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

Posted by & filed under Charity, From the Staff, Service Dog Stories.

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

Posted by & filed under Make a Dream Come True.

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

Posted by & filed under Service Dog Stories.

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

Posted by & filed under Multipurpose, Service Dog Stories.

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

Posted by & filed under Service Dog Stories.

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

Posted by & filed under Service Dog Stories.

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 »

DJ & Nitro

Posted by & filed under Service Dog Stories.

Nitro has brought peace into our house. When we first brought Nitro home this summer, the number of meltdowns DJ had seemed to really decrease. If DJ was starting to get out of hand, I would send him to his room with Nitro to cool down. One day I went up to check on him and… Read more »

Sue Formet: Helios Papillons

Posted by & filed under Puppies.

December 2007. I have been working with Karen for about 3 years and I consider her a good friend. I found Karen and 4 Paws when I had a Papillon born with bad front leg. This was one sweet Pap and I was planning on keeping her (of course) when it occurred to me that… Read more »

Danny & Kermit

Posted by & filed under Service Dog Stories.

May 6, 2010 from Maggie and Kevin. Danny & Kermit are great. One thing we’ve noticed, and I’m not even sure if 4 Paws worked on this. But Danny has a hard time transitioning from the van into the house when we get home from somewhere. Before Kermit, it would take average of 20 minutes to… Read more »