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.
WHO-TV aired a story on LT DAN and his foster dad, Ryan this week. LT DAN and Ryan will be running the the Drake Relays marathon. Great story boys and thanks for your efforts. LT DAN is a 6 month old yellow lab, in training to be a service dog, professionally trained to assist a wounded military veteran!
Puppy Jake Foundation's third annual reception will be Thursday, April 23rd at Sticks Studio, 3631 SW 61st Street in Des Moines from 6-8pm. Join the PJF foster families, volunteers, trainers, service dogs in training and graduate team Mitch and BOB for an evening of fun, food and beverages. All proceeds help Puppy Jake Foundation's mission of providing professionally trained service dogs to wounded military veterans. New this year will be a silent auction with some wonderful packages! All the service dogs in training have painted their own canvas that will be in the silent auction.
Get your tickets by clicking "Events" under the "News & Events" tab.
And this year, a NEW Sticks poster and other special items will be unveiled and available for purchase, in additon to the 2015 plaque, shown here:
Each service dog in training with Puppy Jake Foundation has painted and created their own special piece of art to help raise money for wounded military veterans. At a fun and colorful 'painting party' last night, volunteers, foster families and pups demonstrated some very unique skills.
The 3rd annual fund raising reception will be held this year on Thursday, April 23rd at Sticks Studio, 3631 SW 61st Street in Des Moines beginning at 6pm. In addition to fun, food and beverages at the reception, a silent auction is new this year. The painting by the pups will be in the auction. Sticks will have a new poster and plaque available too! Get your tickets today.
Puppy Jake Foundation is honored and pleased to present the 2014 Annual Report. You may view the entire annual report at the "About the Foundation" tab under Financial Information and Donor policies.
The Annual Report will be available permanently, along with financials and donor policies on the website under "About the Foundation". Thank you to so many generous individuals, corporations and foundations that support our mission to provide professionally trained service dogs to wounded military veterans.
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.