Working Animals Giving Service for Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids) is YOUR 2015 Cleveland Scene Readers' Choice Best Charity organization that empowers local children with disabilities by providing service dogs to meet the specific needs of children with disabilities throughout 22 counties of Northeast and Central Ohio. All service dogs are trained utilizing their Award-Winning ODRC Accredited Cell Dog Training Program. Service dogs are custom trained to provide therapeutic, emotional and physical support for children with disabilities and their families. W.A.G.S. 4 Kids is focused on spotlighting the abilities of children with disabilities and works year-round to provide "typical" kids the opportunity to do whatever they love toward the betterment of a classmate facing everyday challenges through their Kids Who Can! Youth Empowerment program.
Where Your Money Goes
We are proud of the services that we are able to provide, and are always striving to reach more families. Each service dog that we train costs $28,000. During training, W.A.G.S. 4 Kids covers the cost of all food, housing, veterinary costs other necessary supplies and hours and hours of professional training, to ready them for their placement in service to a child. Each partner family commits to fund-raise $9,000.00 towards the expenses of a Service Dog placement. W.A.G.S. 4 Kids commits to funding the additional $19,000 of cost in homing each dog with a family. W.A.G.S. 4 Kids receives no government funding and is entirely dependent on the generosity of a very strong support network of our community and its leaders to fulfill our financial need. Our contributions are currently funded entirely through in-kind donations, the support of grants, sponsorship, and proceeds from hosted events.
Thank you for considering making a donation to W.A.G.S. 4 Kids! Your generous donation will help us continue to provide these life changing service dogs to kids who can in your community! Make your donation regular to help provide service dogs to kids with disabilities in Northeast Ohio. Your regular contributions will give W.A.G.S. 4 Kids the ability to plan effectively, allowing us to campaign for long-term progressive change. W.A.G.S. 4 Kids keeps its internal costs down with a small team of staff, backed up by a larger team of dedicated volunteers. All donations go to our award-winning Accredited Apprenticeship Service Dog Training Program and other campaign activities, like Kids Who Can! to bring more awareness to the Special Needs community, re-entry employment opportunity for our apprentices and empowerment to all of our kids who can. We have a policy of financial transparency, so each year we are externally audited and we will post on the website all of our audited statements. Due to our legal standing as a 501 (c)(3) charity, donations to W.A.G.S. 4 Kids DO qualify as tax-deductible. Thank You For Your Support. Offline Payment Instructions
Prefer to mail your donation? Check can be made out to W.A.G.S. 4 Kids and mailed to:
112 East Center Street, Berea, OH 44017
Please note "Wonder Run" and use the memo line to make identify your team name (if applicable).