Recently the students in Ms. Whalen’s fifth grade class at Hinkle Creek Elementary School in Noblesville held a fundraiser for Paws & Think. They were inspired to raise money for the organization after Paws & Think board members Brad Kupper and Kathy Janes and their canine partners Brewser and Mater came to their classroom to share information about the organization’s mission.
Brad talked about Paws & Think’s Youth Canine Program, and Kathy educated the students about the training that is required for therapy animals. The class was very interested in the discussion that Brad and Kathy facilitated about the value of the human-animal bond and were amazed to learn that there is even scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of animal therapy. After learning more about how Paws & Think allows people and their pets to help others in need, Ms. Whalen and her fifth graders worked together to collect and donate over $500 to the organization!
Our sincere thanks goes out to the students and Ms. Whalen for arranging the visit and fundraiser!
Earlier this month, Paws & Think, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization focused on the human animal bond, received a $9,000 grant from the Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate. These grants are given to provide immediate and intentional programming focused on community safety and preventing crimes committed by youth and adults, which Paws & Think demonstrates in its Youth Canine Program.
Started in October of 2013, this 5-day program takes place each month, and involves youth from the Juvenile Detention Center training dogs from Indianapolis Care and Control. This basic obedience training helps increase the likelihood of the dogs being adopted. This recent grant will be used to add a kennel area to the Juvenile Detention Center.
Rather than returning to Animal Care and Control after each training session, the dogs will now be able to stay at the center throughout the length of the program. This will not only allow the dogs to spend more time with their trainers, but also give the trainers a greater sense of responsibility and pride as they care for the dogs.
“To our knowledge, this is the first type of program at a detention center to include fostering shelter dogs,” said Brad Kupper, Executive Director for Paws and Think. “Adding the kennels and dog wash at the Detention Center will add so much to the program, and enhance the experience for both the kids and the dogs.”
Paws & Think would like to thank the Indianapolis Foundation and everyone who was involved in the grant process.
UPDATE: November class is now full!
Please check back for January 2015 dates.
If you are interested in volunteering your time (along with your pet) for one of the Animal Assisted Activity/Therapy programs, our next class begins in November! The class dates are November 8th, 15th and 22nd. (Evaluation date will be Dec 6th.) This is our last class of 2014! Please remember that prior to class, you will need to contact Carol Davenport at email@example.com as well as complete and submit an assessment tool. (Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.)
We are pleased to announce that Paws & Think has received a $2,000 grant from Target to benefit our “Paws to Read” program! Most of the grant will go towards purchasing books for the programs. We greatly appreciate Target’s support and commitment to helping local communities!
Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit – which today equals more than $4 million a week – to local communities. Our more than 1,700 Target stores carry on this tradition by making local grants and providing volunteer hours.
UPDATE: October class is now full!
See November dates.
If you are interested in volunteering your time (along with your pet) for one of the Animal Assisted Activity/Therapy programs, our next class begins in October! The class dates are October 4th, 11th and 25th. (Evaluation date will be in November.) Please remember that prior to class, you will need to contact Carol Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org as well as complete and submit an assessment tool. (Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.)
Note: Once this class is full, you can be put on the wait-list for our November class, which will be the last one of 2014!
The “Polo on the Prairie” event hosted on August 9th was able to raise $1107 for its hosts – Paws & Think and Every Dog Counts Rescue. The event featured not only a polo match at Indiana’s only polo field, Hickory Hall Polo Club, but also a silent auction, dog adoption and half-time “doggy pageant” contest.
Thanks to all who attended and participated, and to Every Dog Counts Rescue for co-hosting the event!
You’re invited to our next “Yappy Hour” and fundraiser at Noodles & Company in Broad Ripple!
What: Paws and Think “Yappy Hour” and Fundraiser
Where: Noodles & Company: 927 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis IN 46220 (Map & Directions)
When: Saturday, August 23 from 11:00 am until 2:30 pm
Reason: Our bi-monthly gathering of volunteers, board members, and supporters. Dogs are invited on the patio.
Please come and meet other volunteers and learn about upcoming events and programs. Noodles & Company is being very generous and donating a portion of their sales that day to Paws and Think. The fundraiser will be from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, although we will be there with our dogs from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. Enjoy a Noodles & Company meal and beverage, and benefit Paws and Think at the same time. Simply share one of the fliers that we will have at our table on the patio (or download one here) with the staff when you place your order.
If you are interested in volunteering your time (along with your pet) for one of the Animal Assisted Activity/Therapy programs, our next class begins in August! The class dates are August 9th, 13th and 23rd. (Evaluation date is yet to be determined.) Please remember that prior to class, you will need to contact Carol Davenport at email@example.com as well as complete and submit an assessment tool. (Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.)
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. The Trust seeks to help people in need, especially women, children and families; to protect animals and nature; and to enrich community life in Indianapolis. On June 19th, the Trust announced its first round of 2014 grants, which included more than $1.4 million to 18 Indiana nonprofit organizations.
Paws & Think will use the grant for their Youth Canine Program. Started in October of 2013, this 5-day program takes place each month, and involves youth from the Juvenile Detention Center training dogs from Indianapolis Care and Control. This basic obedience training helps increase the likelihood of the dogs being adopted, and so far, all 46 dogs from the program have found a home. Each dog who completes the program receives a certificate on their kennel with their photo, letting potential owners know that they’ve had basic obedience training.Paws & Think would not only like to thank the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust for their generous grant, but also several people who have made the Youth Canine Program possible. Superintendent at Marion Superior Court Juvenile Detention Center and Paws & Think volunteer, Charles Parkins; Paws & Think trainer, Jodi Van Slyke; and Deputy Chief of Kennel Operations at Animal Care and Control, Amanda Dehoney. With their support and the help of the grant, the Youth Canine Program will continue through the fall of 2015.
The cast and staff of Shrek the Musical at Footlite Musicals would like to invite Paws & Think volunteers to a special Preview Night performance at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 10th. Footlite Musicals “is an all volunteer community theater, so we understand and appreciate the importance of volunteers and their hard work. In an effort to thank you for your efforts with Paws & Think, please join us for this special showing of Shrek the Musical…your tickets are on us!“
Paws and Think Volunteers/ Footlite Musicals Preview Night for Shrek the Musical
Hedback Community Theater, 1847 North Alabama Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (Map & Directions)
Thursday, July, 10, curtain at 7:30pm
A Paws and Think partnership with Footlite Musicals for the Shrek the Musical performances
An RSVP is not necessary, but if you can send an email to Brad Kupper at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know you will be coming and how many in your party, that would be appreciated.
More Information about Shrek the Musical at Footlite Musicals
Footlite Musicals will open its 2014-2015 season with its Young Adults production of “Shrek, the Musical,“ with performances July 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 and 27 at the Hedback Community Theater at 1847 North Alabama Street in Indianapolis.
Curtain time for the Thursday performances is 7:30 p.m. Curtain time for the Friday and Saturday performances is 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees have a 2:30 p.m. curtain.
The Tony Award-nominated musical is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film of the same name. Written for the stage by David Lindsay-Abaire, with music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Lindsay-Abaire, the musical utilizes characters first created by William Steig.
In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseeming ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a short temper and over a dozen fairy tale misfits, you have the makings of a wonderful evening of family entertainment. Footlite’s Young Adults production features performers ages 18 to 25.
Produced for Footlite by Amy Douglas and Tim Alan Thompson, “Shrek” is directed by Kathleen Clarke Horrigan and choreographed by Trish Roberds, with vocal direction by Tara Roberds and Scott Fleshood, musical direction by Schuyler Brinson and costume coordination by Curt Pickard. The cast features Ryan England as Shrek, Lauren Russel as Fiona, Antonio King as Donkey and Jonathan Krouse as Lord Farquaard.
Admission for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances is $20 for ages 12 and up and $10 for ages 11 and under. Seats are $10 for the Thursday performances. All seats are reserved, and reservations may be made on-line at Footlite’s website, www.footlite.org. You may also call the Footlite box office at (317) 926-6630.
On Sunday, July 20, before the matinee performance, a special Shrek Breakfast with the Cast will be held beginning at 11:30 a.m. Attendees can experience Gingerbread Man decorating, pin the tail on Donkey, visit backstage and more. Three different packages, including tickets to the matinee, are offered. To learn more details about the breakfast and to order a package, visit Footlite’s website.
Besides “Shrek,“ Footlite’s 59th season will include productions of “Cats,” “Mame,” “White Christmas,” “The Story of My Life,” “Hairspray” and “The Who’s Tommy.” Season tickets are currently on sale for $100 each and include all seven productions. Season tickets may be purchased on-line at Footlite’s website, www.footlite.org.