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Paws and Think, Inc.

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Paws and Think, Inc. was founded in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) organization to bring the benefits off the human-animal bond to both people and dogs.  Our Mission is Improving lives through the power of the human-dog connection.  We do this through our Youth-Canine programs, helping at-risk or incarcerated youth learn life skills and a sense of self-worth by teaching them to train shelter dogs, who then become more adoptable.  We also have over 100 active owner/handler + dog therapy teams serving our community in a number of ways.  Our Reading Education Assistance Dogs® volunteer in elementary schools to help struggling readers, and students needing more attention, to gain both reading skills and confidence.  Our Paws to READ teams provide young readers an opportunity to read to a therapy dog in area libraries, including partnering with Indianapolis Public Library and its branches.  The Paws to Heal dogs volunteer at St. Vincent Hospital & Women's Center as well as Peyton Manning Children's Hospital.  You will also find our teams at Eskenazi Hospital and Riley Children's Hospital.  Our Paws to Comfort teams are trained by I-CART/NOVA trainers to bring comfort to all in a crisis or trauma situation.  We respond to student and teacher crisis or deaths in schools and any other I-CART call-out where trained, registered therapy teams can bring comfort.  We are an organization of nearly 500 volunteers serving Marion County, Indiana and all adjacent counties.  Our teams love to support our local colleges and universities by providing stress relief visits as well as opportunities for research in the HAI field.





Kathy Janes,

Paws and Think, Inc.

Location Indianapolis, Indiana
Label Organization
Notes Paws and Think, Inc., aka Paws & Think, trains, evaluates, registers and insures therapy teams. We are goverened by a Board of Directors. There are no fees associated with becoming a volunteer.
Author Address Kathy Janes - 3668 Tahoe Ct, Carmel IN 46033
Status Active
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  1. Agencies and organizations
  2. Animal-assisted activities
  3. Animal-assisted education
  4. Animal-assisted interventions
  5. Animal-assisted therapies
  6. Animal shelters
  7. Animal welfare
  8. Assisted living facilities
  9. Certification
  10. Crisis Intervention.
  11. Crisis response
  12. Dogs
  13. Hospitals
  14. Human-animal bond
  15. Human-animal relationships
  16. Incarcerated
  17. Interventions
  18. Juvenile justice
  19. Libraries
  20. Literacy programs
  21. Long-term care facilities
  22. Mammals
  23. nonprofit organizations
  24. Nursing homes
  25. Pet ownership
  26. Pet therapy
  27. Reading assistance dogs
  28. Schools
  29. training
  30. Youth-at-risk