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12

May

Our facility is full of excited children and families today as they meet their new service dogs! Did you know sesamestreet has a service dog, too? Here he is singing a song about all the things he can do and how proud he is to be a good helper!

09

May

4 Paws Family and supporters in the greater Dayton, Ohio region:  Four-year-old Jesse is trucking along in his efforts to raise money for a service dog, and an AWESOME seven-year-old named Beckham decided earlier this week that he wanted to break open his piggy bank and give all his savings, and convince others to donate as well. Beckham handed Jesse nearly $500, and tomorrow is running a lemonade stand with the help of Jesse and his sister, the proceeds of which will also go to Jesse’s Journey to Independence.  If you’re in the area, please stop by between 9a and 3p tomorrow for a glass of lemonade, and to support two seriously amazing young people demonstrating humanity at its very best.

4 Paws Family and supporters in the greater Dayton, Ohio region:

Four-year-old Jesse is trucking along in his efforts to raise money for a service dog, and an AWESOME seven-year-old named Beckham decided earlier this week that he wanted to break open his piggy bank and give all his savings, and convince others to donate as well. Beckham handed Jesse nearly $500, and tomorrow is running a lemonade stand with the help of Jesse and his sister, the proceeds of which will also go to Jesse’s Journey to Independence.

If you’re in the area, please stop by between 9a and 3p tomorrow for a glass of lemonade, and to support two seriously amazing young people demonstrating humanity at its very best.

We are *very* excited to start our May training class on Monday. This dog is A’Kos (pronounced “Eikos”), and he’ll be meeting his new best buddy, Kender, after a successful 4 Paws 4 Kender campaign!  A’Kos is very laid back, friendly, and attentive, and loves to be petted. He’s almost a year old, born 5/25/13 to parents Gil (a Golden Retriever) and Delilah (a Labrador) as part of the Hawke litter, named a for special little guy named Hawke whose struggle with seizures earned him his angel wings. Each puppy in the litter was named for a type of hawk, and A’Kos means “white falcon” in Turkish.  He was born here at the 4 Paws facility, then spent some time being raised in one of our prison programs by inmates doing good works. After that, he went to college! In our 4 Paws for Ability at WSU program at Wright State University, A’Kos spent a semester with a graduate student who helped socialize and train him. He accompanied her everywhere—to class, to restaurants, the mall, and especially to her job at the reference desk in the campus library, where he was a big hit with students. Going everywhere with her helped get him ready for being among people in various settings when he goes into service for Kender.  Last week, Kender received a special letter and photo from Kender in the mail, and we hear he’s SUPER excited to meet his new friend.  Stay tuned throughout the next two weeks for lots of great photo and video from the training classes!

We are *very* excited to start our May training class on Monday. This dog is A’Kos (pronounced “Eikos”), and he’ll be meeting his new best buddy, Kender, after a successful 4 Paws 4 Kender campaign!

A’Kos is very laid back, friendly, and attentive, and loves to be petted. He’s almost a year old, born 5/25/13 to parents Gil (a Golden Retriever) and Delilah (a Labrador) as part of the Hawke litter, named a for special little guy named Hawke whose struggle with seizures earned him his angel wings. Each puppy in the litter was named for a type of hawk, and A’Kos means “white falcon” in Turkish.

He was born here at the 4 Paws facility, then spent some time being raised in one of our prison programs by inmates doing good works. After that, he went to college! In our 4 Paws for Ability at WSU program at Wright State University, A’Kos spent a semester with a graduate student who helped socialize and train him. He accompanied her everywhere—to class, to restaurants, the mall, and especially to her job at the reference desk in the campus library, where he was a big hit with students. Going everywhere with her helped get him ready for being among people in various settings when he goes into service for Kender.

Last week, Kender received a special letter and photo from Kender in the mail, and we hear he’s SUPER excited to meet his new friend.

Stay tuned throughout the next two weeks for lots of great photo and video from the training classes!

08

May

Hi! Duante, 4 Paws’ media relations coordinator, here, along with our development director, Kelly. We have a visitor this afternoon in the media relations office—it’s Chloe, one of the cats who lives in our office.

Chloe is no freeloader, however; she and her sister, Coconut, earn their stay as part of our staff! They’re brought in during the training process for dogs that are being sent to homes that also have pet cats. This means that if you have a feline family member, when you receive your 4 Paws service dog, it will not chase or bully, but will know how to live in harmony with your cat!

Chloe is a youthful, easygoing ten years old, very friendly, and by far the most talkative cat you’ll ever meet. She rarely comes down to this end of the facility to say hello, but today she surprised us.

After poking around for a bit, scratching her furry little face on the corners of my laptops, and curiously examining the computer mouse for any similarities to the real-life version, she determined that the press release I was working on needed some tweaking. She helped herself to the keyboard and pranced around on it for a few minutes, sniffed at the screen, nodded in approval, tossed her tail into the air, and sashayed back down the hall.

We are, as she frequently reminds us, honored by her presence.

Virtual raffle for Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Music Festival tickets

4 Paws supporters,

During the month of May 2014, for only $5 you can purchase a virtual raffle ticket to win 2 tickets to The Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Music Festival for $5 which can be purchased here. Purchase as many tickets as you’d like, and all proceeds go to 4 Paws For Ability. On May 31, a virtual raffle ticket will be picked and the ticket package will be mailed out to the winner. Thanks for your support!

Purchase your virtual raffle tickets here: http://ow.ly/wuxVF

06

May

Save the date! 4 Paws is excited to announce its annual 5K and 1-Mile Dog Walk on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Immediately following will be an outdoor “Festipaw” including catered lunch, testimonials from 4 Paws families, children’s activities, silent auction, and split the pot! All are welcome to attend one or both events, and a discount will be available to people attending both. 5K starts at 10 AM1-mile dog walk starts at 10:15 AMFestipaw immediately follows, starting at 11:30 AMRegistration details, pricing, and more will be available soon!

Save the date! 4 Paws is excited to announce its annual 5K and 1-Mile Dog Walk on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

Immediately following will be an outdoor “Festipaw” including catered lunch, testimonials from 4 Paws families, children’s activities, silent auction, and split the pot! All are welcome to attend one or both events, and a discount will be available to people attending both.

5K starts at 10 AM
1-mile dog walk starts at 10:15 AM
Festipaw immediately follows, starting at 11:30 AM

Registration details, pricing, and more will be available soon!

05

May

Hang on! We’re almost there…

Hang on! We’re almost there…

02

May

4 Paws for Ability jewelry

Sarahdipiti is currently offering three exclusive pieces of 4 Paws for Ability jewelry! $2 from the purchase of each piece is donated to 4 Paws. They make great gifts for the animal lovers in your life. Take a look!

30

Apr

We have a very sleepy puppy today…

Meet Weber, one of the Grill Litter; his six siblings are brothers Lynx, Viking, and Traeger, and sisters Saffire, Terra, and Aussie. Born on March 12, they are all seven weeks old today.

Right now, this super-cuddly bunch of golden retrievers is working on being handled lots and carried around the room, sitting on equipment while getting treats. They love watching traffic from the window and playing with toys. Right now, we’re introducing luring and lured sit exercises.

Weber? Well, some of his siblings are pretty darn playful and active, but this fella is very laid back. Mostly, he likes to cuddle. That is, when he’s awake…

29

Apr

We here at 4 Paws headquarters in Ohio are proud to announce that the Greene County Board of Commissioners recognized 4 Paws among its 2013 Greene County Achievers at its annual report last Friday.  4 Paws was honored at the meeting for being selected in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, in which our organization won a new transport van.  Pictured, from left to right, are Greene County Commissioner Tom Koogler, 4 Paws CEO/executive director Karen Shirk, and Greene County Commissioner Alan Anderson.

We here at 4 Paws headquarters in Ohio are proud to announce that the Greene County Board of Commissioners recognized 4 Paws among its 2013 Greene County Achievers at its annual report last Friday.

4 Paws was honored at the meeting for being selected in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, in which our organization won a new transport van.

Pictured, from left to right, are Greene County Commissioner Tom Koogler, 4 Paws CEO/executive director Karen Shirk, and Greene County Commissioner Alan Anderson.