4 Paws college grads walk with 4-legged co-eds

By | 4 Paws University, University of Kentucky, Wittenberg

4 Paws for Ability is proud to announce several college graduations, which includes some of our Campus Program participants and their service dogs in-training.

Many of our students will be walking during commencement with their 4 Paws foster dogs, who are service dogs in-training, who will eventually be placed with children with disabilities.

The University Program is a win-win for the students and the dogs.

Chelsea with Skylark“It’s great for the students because it really boosts their confidence, as they must take their dogs into public and answer questions as they are posed by onlookers. It also teaches them how to care for another individual. They have to be very responsible around the clock,” says Jessa Brown, University Program Coordinator and Trainer at 4 Paws for Ability.

“It’s good for the dogs because it gives them a lot of socialization, which makes them confident in public. This is vital for a 4 Paws for Ability service dog.”

“I cannot wait to meet her future family and see the smiles Mitzi brings to their faces,” says Moira Beebe, a graduating biology major at Wittenberg University. “She is such an amazing dog and I was a small part of that.  Mitzi is one of my favorite college memories and now she is going to a family where she will be valued, loved and cherished.” 

“I did some research on 4 Paws for Ability and discovered what a fantastic organization it is. I wanted to get to know families with these dogs, as well as the dogs themselves!” says Beth Kupferie, a special education graduate from Miami University.

“I will be graduating, but I would love to continue fostering and working with 4 Paws if I stay in the area.”

Graduates include:

Wright State University-

  • Shannon Schraeder with Fievel
  • Chelsea Crager with Skylark
  • Victor Colon with Mister
  • Erin Bittner with Kailani

Wittenberg University-

  • Claire Shannon with Bippa
  • Meredith Troy and Abby Debner with Mango
  • Eric Werner and Rory Eustace with Aisling
  • Kelly Brothers and Sean Williams with Beezus
  • Moira Beebe and Jonna Sakowski with Mitzi

Cedarville University-

  • Sandi Patton with Ramona

Miami University-

  • Sarah Cesler and Kelsey Myrhofer with Boeing
  • Olivia Kerrigan and Beth Kupferie with Banshee


-By Jessica Noll-Korczyk


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Man’s Best Friend Graduates From UK

By | 4 Paws University, University of Kentucky

“More than four thousand students graduated from University of Kentucky on Sunday….they were also joined by one dog,” says Ian Preston of ABC 36. “Elementary Education Graduate Logan Bright brought up a one-year-old black lab named ‘Deja-Vu’ to the stage to receive her diploma. ‘Deja-Vu’ is part of UK’s ‘4 Paws For Ability’ program which was founded by Bright when she first arrived on campus three years ago.”

“Bright not only has a passion for helping children through community service, but for helping children learn as well,” says UKNOW. She loves children’s books and had a dream of writing a book that she could one day read to her own class. One night while babysitting, Bright decided to jot down story ideas and within an hour and a half she had written her first book, ‘Ruby the Rabbit Goes Exploring,’ which was published and is currently available in major book retail stores. She has written five other “Ruby the Rabbit” books in addition to her first one, but wants to see how well the first book does before getting the others published.”