4 Paws for Ability

4 Paws for Ability

Anthony and Combee
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Service dog team, Anthony and Combee

4 Paws for Ability takes pride in placing life-changing service dogs with children and veterans with disabilities, but “life-changing” can mean a number of different things.

In January 2021, Anthony, a retired United States Marines Corps Sergeant, had his life changed when he met Combee. “I know I speak for all vets who have come to 4 Paws when I say, we come to you wishing to fill a void in ourselves.” Today, Anthony says, “the void is filled and then some because Combee knows me better than I know myself sometimes.”

Service Dog Combee is a three-year-old golden labrador retriever, born with the “Honey Bee Day litter,” and still proves himself every day. “He is helping me realize we need to unplug from the chaos of the world, and just love life like they all do so much. To me, saying thank you isn’t enough for what this dog has done for me and my mental health. Thank you for this life-changing partner.”

Beyond improving his day-to-day, Combee has become critical to living too. “Before I knew I had severe sleep apnea, he would wake me up when I would stop breathing in my sleep. I thought it was just nightmares I wasn’t able to remember. This dog has literally saved my life on more than one occasion.”

“Combee and I go on walks and since it’s getting nicer out, we will be going on even more. I love this boy more and more each day. He and I are two peas in a pod. I’ve actually been sick the last four days and he LITERALLY hasn’t left my side one time.”

Combee is changing, and saving retired USMC Sergeant Anthony’s life each day, and they’ve created a bond that will last forever.

“He and I are two peas in a pod. Thank you so much for Combs.”


4 Paws for Ability: Service Dogs Making a Difference

Nestled in the heart of Ohio, 4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit founded in 1998 with the mission of enriching the lives of people with disabilities by placing life-changing service dogs. 4 Paws for Ability has placed over 1,700 service dogs that serve children and veterans with disabilities all specially trained to meet the unique needs of its partner. From the day 4 Paws puppies are born, their career begins in the puppy enrichment program before becoming service dogs in training on the path to their new family, as one of 120 service dogs 4 Paws places nationwide each year. 4 Paws for Ability is dependent on the support of its 70 employees 2,000 volunteers and the donors that make our mission possible.