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.
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.