to say no to everything–even fun things like going to the park or eating a treat.

Conner’s family dreams of a multipurpose service dog that could eliminate the fear of Conner running away into danger’s path by being tethered to him, and be able to track him if he did manage to get away and hide. A service dog would also provide deep pressure contact, which would help with his SPD, and be trained in behavior disruption tactics to help with meltdowns.

Conner loves to cuddle and loves animals, taking great pride in helping with his pets (three cats and one fish), which means that a dog would be right at home with Conner. He also loves bugging his big sister, Shyanna…which means he’s not so different from any other little boy!

Conner’s family is working to raise $14,000 toward 4 Paws’ mission to qualify for a service dog that will improve the quality of his life immensely. His sister, Shyanna, 7, has autism and a seizure disorder, and received a 4 Paws service dog in June of 2013. Thank you for helping make Shyanna’s dream come true, and if you can, please help do the same for Conner by making a donation today to 4 Paws for Ability in honor of Conner Gretz.

To help:

  • Click “Donate now!” and specify that your donation is for Conner Gretz
  • Or mail a check with Conner Gretz in the memo line to:

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Conner Gretz
253 Dayton Ave.
Xenia, Ohio 45385