Non-profit looking for volunteers to train dogs for veterans and kids with disabilities
XENIA, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - 4 Paws for Ability, a Xenia non-profit that trains service dogs, is looking for businesses the dogs can visit. It would allow the dogs to adjust to a range of public settings and get acquainted with people.
“Our goal is to socialize our dogs to get them ready to be a service dog, and part of that socialization is going out to everyday life…to experience new sights and new sounds and new smells,” said KaLynn Clark, director of volunteer engagement at 4 Paws for Ability.
The nonprofit places dogs in the homes of veterans and children with disabilities, including autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, seizures, diabetes, and mobility problems.
“It’s a really rewarding feeling to see what difference these dogs will make in each family’s life,” Clark said.
Each dog starts its training as soon as it is born, and the length of training varies for each dog. A golden Labrador named Prue, for example, is almost 2-years-old and will be placed with a family this Monday.
4 Paws for Ability is also looking for volunteers to take dogs home throughout the week. Volunteers would pick up the dog after work, take it home with them, and then return the dog the following morning. It would allow the dogs to get used to living in a home environment.
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