About Paws & Effect

Paws & Effect was estabished in 2006 as a Pet Partner program in Iowa. Paws & Effect’s founders, Eric and Nicole Shumate, had volunteered with Denver Pet Partners while they lived in Colorado and missed the relationships they enjoyed there. The early and long term success of the Ability Through Agility Program at ChildServe, initiated in January 2007, demonstrated Paws & Effect’s commitment to children and the disabled population. In 2009, with increased visibility, a service dog program was developed to continue helping the populations and demographics that were already being served; Paws & Effect expanded its outreach to include military veterans. Paws & Effect strives to support the community by harnessing the power of the human-animal bond, facing challenges and hurdles with the hope that at every opportunity, we will take a moment and make a difference.

Our Mission

Paws & Effect is approaching its 10 year anniversary with a hard won optimism and enthusiam. With a continued dedication to Pet Partners, Paws & Effect intends to more fully develop its volunteer base and support its handlers with ongoing education, regular evaluations and a more diverse selection of volunteer opportunities. Paws & Effect is proud to continue to place service dogs at little to no cost to recipients, while covering all the veterinary and training expenses associated with raising service dogs.


Friends & Allies

Affiliations

Pet Partner Community Partner

Dog Scouts of American Troop

International Association of Human Animal Interation Organizations (IAHAIO)

International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ)

Sponsors and Partners

Quaker Oats

Pepsico

Order of the Eastern Star

Fraternal Order of Eagles

United Way

Combined Federal Campaign

Dino's Storage

Jordan Creek Animal Hospital

American Humane Association

Marsh Mercer

HyVee

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

Cedar Rapids Jaycees

Tables & Tails Participants

Culver's of West Des Moines

1820 22nd Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Culver's of West Des Moines

101 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Culver's of Urbandale, IA

8660 Plum Drive
Urbandale, IA 50322

Eden

418 E. 6th street
Des Moines, IA 50309

Encore Pizza

5775 Merle Hay Road
Johnston, IA 50131