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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Children & Youth, Education, Emergency Assistance, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Youth Development

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

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 AGFORAU

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great organization with wonderful volunteers improving lives everyday!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!