Gabriel Conway

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Meet Gabriel Conway! Gabe is an energetic 3 year old who has a smile that lights up any room. We adopted Gabe from birth and are so blessed to be his parents. When Gabe was born, he had bilateral club foot that required extensive casting and braces to correct. Fortunately, his feet are doing great… Read more »

Bo Stell

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Hi there! Thanks for stopping by our dream page! We are the Stell family from Southeast Missouri. We have three loving daughters and a sweet son, Bo. What are we dreaming of? A seizure assistance dog for Bo. Bo began having long, unexplained seizures at 8.5 months old. He continued to have seizures every two… Read more »

Elian Lopez

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Meet Elian I am writing this letter with much excitement for what God is doing in our lives and the lives of others! He is so faithful and powerful; I am in awe of Him. As part of the Harvest Season I have completed an application for a service dog (Autism Assistance Dog) through an… Read more »

Freedom from “dis” Ability Gala and 20th Anniversary Celebration

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4 Paws for Ability is excited to share that 2018 marks 20 years of freedom from disability through the placement of task trained service dogs with children and veterans. Founder, Karen Shirk, envisioned a place where every person with a disability was viewed as equal, valuable, and important following her own struggles to obtain a… Read more »

Hudson Ruh

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Hudson, our 4 year old son, was diagnosed 2 years ago with a very rare genetic disease called GAND (a mutation of the GATAD2B gene).  This disease greatly impairs his speech, cognition, and mobility.  He also has the genes for another rare disease called nemaline myopathy which is in the family of muscular dystrophy and… Read more »

Charlotte S

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A victim of the opioid crisis, some said she didn’t have a chance. This little girl was born addicted and then abused. Left a shaken baby with a crushed skull, broken ribs, and sprained neck at two months of age, her future was bleak and heartbreaking. She had cortical blindness, cerebral palsy and global developmental… Read more »

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… Read more »

Alayna Jones

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Hello everyone this is my sweet baby girl, Alayna, who was diagnosed with epilepsy, absent seizures, and a rare disorder called Sunflower Syndrome, one year ago in December. She is not able to be in the sun without supervision or she has tonic clinic seizures. Sunflower Syndrome is not well understood, but it is characterized… Read more »

Zachary Coger

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Meet Zachary Robert Coger!  Zachary is in need of a Mobility Assistance Dog. We are so excited and honored to be chosen by 4 Paws for Ability to begin our journey to provide Zach with the best possible tools we can to succeed in life! Zachary is our miracle baby.  Born at 27 weeks gestation,… Read more »

Isabella Brook

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Isabella is a energetic 6 year old little girl who has Down Syndrome, Autism and is visually impaired. Isabella was adopted from an orphanage in Ukraine at 11 months old where she laid in a crib every day, with no comfort, no toys, little human interaction. She was given up in her country because having… Read more »