Dodge Coy

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Dodge Coy needs a service dog Dodge is an autistic 5-year old boy with extreme sensory processing challenges.  This causes Dodge to either crave sensory input in the home by repetively jumping, spinning, or moving with no concern for personal safety; this same sensory processing challenge causes him to be overwhelmed in public, which can… Read more »

Ryland Houk

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Whether you know a lot about Ryland or are being introduced to him for the first time, we appreciate you taking time out of your busy lives to learn about him. So, a big THANK YOU from our family! Let me introduce you to Ryland.  He loves owls, minecraft and “playing” the electric guitar. Ryland looks very… Read more »

Max Gagner

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This lovely little boy is Max! He is a very sweet 5 year old boy who loves animals, playing on the phone, and helping others.  He was diagnosed when he was 3 years old with Autism, ADHD, mood dysregulation and sensory processing disorder. As he has grown we have learned he has generalized anxiety and… 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 »

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 »

Some Happy Thoughts

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We’re all doing great thanks to Art and 4 Paws! I enclosed two recent pictures of Art and Tommy in Florida for Tommy’s 11th birthday. Art made the whole trip possible for our family! Big hugs and thanks to you and everyone at 4 Paws!   -Maura Schiller and family Just wanted to post a quick… Read more »

Bekah & Griz

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2008. Do you have a child who might benefit from owning a service dog, yet you are skeptical? Perhaps I can shed some light on this critical issue. My daughter, Bekah just turned eight, and we received her dog from 4 Paws for Ability just before she turned six. While Bekah doesn’t have autism, she is… Read more »

Kendall & Lovey

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Kendall had not slept in her own bed in years and the night we arrived home with Lovey I said, “Time to go to your bed with Lovey.” It was nothing short of a miracle: she just headed off to bed and now two months after being home is still sleeping in her own room. Lovey is… Read more »

Zach & Jaxon

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They are really doing well together. Every day seems to be a little bit better. We also have taken Zach out for ice cream and sat outside on Main Street of the town we live in. It was great; we were able to sit there without worrying about Zach running in the road. Zach seems… Read more »