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Learn about 4 Paws for Ability.

4 Paws for Ability is a non-profit organization that breeds, raises, trains, and places service dogs with children and veterans who have disabilities. Founded by Karen Shirk in 1998, the organization has grown from a one-bedroom apartment to a purpose-built campus in Xenia, OH with more than sixty staff members and thousands of volunteers. 

4 Paws for Ability service dogs create life-changing bonds with their partners.

4 Paws for Ability places over 120 service dogs annually, all trained with specific tasks and skills to mitigate the impacts of their partner’s disabilities. 

To date, more than 1,800 service dog teams have been created thanks to the dedication of our staff, volunteers, and donors.

Our Mission

Enriching the lives of people with disabilities
by placing life-changing service dogs.

Our Vision

4 Paws envisions a world where people with disabilities
can realize their full potential one service dog at a time.

4 Paws for Ability strives to enrich the lives of children and veterans with disabilities.

Interested in a tour of 4 Paws?

For organizations or individuals looking to visit our facility in Xenia, OH and tour our campus, sign up HERE.

Quick Links:

4 Paws for Ability places service dogs with veterans and children with disabilities such as autism, epilepsy, or diabetes.
View the 4 Paws financial history and database of annual reports.
Donate to 4 Paws for Ability.