About Paws & Think
Paws and Think, Inc. is a values-driven 501(c)(3) charitable organization incorporated in October of 2001.
- We serve at-risk youths, at-risk canines, and children and adults with disabilities/special needs in central Indiana.
- We are an all-volunteer, community-based organization. We work in partnership with schools, detention centers, youth agencies, humane societies/shelters and more.
- We are also committed to research that enhances the benefits of the human-animal connection.
We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the at-risk community by leveraging the human–animal bond.
Paws and Think is a non-profit organization focusing on the at-risk community, both human and canine. Our vision is to instill pride and confidence in those we serve. We do this with two proven methods; one of training and providing therapy animals for both animal assisted activities and animal assisted therapies to youth, seniors, and special needs individuals of all ages. The second method is our Youth–Canine programs that facilitate classes for at-risk youth and teens, helping them to train shelter dogs with positive reinforcement behaviors. The young people learn responsibility, job readiness, anger management, parenting skills, leadership and positive life skills, while at the same time increasing the dog’s chances of adoption because of the basic obedience skills learned. Pride and confidence are found as a result of both aspects of our vision.
Our Programs Serve:
- Youths who are academically or behaviorally challenged; incarcerated; at-risk of suicide; pregnant and single; or who lack a positive self-image
- Children and adults with physical, emotional, or behavioral disabilities/needs
- Stray, surrendered or neglected dogs at-risk of euthanasia, and
- The communities in which these groups reside