Paws 4 Ability (P4A) is a pilot program of Hope for Disabilities, Inc.,
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that gives economically
disadvantaged disabled people the opportunity to have their own companion dogs
trained to be of service in the home. (Participation is limited to those earning no more than 250% of the current federal poverty level for the continental United States.)
The connection between companion dogs and their people is very special. Building upon this relationship, P4A pairs a professional dog trainer with disabled individuals who would benefit from having their own pet dogs trained to assist them at home. The P4A program operates on a deeply discounted, sliding-scale fee basis, benefiting those who otherwise would be unable to acquire a service dog through traditional channels or hire a professional dog trainer.