Service dog group founder honored

Shirk was diagnosed with Myastenia Gravis (MG) in 1987, a rare neuromuscular disease, while studying to become a social worker. When agency after agency turned her away (due to the fact that she was on a ventilator), she set out to train a dog herself with the help of a certified dog trainer. This was the beginning of 4 Paws for Ability. Shirk places over 100 dogs a year including internationally.

The Rare Life Award is an annual recognition program created to honor individuals who exhibit courage, leadership, survival, devotion, character and heroism. Shirk was among 191 submissions and one of six receiving $4,000. STAFF REPORT

Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to exclusive deals and newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.

X