Success Rate

1500 Service Dogs

To make service dogs as accessible as possible, 4 Paws keeps costs associated with service dogs as low as possible by using volunteers and fundraising.

Combat Veterans

No Cost

To honor the service men and women who are still suffering from the conflicts of war, fundraising provides qualified combat veterans a service dog at no cost.


With Disabilites

Service dogs increase independence for a child and their family, and fundraising provides a service dog at half the cost.

About 4 Paws for ability

4 Paws for Ability is a US 501c3 nonprofit that places service dogs with children and adults with disabilities. In 1998, Karen Shirk founded 4 Paws after she was turned down for a service dog because of the severity of her disability. After the agency’s rejection, Karen dreamt of a service dog agency that doesn’t reject applicants based on the severity of disability, reduces long waiting times, and helping people of any geographic location. The agency provides ten types of service dogs to varying severities of people with disabilities and they reached their 1000th service dog placement around 2016.

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How you can help

Petdesignz is passionate about placing more service dogs with children and veterans with disabilities, because they deserve a little help living independently. We have partnered with 4 Paws For Ability and have committed providing a portion of every sale from the Petdesignz website to 4 Paws for Ability. Together we can can transform disabled paws into able paws!

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