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Paws and Think Inc

Rating: 4.88 stars   33 reviews 2,110

Address:

320 N. Meridian St. Suite 825 Indianapolis IN 46204 USA

Mission:

We are dedicated to enhancing the lives of the community by using the power of the human-animal bond.

Results:

We are exploring new methods and tools to better measure our results.

Target demographics:

canines and youth and the greater community that may be deemed as "at risk"

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 100 young students, over 80 shelter dogs and many young juvenile detainees

Geographic areas served:

Indianapolis and contiguous communities

Programs:

Pet therapy, Reading Education Assistance Dogs and youth-canine

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317-520-2729
http://pawsandthink.org/

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our Reading Education Assistance Dogs program got a late start at IPS 42, Elder Diggs Elementary. This school is in one of the poorest neighborhoods in town, but the kids don't know that. We had only been there the week before and were just getting to know the kids, and they were just getting to know the dogs they were reading to. These first few visits are most important in building relationships, then the reading will follow. I was surprised and warmed when one of the little 2nd graders reading to Harriet leaned over and gave me a hug as she left to go back to class. I felt warmed as though I'd been touched by an angel. I think we can make a difference in their lives, one at a time. And I'm proud of that.

 
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As a volunteer for Paws and Think for the past six years, I have seen this organization blossom in a way that is so wonderful! The Youth-Canine program, always felt to be what set us apart from being just another Pet Therapy group, has enjoyed tremendous success this year at the Juvenile Detention Center. Touching the lives of these kids with the unconditional love of a dog produces amazing changes. Many of them have never known such love before. And the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) are helping kids achieve grade-level reading, so critical to success in life. More volunteers are needed to serve additional Title 1 schools with this great program. I can't think of a more meaningful organization to devote my time and energies to!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Enhance communication with all volunteers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Paws and Think is growing so quickly as the need to serve the Indianapolis community becomes so much greater. Our programs include Youth-Canine education workshops that help kids learn listening skills, following directions, and positive training benefits. They instill a sense of pride in children that may never felt successful before in their young lives. Paws and Think also provides Pet Therapy with registered, insured therapy teams. We work with memory care units, adult day care centers, libraries and schools. We have recently become affiliated with Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) and are bringing that program into the schools where the need is greatest.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Paws and Think is a non-profit organization supporting the needs of the At-Risk community, with a focus on youth. We offer therapy dog teams for schools, libraries, hospitals, group therapy and other needs as they arise. Our teams volunteer their time for reading programs within schools as well. The second part of our mission is to match the potential of at-risk youth and canines to enhance the lives of both. We use temperament -tested shelter animals in programs for at-risk youth to demonstrate and teach the power of positive reinforcement and responsibility. This becomes a win-win when the dogs become more adoptable and the youth benefit from positive reinforcement and an increase in self respect and confidence.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with youth in at Brooke's Place for Grieving. Seeing the children be able to talk about the pain of their loss while gently stroking the dog was an amazing experience. The dog opened the door for them to communicate.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do a campaign to gain larger membersip.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Increased communication with all members.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It has broadened my social world, but most importantly it has given me a place to share the love of a wonderful, generous dog with others who are in some way less fortunate than me. The library kids love to read to Mater. And the Veterans and staff at the VA hospital relax so much more when he is there. Being able to give to the community in this way is very rewarding.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I can make a difference in someones life.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is the best volunteer organization I have worked with...and I've done a lot of volunteer work. The work is rewarding and fulfilling. My dog and I love visiting the library and adult day care settings and seeing the looks on people's faces as they light up while they pet my dog Lexi. They will tell us all about their pets, stories of love and loss...the children at the library relax and reading comes easier. They love to finish their reading session by giving Lexi a treat. It's very rewarding time well spent!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My dog and I are part of the READ program. Second graders read to Sadie and learn the reading can be fun. And, as my dog's partner, I get to see her share her love with the kids and see the kids gain confidence as well as having a bright spot in their day.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I really enjoy working with this organization. They have the biggest hearts and do such a wonderful job preparing their volunteers. The kids love the programs that they participate it, and I think they are making a big difference in their community. Thank you for all you do.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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There are so many wonderful things to say about Paws and Think! They have been providing our residents with therapy dog visits for over a year now! All of our residents look forward to Wednesdays when our special furry friends come to visit! The residents get the biggest smiles on their face when Remington, Bella and Betty walk in the room. We have residents who open up to the dogs who normally stay to themselves. They are true therapy for not only our residents but also our staff. We look forward to working with Paws and Think for years to come! We love you Remington, Bella & Betty! Thank you for your unconditional love!

 
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Thursdays are extra- special in my kindergarten classroom! That's when two wonderful Paws and Think volunteers bring their dogs so the kids can read to them. The volunteers have been trained to cue the students as they read, enabling their comprehension and fluency and the dogs (of course) provide a nonjudgmental audience.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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The Paws-and-Think-Inc. group works at our school (Crestview Elementary in Lawrence Twp.) with 2nd graders. It is a group of students who lacks self confidence when reading. The children look forward to reading with the dogs and the adults help guide them in their reading struggles. I am the school librarian and we conduct the program out of the library. It is a wonderful program to support our students. I am so happy that we were able to join this program and would highly recommend it anywhere children need help with building self-confidence in their reading.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

In 2009 Glendale Library had it's first "Paws To Read" program thanks to the dogs and volunteers of Paws and Think. Over the past 6 years countless numbers of young readers improved their reading skills under the watchful , encouraging eyes of the dog and the volunteer. Our patrons look forward to the dogs at the library, to the extent even the dogs get telephone calls at the library!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Having a Paws and Think therapy dog and handler visit my school has been a true blessing! Students who struggle with grief, loss, depression, as well as academics have experienced the unconditional affection and listening ears of a dog while working through their troubles with the school counselor. Both the dog and the handler are true professionals who bring grace and gentleness to our school. We hope to maintain a partnership for many years to come!

 
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Paws and Think is staffed with amazing volunteers and exceptional dogs. The work that I am so pleased to be a part of brings smiles to patients in hospitals, assistance to second grade readers, and hope to youth in detention. These are generous, kind, and funny people who share their generous, kind, and funny dogs with children and adults who, for a variety of reasons, are in a vulnerable time in their lives. It brings joy to my heart as I watch my dog comfort someone in a nursing home or when I watch my Golden sit quietly with an 8 year old who struggles to read aloud - no judgement, just acceptance. Now if that isn't a lovely gift, I don't know what is!

 
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