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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."

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."

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.



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.

Look at that smile on Roo.



Roo has settled in nicely at the Iowa National Guard Armory in Iowa City. SGT Mcartor is Roo's current handler and has made certain that Roo receives the best care and attention. Roo has attended recruiting events at local high schools in addition to his general morale boosting within the hallways and offices at the armory.

We couldn't be more proud to support those who have served our country.

Look at that smile on Roo.



Roo has settled in nicely at the Iowa National Guard Armory in Iowa City. SGT Mcartor is Roo's current handler and has made certain that Roo receives the best care and attention. Roo has attended recruiting events at local high schools in addition to his general morale boosting within the hallways and offices at the armory.

We couldn't be more proud to support those who have served our country.

Dinner at Jethro's

The Spring 2013 placement class took a field trip to Jethro's BBQ in the Drake neighborhood where service dog access has never been denied. They welcomed us with open arms.

Our table had eight service dogs laying under the table and no one (the other patrons) knew the difference.

The service dogs performed exceptionally well. A testament to the socialization our puppy raisers provided them during their training.

Nice to see the relationships turning out so nice.




Dinner at Jethro's

The Spring 2013 placement class took a field trip to Jethro's BBQ in the Drake neighborhood where service dog access has never been denied. They welcomed us with open arms.

Our table had eight service dogs laying under the table and no one (the other patrons) knew the difference.

The service dogs performed exceptionally well. A testament to the socialization our puppy raisers provided them during their training.

Nice to see the relationships turning out so nice.



A Morning at the Airport with Frontier Airlines


One important component to the service dog placement course is the recipients commitment to an integration back into the community.

It's not merely taking off your shoes, removing your jacket and emptying your pockets when traveling with a service dog, so, Paws & Effect sets up a training session at the airport. The lesson shows everyone how to handle a service dog while going through the TSA screening, boarding and exiting a plane.

Frontier Airlines and the TSA were gracious enough to allow, Paws & Effect and the recipients of their service dogs, to have secure access to the airport and one of Frontier Airlines jets.

The training was a great success.






Thanks to everyone who volunteered and participated in this training session.

A Morning at the Airport with Frontier Airlines

One important component to the service dog placement course is the recipients commitment to an integration back into the community.

It's not merely taking off your shoes, removing your jacket and emptying your pockets when traveling with a service dog, so, Paws & Effect sets up a training session at the airport. The lesson shows everyone how to handle a service dog while going through the TSA screening, boarding and exiting a plane.

Frontier Airlines and the TSA were gracious enough to allow, Paws & Effect and the recipients of their service dogs, to have secure access to the airport and one of Frontier Airlines jets.

The training was a great success.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered and participated in this training session.

2013 Placement Course


March may bring the madness of the big basketball tournament but Paws & Effect goes beyond that by bringing together eight veterans with service dogs.

The journey of healing and reintegration begins today.

The veterans will get to know how to handle the dogs and have plenty of time to bond with their new companions over the next two weeks at Camp Dodge, Iowa.

They will also get to build a camaraderie with the placement volunteers and their puppy raisers.

We wish them all the very best.

We truly thank the puppy raisers and volunteers for their loyalty and commitment to the program. We know that over the past eighteen months the program was not without its ups and downs, but through and through these veterans now have an opportunity at a better life. Reflect on this moment and let it fill your hearts with the warmth of joy and accomplishment.

2013 Placement Course

March may bring the madness of the big basketball tournament but Paws & Effect goes beyond that by bringing together eight veterans with service dogs.

The journey of healing and reintegration begins today.

The veterans will get to know how to handle the dogs and have plenty of time to bond with their new companions over the next two weeks at Camp Dodge, Iowa.

They will also get to build a camaraderie with the placement volunteers and their puppy raisers.

We wish them all the very best.

We truly thank the puppy raisers and volunteers for their loyalty and commitment to the program. We know that over the past eighteen months the program was not without its ups and downs, but through and through these veterans now have an opportunity at a better life. Reflect on this moment and let it fill your hearts with the warmth of joy and accomplishment.

Paws & Effect Presents at Iowa's PRSA


"Nicole Shumate, Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Paws & Effect, will discuss the strategies behind their award winning public service campaign, “We Serve with Honor.”  The organization trains therapy and service dogs and places them with people who need them.
While developing their PSA media campaign Paws & Effect was focused on placing dogs with combat veterans in Iowa who have disabilities or who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.  The "We Serve With Honor" campaign won a 2010 Gold ADDY from the Des Moines-area AAF, 2010 Silver ADDY from District 9 of the AAF, and winner of the 2011 PRSA of Central Iowa PRIME Award in the Not for Profit category. The campaign was also entered into the 2010 National ADDY competition."