A Des Moines nonprofit raises, trains and places service dogs typically with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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A civilian is now getting the chance to work with a service dog through Paws and Effect.

Tom Bowen was a firefighter in West Virginia who went directly to Manhattan, New York to volunteer for two months after the World Trade Center towers collapsed.

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WEST WARWICK, R.I. — Lisa Scott, 40, an animal control officer in Providence, used her day off Monday to give Cassie, a shelter dog awaiting adoption, some training disguised as a walk in the woods.

Cassie, agog with the whole outdoors near the West Warwick Animal Shelter, tugged at her leash as she circled a parking lot with Susan Parker, the Dynamic Dog Lady, who has set up an enrichment program with volunteers who work to make shelter dogs more adoptable.

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