Friday, February 25, 2011

A hearty congratulations to our executive director!

Nicole Shumate is a 2011 Honoree! Watch for more information at the end of March.

Interview on Drake TV

Paws and Effect was featured on Drake University's news channel last week. Enjoy catching a peek of Keeper and Liberty, being raised by SSG Banta and COL Hapgood, respectively.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Paws & Effect takes the Gold

Paws & Effect teamed up with The Woods Productions in October to produce five public service announcements. The effort kicked off our community awareness campaign, sharing the fact that we are raising, training and placing service dogs with combat veterans residing in and around Iowa.

We are pleased to announce that our "We Serve with Honor" TV spots were awarded the 2010 Gold ADDY Award at Des Moines' American Advertising Federation's (AAF) Dog & Pony show. The PSAs will move on to the Region 9 Competition, to compete with projects from seven other states.

Little did we know we would be a Big Dog in the pony show.

We will be formally launching the PSAs at the Iowa National Guard's Gold Star Museum on March 28, 2011. This FREE event starts at 4:30 P.M. If interested in joining us (and we hope you are!), please RSVP to Major Amy Price (

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Article in Militia Man

Check out the Paws & Effect article in Militia Man magazine.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A great Family Series event.

Paws & Effect joined the Des Moines Public Library at the literacy corner discovery station during the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines' Family Series event on Saturday February 12.

The story teller read the featured stories, Leo Lionni's Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch by Inch.

The kids interacted with the dogs while being mesmorized by the stories. The dogs, the kids and the parents all got something postive out our station. Nothing more special then getting the biggest smiles from the kids.

We want to send out a special thanks to the Civic Center for hosting one of the best Family Series events ever.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Workshop Plus - Cedar Rapids

The enthusiasm and participation are tremendous in Cedar Rapids. We've once again filled the workshop to the brim with diverse interests, backgrounds and the types of animals everyone is going to evaluate. St. Luke's Hospital has fully embraced the Delta Society program and their facility fosters the use of animals at every avenue.

St. Luke's rehab unit is something that a lot of hospitals would dream to have, you'd have to see it to understand. Today's class took a field trip up to the rehab unit and experienced animal assisted therapy first hand. Diane, and her Pet Partner Wrigley, are integrated into different tasks which we take for granted. When I spoke with a client, he commented on how much he enjoyed his time with the dog. A true motivational tool.

Not to over achieve but I also broke loose from the workshop and hammered out six Pet Partner evaluations with a majority of success. Thanks to everyone who put in that extra effort and passed.

We've got another day of the workshop to go on what happens to be "Super Bowl Sunday". Now that's truly a sacrifice. We've promised to wrapp up in enough time for most to be able to get in on the pre-game show.