Posted on November 24th, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

There are three new faces sitting around the table at our recent board meetings, and we are thrilled to welcome Oliver, Rachel and Sara to the board of Paws and Think. They have hit the ground running and we appreciate their efforts and insights. Get to know each of them a little better below, and meet them in person at our upcoming Wine Tasting event!

oliverOliver Ayres was born and raised in the Indianapolis area. He attended High School at Park Tudor and graduated from Indiana University in 2005 with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. Oliver currently works for the Key Family of Companies, a consulting third party administrator, located here in Indianapolis. He has been with the Key Family for a little over 5 years and currently heads up the reinsurance services area. Oliver has a passion for animals especially dogs, growing up with a west highland terrier and now currently raising a 2 year old rescue boxer lab mix named Oscar. Regarding becoming a board member, Oliver says "I am very excited to join the Paws and Think board and look forward to helping a great organization continue to provide services to the Indianapolis area."

rachelRachel Hazaray is an attorney at Hostetler & Kowalik, P.C, where her practice is focused primarily on commercial litigation, debtor/creditor issues and bankruptcy matters. She earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana University – Indianapolis’ Kelley School of Business and her doctorate of jurisprudence from Indiana University – Indianapolis School of Law. Rachel is a member of the board of the Youngs Lawyers Division of the Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA), chair of the Go Green Committee of the IBA and was recognized as an Indiana "Rising Star" in the 2010 Law and Politics Magazine. Rachel is married to Neil and the proud owner of a rescued English springer spaniel, Briscoe.

saraSara Wade is the Communications Coordinator for Monarch Beverage. As the communications coordinator she is involved in the development and implementation of internal and external communications, community involvement and web and social media marketing. Sara also serves on the Lawrence Pioneering Healthier Communities board in Lawrence, IN. Sara is an Indianapolis native and graduated in 2007 with a B.A in Communications and Culture from Indiana University.

Posted on October 29th, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

As some of you know, our Founder and Executive Director, Gayle Hutchens, has been battling some health issues and has been in and out of the hospital recently. Her dedication to the organization continues, but her health is our primary concern and for that reason, we will be postponing the Annual Conference and helping out in many of other areas of the organization that Gayle usually oversees. If anyone has any questions regarding her absence, organization of events, fund-raising or scheduling, please contact Rhaya Shilts using this online form or at rhayashilts [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Posted on October 27th, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

winelogoDate: Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Oak Hill Mansion, 5801. E. 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46033 (Map this Location)

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Tickets are $50 and include:

  • Over 20 Wines to Sample
  • Hors D’oeuvres
  • Live Music
  • Silent Auction
  • Therapy Dog Meet and Greet
  • Opportunity to Purchase Specialty Wines by the Bottle

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Posted on October 27th, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Due to some unexpected circumstances, the Annual Conference has been postponed until early 2011. Please check back or follow us on Facebook to stay up to day about this and other events. Additionally, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

Posted on October 15th, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

WHEN: Saturday, October 30; 7 A.M. to 1 P.M.
WHERE: On the corner of Port Allegre and Michigan, near 1400 W. 10th St., Indianapolis 46202. (View Map)

Click here to download the flyer and pledge sheet.

The walk is a one mile course on a sidewalk along the White River. There are shady spots and benches and it is stroller accessible. You may walk at an alternative site of your choice and record your miles using a pedometer or treadmill. Submit the forms provided on page two of the flyer. We will use 2,000 steps as a mile for off-site participants.

PLEDGES: Pledges are to be made per mile or through a single donation. Please make all checks payable to Paws and Think, or you make a donation through the web site. If you make an online donation, please forward your reference number to Kate Papke at with PAWS in the Subject line (to get credit toward a T-Shirt*) or you can mail your donation to Kate Papke at 4150 S. CR 125 W., New Castle, IN 46362.

*All participants with contributions over $30 will receive a T-Shirt. Please indicate size needed (they run a tad small). There will be five prizes to be given on November 6th for: Most miles walked, Most contributions, Youngest walker (youths must walk at least a mile, strollers don’t count!), Oldest walker, and Best Dog Costume. Pledges need to be collected and sent no later than November 5th for credit towards prizes and T-Shirts. Paws and Think, Inc. is a Non-Profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. For questions, contact Kate Papke at or call 765-545-0747.

Click here to download the flyer and pledge sheet.

Posted on October 7th, 2010 in Uncategorized | 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 class begins on November 6th, 13th and 20th! Please remember it is required to complete and submit a screening tool prior to class. Click here for more information.

Posted on September 9th, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

TouchdownForTailsLogoWhen: October 3, 3:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Kilroy’s Bar & Grill, 201 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46225 (View Map)

Details: Support Paws and Think while watching the Colts vs. Jacksonville game on Sunday, October 3rd. Kilroy’s Bar & Grill, located at Meridian and Georgia Streets in downtown Indianapolis, will be sponsoring a Colts viewing party for fans 21 and over. Festivities start at 3:00 pm; including drink specials, special appearances from Paws and Think therapy dogs, and the chance to win 2 Club Level tickets and a Pre-Game VIP Party at Kilroy’s for the 1/2/11 Colts vs. Titans game! Suggested door donation of $5 per person. Event proceeds will support Paws and Think, Inc.

Posted on September 1st, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Fall is full of events for Paws and Think! Mark your calendars for the following dates.

September 6: Dog Swim at Monon Park
End of Summer Dog Swim at Monon Park. Stay tuned to our site for details!

September 17: Polo at Sunset, 6:00pm
Bring your kids, dogs, sandwiches, and drinks (alcohol permitted) and spend a fun evening watching a polo match! Pre-registration is not required. $20 per carload. Click here for more details.

October 3: Touchdown for Tails, 3:00-8:00pm
Come to Kilroy’s Downtown (Meridian and Georgia Streets) and cheer on the Colts as they play Jacksonville. The event will support Paws and Think and will include games, prizes and fun! Additional details coming soon!

October 30: Howloween Dog Walk On The Canal
Prizes will be awarded for the best costume and other events. Pre-registration is required. Details coming soon!

December 1: Annual Wine Tasting Event
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Oak Hill Mansion in Carmel
Click here for additional details.

Annual Dog Talk Conference: Postponed until January 2011
Click here for additional details.

Posted on September 1st, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Geri Kiesler’s Tucker with Nancy Poppleton and son Noah during the Glendale's Paws to Read program.

Meet Tucker – A furry volunteer and therapy dog at the Glendale Library “Paws to Read” program. The “Paws to Read” program improves children’s reading skills and boosts confidence by pairing practicing readers with a trained therapy dog. Children read to dogs in a positive, non-threatening, fun environment.

Tucker, a yellow Labrador retriever, has a teddy-bear temperament his activities to date include visits to a nursing home, Brooke’s Place (for grieving children), and several libraries for Paws to Read.

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Posted on August 23rd, 2010 in Uncategorized | 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 class begins on Sept 25th, Oct. 2nd and Oct. 9th! Click here for more information.

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