Paws and Think, Inc.
Paws & Think is a non-profit organization focusing on Central Indiana's vulnerable populations, both human and canine. Our vision is to instill pride and confidence in those we serve. We do this with two proven methods. One is training, certifying and registering canine companions and their owners to be therapy teams, providing both animal assisted activities and animal assisted therapies to youth, seniors and special needs individuals of all ages. Our canine therapy companions also work in schools as affiliate members of Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Many teams are also trained to be with grieving youth.
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.