Molly Wright

By | Make a Dream Come True

Molly is a ten-year-old girl who has been dealing with the effects of an unknown disease since November 4, 2009. On that day, Molly, a normally happy active baby girl woke up unhappy and seemingly tired. It was mere days before she turned nine-months-old and she wasn’t yet talking. We couldn’t ask her what was wrong, so we took her temperature – it was normal – and told the babysitter she seemed more tired than usual. By that afternoon Molly could neither sit nor stand and she was in tremendous pain. The next morning she was paralyzed from the waist down.

The next 5 years were filled with travel to consult with countless doctors, genome sequencing, biopsies, and therapies. Molly now has an agreed upon diagnosis that doesn’t quite fit, Transverse Myelitis, but is everyone’s closest guess. No one knows for sure though, so we are left watching, waiting, wondering, and dealing with the results. 

Molly is a fighter. She has fought back from paralysis to sitting, to standing, to taking a step, and then to walking with assistance. She is the first person to show concern for others and the first person to work to make sure everyone is included. Unfortunately, she herself cannot keep up with her peers anymore due to her reliance on her crutches and a wheelchair. As a result of this, we are raising funds through 4 Paws for Ability to provide Molly with a service dog to help her with her balance and mobility. The cost of training a service dog is between $40,0000 and $60,000 and 4 Paws for Ability asks that each family raise $17,000 of that cost. We are asking our friends and family to consider a donation to 4 Paws for Ability in Molly’s name. Every single donation to 4 Paws will help towards our goal. We kindly request that all donations be made directly to 4 Paws for Ability in Molly’s name (https://4pawsforability.org/donate-now). Please include Molly’s name in the description line of your donation. If you prefer, checks can be mailed directly to 4 Paws for Ability at: (Please include Molly’s name in the memo section of your check.)

 

4 Paws for Ability
In Honor of Molly Wright
253 Dayton Avenue
Xenia, OH 45385

Thank you for your consideration,

Doug, Sharon, & Molly Wright

 

Puppy Raiser Hayley N

By | Volunteer

Our university puppy raiser program has grown so much! We love hearing the stories of how each university chapter started! Puppy raiser Hayley Nagelberg shares her experience from the University of Illinois!

“As an animal sciences student at the University of Illinois, I received an email that a fellow student was hoping to start a chapter of 4 Paws for Ability on campus and was looking for students to help her start up the club with her. I instantly connected with the mission of 4 Paws and how much the organization aligned with my career goals. After a semester getting the club started, and another year on the executive board, I decided to apply to be a foster for my senior year. Puppy raising Santina (Cherry Pie Litter) was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I had as a student. Santina not only became my constant companion through every class, meeting, meal and shift of work, but was the catalyst for so many more amazing moments. I got to educate so many students and faculty on what service animals are and how to interact around them, I became increasingly aware of accessibility matters everywhere I went, became more responsible with my time and energy, and was almost never found without a smile on my face. Seeing Santina learn a new command, succeed in an environment that once caused issues, have a full day of great behavior, or just cuddle up next to me at the end of a long day are memories I will always cherish. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to teach her as much as I could, and to have learned from her each and every day.”

Start your puppy raising journey now! 
https://4pawsforability.org/puppy-raiser/

Puppy Raiser Brittany

By | Volunteer

4 Paws For Ability: We love hearing why people puppy raise! Puppy raiser Brittany Talley shares her why!
“I became involved with 4 Paws when I was in college being a puppy sitter and now I am fostering my first dog, Zuky from the Comic Book Day Litter ! It is one of the most rewarding things I have been able to do. I love the fact that I get to educate the public and talk about what this amazing organization can do for those in need! I have met so many great people along the way and cannot wait to continue being a part of these dogs journeys!”
Become a puppy raiser now! 4pawsforability.org/puppy-raiser/

Kylie Vogt

By | Make a Dream Come True
Kylie is an amazingly happy little girl. She has been through so much!! Not knowing what Kylie will do, she has conquered SO much! She learned to crawl at 2 almost 3 then at 3 while close to the end of her first year in preschool learned to WALK!!! This did not come without its challenges. She is still a little unstable, but works through it and tries so hard!!!! She has learned to "run." We call it Kylie's run. She is non verbal, but has also made soooo much progress in vocalization!!! She is trying to say NAMES of everyday people that she is around. Also many people are well aware of Kylie's seizures, which might I add are very scary!!!! In true Kylie form when she does have an episode she takes it like a champ and FIGHTS!!!! She hasn't had many surgeries but has had a few: tonsils and adenoids removed, ear tubes various times along with a few other procedures. Kylie fights and pops right back up EVERY single time!!! This child lets nothing stop her!!! Kylie's genetic abnormality gives her a very slight increase of developing cancer, which obviously doesn't mean much to Kylie but she keeps fighting!!! With all the appointment, scares and tears we have had with her, she is ALWAYS HAPPY and ALWAYS FIGHTING! With all the fighting it's our turn to make something happen for her that will give her more independence and more FREEDOM! Which she so much deserves.  She deserves to try and be a "typical" child as much as possible, and this dog will give her that opportunity!!!  This will also give her dad a little bit less anxiety when it comes to Kylie. When she is playing if he turns his backs for a second there is a companion ALWAYS watching out for this little girl!!! No matter the amount every little bit will help!!!! Please help us reach our goal and get Miss Kylie her Dog, her little bit of independence.  

Support 4 Paws with the Vacationeer!

By | Cause Marketing Pawtners
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Fall Festival Entertainment Announced

By | Events & Fundraisers

BIG news! We are announcing our entertainment for the 4 Paws Fall Festival; 4 Paws’ very own dog trainer, Emily Sulka!

Emily began music at an early age, starting choir in fourth grade and band in fifth grade. She’s always loved singing and writing, and started writing songs in high school, which is also when she started playing ukulele and guitar. Through the years, she majored in music and spent a semester in Nashville focused on songwriting. A year ago, she released her first EP, This is My Stage, which can be found anywhere you listen to music. Since then, she’s been working on writing more songs, as well as a novel, and performing.

Emily was introduced to 4 Paws For Ability her very first week of college, through Cedarville University’s involvement fair. She knew she wanted to be an on campus foster, but first she volunteered at 4 Paws for two years, became a sitter for a semester, and finally fostered two dogs, Pikachu and Ender. She was also Events Coordinator for the Cedarville student org, K9s at the Ville. After graduation, she realized she wanted to do service dog training for a living, and was hired as a Training Assistant at 4 Paws for Ability in May of 2019.

Check her out on Spotify here: shorturl.at/GNRTW

More information and tickets for the 4 Paws Fall Festival at Warrick farm can be found here: https://bit.ly/2LOGNkp

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