Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Register for 2nd Annual 'Service Dog People Jog' 5K!

Thanks to the terrific turnout at 2013's inaugural Service Dog People Jog, we're excited to announce this year's event! Paws & Effect's Service Dog People Jog 5K run and walk is set for Sunday, June 8 at 9 a.m. at Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines, Iowa. 

The Youth Dash/Run is set for 10 a.m. (FREE for kids 12 and under).

The Service Dog People Jog (SDPJ) is a 5K walk/run benefiting Paws & Effect, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. P&E raises, trains, and places professionally-trained service dogs with disabled veterans and children. Proceeds not only allow P&E to fulfill their mission, but also help to ensure that recipients receive service dogs free of charge.

Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Paws & Effect and will assist with the care and placement of P&E service dogs to veterans and children with disabilities. The funds raised will also elp to ensure that service dogs are placed at no cost to recipients.

Register through our friends at GetMeRegistered! Registration fees provide entry to the 5K and trophies (awarded for designated categories). Following the race, you'll enjoy a root beer float in a custom Paws & Effect glass (yours to keep!) along with an array of snacks. You’ll also hear from veteran recipients of Paws & Effect service dogs.

Children ages 12 & under are free.

You can also purchase Paws & Effect T-shirts for $20 at the event.


Saturday, June 7, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location will be announced soon.

Sunday, June 8, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Raccoon River Park, Coneflower Shelters


Chips will be picked up the morning of the 5K from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. All chip timers will be collected at the finish line. A fee will be charged for chips not turned in at the end of the race.


Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. Categories will be announced soon.


Registrants will receive an email with specific details concerning the 5K. You can also keep informed about Paws & Effect through our website, our Facebook page, and the ServiceDog People Jog event page.

For more information about the 5K, or to find out more about Paws & Effect, email

PLEASE NOTE: No refunds will be issued in the event of inclement weather or other unforseen challenges whereas the event would need to be cancelled.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Club Selection for May 1 Event: 'Nudge'

The second Paws & Effect Book Club selection, "Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness" will be discussed at the next "Read with Me" event, Thurs., May 1, at the 4 Paws Unleashed doggie daycare facility, 5278 N.E. 14th St., Des Moines, Iowa.

The 2008 book regards how organizational changes in "choice architecture" can positively affect people's decision-making behavior. But that sounds a little dry ...

"By a 'nudge' we mean anything that influences our choices," say authors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein in an interview. For example, "a school cafeteria might try to nudge kids toward good diets by putting the healthiest foods at front. We think that it's time for institutions, including government, to become much more user-friendly by enlisting the science of choice to make life easier for people and by gentling nudging them in directions that will make their lives better."

Nudge is certain to enlighten and entertain those who want to help make the world a better place, or to help themselves and others make better choices.

Nudge is a past New York Times bestseller, and "best book of the year" for both the Economist magazine and the Financial Times. The book is available at local booksellers or on-line, in trade paperbackAudible audiobook, and Amazon Kindle formats.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Paws & Effect's Spring Fling Agility Trial

The Paws & Effect Spring Fling dog agility trial is almost here. Download the premium and enter today. Prepare to have a teriffic time — and look forward to a great way to spend time with your pup enjoying the beautiful May weather, too! 

Saturday, May 3, 2014 and Sunday, May 4, 2014
Camp Dodge, Johnston, IA

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's that time of year ...

It's that time of year to starting preparing for Paws & Effect's Winter Classic dog agility trial. 

Get your premium here. Download it, fill it out and you'll officially be registered to run your dog in the the funnest thing this side of the Mississippi. I kid you not.

Previous years have seen record low temperatures but it's always heated up once we get to running the brilliant NADAC courses. 

Don't miss out. You'll regret it. Sign up today.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Battle Buddies — Breaking Barriers

Paws & Effect service dog, Honor, gives some love to his recipient, Wade. True battle buddies!

This picture — this love — is the reason we dedicate our lives to providing professionally-trained service dogs to deserving recipients.

Everyone deserves freedom. Sometimes the obstacles standing in the way of true freedom are unseen, often misunderstood. We aim to help break through those barriers, bringing people back into the light — back to living life.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Paws & Effect - 2013 Organization of Character

Paws & Effect was named the 2013 Organization of Character at the Iowa Character Awards earlier this month! Many thanks to all who attended the ICAs and accepted the award with us. We're so honored to be able to tell our story!


For more information about Character Counts in Iowa, and the Six Pillars of Character, visit

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fall Festival - Paws & Effect Dog Agility Competition

It's that time of year to starting preparing for Paws & Effect's 
Fall Festival NADAC dog agility trial. 

Nothing compares to running the brilliantly fast and fun NADAC courses. 

Ready, set, let's run. 

Don't miss out. Sign up today.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Paws & Effect's Executive Director Interviews with Des Moines Radio Group

In honor of Armed Forces Day, Nicole Shumate, Executive Director of Paws & Effect, interviewed with Kate Garner, Public Affairs Director of the Des Moines Radio Group. Take time to listen to this important piece.

Service dog Traverse at the Des Moines Radio Group

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

American Humane Association, Hero Dog Awards Choose Paws & Effect as Charity Partner

Voting is now OPEN for the 2013 Hero Dog Awards. We are honored to be one of the 23 nationwide charity partners of the American Humane Association. We've earned that distinction thanks to our quality, innovative programs — like our Abilities Through Agility program at ChildServe.

We've been chosen by two nominees as their charity partner in the Therapy Dog category. If Dutchess or Patch win their category, Paws & Effect receives a donation of $1,500. If either wins the entire competition, we receive a $5,000 donation — funds that would help us to accomplish and expand our programming. You can vote once per day, per email address, per category. Pick one and VOTE!

We're also extremely proud to have a Paws & Effect service dog and his recipient family in the running to win the Service Dog category.  Vote for Honor and his recipient family, Wade and Michelle Baker.

"Michelle Baker doesn't mince words. Their service dog Honor brought her husband back from war. Honor gave her children a father that could take part in their lives again. Honor literally saved their family."

Saturday, May 4, 2013

WHO-TV Covers Paws & Effect: "Dogs on Duty"

WHO-TV, our local NBC affiliate, came to us in March in pursuit of a story about service dogs and their respective journeysthe story of Paws & Effect. Reporter Jannay Towne took great care and consideration putting the piece together about our service dogs in-training, our puppy-raisers, and our recipients. "Dogs on Duty: Service Dogs for Combat Veterans", was the wonderful result. Enjoy.