Posted on June 17th, 2014 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 class begins in July! The class dates are July 12th, 19th and 26th.. (Evaluation date is yet to be determined.) 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.)

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Posted on May 20th, 2014 in Organization News, Volunteer News | No Comments »

These dogs are from Indianapolis Animal Care & Control and are in need of good homes! They are all taking part in our Youth Canine Program at the Juvenile Detention Center. Let us know if you have any questions!


Posted on May 15th, 2014 in Volunteer News | No Comments »

UPDATE: June class is now full!
Check back for July 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 June! The class dates are June 14th, 21st and 28th. (Evaluations will be held in July.) 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.)

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Posted on May 8th, 2014 in Volunteer News | 1 Comment »

olivia1On April 12th, Paws & Think teamed up with Giving Sum to put on a Book Fair at Indianapolis Public School #34. There were therapy dogs, refreshments, and over a thousand books. All of these added to the success of the fair, but one young student’s contributions made the book fair really shine.

Several weeks before the event, Olivia Slavens, 4th grade student at Clark’s Creek Elementary School, was given $50 by the Avon Christian Church to help start a “Pay it Forward” campaign. This was part of an initiative to allow young church-goers the chance to make a difference in their community. As a lover of dogs, Olivia and her mother reached out to Paws & Think to see how they might help. After some brainstorming, the Paws & Think team told Olivia she could help out with the book fair they were planning for April 12th.

By teaming up with her classmates, Olivia started a campaign to collect gently used and new books, dog leashes, collars and treats to bring to IPS #34’s book fair. “Let’s make a difference in these kids lives!” she says in a video she created to promote the project, which was posted to Facebook as well as the church and elementary school’s websites. Paws & Think executive director, Brad Kupper, and volunteer Margaret Drew came to Clark’s Creek Elementary, along with their dogs Bella and Brewser, to educate the students on Paws & Think’s mission and to help Olivia promote the event even further.

olivia2The day of the fair, students gathered at IPS #34 to choose a book, meet with the therapy dogs, and even catch up with Hink the Bulldog – Butler University’s mascot. Olivia joined in on the fun, bringing gifts for the dogs, $75 to help Paws & Think’s efforts, and over 600 books. Originally, the goal was to give 1 book to each child in attendance. With Olivia’s help, they were able to not only triple that number, but can now add many of the books to IPS #34’s Literacy Center, which will be renovated with new lighting and furniture later this year.

Olivia Slavens was determined to help make a difference in the lives of students and animals in need. With the help of her church, her fellow students, and Paws & Think, she was able to go above and beyond in making a difference for a great cause. Thank you Olivia!


Posted on March 24th, 2014 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 May class dates have been set! The class dates are May 10th, 17th, and 31st. (Evaluations will be held in June.) 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.)

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Posted on March 14th, 2014 in Volunteer News | No Comments »

UPDATE: April class is now full!
See May 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 April! The class dates are April 5th, 12th, 19th. (Evaluations will be on April 26th.) 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.)

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Posted on February 27th, 2014 in Organization News | No Comments »

BrettBrett Nelson is partner at the law firm of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, LLP where he has worked since 1999. His practice includes environmental litigation, insurance coverage for policyholders, commercial litigation and intellectual property matters. Brett is a Bloomington native and he and his wife, Lori, share their Bloomington home with four dogs: Ginger (Pembroke Welsh Corgi), Cali (Shepherd/hound mix), Gator (Australian Cattle Dog) and Boomer (Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever/??? mix).

Brett has a life-long passion for animals and the outdoors and has always shared his life with dogs. Brett grew up with animals in the house and all around him, including dogs, cats, birds, snakes, lizards, turtles and amphibians. During college, and after he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Brett surveyed reptiles and amphibians at NSA Crane, Camp Atterbury and throughout Hoosier National Forest through projects funded, in part, by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. While considering veterinary school, Brett worked as a veterinary technician at clinics in Bloomington and Colombia, South Carolina. Brett also operated a specialty pet store dealing in captive bred reptiles and amphibians prior to attending law school at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he earned his J.D., cum laude.

Brett has been involved with Paws & Think since October 2013, and was invited to join the Board in January, 2014.


Posted on February 9th, 2014 in Volunteer News | No Comments »

UPDATE: March class is now full!
Check back for April 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 March! The class dates are March 8th, 15th, 22nd. (Evaluations will be on March 29th.) 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.)

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Posted on January 16th, 2014 in Volunteer News | No Comments »

UPDATE: February class is now full!
Check back for March 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 February! The class dates are February 1st, 9th and 15th. (Evaluations will be on Sunday, March 1st.) 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.)

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Posted on January 3rd, 2014 in Organization News | No Comments »

heatherHeather Zoellick is the Marketing and Business Development Senior Associate at INHP, the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, a local organization in Indianapolis. With a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and recently earning the Master’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University, Heather has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 12 years. Her love of animals started as a young child when she took care of every dog in the neighborhood and volunteered her summers at the local animal barn! She now has two cats and a Belgian Shepherd Border Collie mix named Cooper, who she rescued in 2008. Cooper is considering being a therapy dog (he’s just so excited he can’t sit still about the idea!) But until then, Heather participates in the Youth Canine Program and is involved in additional program development and event planning with Paws and Think. She is also on the Board of Director’s for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and has been a volunteer with Komen and Outrun the Sun.

Originally from the Chicago area, Heather has been in Indianapolis for 18 years. In her spare time Heather enjoys running, gardening and spending time with family and friends.


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