Volunteer Trainer, Payton Schroeder

When I first toured my university’s campus as a sophomore in high school, I saw the 4 Paws dogs walking around, and I instantly knew this was a program I wanted to be apart of. Now, I’m a senior at the University of Kentucky, and I have been lucky enough to be a part of 4 Paws for almost 3 full years. By fostering service dogs in training, I have certainly taught the dogs a lot, but I would argue that they have taught me so much more. I’ve learned the meaning of patience, compassion, and love all by holding a leash and having a dog heeling at my left side. 4 Paws has truly changed my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.