Web Site Terms and Conditions of Use
By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trade mark law.
2. Use License
Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on Working Animals Giving Service for Kids's web site for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:modify or copy the materials;use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on Working Animals Giving Service for Kids's web site;remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; ortransfer the materials to another person or "mirror" the materials on any other server.This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by Working Animals Giving Service for Kids at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.3. Disclaimer
The materials on Working Animals Giving Service for Kids's web site are provided "as is". Working Animals Giving Service for Kids makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Working Animals Giving Service for Kids does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.4. Limitations
In no event shall Working Animals Giving Service for Kids or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on Working Animals Giving Service for Kids's Internet site, even if Working Animals Giving Service for Kids or a Working Animals Giving Service for Kids authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.
5. Revisions and Errata
The materials appearing on Working Animals Giving Service for Kids's web site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. Working Animals Giving Service for Kids does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. Working Animals Giving Service for Kids may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. Working Animals Giving Service for Kids does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.
Working Animals Giving Service for Kids has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Working Animals Giving Service for Kids of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user's own risk.
8. Governing Law
Any claim relating to Working Animals Giving Service for Kids's web site shall be governed by the laws of the State of Ohio without regard to its conflict of law provisions.
General Terms and Conditions applicable to Use of a Web Site.
Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.
Your Gift Today Will Change Their Lifetime!
2016 Best of Berea - Support Services
2015 Cleveland Scene Magazine Best Charity
2015 Best of Berea - Support Services
2013 MTC Best Inmate Program
Working Animals Giving Service For Kids: Changing Lives
W.A.G.S. 4 Kids is dedicated to providing mobility service and autism service animals, meeting the specific needs of children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio, utilizing our Award-Winning ODRC Accredited Cell Dog Training Program. We are driven by our belief in early intervention and will work with a family as early in a child’s life as there is a need and an interest.
All of the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids service dogs are currently trained at Grafton Correctional Institution (GCI) in Grafton, Ohio where 24 inmates work with each of 12 dogs always in the program. Each dog provides therapeutic, task, emotional and physical support for children with disabilities and their families. The work of the inmate trainers is guided by the professional training staff of W.A.G.S. and each placement family receives in home transition training and ongoing training support.
History & Impact
The idea of service animals trained specifically to meet the special needs of children was nearly unheard of in 2004. It was Wendy Nelson Crann, an animal trainer and Ed Crann, a former special education teacher who developed the reality back in 2004, of what today is Working Animals Giving Service for Kids. It is an organization founded and built in Northeast Ohio for the children here, in our own back yard. The needs of local children is what spoke so loudly to the Crann’ s back in 2004 and the special needs of children and their families continue to drive the growth of this organization. Working Animals Giving Service for Kids is entirely dedicated to empowering children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio by training and placing mobility service, and autism spectrum service animals.
In 2007, W.A.G.S. began its partnership with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections in what is today our Award winning Accredited Apprenticeship Service Dog Training Program. Currently housed in Grafton Correctional Institution, we train men who work hard to change their own lives, prepare to reenter society and learn what it means to make to dream of a child possible. Our history includes The MTC award for best inmate programming in 2013, the Cleveland Scene Magazine Reader’s Choice Best Charity Award for 2015 and the Best of Berea Award for Support Services in 2015 and 2016
Since our first placement in 2005 we have placed over 60 service dogs. Our focus on training our dogs to best assist a child ensures an immediate impact on their quality of life. Though our intention is always to enhance the wellness of a child we often cannot quantify the effects that our services have on the confidence, independence, and empowerment of a child’s future. From our very first placement with Myles, a four-year-old boy living with Cerebral Palsy in Strongsville, we have seen the strides that can come from the sense of power that service animals give. W.A.G.S. dog AJ, was partnered with Myles, living with paralysis on his left side. Nonverbal since birth, Myles communicated with simple sign language to let his parents know his wants and needs. In the final phase of AJ’ s training, the W.A.G.S. trainers stopped talking to AJ and worked exclusively with hand signs. When AJ went to live with Myles, that little boy had a dog he could command and tell what to do, on his own, with his right hand. He had a real dog of his own. Something his parents hadn’t thought possible. . As the days passed, Myles began to speak. His first word was not “Mommy” or “Daddy”, words his parents had waited so long to hear him say ...Myles said “Come”, clear as a bell, because he wanted to talk to his dog. Since that time, we have always posted the pictures of the children we serve and the dogs that we place with them. And once they are up on Facebook we always say “Let the magic begin!” Because that’s the reality of what these dogs can do and be in the lives of children with disabilities. Beyond Miles’ narrative, we have time and again seen the sense of autonomy that service animals can restore. Andrew, a 17-year-old North Ridgeville boy suffered a traumatic brain injury, is now learning to walk and talk again with the help of his service animal, Flynn. Olivia, a 14-year-old from Bay Village, lives with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anxiety. Olivia is learning to reclaim her life with the companionship and coping mechanism that her service dog, Susie, helps to provide and reinforce. The demand for service dogs is already there. There are children with life altering mental, physical and emotional challenges that are waiting for their own partner for life.
Our Community Need
The goals of W.A.G.S. 4 kids are driven by our belief in early intervention and our ability to work with a family as early in a child’s life as there is an interest and a need. Our goal is to place more dogs with the children that need them. What makes the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids program unique is the personal commitment made to the families we serve. W.A.G.S. provides in-home transition training and ongoing placement training and support. We never require a family to travel away from their home, stay and pay for hotels in a place their child is not accustomed to. This “best practices” service is possible for us to accomplish as all placements remain in the Northeast Ohio area. It is always the children and the hands-on, on-going care that W.A.G.S. Staff trainers take in helping each child with their individual challenges, that is most important to W.A.G.S. 4 Kids. W.A.G.S. 4 Kids presents an opportunity for a child we see spending their life having things done to them and for them, to reach out physically, emotionally and engage with the world around them.
As the only 501(c)(3) organization in Ohio that exclusively provides service dogs for children with disabilities up to the age of 18 , W.A.G.S. 4 Kids provides niche services to families with nowhere else to go in seeking an animal custom-suited to their child’s needs. Our enduring goal is to secure what is the future for W.A.G.S 4 Kids. The lesson is the importance of our being here in Northeast Ohio for the families that will call next year and in five years. Our focus on early intervention and tailor-training our animals to their new companions allow us to uniquely fill the needs of those we serve. Geographically, our communities are your communities. Our model of continued support before and after animal placement makes us local and keeps us local. To date, we have placed over half of our dogs with families residing on the West Side of Cleveland, Ohio. Organizationally, we are proud to work with talented trainers, an engaged Board of Directors, and a tireless administrative support staff who wholeheartedly believe in our ability to affect change in the lives of disabled children. In addition to the children that we serve, we are inspired to work with trainers currently incarcerated within the Grafton Correctional Institution in Southwestern Ohio. Our goals are supported by partnering with these inmates, as we offer a workforce development program enabling real rehabilitative opportunity. We engage these men to spread positive change to the children that their animals go on to assist, and the tools to re-enter our community prepared with the skills to establish a productive and self-sustained future.
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 between $21,000 and $26,000 depending on the level of skill required and length of time in training. 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 $12,000 to $17,000 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.
We now have the opportunity to launch our highly anticipated Step By Step Training Academy, based on our very successful Workforce Development Program for the inmates at GCI in the coming year. Our success will empower the disabled youth of Northeast Ohio through the partnership of a mobility service or autism spectrum service dog trained by the inmates of Grafton Correctional Institution who will learn all the lessons of a way to live better. Trainers will visit the Grafton Correctional Institute on a weekly basis to assess the progress of each inmate with his assigned service dog in training. Weekly goals, skills basic to advanced placement specific task training, are taught to the group of 12 or more inmates and assignments and expectations are set for the next week. It is always the children and helping them with their individual challenges that is the most important to W.A.G.S. 4 KIDS. Nick Walczak and his partnership with his dog, Turner, is one of over 60 real life examples, examples of kids being able to say, “I’ m not lonely anymore.” And now, Nick looks forward to a life filled with opportunity instead of a future with only obstacles. It is with your support that there will be more to come.
Let Us Introduce Ourselves...
Board Of Directors
The Board of Directors functions to advise, assist and aid in our efforts to support the mission of W.A.G.S. 4 Kids providing mobility service and autism spectrum service dogs to children with special needs in Northeast Ohio, our Kids Who Can! Youth Empowerment & ODRC Workforce Development Programming.
Interim Board Chair
Wendy brings a lifetime of experience to W.A.G.S. 4 Kids. Named after a family pet and a second generation dog breeder and trainer, Wendy began participation in Junior Showmanship at the age of ten. Forty years later, she has never stopped her involvement in the rearing, training and caretaking of dogs.
Her training experiences include both pure and mixed breed dogs, wolf hybrids and behavior modification training for problem behaviors and rescue dog socialization issues from trauma or mistreatment in group classes and as a private instructor.
Wendy has authored a book named "Dog's Don't Speak English", a training manual that helps the layman pick a
puppy and teach it to be a service dog, skilled companion animal or simply a tremendous pet.
Wendy oversees all training aspects of the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids. programs including foster home selections for puppies and ongoing training evaluations. She is a member of the Delta Society, a Provider Member of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) and was chosen by the American Kennel Club as a registered evaluator for their Canine Good Citizen's qualification certifications. It is under Wendy's direction that W.A.G.S. 4 Kids has taken shape with a very specific agenda. In Ohio,for Ohio. The animals we train here will stay here in our own northeast Ohio community.
You can contact Wendy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Investigative Reporter Scott Taylor is a National Award winning Journalist who you now can catch taking on major issues in Ohio every day on CBS 19 News. Scott Taylor has won 2 Genesis Awards in Los Angeles for his investigations of animal abuse on an Ohio Dairy Farm and a Texas Cattle Ranch.
The Cleveland Press Club says Scott is "fearless in his approach to telling the story". Columbus Monthly Magazine calls him: The Macho Troubleshooter Reporter. You have seen Scott Taylor on the national stage too with appearances on Anderson Cooper 360, Investigation Discovery, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton on MSNBC, Out Front with Erin Burnett and Piers Morgan Live.
Scott has volunteered with Cogswell Hall, Make A Wish and Energy for Life Walkathon in Ohio. He's worked with X-Mass In April in Columbus, Ohio, Walk for the Homeless in Memphis, TN and The Ronald McDonald House.
He's been honored with 16 television broadcast journalism awards including awards from The Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Humane Society of the United States. His resume includes stops at WSYX-TV (Columbus, Ohio), WHBQ-TV (Memphis, Tennessee) and WXOW-TV (La Crosse, Wisconsin). He's worked on investigations with A Current Affair and Inside Edition. You've also seen Scott on CNN Headline News, Fox After Breakfast, The Geraldo Rivera Show, The Weather Channel and CBS Up To The Minute.
Christine M. Pratt
Production Manager / Mortgage Financing Advisor at Pulte Homes and Mortgage
Christine M. Pratt brings a career of financial and regulatory oversight and compliance to light at the board level. Her professional history is strong in lending and financial accountability, and in her role as the Production Manager / Mortgage Financing Advisor at Pulte Homes and Pulte Mortgage, she is constantly responsible for reconciling the financial and operational requirements of the organization. This experience set is invaluable as a Board Member.
Her professional history includes ensuring compliance with State and Federal lending regulations and with project management, lending systems and account design and implementation and the provision of financial advice. She has served as the Treasurer of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Women’s Counsel of Realtors for 2014, a one-year limited term appointment, and remains on the Board now on the Ways and Means Committee. Christine is also a Notary Signing Agent.
Christine devotes much of her spare time to her two teenage sons, and is involved with a range of charitable institutions.
Wealth Management Advisor
PIA Program Portfolio Advisor
Jonathan Harrision is a financial advisor with the Wealth Management division of Merrill Lynch in the Cleveland office. He provides consulting services to high net worth individuals, families, and business owners to help them pursue their short- and long-term financial goals. Jonathan is an inspiring addition to the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids board of directors, with international expertise in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Jonathan is known as a leader, manager and insurance product designer with a track record of successful application in the UK general insurance market. His leadership experience includes positions as director of an insurance and financial services company employing more than 35. Additionally, Jonathan has successfully developed his own financial advice practice based on excellent customer experience.
In 2013, Jonathan began working for Summit County CASA/GAL Program as a Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA), representing the best interests of children in the Summit County Court system. Jonathan has the ability to develop a deep, trusting relationship with juveniles and their families and works with them to achieve the best outcome for the affected child.
Jonathan is a UK native who studied Computer Programming, COBOL Programming and Systems Analysis at Stannington College of Further Education. Jonathan additionally received his certification from the Ohio Department of Education for Surrogate Parenting, to act for a child on an Individualized Education Plan. On the personal side, Jonathan moved to NE Ohio from England in 2012. He and wife, Sarah, have three children; Two autistic boys Robert (7) and Michael (4) and a non-autistic girl, Georgia (3). They live in Tallmadge.
Other non-profit commitments are being a volunteer of CASA/GAL (since Feb 2013), trustee of The Tallmadge Foundation and board member of the Magic of Life. Magic of Life is a charity which seeks to educate against driving under the influence of drink or drugs.
Sophia has always held a place in her heart for helping the ‘underdog’. During her 12 years of working as a Catalog Executive for Spiegel, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, she held a variety of Board positions with the Infant Welfare Society. A non-profit Auxiliary, the Board raised funds to support quality community based healthcare to underinsured and uninsured women and children, who would otherwise lack access to basic medical services.
Upon her arrival in Cleveland in 1998, she held a variety of Board positions with the Chagrin Valley Women’s League (now known as Give!Chagrin Valley) and the Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni Organization. The mission of both of these organizations is to fundraise, volunteer, and give back to the less fortunate in the community. She also served as a Board Member on S.E.S. (Special Education Services) which provided no cost or low cost support services for families seeking help with the educational goals of their child with special needs.
Sophia became involved with W.A.G.S. 4 Kids after she applied for and received her own dog “Parker” from W.A.G.S. to assist her three boys with severe autism. With the realization of the tremendous positive impact Parker had on her family, she decided to dedicate her talents to W.A.G.S..
Her 20+ years of corporate and estate management, leadership, creativeness, & attention to detail enables her to offer W.A.G.S. a wide range of administration and executive support.
Ian Friedman Esq.
Mr. Ian Friedman is one of the most sought after criminal defense lawyers in the country. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Friedman has served as chief legal counsel on behalf of individuals and entities from coast to coast and as far as Europe, Asia, and South America.
Mr. Friedman has tried more than 250 defense cases to verdict in municipal, state and federal courts. Mr. Friedman has been retained to serve as an expert witness in a number of criminal and ethical disputes. In addition to his legal work, Mr. Friedman is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law teaching Computers & Criminal Law. He has lectured to lawyers all over the United States of America and in Europe, has been published in countless mediums, and has appeared on several national television programs. Mr. Friedman’s next publication, Navigating Cybercrime Cases: A Manual for Today’s Legal Practitioner, is expected to be released in 2016. Additionally, he was invited to Rome, Italy to teach Italian Law Students how to most efficiently present a case in court.
Mr. Friedman serves the Young Professional community by holding an annual New Lawyer Bootcamp to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Working together, the first class of new lawyers graduated from the intensive three-day program in 2013. Mr. Friedman is extremely proud of this annual event in which more than forty judges, top lawyers, and professionals join to help the new lawyers better navigate their way.
Mr. Friedman is regarded as the driving force and chief architect of the greatest change to criminal law in Ohio in over 40 years. As a former president of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, he worked with his colleagues, including those from the defense bar and representatives of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association to draft a new version of Ohio Criminal Rule 16, more commonly known as “Open Discovery.” The new rule was made effective by the Ohio Supreme Court on July 1, 2010. As a result of his effort, accused persons in Ohio must now be provided all evidence intended to be introduced by the government against them at trial.
After his presidency in 2011, he was honored as the first ever “Lawyer of the Year” by the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a former past president of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA). In 2010, the CMBA honored Mr. Friedman with the William K. Thomas Professionalism Award for his ethical contributions and professional conduct in the legal profession. He has been named in Ohio Super Lawyers since 2009 and was inducted into the prestigious American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL) in 2010. The ABCL is an invitation only fellowship extended to only approximately Two-Hundred (200) of the top criminal and white collar trial lawyers in the country.
Associate Board of Directors
Members At Large...
Beth McLeod, CBS 19
Bill Denihan, CEO ADAMH Board
Bobby Steinburg, Assistant Coach, Kent State University Men's Basketball
Cathy Nichols, Retired from Case Western Reserve University
Cindy Olds, Pet Sitter & Lorain Animal Emergency Clinic
Corey May, COO - CMG Management Co.
Daniel Ziemnik, Lamar Advertising
Denice Winters, Workshop Vocational Specialist - Lake County Board of DD Deepwood Center
Diana Fretwell, ICNS Owner
Dr. Rachael Lozenoff, Veterinarian - Twinsburg Vet Hospital
Eric Brown, Asst Director for Institutional Research - CSU
Kendall Embrescia-Hridel, Chief Creative Officer & CEO - Squirt & Skootch LLC
Sgt. Ivan Roberts, Correctional Counselor - Grafton Correctional Institution
Sherri Shinsky, Groomer, Speaker, Sales & Mom
Tony Hanf, Production Supervisor - Playhouse Square
Meg Shea, General Manager - Euphoria Health & Fitness
Director of Development & Special Events
216-586-5853 ext. 2
Sera Nelson is a woman of many talents, she is the Director of Development and Special Events for the “Charity That Cleveland Grew”, Working Animals Giving Service for Kids. Sera is a graduate of Gilmour Academy and Ohio University. She received her degree in Communications, with a focus on Marketing & Promotions. With Gilmour's focus on community service guiding her, Sera spent her early career working in non-profit development and brand management for Higher Education. Sera was a founding Trustee and Board Member in 2004, shaping and supporting the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids mission of training and placing Service Dogs exclusively to children with disabilities in the Northeast Ohio area. At an early age, Sera’s own diagnosis of epilepsy fueled her passion and drive from a personal understanding of all the abilities that can exist in the life of a child faced with the challenges of disability.
In 2012, Sera left the corporate world to devote a full time effort to her niche in the non-profit sector. Her success in building relationships, creating awareness and support, has statistically doubled W.A.G.S. 4 Kids paw print on the community and in the organization’s financial stability. In just the last year she has created and developed the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids Youth Empowerment Program, “Kids Who Can!” Relationships were built through 4-H clubs, The Boy Scouts of America, High School and Middle School groups, and the nationally recognized “Magnified Giving” organization. Sera’s program teaches today’s youth to participate and do the things they love in such a way that will lead to the betterment of another child who needs their help.
Since 2013, Sera has chaired the highly successful signature event “Cleveland Have A Heart” Charity Date Raffle along with a series of spin-off “Love At First Bite” singles mixers – a purposeful meeting experience for professional singles. Single or Taken, it’s a great time for an event better cause…W.A.G.S. 4 Kids! The event has resulted in countless romantic encounters including dozens of long-term relationships and even one marriage! In 2015 CLE Have A Heart garnered national attention when Sera was asked to help produce a dating segment matching one local lady with 10 eligible Cleveland Bachelors for The Steve Harvey TV Show. During her first phone call the producers asked “Are you the Cleveland Matchmaker?” And the moniker stuck.
In her spare time, Sera has stayed very involved in the young professional community. Past favorites include two years as Representative of Social Affairs for the Cleveland Young Professional Senate, working with United Way’s Youth Opportunities Unlimited as a Summer Program Administrator and she continues to volunteer with City Dogs Cleveland and seasonally with Ohio Homecoming’s CLE NYE.
Director of Training
216-586-5853 ext. 3
Certified by the National School for Dog Trainers' Master Training Course, Lisa has been a professional dog trainer since 1995. Lisa came to her role as Senior Trainer at Working Animals Giving Service for Kids through her work raising and breeding golden retriever puppies with Misty Meadows Kennels. Many of her puppies have graduated the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids training program and have gone on to serve the needs of children with disabilities and families across Northeast Ohio.
Lisa has served as Director of Training for Working Animals Giving Service for Kids since its founding in 2004, and also leads W.A.G.S.' cell dog training program at North Central Correctional Facility in Marion, OH. In addition to training service animals with W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, Lisa also serves the NE Ohio animal community with her business Dog Watch of Cleveland - Hidden Fences. Her greatest accomplishment, however, is her daughter, Madison.
Certified by the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids Dog Trainers' Apprenticeship Program at North Central Correctional Complex, Josh has a first W.A.G.S. 4 Kids program. Josh received his certification in 2008 and helped train 18 service and skilled companion dogs during his apprenticeship. Since his release in December 2011, Josh has stayed dedicated to W.A.G.S. 4 Kids assisting with our in-home transition training. As a certified W.A.G.S. Staff trainer, Josh's responsibility will be to execute the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids Dog Trainers' Apprenticeship Program curriculum at Grafton Correctional Institution and educate the Grafton Project participants.
Bio Coming Soon...
Kids Who Can! Program Director
Working Animals Giving Service for Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids) is delighted to announce the appointment of Tina Mettler, as Program Director of the “ Kids Who Can!” Youth Empowerment Program. “ Kids Who Can!” encourages and celebrates whatever individual gifts and talents a young person may have, in benefit to local children challenged in their everyday lives.
Mrs. Mettler is a graduate of Terra Technical College with a degree in Nuclear Power. For the last 28 years, she has worked for the Radiation Protection (Safety) Department at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant. A lifetime resident of Perry, Ohio, Tina lives on a small family farm with her husband and children. Mother of three, Tina came to W.A.G.S. out of the need of her own daughter Susie Mettler (Read Susie’s Story: Click Here). Susie became a quadriplegic due to a sledding accident in the winter of 2013. Her dream was to have a service dog of her own as a partner and helper. Before that dream became a reality, Susie passed away July 4, 2014. Through this enormous loss, Tina Mettler became inspired to help W.A.G.S. 4 Kids and all the kids who are waiting for a dog of their own, by taking on the leadership of the “ Kids Who Can!” program. Tina has worked with her kids in 4H Livestock, as a softball mom and now as a grandma. She will now help “ Kids Who Can” raise funds and awareness for kids in need through W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, in honor of Susie’s dream.
Programs & Services
Kids Who Can!
Youth Empowerment Program
We maintain a strong commitment to and belief in the ability of children who are able, to help those not as lucky as themselves. Kids Who Can! is designed specifically to engage whatever individual gifts and talents a young person may have, in benefit to children challenged in their everyday lives. Read More
ODRC Accredited Apprenticeship Service Dog Training Program
Apprenticeship programs use qualified volunteer prison staff members to supervise and train inmate apprentices in vocations that enhance employability skills. Over 2,500 apprentices have earned either a 50% or 100% certificate from the US Department of Labor in the last ten years.
Step By Step Training Academy
For those with professional goals in developing programming in other prison institutions or training programs as a W.A.G.S. 4 Kids subsidiary will be the development of The Step By Step Training Academy. The Training Academy will be our avenue to put into practice the real life goal of our Workforce Development Initiative; a place focused on re-entry for a certified former inmate trainer to have a career. The key to affecting any real life rehabilitation is through job creation.
Seeking placement of a mobility service or autism service dog?
Sponsor A W.A.G.S. Kid!
Join us in doing something purely good ... something you can be proud of ... something that makes an impact. Join us in helping local children with disabilities and change a life.
Mission: $8,000 Family Fundraising
Alizay Mikayla Norris was born November second of 2000 to parents Joseph and Katie Norris. Being a week overdue after a completely normal pregnancy Katie’s Doctor decided to have her labor induced. Read More
Mission: $9,000 Family Fundraising
Meet Andrew, up until a few days after his seventeenth birthday Andrew was a typical American teenager. He wanted to finish high school, join the Coast Guard, and go to college. Then a tragic accident changed his world forever. Read More
Mission: $8,000 Family Fundraising
Cade is a fun loving free spirited little boy. He loves to play video games, watch YouTube on the computer, and watch sponge bob. He also loves to collect antiques and go to auctions. Cade is almost 11 years old and has mild autism and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He was born 10 weeks early and spent 6 weeks in the NICU. Read More
Mission: $9,000 Family Fundraising
Meet Cassidy. Her laughter and smile are contagious.She is a fun-loving child.She was diagnosed with Autism at two years old and is non-verbal. Cassidy is constantly on the move, looking for hugs, kisses, or racing up and down the hallway. Crowds, loud noises and routine changes induce anxiety with Cassidy.
Mission: $8,000 Family Fundraising
Kayla was born three weeks early with an 80% heart blockage and had a surgical repair at 2 months weighing only 6 pounds. She was diagnosed with Failure to Thrive as an infant and then with Epilepsy by 2 years of age. By 2.5 years, she was diagnosed with a rare genetic metabolic disorder which caused many severe metabolic crises in her young life. Read More
Mission: $8,000 Family Fundraising
This kid is full of spirit...he's always in a good mood...friends and family describe Nick as strong and brave...and he's a survivor. Chardon High School shooting survivor, Nick Walczak, then-17, was shot twice in the neck, once in the back and once in the arm. One of the bullets pierced his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed. Read More
Mission: $9,000 Family Fundraising
At the age of 7, in August, 2015, he was diagnosed with generalized seizures. His brain was constantly seizing which would cause him to have short term memory loss. It was difficult for him to learn new things. When he was told to do something, he would start doing it, then his brain would seize and reboot. He would then forget what he was told to do. He is very brave and strong. Rory does have difficulty making friends and developing relationships. We are hoping that a service dog will be a companion to Rory so he can feel more
secure, at ease, make more friends and live life to the fullest even with his disabilities. Thank You!!! Read More
Mission: $9,000 Family Fundraising
When William entered the world, we could not have envisioned the odyssey ahead of us. William was a healthy, breathtakingly beautiful newborn, with perfect health. He began to meet his milestones in his first year of life. However, William did not begin to walk independently around 12 months, nor at 15 months, nor at 17 months. At 22 months, an MRI revealed abnormal myelin and an undeveloped part of his cerebellum. Thus, began the journey to determine a diagnosis. Read More
You can also mail a check to:
W.A.G.S. 4 Kids
112 E. Center Street
Berea, OH 44017
Please make a memo note that your donation is for your Sponsored Child
You Can Make A Change In One Life Today
Whether you’re a native to Northeast Ohio or in for a conference or company meeting, a second honeymoon or a girlfriends’ getaway, our annual events will add an extra to-do to your itinerary any month of the year. Check our Calendar of Events for many more!
CLE.COM Presents Love At First Bite
Saturday, February 13, 7PM - 10PM
We put awesome Cleveland Singles in a room with some of the best local bites and a couple free drinks and let the Attraction Formula work its magic! Leave your business cards at home! This is NOT a networking event. We are NOT "Hanging Out". This is Love At First Bite, a purposeful meeting experience for Cleveland's busy single professionals.
Barley House, Cleveland
Saturday, February 13th
7:00PM - 10:00PM
$1 From Each Beverage Donated To W.A.G.S. 4 Kids
BONUS! 100% of proceeds from each quarterly event benefits W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, providing mobility service and skilled companion animals meeting the specific needs of children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio, utilizing our ODRC Accredited Cell Dog Training Program.
So what do you have to lose? Make A Date To Change A Life. You might just change yours in the process...
Visual Chemistry + Perceived Value + Perceived Challenge + Connection = ATTRACTION
W.A.G.S. 4K Run, Walk & Roll
Cleveland Scene Magazine
Saturday, June 4th
Cleveland Scene Magazine Presents W.A.G.S. 4K Run, Walk & Roll It’s the Fest of Ability! Celebrating Berea and All Our Kids Who Can! to Benefit W.A.G.S. 4 Kids to Provide Service Dogs to Local Children with Disabilities
WHAT: W.A.G.S. 4 K Run, Walk & Roll is a race made up of three parts: a 4K Run, 1 Mile Walk, and 1 Mile Roll
to promote health, ability and visibility in the Special Needs community. This will be our 1st annual
W.A.G.S. 4K Run Walk and Roll so we hope you join us in the celebration! The Family Fun doesn’t end
when the race does. Stick around and enjoy Food Trucks, raffles, crafts, and other “family friendly”
games, challenges and activities built for all ages and ability levels to enjoy and take part in. It’s the
FEST OF ABILITY! Celebrating Berea and all our Kids Who Can!
WHEN: Date: Saturday, June 4th 2016
Day‐Of Registration & Packet Pick‐Up: 9am
Race Start Time: 10am, Walk & Roll Start Time: 10:15am
View The Route & Register Now:
WHERE: Coe Lake, Berea, OH 44017
Please don't drink and drive. Thanks to Transportation Sponsor, Uber! Download the app and sign up using
promo code WAGS4KIDS to get your first ride free up to $20. $5 will be donated to W.A.G.S. 4 Kids.
CLE Have A Heart Date Raffle
Presented by Harry Buffalo +
Thanks TO YOU the 2015 event raised $25,000!
SAVE THE DATE! We'll Be Back June, 23, 2016 for #HaveAHeart2016
SAVE THE DATE!!
2016 Event Details
It's the summer solstice for singles - and there are few rules at the 4th Annual Cleveland Have A Heart Charity Raffle! After searching high and low, W.A.G.S. 4 Kids has discovered Cleveland's most good looking, well-versed, and multi-talented men. Most importantly these men are single! They've put their reservations aside for the good of a greater cause: providing service dogs to children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio. How are they going to pull this off? By raffling off dates with these charming Bachelors to the luckiest single on the floor! Come watch W.A.G.S. 4 Kids flaunt this year's pick of the litter! This event will also feature 3.5 hours of OPEN BAR, food, music and over 100 prizes in one of Cleveland’s most anticipated annual summer events of 2015!
Single or Taken - this is a night not to be missed.
100% proceeds will go to: Working Animals Giving Service 4 Kids
What:Date and Experience Auction, Silent Raffle, Additional Prize Raffle
Where: Barley House Cleveland
When: Thursday, June 23, 2016, 6:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 early bird | $35 in advance | $40 at the door
6:30pm - Singles Mingle, Hors d’oeuvres & Drinks
7:30pm - Bachelors Strut!
9:00pm Sharp! Raffle Ticket Sales CLOSE! Prizes Awarded & Winners Announced!
Have A Heart Bachelor Raffle tickets include complimentary hors d’oeuvres & open bar (Domestic Beer, Well Drinks & House Wine) until 10PM
1261 W. 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
North Royalton Pet Fair
2016 Dates: August 6
Presented by North Royalton Animal Hospital! Please join us for our 11th Annual Pet Carnival. We will have activities for pets and childern. Enjoy popcorn, water and other refreshments. Free face painting, kids crafts, and a bounce house. Your Dog can try our agility course or take a dip in the doggie diving pool. Many vendors will be displaying excellent products and there will be raffles to enter for chances to win wonderful prizes. All of the proceeds from the pet carnival are donated to the Cleveland APL, Give Pet's A Chance, Molly's Mission, and Wags4Kids. All non-profit organizations committed to helping pet's and owners through difficult situations. Hope to see you there!
Sons & Daughters of W.A.G.S.
2nd Annual Poker Run
American Heritage Motorcycles & Harry Buffalo
Saturday, July 30th
American Heritage Motorcycles & Harry Buffalo - Join The Herd!
Get Out & Ride! In the Sons & Daughters Of WAGS' 2nd Annual Poker Run!
Saturday, July 30th.
Start Line: 9AM @ Quaker Steak & Lube, Valley View
Stop 2: American Heritage Motorcycles, Willoughby Hills
Stop 3: Barley House, Cleveland
Stop 4: Quaker Steak & Lube, Sheffield Lake
Finish Line Party: 4PM @ Harry Buffalo, Parma Heights
Riders will enjoy a scenic 100 mile ride including 5 stops, breakfast, and dinner.
Best hand will WIN a Tour & Tasting for 12 at the Cleveland Whiskey Distillery!
Join us at the Finish Line Party for Dinner buffet, Cash Bar ($1 per beverage donated), Grab Bags, Silent Raffle Prizes & More!
All proceeds to benefit W.A.G.S. 4 Kids programs & children as part of David's Big Idea Against Autism. David wants your help to stop people from seeing people with Autism as different. Kindness is FREE! And everyone CAN make a difference.
Please join this amazing charity Poker Run to raise money and awareness for: W.A.G.S. 4 Kids … Cleveland’s Choice for Best Charity in 2015.
This will be a 100 MILE RUN of fun for riders and thrills for kids with Autism, in need of Service Dogs that will change their lives forever. Join us for this “DO GOOD” day while enjoying a fantastic 5 stop poker run with a wild card chance to better your hand … in doing this, you are helping bring service dogs to kids in need.
A WILD CARD draw will be available at Stops 1-4!
Don't like the hand you've been dealt? Trade in up to 2 cards currently in your hand and try again! ($20/pull)
**Get A Free WILD Card Draw! Visit American Heritage Motorcycles in Willoughby Hills or Sheffield Village before the event & take a FREE Test Drive on The Indian Motorcycle Of Your Choice!
GET YOUR TICKET TO RIDE: Http://w4krun.eventbrite.com
For more information on W.A.G.S. 4 Kids:
Harry Buffalo Highland Heights Charity Golf Outing
2016 Dates: August 27
Come out for a great day of golf to benefit an amazing charity.
Outing will be held at Fowler's Mill Golf Course.
4-Man Scramble / $100 per golfer / Lunch & beer
Contest for: Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, &Longest Putt / Skins Betting / Buy Mulligans for Charity.
Dinner & Awards @ The Buff.
Benefits W.A.G.S. 4 Kids empowering children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio through the partnership of a custom-trained mobility service and autism spectrum dog. All service dogs are trained utilizing the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids service dog training apprenticeship program accredited by the Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation & Corrections. Receiving no federal funding, and relying solely on donations, they are the charity that Cleveland built.
We will also hold a charity Chinese Auction at The Buff. It's going to be a great day, so don't miss out.
To register stop in or call: 440-868-0088
For more information about Wags4Kids: www.wags4kids.org
6th 'N Barley Tailgate
WHERE: Barley House, Cleveland - Parking Lot
Join us again this year for the 92.3 The Fan & Bud Light Tailgate Presented By Valley Ford Truck & Sal’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing and American Standard at the parking lot at 6th ‘N Barley in downtown Cleveland.
Stop by your favorite hangout and say hi before you head over to cheer on our team to victory!
Live broadcasts by Joe Lull (8 am – 10 am) and
Dustin Fox & Anthony Lima (10 am – 1 pm)
Working Animals Giving Service 4 Kids DAWG POUND (8am - 1pm)
Inside Drink Specials: $15 Hair of the Dog Pitchers
Outside Drink Specials: Bloody Mary Bar, $4 16 oz. Bud Light Cans
Bud Light VIP Lounge Specials: $2 Bud Light Cans, $3 Absolut Drinks, Complimentary Breakfast, Assorted Cigar Selection and Lounge Seating
6th Annual Barley House
Charity Golf Outing
*This ALWAYS Sells Out!*
Fowler's Mill Golf Course
Register At Barley House
7th ANNUAL BARLEY HOUSE GOLF OUTING
1PM – 6PM
Fowler’s Mill Golf Course
13095 Rockhaven Road
Chesterland, OH 44026
18 Holes, Cart, Range, Lunch at Turn, Beer, Steak Dinner, Prizes, & More!
1pm Shotgun Start
Please Arrive By 11:30am
$100 per Person
Teams of 2 or 4 Available
Hole Sponsorships Available
$100 Per Hole Sponsorship
Portion of Proceeds go to W.A.G.S. 4 Kids
Jazzy's Health Fund
2016 Dates: November 6 - December 25
In 2013, to honor the illustrious Jasper, "In Memory of Jazzy" succeeded in raising over $5,000 between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day 2013 for W.A.G.S 4 Kids.
Thanks to the love, kindness and generosity of ALL, Jazzy's Health Fund 2015 raised $8,676.53! Thanks to an Annonymous Matching Funds Donor, that's brings us to a total of $17,353.06!
All funds raised annually allow W.A.G.S 4 Kids to pay for all medical care provided by Big Creek Pet Hospital for all dogs in training.
To make a one-time donation directly to Jazzy's Health Fund and contribute to Jazzy's legacy of love and healthcare of our dogs, click here.
Make a date to change a life...
David’s Big Idea Against Autism - Dress Down Craze
2016 Dates: January 11th - 15th
David was elected class president for his room! David is Autistic and legally blind. As class president he wants to make big changes. David, his classmates, and teachers, are starting a fundraiser for Autism. Asking for YOUR help with this huge task.
For $1/Day - Your Kids Can Take Part In:
David’s Big Idea Against Autism - Dress Down Craze
Benefitting Autism and Autism Service Dogs Trained For Kids Like Cassidy by W.A.G.S. 4 Kids!
Empowering Local Kids With Special Needs Through The Placement Of Custom-Trained Mobility Service & Autism Service Dogs In Our Home of Northeast Ohio.
Tuesday - Cavs Day
Wednesday - Titans Day
Thursday - Pajama Day!
Friday - Hawaiian shirt or Hat day
7TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
@ BARLEY HOUSE
Event Date:Friday From 03/11/2016 to 03/11/2016
Event Time:From 07:00 P.M. to 02:30 A.M.
Help us Celebrate our Seventh Anniversary!
Guiness Beer Dinner
Only 30 Spots available
Enjoy a Sit Down Three Course Meal Chef Created and Guiness Inspired
$40 presale | $50 Day of
9pm-11pm in the Grotto
Charity Black Jack Dealt by the Barley Girls
Complimentary Tshirt to first 25 people to buy $20 in poker chips
Use Poker Chips to Win Prizes
All Money Raised will Benefit Wags4Kids
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION ALL NIGHT
Former REDBULL Thre3style Champion Trentino
Specials on Grey Goose
For VIP Contact Joe 440-487-3752
Other Info:Must be 21 Years Old to Participate All Proceeds of Charity Black Jack will Benefit Wags4Kids
Sweat & Feast NIGHT OUT
Fri 11 March 2016 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
RED SPACE - Downtown Cleveland
Sweat & Feast NIGHT OUT is a fitness PARTY like Cleveland has never seen before...It’s an opportunity to gather your spouse, partner or friends [tribe] and workout together [sweat], eat delicious and healthy food [feast], drink, shop and party together...
7:00PM WORKOUT + EDUCATION
8:30 PM EAT, SHOT, DRINK, HANG
10ISH NIGHT ENDS
THE WORKOUT [SWEAT], FOOD [FEAST], AND 1 DRINK + OTHER FUN AND SURPRISES
HOSTED BY RALABALA
CO PRESENTED BY:
TOWNHALL, NOOMA, RESTORE, REDSPACE
Gilmour Academy Paw Parade
May 14th (Rain Day May 15th), 9AM - Noon
More Info Coming Soon....
Saturday, July 16 at 10:00am - 12:00pm
Big Creek Pet Hospital - 16949 Bagley Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44130
The Stearns Bagley Kids Festival is happening Saturday July 16th from 10 am to Noon. It’s right by The Big Creek Pet Hospital at the corner of Stearns and Bagley in Olmsted Township.WAGS 4 Kidsis a local non-profit organization dedicated to empowering children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio by training and placing mobility assistance, service and skilled companion dogs.
"The Stearns Bagley Kids Festival is a great event for families to learn more about the vital service WAGS 4 Kids provides to our community."
- Ed Fegan
Wednesday, August 10 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Big Creek Pet Hospital - Middleburg Heights
Middleburg Hts Reading Festival is happening Wed. Aug 10th from 6pm to 8 pm. It’s right by The Big Creek Pet Hospital at the corner of Stearns and Bagley in Olmsted Township. W.A.G.S. 4 Kids is a local non-profit organization dedicated to empowering children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio by training and placing mobility service and autism service dogs.
"The Middleburg Hts Reading Festival is a great event for families to learn more about the vital service WAGS 4 Kids provides to our community."
- Ed Fegan
THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS
W.A.G.S. 4 Kids offers our partners unique and creative ways to engage the Northeast Ohio Community, their family and friends, effectively and affordably. If your goal is to reach an active group with disposable income, generate leads and sales, then give us a call. Make an immediate impact on the lives of children and families dealing with the effects of disabling conditions such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and autism – the fastest growing developmental disability health issue of our time. From traditional to very creative, we’ll put together a program that meets your needs and budget. Read More
Check out our products.