Posted on February 23, 2014

February 23rd marks the first anniversary of Puppy Jake Foundation and we are so proud of what we have accomplished in just one short year! The Foundation began with one yellow retriever named Jake, and has grown before our eyes. PJF currently has 12 dogs in training and will add over 12 more by Fall 2014.

Puppy Jake Foundation service dogs have been very busy with their training schedule in order to prepare to be placed with deserving wounded military veterans. To practice essential skills and expand their training beyond Iowa, PJF dogs took a trip to San Diego. The trip to California was a great success; the dogs did terrific on airplanes, moving walkways, glass elevators, boats, trolleys, metros, buses, cabs, aboard the USS Midway, and meeting dolphins and seals. Future destinations for PJF dogs include Kansas City and Chicago.

Although we have wonderful dogs in our program going through rigorous training, we would not be able to fulfill our mission without our wonderful supporters. Puppy Jake Foundation has grown to include more than 50 Puppy Raisers and Puppy Sitters, hundreds of general volunteers and thousands of supporters. In just one year, our Facebook has more than 4,770 followers.

The financial support we have received has also been beyond expectations. By the end of 2013, Puppy Jake Foundation had financial contributions from hundreds of individuals and dozens of local businesses. One program in particular stood out; Hy-Vee Homefront chose Puppy Jake Foundation as one of the military organizations to support for the year. Also, Puppy Jake Foundation has been recognized as one of the top three non-profit organizations in Cityview’s annual "Best of Des Moines".

Of all of our accomplishments in 2013, Puppy Jake Foundation is ecstatic to get our first group of service dogs placed with deserving wounded military veterans in Fall of 2014. Please check back in with us to see what’s going on with Puppy Jake Foundation. Thank you for all your continuous support!

Posted on February 20, 2014

We are excited to announce Puppy Jake Foundation has been nominated “Best Non-Profit” in the Cityview “Best of Des Moines” poll. Readers were asked to vote for their favorite Des Moines businesses, events and more, and Puppy Jake Foundation has been named one of the Top 3 charitable organizations in the area!

It’s an honor to be included among the nominees, especially in such a strong and generous giving community. It’s further proof that people believe strongly in our cause and are supportive of our goal of providing service dogs to deserving American veterans with disabilities.  

“Best of” winners will be announced Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Thanks to everyone who voted!

Mark your calendars…

Join Puppy Jake Foundation for a night to honor America’s heroes. We’re staging our second annual fundraiser to thank those who have given so much for our freedom. Proceeds go to help Puppy Jake Foundation provide service dogs for wounded military veterans. Tickets start at $100 per couple and sponsorships are available. Contact us to order your ticket and reserve your place at this special event.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sticks Studio
3631 SW 61st Street, Des Moines

Posted on December 16, 2013

As the holidays are quickly approaching, you are probably making last minute snowy filled trips to the mall to pick up gifts for your family and friends. You are also planning trips to visit family across the country. As you are making 2014 a special holiday season for your family in the U.S., imagine the soldiers serving our country throughout the world and those who have served in the past. As these brave men and women have put our country before their own wants and needs this Christmas and previous holidays, think about the impact you can have on their lives. This is how you can help:

As you know, Puppy Jake Foundation’s mission is to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of wounded military veterans through well bred, socialized and professionally trained service dogs. From your generous donations, we are able to select, train and place service dogs to assist men and women of the U.S. Armed Services in their homes and in the community.

Puppy Jake Foundation has committed to help a specific veteran, Steve, with financial assistance this Christmas season.  Steve is a disabled combat veteran in need of a service dog for seizures and severe PTSD. He served in USMC 93-97 (Gulf War, Somalia and Bosnia). He is unable to work and support his family of 8 due to his disabilities and numerous ailments. Steve is a perfect example of a veteran that has given so much to our country.  Until January 1st, ALL donations will be directed to the training of Freedom, the service dog in training who will be placed with Steve.

Your tax-deductible donation will go toward essentials to prepare this Puppy Jake Foundation service dog, such as food, veterinarian expenses and training. To make a donation, please visit

Thank you for your generosity and consideration for the men and women who serve our country, and Puppy Jake Foundation’s part in improving their lives.