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4 Paws For Ability Inc



Complaint Rating:  58 % with 12 votes
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4 Paws For Ability Inc
United States
Karen Shirk, founder of 4 Paws for Ability", is taking dogs our of pounds, "training" them for three months(which they are NOT trained and still pee all over the house) calling them "service dogs" and charging upwards of 14 thousand dollars! Service dogs require at least one year of training once the dog has turned one year of age. This Cruella DeVille, Karen Shirk, is scamming parents who are desperate to help their special needs children and she counts on that desperation so she can laugh all the way to the bank.
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N  4th of Aug, 2011 by    +1 Votes

4 Paws For Ability Inc - They should be investigated
4 Paws For Ability Inc
United States

I recently (last week) went to 4Paws for Ability in Xenia and the shear amount of dogs that were in cages just astounded me. There were dozens and dozens of the literally stacked all over the place. The POUND has more respect of dogs than this place. BEWARE!!
D  12th of Aug, 2011 by    -1 Votes
Hmmm, how much time did you spend there?
How many staff people did you see tending to the dogs?
Did any of the dogs look ill to you?
Maybe you should investigate a little more!
I have spent a total of 4 weeks ... 8-12 hour days ...
Don't judge until you have the FACTS!
A  19th of Aug, 2012 by    +1 Votes
Charges thousands of dollars for dogs. They are not an accredited service dog training organization. Founder pays herself over 100, 000 a year in salary. On their taxes they do not list the names of any major donors or the number of recepients of their services. They say they provides hundreds of service dogs. Where is the proof?
D  20th of Apr, 2013 by    0 Votes
You obviously know NOTHING about this WONDERFUL program. I pity your ignorance to learn the great things this organization does for children, veterans & their family. I thoroughly involved with 4 Paws on a volunteer basis & have been fortunate to speak with the family's who receive the beautiful service dogs who are BRED THERE (95% of the time), those you are adopted through pounds or rescued have to be of a certain young age & have gone through a personality/temperament test to qualify for SD training. The fosters, volunteers--but most importantly--the trainers work VERY HARD with these dogs & the dogs are placed doing a job they ENJOY because they choose their future jobs on what the dog likes to do. The matching process is a beautiful thing & 4 Paws has a HIGH success rate of partnered families & SDs, unlike other service dog organizations. It is obvious that you are one of minority who assumes someone is bad based on hear-say... Which is pathetic. The families are asked to fundraise 13k in most situations however a lot of the time those families are pushed through to classes. With each individual dog costing 4 Paws 22k to train & provide care for during his/her 1st year of life is costly. None of the families have ever complained, in fact the others who have 4 Paws service companions are excited to assist them, as well as 4 Paws & volunteers. This program does good things for our community and the world. So next time you decide to open your mouth about something be sure to gather FACTS!!!
A  19th of Jan, 2016 by    0 Votes
Dog-Lover, You have to feel sorry for people with so much anger and self-hatred that to feel better about themselves they have to downgrade others. The saddest part of all is that some people (who don't do their homework) will fall for the lies people perpetuate. So in essence what they are doing is depriving a disabled child or vet from getting a dog that would be immense help in developing more independence. We've had two 4 Paws dogs over many years - both well-trained with impeccable behavior. It made a huge difference in the lives of our family. It's a shame really - I hope they get some help. What a great organization 4 Paws is - I am so thankful they continue their excellent work.

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