I’m lucky. I’m Harriet, a Paws & Think therapy dog – or as I like to think of myself, a smile creator, stress reliever, and master snuggler. When I go to work at St. Vincent Hospital, Brooke’s Place, schools, libraries, or any of the many places I visit, I never know what I’ll get to do.
One afternoon my human and I were searching for a patient’s room in Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. I’m never in a hurry, because lots of times the caregivers, staff, and visitors need a little TLC, too. I’m flexible. So, I stop and cheer them up if they need a quick lovin’. That’s something amazing about being a dog – I just never run out of love. Energy, yes, but run out of love? Never!
We were on our way to visit a little girl, and when we arrived there was quite the crowd in her room. She was on her way to surgery that very minute. My human asked if we had bad timing. Gosh, silly humans. Couldn’t they see my timing was perfect? Thankfully, the doctors and nurses recognized this and said we were right on time! They asked if she would like me to ride to surgery with her. The scared child smiled and asked if I could hop up on her bed and snuggle. So, that’s exactly what I did!
Up I went to escort my first patient to surgery. She loved on me the whole ride. Boy, was that great! And her Mom even said I had the best timing ever.
It’s because of our supporters I get to do this awesome job.
Best job ever,
Every day, your support makes stories like Harriet’s possible.
Over 30,000 men, women, and children were provided comfort and support through our Pet Therapy Program (Animal-Assisted Interactions) in 2018. Hundreds of kids learned to fall in love with reading through our Paws to Read programs in schools and libraries where children read to therapy dogs.
In addition, our Youth-Canine Programs provided a second chance to 65 shelter dogs and 130 kids in 2018 alone!
We need your help to continue to make all of this possible.
Would you consider making a special year-end donation to help us continue to improve lives through the power of the human-dog connection?
Thank you for your continued support and friendship,
Kelsey Burton, Executive Director
It is with tears of joy I write this post. Soldier has been adopted! 🎉
Soldier is a very special dog who was a graduate of our Youth-Canine program in 2016. He was trained in basic obedience by kids at Marion County Juvenile Detention Center. Although he did great in class, he was heartworm positive making it a challenge to find an adopter.
Lucky for Soldier, our temp tester Jodi VanSlyke stepped up and fostered Soldier for months during his treatment. With Soldier being an older pit mix and being in foster, it was hard to find an adopte r.
One of our volunteers agreed to adopt Soldier and loved him completely until she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that made it difficult for her to handle Soldier especially since he doesn’t like other dogs too much and would pull to get to them.
Even though Soldier originally came from another shelter, we needed to find a shelter/rescue who had the capacity to work through some of his dog aggression issues. Lucky for us, our friends at Humane Society for Hamilton County (Indiana) stepped up. They agreed to take Soldier.
Because of funding from Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, we were able to cover the cost of his two week lodge and learn training and some recent medical costs! Thank you NMPCT!
Soldier was at the shelter since this spring. The great volunteers and staff at HSHC never gave up on him, and neither did we promoting him frequently including at our recent Dogs are Magic event. We knew his people were out there somewhere.
He waited patiently for his happy ending, and he got it!
Soldier was recently adopted by a wonderful couple, and as you can see from the pictures, he is so happy.
Thank you for adopting this big old love bug! We wish you all morning but years of happiness together!
As you can see, it takes a village to help some of the more difficult to place dogs. Thank you to HSHC for being so incredible for the dogs in our community, NPMCT for helping us ease the burden of the financial side for the shelter, Jodi for spending months nursing him back to health, our volunteer for originally adopting him and loving him so much, and to his new family for giving him another chance.
If you want to help us continue to give dog’s like Soldier a fighting chance, you can donate at https://pawsandthink.org/get-involved/make-a-donation/
|Paws & Think is thrilled to announce a new partnership with St. Vincent. Today was the kickoff of the Paws to Heal Program at St. Vincent. This new Paws & Think program allows our trained therapy teams to provide love and support to those most in need at the St. Vincent campus. This includes visits with patients, their families, and associates of St. Vincent.
“While we may not be able to provide a cure, Healing Arts at St. Vincent Indianapolis can take steps towards healing our patients, their families, and our associates on a holistic level. Paws to Heal, a Paws and Think, Inc. program, will help patients cope and normalize the hospital environment. We are very excited to have Pet Therapy integrated into our treatment model. Together we will break down professional silos and make way for interprofessional collaboration for the betterment of the individuals we care for,” says Kaitlin Knapp, Manager of Healing Arts at St. Vincent.
As part of this new program, we are happy to announce the hiring of our Paws to Heal Program Coordinator Sandi Kammerer. Sandi’s background includes over 11 years in Project Management, being a Certified Animal Assisted Therapy Professional from the Animal Behavior Institue, and being a Paws & Think Therapy Team and volunteer for the past 4 years.
Paws & Think Executive Director Kelsey Burton says, “We are honored to be partnering with St. Vincent and look forward to helping comfort and support those in need and being an integral part of the healing process.”
Pet Therapy is part of St. Vincent’s Healing Arts Department and is generously funded through the St. Vincent Foundation.
Volunteers interested in learning more about how to become a Paws to Heal therapy team or escort may contact Sandi Kammerer at email@example.com.
Do you want to help at-risk kids and shelter dogs? Then, we need YOU!
We are looking for volunteers to help with our Pawsitive Correction Youth-Canine Program at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center.
Learn more by reviewing the Youth Canine Coach Mentor Description
If interested, contact Kim Trimpe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Sunday, June 5, 5:00-9:00pm
Where: Milano Inn
Join us at Milano Inn for an evening dedicated to Paws & Think and ARPO.
Enjoy a fun evening with other dog lovers in the outside patio and the lawn reserved for Paws & Think guests…and your dog! A portion of all the food purchases that night will be donated to Paws & Think. Additionally, we will have a Silent Auction with great items. 100% of money raised from the Silent Auction is donated to Paws & Think.
Milano Inn is located at 231 S College Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46202 (Map & Directions)
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!
Please call the Milano Inn at 317-264-3585 and indicate you would like to make a reservation for Paws & Think and include the number of people and dogs coming.
Check out a video to see the fun: http://milanoinn.com/events/
Bringing dogs is based on weather since the event is outside. If raining, event will continue inside but unfortunately dogs will not be able to join us.
UPDATE: April class is now full!
Our next class begins in May. (Click here for dates.)
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 April! The class dates are April 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. (Evaluations will be April 30th.) 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.)
Make Paws & Think part of your year by donating time, energy and passion as a volunteer with our organization in 2013. Each volunteer has a unique set of talents and skills beneficial to Paws & Think. Our various volunteer opportunities meet the needs of diverse schedules and interests. Your time and dedication will touch countless lives in Central Indiana. Lend your paw today.
Join us on Sunday, June 17th from 5:00 to 8:00pm at the Milano Inn Italian restaurant for a night benefiting Paws and Think!
A portion of all the food purchases that night will be donated to Paws and Think, plus it will be a great opportunity to meet many of our board members and volunteers. If the weather is nice, we will have the outside patio and lawn (with bocce ball ball courts) reserved for our group and you will be permitted to bring your dog along to join in the fun. (Please keep in mind if you choose to sit indoors, there are no dogs permitted in the indoor dining areas.)
There will be some prize giveaways, live music, and your dog’s tail will surely wag when they see the treat truck from Best Friends Pet Care on site!
If you plan on coming, please email Kathy Janes at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the number of people (and dogs) coming. (RSVPs are not required, but are helpful for planning purposes.)
Hope to see you at Milano’s for this fun event!
The Kindergarten classes at Oak Trace Elementary School invited Paws and Think to come to speak with their children during their unit studying the letters C, D, and P.
The dogs and handlers came to both morning and afternoon classes and talked about training the dogs and then let the children visit and ask questions. The classes had a theme incorporating pets into their study of the letters and were talking about different dogs, cats, and pets that start with those letters. Having the dogs there was quite a hit with the kids, and the dogs had a great time as well!
Paws & Think will be at Sun King Brewery on Friday, May 11th from 4:00-7:00pm.
We will be there with some of our Therapy Dog teams, and also giving the chance to win prizes including a Sun King growler and gift card. Our tent will be at the entrance of the brewery. We invite you to stop by and meet some of our board members, volunteers and dogs before enjoying the great Sun King beers inside. We are very excited to be a community partner with Sun King and hope to see you on May 11th!