As you can imagine, the criteria for a service dog is very strict! Even the best-behaved, sweet-tempered, and loving dog, may have a couple of behaviors or health issues which are not appropriate in a service dog. But that’s okay! 4 Paws takes the time to make sure they end up right where they are supposed to be!
When becoming a service dog is determined not to be the best fit, these dogs become a “Fabulous Flunky!” Fabulous Flunkies are first offered to the Volunteer Trainer who raised them and then are available for adoption to the public. These fantastic dogs make wonderful family pets! Some of them even go on to compete in canine sports like agility or rally, or work as therapy dogs! 4 Paws breeder dogs, service dogs, and Fabulous Flunkies alike, get to live their absolute best life thanks to the happy and healthy start they get at 4 Paws through our Puppy Enrichment, Prison, and Volunteer Trainer Programs, as well as, with all of the 4 Paws staff!
Fabulous Flunkies are typically around a year to two years in age and have had some level of obedience and manners training, in addition to plenty of socialization! All 4 Paws dogs have received thorough veterinary exams and have received the following vet care: updated vaccines, fecal test, preventative monthly medication (heartworm and flea/tick prevention), spayed/neutered, microchipped etc. To the best of our knowledge, 4 Paws will provide you with a healthy dog unless otherwise noted at the time a dog becomes available for an applicant.
Some common reasons why a dog may be removed from the service dog program are: inappropriate barking for a service dog, wanting to be in charge, not wanting to share their food or toys with other dogs, being uncomfortable in public, or for various health reasons. 4 Paws will always disclose the reason why a dog was removed from the program and will explain more in detail about the specific dog when showing the dog to their potential forever family.
When matching a Fabulous Flunky with an adoption applicant, 4 Paws is looking for the best fit for the dog and for the applicant! This includes why the dog was released from the program, the dog’s personality traits, behaviors, and energy level. Additionally, 4 Paws looks at the applicant’s family dynamics, home environment, specific preferences, etc. Our goal is to make a successful match that will last the lifetime of the 4 Paws dog!
Eligible applicants live within a three hour radius of 4 Paws for Ability in Xenia, OH or already be an established 4 Paws Family. If an applicant lives outside that radius, they must have someone affiliated with 4 Paws within the radius, who will agree to co-sign for the adoption and understands the necessary potential travel responsibilities if the dog needs to return to 4 Paws. Applicants must own their own home, have a stable job and income history, have past and present pets up to date on all veterinary care, and understand the commitment of caring for a dog for the extent of their lifetime.
Fabulous Flunky adoption is $2500
When considering applying to adopt a 4 Paws Fabulous Flunky, please keep in mind that there may be an extended wait time due to the high demand and the goal to find the best fit for these amazing dogs! If you decide to go through with the process, you will be agreeing to wait roughly a year or longer/until we find the best fit for both you and the dog, to sign an adoption contract, and to pay an adoption fee.
If you have any questions, please email Candy Donahue at firstname.lastname@example.org.