About Us

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We raise, train, and place service dogs with disabled veterans and children. The majority of our recipients include children with autism and combat veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and mobility issues.

We provide Pet Partners for animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy. Our pet partner programs include our Abilities Through Agility Program at ChildServe. This program integrates dog agility with physical, occupational, and speech therapy in a group environment. Ultimately, we strive to expand this program to make it a future event at the Special Olympics.

We also have Pet Partner programs at facilities across the state, including:
  • 3801 Grand
  • Ames 4-H
  • ChildServe
  • Civic Center of Greater Des Moines Family Series and Iowa schools and libraries unite with P&E for our literacy programs
  • Iowa Heart
  • Iowa Hospice
  • MetroWest Learning
  • St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids
Fore more information about our programs, feel free to contact Nicole Shumate, Executive Director, at nicoleshumate@paws-effect.org or 515.822.5285.

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