Posted on December 29th, 2015 in Volunteer News | No Comments »

If you are interested in volunteering your time (along with your pet) for one of the Animal Assisted Activity/Therapy programs, our January class is already full and our next available class begins in February! The class dates are February 6th, 13th and 20th. (Evaluations will be February 27th.) Please remember that prior to class, you will need to contact Carol Davenport at cdavenport@nullpawsandthink.org as well as complete and submit an assessment tool. (Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.)

Click here for more information.


Posted on December 28th, 2015 in Organization News | No Comments »

As the year draws to a close, Paws & Think would like to thank all of the generous grantors that helped make 2015 a success.  A BIG thank you to:

  • Altar’d State Women’s Clothing Store
  • Braxtyns-Bounty-For-Bones
  • Dollar General Literacy Foundation
  • First Book
  • The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate
  • The First Lady’s Charitable Foundation
  • The Kala Sisters Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • The Kelcy M. Whitman Family Fund, a fund of Legacy Fund
  • Mobi Wireless Management, LLC
  • The Moorehead Family Foundation
  • The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
  • The Office Depot Foundation
  • The Sprint Foundation
  • The Rogers Family Foundation, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • The Salesforce Foundation
  • The Super Service Challenge in collaboration with The Brees Dream Foundation
  • Target Corporation
  • The Zipes Family Foundation, a fund of Legacy Fund

Posted on December 23rd, 2015 in Volunteer Spotlight | 2 Comments »

Liza is grateful to Paws & Think for helping her get a second chance after ending up in a shelter. Help put more dogs like Liza to work helping people. Donate to Paws & Think to make an impact today!

Make A Donation

Liza
Liza’s journey began in a rough spot. Like many in her breed, the pit bull mix ended up at IACC — despite her sweet disposition and intelligent nature. After spending six long months in the facility, Liza was selected to participate in the Paws & Think Youth-Canine Program. After passing a temperament test, Liza earned the chance to participate in the program with four other dogs.  Throughout the week, teens at the JDC learned valuable positive-reinforcement training techniques and taught the dogs basic obedience skills.

The program, designed to empower residents at the JDC through the power of the human-animal bond, also benefits the dogs. It gave Liza and her companions the chance to learn basic commands, become more adoptable, and take a much-needed break from stressful shelter life. Wendy Hendricks, a long-time volunteer of the program, heard about Liza through a friend in the program. Word traveled that Liza loved her trainers and would let the boys hold her like a baby. “Liza learned all her basic obedience skills, and the boys even taught her to roll over,” Wendy says. Once Liza returned to IACC, Wendy visited her, spent hours getting showered in love by the sweet, goofy pit bull, and introduced Liza to Duke, her 11-year-old bulldog-pit mix. The adoption was approved that same day.

Liza was a perfect fit for Wendy. She quickly became a bossy younger sister to Duke and has never met a stranger. “It didn’t take her long to discover the couch and bed,” Wendy laughs. “She is my Velcro dog at home — always wants to be where I am.” Wendy continued Liza’s training in a basic obedience class. Once Liza fully settled into her new life, Wendy enrolled her in the Paws & Think therapy dog certification program. Liza passed with flying colors.

Like a true worker-bee, Liza hit the ground running. Wendy joined the therapy dog program at Eskenazi Mental Health. At first, Eskenazi seemed like a big place for a little dog, and Liza was a bit unsure of the sights, sounds, and smells — though this didn’t last long. “She is starting to walk in like she owns the place,” Wendy says. “Everyone mentions how pretty and sweet she is, although some people are hesitant to pet her because she has pit bull in her.”

This initial hesitation, Wendy explains, sparks a dialog about the breed, and Liza’s personality opens the minds and hearts of everyone she meets. She shared that nurses often comment on how some patients aren’t verbally or physically engaged with anyone, and how wonderful it is that Liza can get a reaction from these patients. Per her mom, Miss Liza Jane has certainly become an ambassador for her breed, and for rescue dogs in general. She is now improving the lives of many patients.

In addition to providing therapy at the hospital, Liza is also the demo dog for the Youth Canine Program. Liza regularly helps trainer Kim Trimpe orientate and teach the JDC kids about the human-animal bond, the importance of positive-reinforcement training, and general pet care. This summer, she also started returning to the JDC every Saturday. “The kids really enjoy seeing her,” Wendy says. “They’re all smiles.”

Make A Donation


Posted on December 4th, 2015 in Volunteer News | 1 Comment »

Just a few of our graduates!

Just a few of our graduates!

That’s a wrap! Our Pet Therapy classes are done for the year! Congrats to the 23 new teams and 18 renewed teams who passed with their pooches and are certified to volunteer at one of our many venues. If you are interested in volunteering with your pet, check back soon as our next classes will begin in January 2016!


Posted on October 29th, 2015 in Organization News | Comments Off on Paws & Think Seeks Executive Director

12/28/15 UPDATE: Thank you to all of the applicants. The Executive Director position has been filled and will be announced shortly.


Are you a dog-lover who is passionate about enhancing the quality of lives through the power of the bond between dogs and humans?
 
Paws and Think, Inc. is seeking a passionate and mission-driven Executive Director to lead our organization through a period of continued growth. Initially the Executive Director will work part-time, approximately 20 hours per week; however, the organization’s goal is to expand the position to full-time (40 hours per week) in the near future, with a corresponding increase in salary.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and works primarily from home with flexible hours.  In addition to program management and partnership development, the Executive Director will travel locally and work evenings and weekends to accommodate activities such as monthly Board meetings, volunteer engagement and representing the organization at public events in Central Indiana.

Paws and Think, Inc. is a non-profit organization incorporated in 2001 that is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the community by using the power of the human-animal bond.  Our volunteers and volunteer handler/dog therapy teams work in partnership with Central Indiana schools, libraries, detention centers, youth agencies, humane societies/shelters and more. We are proud to be honored with one of the first Top-Rated Awards of 2015 from GreatNonprofits.org.


RESPONSIBILITIES

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support program operations and enable the Executive Director role to become a paid full-time position.
  • Increase awareness of the organization through communication to volunteers, program partners, external relations and media.
  • Develop and promote new and existing relationships to garner new program and support opportunities.

Leadership & Management:

  • Actively engage and energize Paws and Think, Inc. volunteers, board members, committee members, partnering organizations, and supporters.
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee, Spearhead strategic development and expansion of programs and operations.
  • Regularly communicate with the Board of Directors regarding the current status of services being offered and the development of new programs through written reports, attendance at Board meetings, participation in Board activities and contact with individual Board members.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain Paws and Think, Inc.’s key volunteers and contract employees.
  • Ensure effective systems to track progress of core programs, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
  • Participate in development and management of a realistic budget to sustain core programs and expand operations to include a full-time Executive Director and one or more part time administrative positions.

REQUIREMENTS

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience
  • Minimum 5 years progressive people or program management experience, preferably in nonprofit sector
  • Public speaking ability and strong verbal, written and persuasive communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people including, but not limited to, board members, donors and volunteers.
  • Strong organizational management skills including coaching staff and/or volunteers, managing and developing  high-performance teams, setting and achieving strategic objectives and planning and managing a budget
  • Multidisciplinary project management skills and computer proficiency
  • Broad based knowledge of nonprofit sector
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends and travel within Central Indiana

Our ideal candidate will be committed to Paws and Think, Inc.’s mission and demonstrate a high level of passion, integrity, positive attitude and self-direction. (S)he will be able to effectively convene a diverse group of stakeholders to create a strategic plan for Paws and Think, Inc. and develop the resources needed to execute it. In addition, the ideal candidate will be effective in fundraising, recognizing new opportunities and developing them into ongoing, sustainable revenue growth.


SALARY & HOW TO APPLY

Annual Salary: $25,000
How to Apply:  Interested candidates should send their resumes to: ExecutiveDirectorSearch@nullpawsandthink.org. No phone calls, please.


Posted on October 19th, 2015 in Volunteer News | No Comments »

If you are interested in volunteering your time (along with your pet) for one of the Animal Assisted Activity/Therapy programs, our next available class begins in October! The class dates are November 14th, 21st and December 5th.. (Evaluations will be December 12th.) Please remember that prior to class, you will need to contact Carol Davenport at cdavenport@nullpawsandthink.org as well as complete and submit an assessment tool. (Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.)

Click here for more information.


Posted on September 21st, 2015 in Events | No Comments »

talbotsDate: Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm

Location: Talbots at The Fashion Mall at Keystone

Paws & Think and Talbots are hosting a fun night of shopping and refreshments on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 5-8 pm at the Keystone Mall (store is located between Pottery Barn and Nordstroms).

Paws & Think dog therapy teams will be there to greet guests and share more about
 the organization with 10% of all sales are donated to Paws & Think!

So, stop on your way home from work, or grab a few friends and make it a girl’s night out! 
Shop for yourself and the dogs win too — that’s an easy reason to buy!


Posted on September 15th, 2015 in Volunteer News | 2 Comments »

If you are interested in volunteering your time (along with your pet) for one of the Animal Assisted Activity/Therapy programs, our next available class begins in October! The class dates are October 17th, 24th and 31st.. (Evaluations will be November 14th.) Please remember that prior to class, you will need to contact Carol Davenport at cdavenport@nullpawsandthink.org as well as complete and submit an assessment tool. (Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.)

Click here for more information.


Posted on August 12th, 2015 in Volunteer News | No Comments »

READ LogoWHEN: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (with a break for lunch)
WHERE: Old National Bank
4308 East 96th Street Indianapolis IN
(Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/CF7zd )

Cost (including all training materials) is $75
If you already have a R.E.A.D. manual the workshop is $42

Register early, space is limited!

To register make checks payable to Paws and Think and send to:
Kathy Janes
3668 Tahoe Ct
Carmel, IN 46033
If you have any questions, contact Kathy Janes, kjanes@nullpawsandthink.org

In this workshop you will learn how to:
• Effectively conduct a reading session
• Successfully mentor young readers
• Set up a program in schools, libraries and other settings
• Help convince decision-makers in your community that R.E.A.D. works
• Help make reading FUN with different tools and techniques, and
• Benefit by becoming a registered R.E.A.D. member

This is a fast-paced, information-packed class for humans only. The emphasis is on what you need to know to organize and conduct a successful reading program. It is not a training class to teach your dog specific skills.

Click here to download the flyer.


Posted on July 22nd, 2015 in Volunteer News | No Comments »

If you are interested in volunteering your time (along with your pet) for one of the Animal Assisted Activity/Therapy programs, our next available class begins in September! The class dates are September 12th, 26th and October 3rd. (Evaluations will be October 10th.) Please remember that prior to class, you will need to contact Carol Davenport at cdavenport@nullpawsandthink.org as well as complete and submit an assessment tool. (Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.)

Click here for more information.


Make a donation to Paws & Think