About 4 Paws for Ability

4 Paws for Ability is a service dog organization founded by Karen Shirk and based out of Xenia, Ohio. Their mission is to place quality service dogs with children with disabilities and veterans who have lost the use of their limbs or hearing; help with animal rescue, and educate the public regarding use of service dogs in public places. 4 Paws has placed over a hundred service dogs with children and veterans around the United States! 

Some examples of service dogs 4 Paws provides includes autism assistance, seizure assistance, diabetes alert dogs, mobility assistance dogs and more.

Check out their website for more information!

When a handler receives their dog, they are prepared to have the dog live and go everywhere with them!

Handlers take the dog everywhere to socialize and prepare them for their future as a service dog. Puppy sitters socialize the dog when the handler is not available.


As a part of 4 Paws at Ohio State, handlers and puppy sitters are able to use the resources that the club provides! Some of these resources include weekly socialization events and use of on-campus puppy sitters! 

We also participate in a variety of educational and fundraising events on Ohio State's campus.

About 4 Paws at Ohio State

Meet all the dogs we have on campus and check out their social media pages!

Meet the dogs that have been on Ohio State's campus and are now placed with their forever families!

Meet our executive board for the 2020-2021 school year!

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Website Created by Kaishin Lin, Managed by Ryn Willmarth, Brittany Hinkle, Audrey Robinson, & Mikala Patsilevas

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