Sunday, November 20, 2011

New Thinking, New Possibilities

Anthem, Valor and Hero with their respective handlers in Times Square.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Greetings from Paws & Effect Moose!

Thanks, Steve, for giving us a glimpse of Moose at American Humane's annual appreciation dinner, A Round of Apaws.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Paws & Effect contributes to the 25th Anniversary of the ACAA!

Paws & Effect has made a concentrated effort to promote accessibility for service dogs. Pretty neat when the Senior Trial Attorney for the US DOT catches a Paws & Effect video and wants to utilize it for an accessibility celebration in Washington DC!

Dear Ms. Shumate:

I am writing from the United States Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings ( In addition to enforcing various consumer rights laws, my office is responsible for enforcing laws and regulations related to non-discrimination in air travel on the basis of disability. The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), passed in 1986 (before the ADA), prohibits airlines from discriminating against air travelers on the basis of disability. My office enforces the provisions of the ACAA and its implementing regulation, 14 CFR Part 382. Part 382 is a comprehensive regulatory regime ensuring access to air travel for persons with disabilities. A key part of Part 382 is the requirement that air carriers accommodate individuals who use service animals by allowing their service animals in the cabin of the aircraft.

This year the 25th anniversary of the ACAA, and the DOT is holding a celebration on November 9th. Prior the celebration, we would like to show videos related to aircraft accessibility. We found your videos on You Tube where you train animals at the Des Moines Airport ( and would like to show the videos prior to the celebration as the crowd is gathering. It will not be distributed in any other manner or offered for any type of compensation. It will only be showed several times during a 30 minute time frame while attendees are preparing for the meeting. May we use your videos?

If you or anyone from your organization would be interested in attending the celebration, the invitation is below. Please feel free to forward the email to any other person you feel may be interested in attending.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your consideration.

Best regards,

Barbara M. Marrin

Senior Trial Attorney

United States Department of Transportation

Office of General Counsel

Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings

Office # W96-466

1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.

Washington, D.C. 20590

(202) 366-9359 (phone)

(202) 366-7152 (facsimile)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Congratulations Paws & Effect!

Paws & Effect was selected by the American Humane Association as a Charity Partner for the 2011 Hero Dog Awards. Beating out several other very worthy organizations, we received a $5,000 grant to further our crisis response work. Not only is the grant exciting, but the recognition of our efforts, the quality of the work we do and the ongoing support from the national community speaks volumes.

The red carpet, star studded awards ceremony that took place in Hollywood will air on television November 11 on the Hallmark Channel.

Hope you enjoy it!

Hallmark ChannelPremieres
November 11, 2011
on Hallmark Channel