Puppy Jake Foundation wrapped up the 2015 Iowa State Fair, reflecting on the wonderful experiences this year. Over twenty veterans expressed interest in applying for a professionally trained service dog and more than thirty people plan to attend upcoming Orientation Sessions to become foster familes.
The Training Team conducted NINE formal training classes at the Fair. Additionally, foster families spent time exploring the venue with their service dog in training on their personal time, and/or before and after shifts in the Booth. Great care was taken for the time the pups spent in the booth greeting and meeting everyone. Multiple breaks, water and kennel time was required for the canines~and humans too!
PJF is blessed with the high level of awareness of the mission to help US Servicemembers, suffering from injury in combat. Time and time again the volunteers heard, "Oh, here's Puppy Jake~they raise service dogs for veterans!" Presidential candidates, mascots, children, veterans, cheerleaders, special guests from Blazing Saddles and more, spent time with the pups, made donations, and chatted with volunteers.
After 11 days at the Fair, where PJF helped a lost boy, a man suffering a stroke and a break-in to the booth, PJF was thrilled to give away 78 stuffed dogs; 250 coloring books; 400 tattoos (on the first day); 114 PJF special blend coffee packs; 103 admission tickets, 1,250 business cards, 874 personalized dog trading cards; 83 t-shirts; 43 tugs toys (made by volunteers) and 2,400 brochures. The millions of calories, trips down the concourse, goats and cattle, sky gilder rides and pup treats added to the wonderful time. Iowa State Fair experience: PRICELESS.
For the second year in a row, Gabus Automotive Group customers and employees support PJF as one of the charities for the "July Charitable Program". For each car sold in the month of July from any of the Gabus Automotive Group dealerships, $100 will be donated to the charities selected.
Volunteers and foster families accepted the generous check last year and continue to be grateful for the support of PJF's mission to donate a professionally trainied service dog to a combat wounded veteran.
The dealership even allowed a couple of pups to hop in one of the new cars!
For Immediate ReleaseContact: Dee Kading, Human Resources Director
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 515-333-5786 (office)
Gabus Cares July Charitable Program
Gabus Automotive Group Customers and Employees Support Four Local Nonprofit Organizations
Des Moines, Iowa — Gene Gabus, president of Gabus Automotive Group, believes strongly in giving back to the communities where his employees and customers live and work. His father, the late Charles Gabus who founded the family of car dealerships, quietly supported many area charities. Gene Gabus continues the “give back” philosophy his father modeled. The Gabus Cares program honors and supports local charitable organizations that help lift individuals — inspiring hope and providing much-needed resources.
During the month of July, when customers buy a new or used vehicle from any of the Gabus Automotive Group dealerships, Gabus Automotive Group will donate $100 per car sold to local charities.
This year, Gabus Cares program proceeds will benefit four local charities selected by the employees at the four Gabus Automotive Group dealerships. From a pool of nominated organizations, employees voted to support these four local charities:
Children’s Cancer Connection
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
Puppy Jake Foundation
Urbandale Food Pantry
Gabus Automotive Group July charitable programs have raised nearly $500,000 since the Gabus Care’s program was established in 2011. Gabus says, “Our goal is to give more than $100,000 this year. Sharing our good fortune with the folks that place their trust in us as a local business is simply a wonderful way to show gratitude and help our communities.”
Gabus Automotive Group
Charles Gabus purchased his first dealership in 1953 in Holdrege, NE. Gabus moved his Charles Gabus Ford dealership to West Des Moines, IA and eventually to its present location on Merle Hay Road. Today, Charles Gabus Ford is Iowa’s largest Ford dealership.
In addition to Charles Gabus Ford, the Gabus Automotive Group includes Toyota of Des Moines, Des Moines Mitsubishi and Kia of Des Moines. Gabus Automotive Group President Gene Gabus continues his father’s legacy of selling quality vehicles at a good value, providing superior service and maintaining local dealer ownership. For more information, call 515-238-8878.
Children’s Cancer Connection
Children's Cancer Connection exists to enhance the lives of families affected by childhood cancer, and being the caring presence by providing programs for recreation, education and support. Children's Cancer Connection is able to provide these programs to children and their families in Iowa, at no cost because of compassion and generosity of businesses and individuals. For more information, visit www.childrenscancerconnection.org.
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa has led child abuse prevention efforts in Iowa since 1975. It is the only state organization focused solely on preventing child abuse rather than treating families and children after abuse has occurred. The organization advocates for policies and programs that promote child well-being, raises awareness of child abuse and methods to prevent it, and assists community partners in providing services to families. Prevent Child Abuse Iowa is based in Des Moines, but has partnerships in nearly every Iowa county. For more information, call (800) CHILDREN or visit www.pcaiowa.org.
About Puppy Jake Foundation
Puppy Jake Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping military veterans through the assistance of well bred, socialized and professionally trained service dogs. PJF donates the service dogs to the veterans. There are currently 26 service dogs in various stages of training. Each dog is in the program up to two years at an average cost of $20,000 per dog. For more information visit www.puppyjakefoundation.org.
Urbandale Food Pantry
The Urbandale Food Pantry is a collaborative community effort to reach out to our neighbors to provide food assistance with dignity and compassion. Open to all residents, proof of economic need is not required to obtain food and personal care items. The Urbandale Food Pantry is one of the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) food pantries where it obtains its food supplies. For more information, please visit www.urbandalefoodpantry.org
Puppy Jake Foundation was honored to have numerous notable Veterans in town with Governor Rick Perry in support of the PJF program. Motorcycles, American heroes, service dogs in training, supporters and veterans from the entire midwest area gathered to raise money and awareness for PJF's mission to provide professionally trained service dogs to wounded combat veterans, at no charge to the veteran!
Governor Perry spoke to the crowd, on D-Day, thanking all veterans for their service to our country. With Governor Perry was: Mrs. Perry, US Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (author of Lone Survivor), US Navy SEAL Morgan Luttrell, US Marine Dan Moran, US Navy SEAL Pete Scobell and US Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor Recipient Mike Thornton.
Taya Kyle touched the hearts of many in the crowd as she spoke informally with attendees and PJF foster families. Taya is the author of "American Wife" and the widow of US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle ("American Sniper). She is pictured with Puppy Jake Foundation's first two veterans to receive a service dog: Mitch (BOB) and Matt (CLARENCE).
After the program, Governor Perry (on the bike of Veteran Taylor Morris) led the veterans in the motorcycle ride to Boone, Iowa.
An amazing day, dedicated to helping our service members of the US Armed Services.
Foster Family Josh has begun his position after graduation from Drake University. Along side Josh will be HERMAN, a yellow lab in training with Puppy Jake Foundation. HERMAN will train for up to two years to become a professionally trained service dog, provided at no charge, to a wounded combat veteran. Great job Josh and HERMAN.
Puppy Jake Foundation is proud to be selected as the military charity for the upcoming "Ride with Rick" on Saturday, June 6th. The event begins in Perry, IA at the Hotel Pattee with a program and the start of the motorcycle ride to Boone, IA.
American heros will join Governor Rick Perry at this exciting event to support Puppy Jake Foundation's mission to provide professionally trained service dogs for military veterans. Because of events like this, PJF donates the service dog to the veteran.
Some of the special guests include: Retired US Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (author of "Lone Survivor") and his wife Melanie; Navy SEAL Morgan Luttrell; Retired US Marine Corps Captain Dan Moran; Retired US Navy SEAL Pete Scobell, Retired US Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor Recipient Mike Thornton; author Taya Kyle (widow of SEAL Chris Kyle).
Eight service dogs in training travelled to Washington, DC on April 8th for a five day training retreat. The nation's capital was a perfect setting for the puppies to practice skills such as: airplane flights, subway rides, cab rides, large crowds, new sights, new smells and new sounds.
Foster families, trainers and puppies rode on an open tour bus to see historic sites like the Capitol, White House, Pentagon, Washington monument and so much more.
The group toured the moving Arlington National Cemetary, World War II memorial, Vietnam memorial, Lincoln Monument, Jefferson Monument and the National Mall. A special time to honor those that serve our country, and a significant reminder why Puppy Jake volunteers work as hard as they do.
The retreat included the Smithsonian with half day in the Museum of Natural History and the Air and Space Museum. So many training opportunities for the dogs to experience.
Two wonderful organizations have arranged events to support Puppy Jake Foundation on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16th. (More information on both events may be found under the Events tab.)
"We Support Our Troops" 5k Fun Run will be held at Lakeview Elementary, sponsored by the Republican Party of Appanoose County. Registration begins at 7am and the race starts at 8am. Questions call: Lyle Brinegar at 641-895-5060
The Ladies of the Round Table are hosting a "Feed Jake Fundraiser and Poker Run" from 11am until 5pm. The event will be held at Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 6567 Bloomfield Road in Des Moines. Fun includes raffles, door prize, food, bake sale, and poker run. Questions call: 515-554-2070
The door prize is TWO TICKETS to see ALABAMA at the Iowa State Fair!
Thank you to all that joined Puppy Jake Foundation at the 3rd Annual Reception at Sticks Studio. Service dogs in training, graduate service dogs, foster families, breeders, volunteers, donors, veterans, PJF Board of Directors and the Simon Conway radio show made this a very special night.
The auction exceeded all expectations and every "Canvas by Canines" was purchased! (We are taking special orders for those that didn't get to buy one!)
A special "Thank You" to WHO radio and especially Simon Conway, who broadcast his three-hour radio show live, on site at Sticks Studio. Loved having listeners stop by after hearing the radio show! Arika (pictured while visiting with Simon on the air) has raised thousands of dollars for Puppy Jake Foundation from northwest Iowa. After learning of PJF, she wanted to help veterans receive service dogs because a close veteran friend of hers committed suicide.
From the hearts of all 23 service dogs in training~~thank you for your continued support.
Service dogs can perform tasks, improve mobility and provide unconditional love. Raising and training dogs can be expensive, but those costs pale in comparison to what our Armed Forces members have given for this country. Help us improve our heroes’ lives at home and in our communities.