Puppy Raiser – Linda Moodie

By | 4 Paws University, University of Dayton, Volunteer

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Name: Linda Moodie
School: University of Dayton
Major: Industrial Engineering Technology 
Dogs: Figaro for a semester at UD and Fantastic for about a month after graduation as a traditional foster

Fostering through 4 Paws has been life-changing. It taught me about all the people that build the team and the hard work it takes to get a dog ready to be a service dog. This had always been something I was curious about due to my dogs, but it was so different than I could have ever imagine, in a good way! It also gave me the ability to have and take care of a dog, which was something I never got to do growing up. It taught me the responsibilities of having a dog, along with all the extra responsibility that comes with fostering a service dog. As an engineering student, I had to really budget my time even more than normal to make sure I was taking care of myself along with my foster dog. The 4 Paws program is like a family and it has been so fun getting to know the other people involved in the program. I think that my favorite thing so far has been socializing in public because not only do we get to give our dog new experiences, but we also get to share our story with people we meet and educate them on the process. Fostering with 4 paws has been much more than just volunteering to me and I hope to continue doing this for many years to come!

Puppy Raiser – Emily Manchick and Sarah Smith

By | 4 Paws University, Ohio State University, Volunteer

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Names:  Emily Manchick and Sarah Smith
School:  The Ohio State University
Majors:  Both Pre OT Majors

Being a member of the 4 Paws college program has brought so much joy to both of us. Fostering allowed us to branch out of our comfort zone and be involved in an extremely rewarding program, as well as further develop our passion for helping others. It has allowed us to learn more about the impacts a service dog can make for their handler, as well as teach us to be an advocate for service dogs in our community. We are both forever thankful that we found this organization as it has changed our lives for the better! Pictured is both of us with our first foster, Ahoy from the cookie litter!

Puppy Raiser – Sarah Stewart

By | 4 Paws University, University of Kentucky, Volunteer

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Name:  Sarah Stewart 
School:  University of Kentucky 
Major:  Psychology
Dogs fostered:  Currently fostering my 5th dog 

Being involved with the 4 Paws University program is by far the best thing I’ve been involved with at UK. It’s hard to put into words how much this program means to me. I have met some of my best friends through 4 Paws and had so many amazing experiences. I am currently fostering my fifth dog and I have learned something unique and different from each of them. Everyone on campus always says they wouldn’t be able to foster because they can’t give them up, but after seeing the look on a child’s face when they meet their service dog for the first time, it makes it all worth it. I can’t imagine my college experience without a dog by my side and I’m so lucky to have had 5 amazing dogs that have changed my life.

Puppy Raiser – Abby Sheeler

By | 4 Paws University, University of Kentucky, Volunteer

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Name:  Abby Sheeler
School:  University of Kentucky
Major:  Psychology and Special Education
Dogs fostered:  Currently fostering my 4th puppy

4 Paws for Ability holds a special place in my heart. Joining 4 Paws through my college university was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only have I had the opportunity to foster some amazing dogs, I have met some of my best friends through this program. 4 Paws has completely changed my life in such a positive way. I have such a passion for animals and helping others and 4 Paws ties those together to make such an amazing organization! I have seen the impact that service dogs can bring on these children and veterans and it truly inspires me and makes me want to be a better person. I am just a small part of the process that it takes for a dog to become a service dog, but these dogs change lives and to know that I was a small part of that makes every “see you later” so worth it.

Puppy Raiser – Kelsie Foster

By | 4 Paws University, Miami University, Volunteer

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Name:  Kelsie Foster
School:  Miami University
Major:  Special Education
Dogs fostered:  5

I got involved with 4 Paws for Ability’s University Program my first year at Miami and have been fostering ever since! I just received my 5th foster through the program and am so excited to see where her future takes her. Fostering through the University Program has not only opened my eyes to the impact service dogs can make on the lives of their handlers, but has allowed me to spread awareness of service dogs throughout my community. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to watch two of my previous fosters, Lingo and Priscilla, graduate and get placed as working service dogs, and they have been the greatest days of my life. Give back days are hard, and they always will be, but I would go through a thousand of them for the chance to see the bond families make with one another and their new service dogs on graduation day. I’m so thankful to be part of an organization that is continually impacting lives on a daily basis, and I hope to continue fostering as long as possible!

Puppy Raiser – Emalie Taylor

By | 4 Paws University, Volunteer, Wittenberg

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Name:  Emalie Taylor
School:  Wittenberg University 
Major:  Exercise Science with a double minor in psychology and health science 
Dogs: 1 through 4paws (Valkyrie) 

4 Paws for Ability is an amazing program that I’m forever grateful to have been apart of. Knowing that I’ve helped to make someone’s life a little easier and gain a little more independence is truly amazing. Socializing Valkyrie has had a huge impact on who I’ve become and has enriched my college experience. I’m excited to continue working with this program and see all of the amazing things they do.

Puppy Raiser – Madison Stegall

By | 4 Paws University, Ohio State University, Volunteer

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Name:  Madison Stegall
School:  Ohio State University
Major:  Marketing and Pre-Occupational Therapy (Minor in Disability Studies)
Dogs fostered:  I’ve fostered for 3 semesters with 4 Paws for Ability

When I first joined 4 Paws University Program I never knew what an impact it would have on my life. I have always been passionate about advocating for those with disabilities and 4 Paws has given me the perfect platform for this. I’ve truly found my family here at Ohio State within 4 Paws and have met the most amazing people! I can’t imagine my life without these wonderful people and even more wonderful pups! Challenge after challenge will be thrown at you as a foster, but the rewards are beyond measure! Pictured here is Geneva (cookie litter) and I at a College of Veterinary Medicine event that 4 Paws on campus volunteered at.

Puppy Raiser – Alyssa Tomcho

By | 4 Paws University, Volunteer, Wittenberg

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Name:  Alyssa Tomcho
Major:  Biology (Pre-veterinary)
School:  Wittenberg University
Dogs fostered:  I’ve had one 4 Paws pup (2 semesters)

As soon as I found out about the 4 Paws University Program, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. What I didn’t know, was how much the experience would change me. Fostering a service dog in training has taught me a lot about the role that service dogs have. During my time as a foster, I have learned a great deal about responsibility, dog behavior, and communication – all of which will assist me in my future as a veterinarian. I have learned to appreciate the little things, like trips to the store and the learning of a command, and I have grown as a person overall. I am honored to have been a part of an organization where I can make a difference in someone’s life, and I hope to be able to continue assisting 4 Paws for Ability in the future.

Puppy Raiser – Kelly Kleiman

By | 4 Paws University, Volunteer, Wright State

Kelly KleimanMeet a Puppy Raiser

Name:  Kelly Kleiman 
School:  Wright State University
Major:  Nursing and Psychology 
Dogs fostered:  Working with my fifth 4 Paws pup

Working with 4 Paws has been everything I could have wanted it to be and so much more. It has given me a best friend, and I don’t just mean the dogs. Being a part of this program gives you the opportunity to be a part of something bigger, and incredible. You get to make a difference in the dogs life, and hopefully the dogs future families life one day as well. This organization has granted me so many opportunities, from meeting new friends, to being able to participate in really cool and unique events. 4 Paws holds a big half of my heart, the other half is held by the puppies and friends I’ve made through this program. I’m so glad to have found an organization that is so welcoming and incredible to be a part of!

Puppy Raiser – Amy Brentlinger

By | 4 Paws University, University of Dayton, Volunteer

Amy BrentlingerMeet a Puppy Raiser

Name: Amy Brentlinger
School: University of Dayton
Dogs fostered: 1

My name is Amy Brentlinger and I’m studying Psychology at the University of Dayton. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to foster Fantastic as my first 4 Paws dog. She plays like a puppy, sleeps like an old lady, and brings so much joy to everyone she meets. I’ve first hand seen how a dog’s presence can positively impact people. I love her like she is my own dog, but I feel a greater responsibility than that to her because I know she has the potential to serve a family and give them the joy she has given me and my handler team. I hope to continue to be involved with 4 Paws for Ability long after Fantastic is out of my care!