Puppy Jake Foundation

Proud to have donated him to this great group!!!
Proud to have donated him to this great group!!!









Iron Hill Retrievers is extremely honored to be part in helping service veterans!!!

The Puppy Jake Foundation is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization dedicated to helping military veterans through the assistance of well bred and highly trained service dogs. Additionally, the Puppy Jake Foundation will focus and provide resources for the advocacy and awareness, as well as the acceptability and convenience in public, for those that require the assistance of a service dog. The Foundation is based in Des Moines, IA.

Service Dogs for Veterans of the US Armed Services

The demand and waiting list for service dogs for our veterans of the US Armed Services suffering from the invisible injuries of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or physical mobility issues is extensive and growing by the day. The healing benefit of a service dog to assist our veterans is sound and extremely beneficial to those that have given so freely to serve our country.

The Puppy Jake Foundation will purchase high quality, pure bred puppies from reputable breeders; Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds. Volunteers will raise the puppies with the majority of expenses paid by the Foundation.

The puppies will have a very structured training environment and schedule. All puppies will attend regular training classes and will be evaluated every month to be sure they’ve met their goals and milestones.

Trained medical professionals in conjunction with military organizations will conduct the selection of recipient veterans that will receive a service dog. The veteran and trained service dog will together attend a 10-14 day camp to ensure the human/dog match and bond is strong and the transition works well for each.

Accessibility, Advocacy and Awareness

After 2 years of raising a service puppy, the frequent difficulties of having a service dog with me were apparent:

  • Refusal by an establishment to enter
  • Lack of knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Near impossible ability for the dog to relieve himself when changing planes in a airport
  • Inappropriate (and illegal) questions ‘to document or prove’ my disability

The Puppy Jake Foundation will work on areas of accessibility, advocacy and awareness regarding the need and legality of the role of service dogs, simultaneously with the raising and placing of the dogs. (As it will of course, take two years for the first dogs to be placed.)

The first significant and specific project on the accessibility front, will be the development and construction of service dog relief areas in up to 10 airport hubs throughout the country. In working with Federal officials, Airport Authorities, Americans with Disabilities (ADA) organizations and other veterans advocates, the goal is to have these relief areas constructed in the next 12-18 months.

Continued awareness and education will be ongoing.

While the mission of the Puppy Jake Foundation is the training and placing of service dogs with members of the US Armed Forces, the benefit of therapy dogs in crisis and disaster situations is significant and important as well.

The Puppy Jake Foundation will offer testing and serve as a regional pool of qualified dogs that would be available on a moment’s notice to assist communities in a crisis situation (for example: Newtown School shooting).

It is estimated that each service dog, from birth to placement, is between $20,000 and $25,000. The cost per service dogs includes the purchasing of the puppy, veterinarian services, crates, insurance, extensive and rigorous training and food. In order to accomplish the mission of the Puppy Jake Foundation, there will be an aggressive fund raising effort including:

  • Major donors
  • Direct mail
  • Event fundraising
  • Social media fundraising
  • Walk/Run developed by the Youth member on the Foundation Board
  • Corporate sponsors

While a trained service dog is expensive, it pales in comparison to the cost of what the veteran, the member of the US Armed Services, has given for our individual freedom and the freedom for our country.

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Jill & me at Puppy Jake Fundraiser event.

Welcome to Iron Hill Retrievers!

Iron Hill Retrievers is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Eastern Iowa, close to Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. We are a small breeder of English Type Labradors and Golden Retrievers. Breeding quality Labs in black, chocolate and yellow, ranging from light cream to fox red.  Our puppies are raised in our home with lots of love and care. 


At Iron Hill Retrievers, both our Labradors and our Goldens typically have a lovely strong head, a wide back skull and thick muzzle, well angulated shoulders and rears. Our Golden Retrievers are from European lines.

Most importantly, Iron Hill Retrievers possess true temperaments, very laid-back and gentle in the home, but love the outdoors and the opportunity to hunt if required. All breeding dogs have health clearances before being breed. Our Labs and Goldens have some of the best pedigrees in the Midwest.

Iron Hill Retrievers are members of our family and embraced by all the comforts of our home and family. Home of the "Heavenly Puppies"......

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!

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Christina   563-212-9609





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