Thursday, March 31, 2011

Congratulations Nicole.

"Everyone loves puppies" - Nicole describing the photograph projected.

Congratulations to Nicole Shumate on your winning the Business Records "Forty Under 40" Award.

"Central Iowa’s future is in good hands, as you’ll see when you read about the members of the Business Record’s “Forty Under 40” class for 2011. The young honorees have put together remarkable resumes, filled with professional success and civic contributions, and we’re proud to recognize their achievements."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

We Serve with Honor

A GOLD Star and Silver Award Event

Todd Cerveris - Producer/Director
Nicole Shumate - Executive Director of Paws & Effect
Renee Jetter presented stories from behind the scenes.
Paws & Effect brought together the cast, crew and supporters to formally launch our public service announcements.

Four days of filming, several weeks of post production including modifying the scripts, editing, voice overs and composing the background music (not to mention the several hundred volunteered man hours that went into producing the 5 TV spots) resulted in 2 1/2 minutes of airtime.

Roggen-Grind - One of the 'dog stars' of the PSA was
on hand to receive the Regional Silver ADDY award.

During the launch party it was announced, to our surprise, that our work not only won a Gold ADDY award for advertising and a Top Ten Overall at the local level but we also won a Regional Silver ADDY(R) award.  The spots now move on to national competition!

We can't express enough how proud we are of our volunteers, the cast and crew for the PSAs but also for the Iowa soldiers that serve our country with selfless pride and honor that provided the backdrop for message.

Congratulations to Paws & Effect.

Thanks to everyone.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

April Fools Fun Run

Paws & Effect's April Fool Fun Run Premium has been posted. Join us Sunday April 16, 2011 for a fun-filled day of obstacles.

Click here for a Word document with the details.

Click here for a PDF with the details.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Vote For Paws & Effect Moose

Bissell hosts an online competition by which the winning contestant can direct a donation to their favorite charity.  Please vote for Paws & Effect Moose daily this week by registering here, and then searching for:


Pet Parent: Steve H.    Entrant #: 128712

Congratulations to our executive director!

Here's what they said about her in the Business Record's 40 Under Forty article that recognizes 2011's Honorees:

Age 38  |  Executive director, Paws & Effect

Nicole Shumate came to Iowa from Colorado to get a law degree from Drake University, but ended up following another passion.

Shumate runs a nonprofit company called Paws & Effect, which trains therapy and service dogs and places them with people who need them. Right now, the organization is focused on placing dogs with combat veterans in Iowa who have disabilities or who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Dog training has always been an interest of mine,” said Shumate, who used to raise and train dogs in Colorado. “As far as placing dogs with combat veterans, I just felt like it was our role in the community to really meet that purpose, having so many soldiers deployed right now.”

Shumate founded the organization in 2006, and said she kept it under the radar while going through law school, where she earned a degree in 2009. She decided to continue with dog training rather than go into practicing law.

“It was just a good education to have,” she said, noting that she’s able to utilize it in her role as executive director.

Her mission to help soldiers caught the attention of her mentor, Iowa Army National Guard Maj. Amy Price.

“Just the passion and drive that she’s given to this passion of hers – I’ve never seen a nonprofit organization do so many things for soldiers,” Price said.

Shumate also uses her organization to help out with ChildServe, a nonprofit that provides services to families with children who have special health-care needs. Through that, she works with a child to meet once a week and complete a dog agility course.

Shumate is also a team leader in critical incident stress management (CISM) debriefing for the Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team and is a CISM facilitator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Iowa.

She has been involved with Orchard Place as a member of the pet therapy team, and worked with a number of pet nonprofit programs in Colorado before moving to Des Moines.

Price said: “We teach our soldiers about Army values with the acronym LDRSHIP – loyalty, duty, respect for others, honor, integrity, personal courage – she just encompasses all of those values.”

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Whitfield & Eddy gives to Paws & Effect

Each month Whitfield & Eddy selects a community organization to support for its "Casual for a Cause" day (a casual dress day for a donation).  In February, Paws & Effect, a non-profit organization based in Des Moines, was chosen.  This organization raises, trains and places service dogs and therapy dogs for the disabled and for disabled returning veterans.  There is no charge to the disabled to receive a dog.  Paws & Effect relies almost entirely on community donations.
This is an organization which is close to us since member Megan Antenucci's spouse now has a service dog through Paws & Effect.
Through the generous donations of our members and employees at Whitfield, we contributed over $1200 to this very worthy cause.

Whitfield & Eddy

Monday, March 14, 2011

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Here's Paws & Effect Roo, enjoying New Orleans with his puppy raiser Alexa! We miss having him close, but we know he is doing well.

Spring Fling - Agility Trial

The Paws & Effect Spring Fling dog agility trial is just around the corner. There is no better time than NOW to download the premium and get prepared for a really FUN TIME!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hero: Eats Squeaker And Lives

To allay any concerns about Paws & Effect Hero, he is resting comfortably at Iowa Veterinary Specialties. After a long night of diagnostic procedures and early afternoon surgery, he is expected to make a full recovery. He is now squeaker free.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Jadeon and his new service dog Keeper

We are so happy for Jadeon and his service dog Keeper. We can't tell who has the biggest smile! WHO TV covered his story.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

AUSA Newsletter

Paws & Effect got an article in the first Des Moines Freedom Chapter newsletter.

AUSA Newsletter article. Click here for a PDF.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Winter Classic - Dog Agility Trial

Paws & Effect is fortunate to be able to host NADAC dog agility trials in the middle of Iowa's winter. What a great way to kick off the new year by playing with the dogs.

This year did not disappoint! It was cold. It was snowy. Most of all, it was FUN.

Huge congratulations to Ross & Wiggs for earning their 1000 Points Award! We are so proud of your accomplishment!

Enjoy our 4th Annual Winter Classic video.