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Local Non-profit Provides Service Dogs For Children, Veterans

4 Paws For Abilityprovides 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.

Jerry began volunteering at WYSO in 1991 and hosting Sunday night's Alpha Rhythms in 1992. He joined the YSO staff in 2007 as Morning Edition Host, then All Things Considered. He's hosted Sunday morning's WYSO Weekend since 2008 and produced several radio dramas and specials . In 2009 Jerry received the Best Feature award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., and was named the 2023 winner of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Best Anchor/News Host award. His current, heart-felt projects include the occasional series Bulletin Board Diaries, which focuses on local, old-school advertisers and small business owners. He has also returned as the co-host Alpha Rhythms.
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