SERVICE DOGS: Fundraiser Helps Kids

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Walkers and runners dodged raindrops to help others in need.

The organization Paws and Effect hosted its inaugural Service Dog People Jog at Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines.

The event helps raise money for the organization which raises, trains, and places service dogs with children with disabilities and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Every service dog we place is about $25k so we need funding for the dogs to be placed in to the community,”” explained Sarah Espinoza.

The organization says it just added a new litter of puppies that will grow up to help children with autism.