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Local Non-profit Provides Service Dogs For Children, Veterans

4 Paws For Ability provides highly trained service dogs to children and veterans with disabilities.  They’ve been providing them since 1998—the organization began in Cincinnati but is now located in Xenia.

Kelly Camm is the development director of the organization. In this interview, with WYSO's Jerry Kenney, she explains how 4 Paws is unique because they don't operate under any age or geographic restrictions.

Then, in part two of the interview you'll hear from Tina Yoder, the the mother of 12 year-old Zachary Yoder. Tina says her family has been trying to raise enough money to get Zach a service dog. 

Service dogs aren't inexpensive – they can cost as much as $15,000.

In May and June, the Yoder family held several fundraisers for Zachary but they are still a long way from their goal. In the interview, she talks about the challenges they are facing and how a service animal could help her son.

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Kelly Camm is the development director of the organization.
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Kelly Camm is the development director of the organization.
Zachary, his mom, Tina Yoder (center), and Aunt tour 4 Paws for Ability.
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Zachary, his mom, Tina Yoder (center), and Aunt tour 4 Paws for Ability.
4 Paws for Ability breeds their own service dogs on site at their facility in Xenia.
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4 Paws for Ability breeds their own service dogs on site at their facility in Xenia.
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Services dogs provide increased independence for children and veterans, and assistance to their families.
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Services dogs provide increased independence for children and veterans, and assistance to their families.