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!

Puppy Raiser – Nicole Walsh

By | 4 Paws University, Volunteer, Wright State

Nicole WalshMeet a Puppy Raiser

Name: Nicole Walsh
School: Wright State University
Major: Social Work
Dogs: I’ve Co-Handled 5 dogs through 4 Paws for Ability

Being a Co-Handler at Wright State has made my college experience so much better! Not only do I get to make memories and life long friendships, but I also get to participate in an amazing experience that no one can explain. Seeing the families get the dogs that we have socialized from little 4 month old puppies literally melts your heart. The college program really is like one whole family, we always post and share our dogs, and give updates on our puppies while also helping other people who may have some questions. This program is one of the best ones out there, and I am so happy to be apart of it! 

Puppy Raiser – Kacie Lang and Sarah Wikum

By | 4 Paws University, Miami University, Volunteer

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Names: Kacie Lang and Sarah Wikum
School:  Miami University 
Major: Public Health and Speech Pathology
Dogs fostered: 2

4 Paws for Ability University Program allowed me to work with an amazing organization and meet my best friend! My co-foster and I bonded over our love for dogs and helping kids and people with disabilities, as we both hope to be therapists! This program has been one of the most influential parts of college for both of us and we both plan to be involved long after graduation. It truly has our hearts.

Puppy Raiser – Desirae Vance

By | 4 Paws University, Volunteer, Wright State

Desirae VanceMeet a Puppy Raiser

Name: Desirae Vance
School:Wright State University 
Major: Criminal Justice and Sociology
Dogs fostered: 9 through 4 Paws for Ability

The 4 Paws University Program has been a huge part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Through this program, I have met some wonderful people and made lifelong friends. Fostering has allowed me to assist in the training and socialization of pups that have gone on to become service dogs! Knowing that I have helped make someone’s life easier is a huge reason as to why I continue to foster with 4 Paws for Ability!

Puppy Raiser – Jenna Falldorf

By | 4 Paws University, Volunteer, Wright State

Jenna FalldorfMeet a Puppy Raiser

Name: Jenna Falldorf
School: Wright State University 
Major: Early Childhood Education
Dogs: I’ve fostered 9 dogs through 4 Paws for Ability.

Fostering through 4 Paws has truly changed my life. Before 4 Paws I didn’t realize how much of an impact I could have on someone else’s life. Being a foster is more than just volunteer work, it really is a life-changing experience. Each dog comes with their own strengths and weaknesses and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to find the best ways to help them succeed. My favorite piece of the 4 Paws puzzle is graduation day. Getting to meet the new family of my precious foster puppy and seeing how much they needed a dog in their life is humbling. Each of my fosters will always have a special place in my heart, but I think more than anything the relationships I’ve built through handling on a team, working with the 4 Paws employees, and meeting the 4 Paws families is what will really stick with me for the rest of my life.