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Paws and Think Inc

Rating: 4.9 stars   41 reviews 2,282

Address:

1346 N. Delaware St Indianapolis IN 46202 USA

Mission:

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

Results:

School test scores demonstrate huge strides in the students in our R.E.A.D. programs. Over 130 shelter dogs have been trained and found new homes. Incarcerated youth offenders are learning positive methods to achieve their goals, along with compassion and empathy.

Target demographics:

homeless dogs and vulnerable populations in the greater Indianapolis community

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 200 young students, over 130 shelter dogs and many young juvenile offenders

Geographic areas served:

Indianapolis and contiguous communities

Programs:

Pet Therapy for hospitals and eldercare communities, Reading Education Assistance Dogs for in-school programsand Youth-Canine Programs

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My certified therapy dog, Barclay, and I have been volunteering for the last two years at Paws and Think and have loved every minute of it. The staff and volunteers (humans and dogs) have huge hearts and are truly committed to improving the lives of others by connecting people and dogs.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Camp Healing Tree is a place where grieving children dealing with significant deaths gather for a weekend. Paws and Thinkis one of the BIG assets at camp. Linking pet therapy with childhood grief and loss provides campers an unconditional love as they face the emotional roller coaster that accompanies grief. We find Paws and Think to be phenomenal

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I recently joined Paws and Think. In just a short amount of time, I quickly saw how committed the staff and volunteers are to the mission of the organization. The value added to the lives they serve through human-dog connection is immeasurable. They truly make a difference.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I am a volunteer with Paws and Think. What a great service this organization provides to Central Indiana! It is heart=warming to see what the human-dog connection can do for a child, someone who is ill or grieving. The dogs and volunteers are the heart of Paws and Think!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I am a volunteer with Paws and Think and have truly enjoyed my experience. My dog and I are a certified therapy team and have had the opportunity to work with second graders through the READ program at one of our area schools as well as volunteering at The Julian Center. I am proud to be able to volunteer with such an awesome group!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have worked with this organization in several aspects of their mission. It is an excellent organization with truly dedicated people. I have seen first hand the impact these programs have created through the human-animal bond. I would highly recommend Paws and Think to people looking to be philanthropic or assist as a volunteer.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

A great organization with wonderful volunteers improving lives everyday!

 
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4 people found this review helpful

My school, Eleanor Skillen Elementary, has worked with Paws and Think for many years, and plan to continue for many more. It is truly a great group of people, and of course we adore the dogs!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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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2 people found this review helpful

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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2 people found this review helpful

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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