Paws & Think Executive Director and founder Gayle Hutchens recently received the 2009 “Governor’s Award for Service Learning” for her long-standing commitment to volunteerism and serving others. The award was presented to Gayle at a special luncheon ceremony by First Lady Cheri Daniels, wife of Governor Mitch Daniels, and Miss America Katie Stam. Gayle was nominated for this honor by Paws & Think volunteer John Vernon Oaks, who stated “The four programs of Paws & Think provide a Win, Win, Win, Win for at-risk youth, shelter/rescue dogs at-risk of euthanasia, children and adults with disabilities, and our communities.” Congratulations to Gayle on this wonderful honor!
Pictured (left to right): Indiana First Lady Cheri Daniels, Miss America Katie Stam, Gayle Hutchens, and Isaac Randolph Jr., Executive Director of the OFBCI (Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives)
Please join us for a Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest!
When: 2:00 PM, Saturday October 31st (Rain or Shine)
Where: Plump’s Last Shot, 6416 Cornell Ave , Indianapolis, IN 46220 (Map Location)
Details: $10 Entry fee per dog
Cash or Checks, Adults 21 and over
Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
Event proceeds will support Paws and Think, Inc., a not-for-profit serving at-risk youths, at-risk canines, and children and adults with disabilities/special needs in central Indiana and surrounding counties.
Sponsored by: Plump’s Last Shot and Three Dog Bakery
Paws and Think placed Ellie (named for Ellen Gegeneres) with INCASA (the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault) to support victims in the courtroom as they testify against alleged perpetrators of sexual assault and other major crimes. Tiffany Tetrick and Renee Eusey, two employees of INCASA, are the primary handlers for Ellie as she works with victims in counseling and in navigating the legal process. Both Tiffany and Renee have passed their public access exam with Ellie They were trained by Paws and Think’s Trainer, Kevin Knartzer, who is supported through a grant from the Swisher Foundation.
24-Hour News 8’s Dick Wolfsie covered this story on October 8th on the Channel 8 newscast. Click here to watch the video.
Ellie visits Judge Marilyn Moores’ Court at the Marion County Juvenile Center. She says…
“There simply aren’t words to express how much we love having Ellie here at court. I decided to allow Ellie and your program into our courtrooms because my great love for animals and dogs has taught me what great comfort dogs can be in times of crisis. They are so intuitive and yet non-judgmental. Nearly every person who comes to the Juvenile Court—kids and parents alike- is in crisis—they are bewildered, scared, intimidated, confused, tearful, and sad. Anything we as the court can do to reduce the crisis and bring comfort so that people can think and respond appropriately is a positive for the process.
Ellie has shown an amazing ability to seek out those persons most upset. Its almost like radar. She hones in on them and wants to go to them. What is even more amazing is how quickly these people calm down and focus once they pet Ellie and she responds to them. It is almost instantaneous. One of the unforeseen benefits of Ellie’s cheerful presence is on the court staff and stakeholders. No one who works here or regularly practices here remains unscarred by all the trauma we witness here daily. There are days we just don’t see one positive thing. Suddenly, in comes Ellie with her wagging tail and smiling face and you can seen the immediate change – people smile and laugh. We’ve started to call it getting an “Ellie-fix”.
If time and funding would ever permit, I would love to see Ellie here full time. So many of the families we see here could use the comfort and additionally, a positive experience with an animal’s unconditional love. Then she could go into the courtrooms with whomever needed her as well.
Thank you so much for putting us in touch with Ellie and her humans.”
A new feature devoted to featuring Lost and Found pets has been added to the Humane Society of Indianapolis web site. People who have recently lost pets can check this page (which is automatically updated) to see if their lost pet is currently at the Humane Society of Indianapolis or with a good Samaritan who reported the found pet. It also includes downloadable tips sheets and links to other resources. Click here to visit the new Lost and Found page.
Volunteers, we want to reward you for all the hours you have invested in our youths, canines, children and adults with disabilities, and our organization. Effective 7/1/09, we will be offering your products and discounts for the services you have provided, so please visit the “Submit your Volunteer Hours” page to start entering your hours!
The video below was taken at a recent Pregnant Paws Program at Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis. Click here to learn more about this and other programs from Paws and Think.
Paws and Think extends a big “thank you” to PetPalsTV.com for filming and producing this video!
Our sincere thanks go to the folks at For the Love of Dogs Mobile Pet Salon who have chosen Paws & Think as their designated charity this month – this means that a portion of the proceeds for services performed during the month of May will be donated to Paws & Think. To find out more about these mobile dog grooming services, please check out the For the Love of Dogs website. We truly appreciate the support!
We are very excited to unveil our new website, built with you in mind! For those of you who had visited our old site, rest assured that you will still find all of your favorite Paws & Think information and news, even more easily now with our updated menus and navigation. For those who are new to our site, welcome – we’re so glad you’re here! Either way, please let us know what you think of our new look and how we can continue to improve your Paws & Think site experience.
Despite the rainy weather, the 5th Annual Wine Tasting Event on April 28th at Noodles & Company in Broad Ripple gathered together some new and familiar faces and friends of Paws & Think. Several varieties of wine generously donated by Cork & Cracker were sampled and an array of fabulous items in the silent auction were bid on. Live music was played and 15% of all Noodles & Company sales went go to Paws and Think.
Donating to Paws and Think has become even easier with PayPal…and donations made by May 31, 2009 will be matched by The Clowes Fund!
And for you shoppers, GiveBackAmerica allows you to donate to Paws and Think effortlessly by virtue of commission. To learn more, go to our Donation page.