Xavier’s cuddliest club is spotlighted as these furry faces take over campus
By Griffin Brammer, Digital Communications Manager
Xavier club 4 Paws for Ability helps foster and pet sit future service dogs. Starting in 2018, the XU Chapter is partnered with the non-profit organization 4 Paws for Ability in Xenia, Ohio.
The club has grown drastically since its 2018 introduction.
“The best turnout used to be nine people,” stated 4 Paws co-president Dolly Rath said. “It’s been really cool to see our club get so big,” other co-president, Madi Zingraf, said. 4 Paws now hosts an estimated 40 people each meeting, with Rath and Zingraf stating there are over 600 members on EngageXU.
There are also four primary handlers at Xavier, each of whom foster and train a dog.
The club also allows members to sign up as a sitter to take care of the dogs if their owners are temporarily unavailable. Sitters will sometimes also take care of dogs from other 4 Paws campuses, like University of Cincinnati. However, Zingraf is content with focusing on the Xavier foster dogs.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of our own dogs this year,” she said.
Breed: Part Newfoundland, Labrador and Golden Retriever
Age: Five months
Litter: Mythology Litter
Fun Fact: He is Newswire’s unofficial official mascot.
Name: Papyrus (a.k.a. Rus)
Age: 11 months
Litter: National Card Day
Fun Fact: Rus loves people-watching.
Breed: Golden Retriever
Age: 11 months
Litter: Space Jam
Fun Fact: Lola loves kids and will run up to the children when she sees them.
Age: Eight months
Litter: Nail Polish Day
Fun Fact: She’s a ball of energy who can be taken on multiple runs and still wouldn’t be tired.