Posted on April 27, 2018

Puppy Jake Foundation is honored and grateful for the support of Jethro's at all locations!  Jethro's has partnered with "Round it Up America" to offer customers the opportunity to round up their check to support PJF!  This wonderful project has begun and will continue indefinately.

Look for PJF foster families and service dogs in training at all Jethro's as they stop in to thank customers and answer questions about the mission to provide professionally trained service dogs to wounded Veterans.

And here is a picture of JETHRO, service dog in training!

Posted on February 19, 2018

Join PJF to learn about program to help wounded Veterans!


Posted on May 5, 2017
With great thanks to HyVee and Purina, Puppy Jake is pleased to share that from May 10-May 23, 10% of proceeds from the purchase of Purina Beyond Pet Food will suppport PJF.  Purina and HyVee EACH will match up to $10,000 in food coupons for PJF pups.
Puppy Jake Foundation service dogs in training and foster families will be at select stores on weekends to share the mission of providing professionally training service dogs to wounded combat Veterans.



Posted on February 24, 2017

Puppy Jake Foundation is proud of the accomplishments of 2016.  Please open the 2016 Annual Report under Financial Information.



Posted on January 29, 2017

Puppy Jake Foundation has been asked to be a part of Younker's Community Days Coupon Book event. PJF is selling the coupon books in store and online until Febuary 22nd. Use the link below, directly to the Puppy Jake page where you can purchase a $5 coupon book.  The book will be mailed to you.  THANKS



Posted on November 27, 2016

Just in time for all your holiday gift-giving!  These wonderful t-shirts are available in many colors and all sizes.  Order online and price includes shipping!  Hurry and order before they are sold out.  Your donation will help PJF's mission of providing professionally trained service dogs to wounded military veterans.




Posted on October 15, 2016

Over a year ago, Puppy Jake Foundation was contacted by a soldier about to be deployed to serve our country and inquired if PJF would keep his pet dog, Sebastian while he was gone. PJF explained this was not something the organization did, but shared the request with the wonderful volunteers and Board. Thank you Simon, April, Rich and others that allowed Joe the comfort to know Sebastian was well loved and cared for during deployment. A must watch video as Joe arrives in Des Moines to see Sebastian at the gate! And grab a tissue!



Posted on September 20, 2016

Puppy Jake Foundation is beyond words of appreciation and gratitude for the support from Merchants Bonding Bill Warner Senior Charity Golf Classic.  The generosity of  from the single event raised $160,000 for Puppy Jake Foundation.  YES, that's complete sponsorship of 8 service dogs for wounded Military Veterans.

Here is the press release in it's entirety:   


September 20, 2016 West Des Moines, IA

Merchants Bonding Company Foundation Raises $160,000 for Puppy Jake
A record number of golfers turned out for the Merchants Bonding Company Foundation’s Bill Warner Senior Memorial Charity Golf Classic on Monday September 19.  With 208 golfers and 74 corporate sponsors from across the country, the group raised $160,000 dollars to buy and train at least 8 service dogs for veterans suffering from physical disabilities and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“This is a record amount for us,” said Merchants President Larry Taylor, “since we began our every other year tournament in 2010, it’s grown in both participation and dollars.  We feel very humbled and fortunate that so many supported our efforts to help veterans.”

“I am still speechless!” said Puppy Jake CEO Becky Beach. “We can’t thank everyone enough and obviously our words don’t convey the appreciation and deep gratitude from everyone associated with Puppy Jake Foundation.”

Puppy Jake began in 2013 and as of the beginning of 2016 had placed just 5 service dogs with Iowa area veterans with great success. There are now 32 dogs in various stages of training and about a dozen will be placed with veterans in 2016.  The word is spreading among veterans that a Puppy Jake dog is a real option to make their lives better. 

Puppy Jake Foundation purchases high quality, pure bred puppies from reputable breeders. Volunteers raise the puppies with expenses being paid by donations.   Puppy Jake has also begun to work with rescue and shelter organizations to identify dogs that may be able to enter the two- year service dog training program. Each veteran and trained service dog attend a 10-14 day camp to ensure the bond between the two is strong.  The training of the veteran/service dog team continues regularly for the first year of placement.  Follow up and training continues for the life of the service dog.

“Word of our fundraising got to one donor who would like to remain anonymous, and that donor alone gave $20,000, enough to sponsor one dog,” said Merchants COO Bill Warner Junior. “The desire to help our veterans is strong and we are honored that we could use my dad’s memorial outing to give back to the men and women who serve our country.”
Merchants Bonding Company was founded in Des Moines in 1933 and is led by fourth generation family members.  The company ranks 15th among the top surety providers in the United States and is number one in Iowa.  Merchants Bonding has had an A.M. Best Rating of “A” excellent for 56 consecutive years.  Office locations include: Des Moines, Iowa, Dallas and Austin, Texas, Seattle, Washington and Overland Park, Kansas.

For More Information:
Therese Wielage
VP Marketing
Merchants Bonding Company
Direct: 515-558-8721  Mobile 515-822-1194

Puppy Jake Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to help wounded military veterans with the assistance of well-bred and professionally trained service dogs. Veterans’ injuries may be invisible such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or physical mobility impairments. The Foundation advocates for increased awareness and accessibility for those accompanied by a service dog in everyday situations. For more information, please visit:

Becky Beach
P.O. Box 12115
Des Moines, IA 50312


Posted on August 29, 2016

Puppy Jake Foundation is thrilled to share that Merchants Bonding Company has chosen PJF as the charity for the September 19th Bill Warner, Sr. Golf Classic.  The event is so popular that the golf will be played on two Des Moines area courses:  Wakonda Club and Echo Valley Golf Club.  Following golf, a reception will be held at Echo Valley for golfers and non-golfers alike.  Join Veterans, Trainers, Foster Families, Service Dogs in Training and Celebrities for this terrific and fun event. 

Take a moment to watch these videos of two of the graduate teams of PJF:




Posted on August 23, 2015

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.