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 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.
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!