The team at Paws and Think are some of the most dedicated, compassionate people you will ever meet! The time and attention they give to training and supporting every therapy dog and volunteer to ensure the highest quality standards in all of their programming is obvious at every turn. If you're looking for a place to volunteer your time, to share your support, or to help you support those you serve though a unique dog/human connection, you don't need to look any further than Paws and Think!
The human-dog connection is celebrated here via visits to hospitals, libraries, senior centers, etc. This organization has done an excellent job adjusting to the no-visit rules of CoVID19 as well...impressive.
My husband and I have been donors for years, but I recently started working with Paws & Think and I am astounded by the professionalism and dedication within the organization. The commitment of the leadership, most notably the Executive Director, is unbelievable and makes Paws & Think an incredible place to learn and to serve the community.
I have had the pleasure of telling the stories of Paws and Think Volunteers for several years. I have witnessed first hand not only how amazing the organization is, but the incredible impact therapy teams have on the community.
From working with grieving children and disabled adults to bringing joy to hospitalized patience, Paws and Think brings joy to whomever they meet.
Paws & Think is comprised of the most professional, dedicated and compassionate team of staff and volunteers I have ever had the pleasure of working with! Since 2014, youth involved in the Hamilton County Youth Canine Program have enjoyed an amazing opportunity to learn from and work with some of the most special adult volunteers. Youth are also afforded the unique opportunity, in a positive and supportive environment, to give back to the dogs in the Hamilton County Humane Society. Lead Trainer Kim Trimpe ensures that each team has the support, materials, and guidance needed for each day of training. Kim takes special attention to make sure that the needs of both the animals and the youth are met, thereby facilitating an amazing and successful program every time. ED Kelsey Burton and her team are always so easy to work with; whether it is admin and logistical planning or conducting post-reviews, Kelsey facilitates an environment of collaboration and teamwork. Amazing program to work with - looking forward to many years of programs together!
From the Director, to the volunteers, to the canine trainers -- Paws and Think is a phenomenal contribution to the greater Indianapolis area! Working together to serve youth in our community through canines was one of the best professional experiences I have ever had. Volunteers are caring, compassionate, and well-trained. The Canine Trainer was exceptional -- she was engaging, inspiring and approachable. Finally, Kelsey - the Executive Director - is absolutely amazing! She is very easily able to bring community partners together, is beyond knowledgeable about the needs of both youth and canines, and is just a pleasure to work with. Cannot wait for our next program together. Thank you from the Fishers Youth Assistance Staff and clients for an amazing partnership and experience!!
Hazel and I have been volunteering with this great organization for 5 years. The opportunities are endless in bringing the human animal connection to so many lives in so many venues. Hazel and I volunteer with Paws and Heal, CAP Team , Camp Healing Tree and CrisIs Intervention Team. We are grateful to the leadership especially our Executive Director Kelsey Burton whose passion, compassion, devotion and tireless effort in making Paws and Think so awesome. This allows Hazel and I to bring joy, happiness, healing and comfort to so many. Thank you Paws and Think for helping us fulfill our passion.
We have had two of our children participate in their youth canine training program. It was a huge blessing to both of them. My oldest after participating loved it so much he became a volunteer and eventually got our family all to volunteer. Such a wonderful program helping so many in our community in many different ways.
Training of volunteers and their pets is top notch!!! I was a helper at dog training today and it is so thorough. Therapy teams are well qualified. Need a place to donate/support their dedicated mission...this is it...PAWS & THINK!!
I’ve volunteered with Paws and Think for several years, and it’s one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve ever encountered. From the board to the teams on the front line, it’s professionally managed and executed. The volunteers all seem to know the goals they’re working toward - everyone pulls together and enjoys it!
My dog and I love volunteering for Paws & Think. Paws & Think allows us to help so many in the community.
This is a great organization helping a lot of animals!
I began volunteering with this organization 4 years ago. I was, and still am, so impressed with the professionalism of all the staff and volunteers. I really like that they have a 2-year recertification policy, to ensure each of the therapy dog teams remain qualified.
Such a fantastic organization that makes a huge impact on our city. The dogs touch so many lives in hospitals, schools, libraries, grief counseling organizations, and so much more. It's a pleasure to volunteer for Paws & Think as well.
Each August, Camp Healing Tree is blessed with the healing presence of 10+ Paws and Think therapy dogs and their owners. These wonderful humans and dogs provide comfort and care to 70+ grieving children throughout the entire weekend. They have been one of the greatest additions to Camp - campers and volunteers alike note the Paws and Think teams as one of the most therapeutic parts of camp, year after year.
The handlers and animals are wonderful! The clients eagerly look forward to visits and talk for days about the great experience after the therapy dog visits. This has been a huge benefit to staff and clients and great stress reducing therapy.
Paws and Think started visiting my workplace almost 2 years ago. It is amazing to see how happy our staff are when Rhett and his owner, Becky, come to visit. Even for myself, the stress and tension of the day just disappears. We have also been lucky enough to meet other volunteers and we couldn’t be happier. This is one of the best partnerships our agency has made!
I joined Paws & Think early 2019 and have been very pleased with their organization and breath of services. I was even able to volunteer without my dog when it was necessary.
This organization does wonderful things for Central Indiana!
This is an AMAZING organization that gives so much to our organization. Rhett comes out every other week and we look forward to time spent with him and his owner! We are so grateful for all that they do and the smiles they bring to client faces!
I love Paws and Think, the dogs are so relaxing when they come to my work twice a month, it gives me a chance to relax & love on the dogs, the handlers are so kind & they enjoy what they do know that they are making someones day much better
Paws and Think is a fantastic local non-profit! The organization impacts the Indianapolis community in many positive ways. Paws and Think therapy dogs and their owners provide smiles and comfort to students, patients, residents, and staff members at a number of venues throughout Indianapolis. I currently do not have a therapy dog, but still enjoy volunteering at a hospital venue and help with therapy classes and evaluations.
I highly recommend this organization to anyone that loves dogs and how they can positively improve lives through the power of the human-dog connection
Paws & Think is a very organized, well run nonprofit. I was able to qualify as a therapy team with my first dog, Ginger. I can't wait for my current puppy to mature enough to go thru training!
There are many volunteer opportunities. Whether you have a dog or not they need volunteers and donations are needed too! A very worthy nonprofit!!
Camp Healing Tree wouldn’t be complete without Paws and Think. Every year they supply each one of our groups with a therapy dog and sometimes even extra dogs for extra support. Paws and Think dogs and volunteers help our kids and teens share their stories when, at times, it can be hard share to other people. We love Paws and Think and get excited every year they are at camp!!
Paws and Think is an integral part of Camp Healing Tree every year. Having this organization apart of our camp family has allowed our campers to share their stories in new ways. Often some of our shyest campers will share openly with the dogs instead of during group time. That is a connection we could never have without the help of Paws and Think! We look forward to many years of friendship between both organizations.
Fritz and I love volunteering with Paws and Think. He loves going to all the venues and providing joy to lives, and I enjoy experiencing all the good that it does. It warms my heart to see the smiles from the people we visit. This is a great group of caring individuals providing a great service. We recently had to stop for a while due to surgery Fritz had, and I can tell you we both missed it. Both of us were eager and excited to get back as soon as we could. This organization has brought light to so many including us.
I love this organization! They are great to volunteer for, every person we have met has been friendly and informative. They care very much about the folks they serve and the dogs and volunteers.
I work for a local non-profit organization in Indianapolis, IN that serves individuals experiencing mental health, addictions and behavioral health issues for both adults and children. Paws and Think volunteers and their dogs currently visit 5 of our offices and provide the most amazing support to both our client's and staff. I frequently hear remarks such as "ahhhh" and "this made my day" . I have even seen staff stop what they are doing and get on the floor to cuddle with a dog. The smiles these dogs bring to us are indescribable! We are always looking to expand with Paws and Think and plan to have a life long partnership with them. You go Paws and Think woof woof!!!!
My dog and I have been training to be a therapy team for the last year and just qualified in August. I researched organizations before selecting Paws and Think because they are so well-organized and have such an amazing range of organizations they serve in our community (schools, libraries, retirement homes, memory care, hospitals, programs for adults with disabilities, first responders, crisis intervention, local businesses, wellness fairs, colleges, and so much more). My dog was only a little over a year old when we began taking the evening training classes, and she needed to mature a bit before we could pass the assessment, but the team at P&T stuck with us and encouraged us to remain involved. I’ve had terrific support as a volunteer, and I feel GREAT telling people about this organization. The schedule offers a diverse array of ways to get involved both with and without your dog, and the people are so great. Their volunteer software program allows you to easily schedule therapy volunteer work/visits and track your hours and service. My dog always enjoys the interaction with our clients and with other P&T teammates.
Exceptional. well run, non-profit. My therapy dog Rookie and I have seen some amazing miracles. We were with a stroke patient when he first spoke and moved his limbs for the first time when communicating with the dog. Up to that point he would not respond to anyone.
Paws and Think is organization that is more than great!!
Being a volunteer for Paws & Think has been one of the highlights of my life. Working along side my therapy dog to help those who need unconditional love and support is very rewarding. I also volunteer for their Youth-Canine program and throughly enjoy helping at-risk youth and shelter dogs get a second chance. This organization does so much for our community, and I’m so happy to be a part of it.
Paws & Think is incredible! Everywhere they go, they leave goodness and happiness. Whether it’s having therapy dogs to comfort folks or using shelter dogs to teach at-risk kids how to be compassionate, they are doing so much good in our community!
Our mini golden doodle and I recently became a therapy team and I can already see how amazing this organization is in helping bring others the same joy our dogs bring to us. Faces immediately light up when they see the dogs and it truly brings people a sense of calm and healing in the midst of often stressful and chaotic situations. We are so proud to be a part of the Paws and Think family.
Paws and Think has spent the last several months planning, creating, and executing a new and custom program for Ascension St. Vincent in Indianapolis called Paws to Heal. They have been extraordinarily flexible and creative in meeting our hospital's needs and the needs of the patients we serve. Each handler takes the time to not only become a Paws and Think certified team, but also an Ascension St. Vincent volunteer. Our calendar is quickly filling up. Paws and Think has also sacrificed their personal time to come in on off days to see emergent cases, both pediatric and adult.
One of my favorite stories thus far: we were headed to the medical intensive care unit(MICU) and the patient was in the process of being transported to surgery when we arrived. Instead of coming back another time, the trained therapy dog was able to ride with the nervous patient all the way to the operating room. It was magical to see her anxiety transform into pure joy and relief as she rode with the therapy dog.
Paws and Think has not only met, but far exceeded our wildest expectations for care not only for our patients and their families, but also the visitors and our own Ascension St. Vincent associates. In the photos attached you will see some therapy dogs interacting with our nursing staff after a long shift. It is an absolute pleasure to work with Paws and Think. We are very pleased with their Paws to Heal program.
I continue to be amazed by the impact this organization has on all the lives they touch. There are so many people in this world that are need of a little help, hope, and compassion. I can think of no better organization that brings together dogs and people to make such profound differences in peoples lives. I am truly humbled and privileged to serve on the board of this tremendous organization.
I am privileged to serve on the board of this wonderful organization. Bringing together dogs and people in need is a special and rewarding endeavor. This organization is truly committed to making the lives of dogs and people better. It is warming to see how people light up when they see our dogs coming and how excited the dogs get when they get to help people. I true sight to see.
Paws and Think has provided a lot of support and opportunity for me and my dog to work as a therapy team.
They had training opportunities to help us succeed as well as multiple different venues where we can volunteer.
Paws and Think has been a very rewarding nonprofit to work with. Not only are the people amazing the dogs are fantastic as well. The feeling of helping people while sharing your furry friend is outstanding!!
This organization is an outstanding group of people who truly understand the meaning of caring for others. I was fortunate enough to be a volunteer with them for the past few years and found it one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I can’t say enough about the important role they play in the lives of those who receive their caring visits as well as those who do the visiting. They impact so many people in our community on a daily basis. They provide a much need service by providing therapy dog visits to seniors, hospital patients, veterans, children, more. The READ program supports our children in school and the youth canine program supports the incarcerated youth and animal rescue dogs. Paws and Think is extremely valuable in our community.
I have experienced Paws and Think both as a volunteer and a participant. I have had multiple therapy teams in my classroom for the past 5 years. Everyone looked forward to our day - kids, therapy team, and me....
Absolutely amazing experience for everyone involved.
I also volunteer and make Bark Blankets to go home with dogs that are adopted.
I believe in Paws and Think so much that I am now working with my own dog on becoming certified.
Paws and Think comes to Camp Healing Tree to help comfort our special campers who are going through a big change after someone they love dies. Our relationship has grown so that each group is able to have their own special pup. We appreciate all the loving and caring people and their 4 legged volunteers.
It has been an amazingly rewarding experience for both myself and my canine partner! I love witnessing the growth is the children we read with and my partner enjoys all the affection.
The Glendale Branch Library of the Indianapolis Public Library has had a long
standing ( 10 years) rewarding relationship with Paw and Think and the 23 different dogs and
volunteers. They have added a delightful and surprising ambiance to the library while encouraging young people to read, which is what we are all about.
We have an amazing volunteer come to our preschool monthly with her big, furry, loving companion Bella. She joins us for circle time where we begin by reading a book aloud. Our kids are all speech and/or language delayed so we always develop an activity where kids can tell Bella about their project. We design it so that the kids can ask Bella questions as well. For our kids, interaction with an animal is often less stressful than communicating with people and they LOVE to see her each month! Bella is a great model and a great listener. We are so grateful for our time with her and her owner. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!
The Indianapolis Public Library is a proud host to many Paws & Think therapy teams. The children look forward to reading to their favorite dog in a non-judgmental environment. Of course, the children love to give and receive lots of puppy love.
It has been a joy working with the staff of Paws & Think. They have helped us to develop and roll out to our staff, a set of solid procedures that ensures a safe and rewarding experience for our patrons, volunteers, staff, and the therapy team. This is the foundation for a long-term, positive partnership.
I was part of the Paws and Think in Noblesville. We linked teens with shelter dogs for a week. It was so encouraging. These kids let their guards down and these dogs soaked up the love and attention! What an amazing program to offer!
As a children's librarian and animal lover, one of my missions years ago was to get a Paws to Read program going at our public library. Our director at the time was resistant to the idea, primarily for liability reasons. Enter Paws and Think. Gayle Hutchens met with me a couple of times in the early 2000s to work through the details of creating a relationship between that organization and the library. With her help, we started inviting children to come to the library to read to a friendly dog. For at least ten years now, this monthly program has been one of our patrons' most beloved events. We are a busy library, and without the gracious, dedicated volunteers and the organizational skills of their leaders, we wouldn't be able to do this. I can't tell you how many kids--even reluctant readers--light up when given a chance to curl up with a book and read to a dog who will listen without judgement. What sets this group apart is their dedication to continued training (including the R.E.A.D. training). And over the years, the dog-lover in me has been most impressed that while they’re committed to the well-being of the people they serve, they’re just as committed to the health and happiness of the dogs who give so much.
I'm a children's librarian at the Carmel Clay Public Library. We've had monthly visits from the dogs and volunteers for a few years now, and this has been one of our best-received programs ever. For so many reluctant or struggling readers, the simple act of reading aloud to these dogs has opened up a whole new world. One parent told me that she struggled to get her son to practice his reading even for a few minutes a day , until he got involved with our "Paws to Read" program, which inspired him to practice at home for a full hour! He told his mom that he wanted to be ready for his appointment with the Paws and Think dog. And just this past weekend, a mom watched in amazement as her child had her first chance to read to a dog--her daughter ordinarily didn't like reading aloud, but there she was, confidently reading to Ginny, the little dog who listened happily with no judgment!
I am a new member of the Board and have been greatly impressed by the energy and commitment of the numerous volunteers that assist throughout Central Indiana. Paws and Think is an extraordinary organization that touches the lives of thousands every year.
I have been volunteering with Paws and Think since 2013. I started out volunteering where I could without having my own dog and they were very supportive in letting me know how to volunteer and were always good communicators with me. The leadership at the time reached out to welcome me and make me feel like my help was important and needed. Over time I became more involved and am now a board member myself. It is a great organization that does so much for its community and its volunteers.
Very unique and niche service they provide in our local community. It's easy to see from the faces and reactions of those lives the organization's therapy teams touch that the impact is lasting and meaningful.
My husband and I are proud to be donors and supporters of Paws & Think. We've enjoyed getting to know the volunteers and staff through their events and yappy hours. They do great work with their therapy dogs and with their program at the Juvenile Detention Facility. We look forward to their upcoming event in October.
I just love the work this organization does. I've seen several stories on PetPals about the different work they are doing in the community. I'm so glad they are in our community!
I take Rookie to Robin Run Nursing facility every other Friday. One Friday as we passed a door, I asked my escort why we weren't going in there. She told me the patient wasn't responding to anyone either verbally or any commands. I said "that is just the person who needs to see Rookie." So we hesitantly went into B.'s room. I felt like I was a fly on the wall watching.
Rookie went right up to B. and began his own interactions. B began petting the dog and then said "big Dog". The escort asked me if the patient had just spoken to me. I said no--he spoke to Rookie.......and many tears came that day---tears of happiness. B not only spoke for the first time after his stroke but was able to follow purposeful commands and even gave Rookie some treat. It was a miracle and all the nurse were calling Rookie the miracle dog!
These are the type of miracles that happen with a Therapy Dog.
I joined Paws & Think in 2013. The Youth Canine program at the Marion County juvenile detention center, which helps incarcerated teens teach shelter dogs basic obedience, improving behavior for both the teens and the dogs and substantially improving adoption rates for the dogs). I have served as a volunteer at our Youth Canine programs, as a reading buddy and as part of our therapy team training process. I have served on the Board as treasurer and President.
Over the past three years, this great organization has become even better. Our mission statement is "Improving lives through the power of the human-dog connection." We do this through our Youth Canine, Reading and Therapy programs. We are a volunteer-based program, and our volunteers are the amazing, dedicated and empathetic heart of the organization. Our diverse and talented board and executive director are constantly seeking to improve and expand our programming in Indianapolis and surrounding areas.
If you are looking to improve the lives of dogs or people in the Indianapolis, check out Paws & Think!
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
A great organization with wonderful volunteers improving lives everyday!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.