It is with great pleasure that I share with you that in July 2019, Puppy Jake Foundation achieved accreditation from Assistance Dogs International (ADI). ADI is an international organization that sets standards in all aspects of an assistance dog organization. PJF began the process in 2014 – and yes, it took five years to obtain accreditation. When Puppy Jake completed the rigorous process and met the high standards set by ADI, there are only 73 organizations in the United States to have achieved accreditation. Having received accreditation, the Veterans we serve will now have additional benefits at the VA. Hats off to the entire PJF team for reaching this tremendous level of excellence.A very important milestone was acheived by Puppy Jake Foundation in July 2019.
Jethro's BBQ has partnered with the great folks at "The Woody Show" - radio show broadcast nationally and 106.3- to support Puppy Jake Foundation. For every "WoodyWich" sandwich that is ordered, Jethros will donate $2 to PJF. The special promotion ends on August 31st--so PLEASE get to your closest Jethro's and try this sandwich! The sandwich is smoked pork and beef, Jethro's secret BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese, cripsy onions ALL on top of a 1/4 pound hand breaded pork tenderloin. Puppy Jake and DJ admired the sandwich and the rest of the team was able to eat it! Trust us--it's awesome. #ALLIN
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.
Join PJF to learn about program to help wounded Veterans!
Puppy Jake Foundation is proud of the accomplishments of 2016. Please open the 2016 Annual Report under Financial Information.
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
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!
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:
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: www.puppyjakefoundation.org
P.O. Box 12115
Des Moines, IA 50312