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judges 2011


Entry Category Therapy Dogs
Charity Partner Paws & Effect
Location Des Moines, Iowa


Cadence began her mission as a therapy dog with Pet Partners® in 2006, and has since impacted the lives of children throughout her community. With love, patience, and strength, she has helped kids overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

In 2007, Cadence helped to start the Abilities Through Agility program at ChildServe, where she helps special needs children reach their rehabilitation and developmental goals through agility activities. Since then, the program has expanded to a number of therapy dogs who touch the hearts of ChildServe children on a weekly basis.

Cadence has also broken barriers in the court system, recently helping a special little girl though an extremely difficult trial. The girl was housed at YESS (Youth Emergency Services Shelter) and was a witness for the prosecution in an emotional case. Cadence helped the victim through the intense, agonizing court processes. Cadence – sensing the girl’s vulnerability and unimaginable pain – dutifully curled near her feet each and every day, despite the stress and long hours. The Assistant County Attorney said, “I requested assistance from Cadence in facilitating communications with a child victim that was having a hard time… Cadence provided companionship and distraction for the child, allowing the child to move past her negative feelings and work with me to proceed with the case.”

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