Posted on May 24th, 2016 in Volunteer News | No Comments »

dickensIf 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 June! The class dates are June 25th, July 9th, 16th and 23rd. (Evaluations will be July 30th.) 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 April 5th, 2016 in Volunteer News | No Comments »

kathyandmaterIf 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 May! The class dates are May 14th, May 21st, June 4th and June 11th. (Evaluations will be June 18th.) 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 28th, 2016 in Volunteer News | No Comments »

Greta_Marchino_petwatchEight years ago, Gina Marchino adopted an eight-week old mutt puppy from a shelter. The young pup, who soon became known as Greta, was listed by the shelter as a Boxer/Boston Terrier mix, but Gina’s friends were constantly asking her if Greta was a pit bull. Not knowing much about the breed, Gina decided to read up on pit bulls to find out if that was in fact what Greta was. She quickly learned of the tormented history of pit bulls and the many ways in which they are horribly treated as a result of their bad reputation as a breed.

Because of Greta, Gina felt inspired to educate the public on the truth about pit bulls. She wanted people to know that the bad reputation the breed has gained is unjust and simply inaccurate, and she has worked to help clear their name in several venues, including serving on the Board of a pit rescue organization and even opening up her home to foster pit bulls looking for their forever families.

Gina’s special bond with Greta also led her to get involved with Paws & Think, where she was excited at the opportunity for both of them to be able to volunteer. “Greta has a lot of love to share and she’s changed who I am. It didn’t seem fair to keep that all to myself.” Greta, who is a very social animal and loves the attention she receives as part of a Paws & Think therapy team, enjoys volunteering as much as Gina, who says it is rewarding to do something good for humanity with her best friend.

Together, Gina and Greta visit an adult day care for the developmentally disabled where they are able to bring joy to many just by simply stopping in to say hello. Gina recalls the impact she saw on their first visit, when many of the residents seemed to light up like the sun when she and Greta walked in: “It’s amazing that just having a dog around changes people’s moods immediately and makes them forget their troubles for a while.”


Posted on March 28th, 2016 in Volunteer News | No Comments »

feathers-largeEverybody has that one special piece of clothing that makes them feel like a million bucks. For Feathers, that would be her Paws & Think bandana. “As soon as I put in on, she sits up straighter and looks like she is ready for work,” says Jean Palmer Heck, Feathers’s owner.

Feathers and Jean are a therapy team for Paws & Think. Together, they visit schools, libraries, and summer camps across the Indianapolis area to work with children and help them improve their reading skills. Throughout their 2 years volunteering with Paws & Think, Jean has witnessed how the kids have progressed and become more confident by reading to Feathers. But she has also seen a difference in Feathers.

“She is usually very shy,” notes Jean. “She was rescued from a house with 10 dogs, and I suspect she was abused by an adult,” she explains. But when Feathers enters a room full of children, everything changes. “She warms up to little kids,” Jean says, recalling how much Feathers has “blossomed” during her time as a Paws & Think dog.

Jean has used Feathers’s story to help inspire kids who are shy as well. “When we did a Families First evening with pre-schoolers in Lebanon, we met a little girl that was very uncomfortable in the library. From my interaction with her, I don’t think she even knew how to choose a book from the shelves,” recalling how she had to guide the girl every step of the way.

“I kept saying that my doggie felt shy about reading books, at first too, but she really got to like it.” After that, Jean recalls, “I could see the little girl’s confidence grow. It still brings tears to my eyes to think that a child had no exposure to a library. And it puts a smile on my face thinking my dog was a part of it”.

But while Feathers has come out of her shell through her work, it hasn’t been all work and no play. Besides the joy of working with children, what else does Feathers enjoy about being a Paws & Think dog? “Her treats, especially the drive through at McDonald’s after our sessions!”


Posted on March 13th, 2016 in Volunteer News | No Comments »

READ LogoWHEN: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
(We will break briefly for lunch.)
WHERE: Carmel Office Suites
600 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel, IN 46032
(Google Map: http://g.co/maps/f8wk8 )

Cost (including all training materials) is $75
If you already have a R.E.A.D. manual the workshop is $40

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.

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Posted on March 8th, 2016 in Organization News, Volunteer News | No Comments »

Graphic DesignPaws & Think is looking for a graphic designer to volunteer their skills to our organization! We have an ongoing need for someone to help primarily with our print marketing materials, but there are also opportunities to help with web/social graphics, event invitations and program logos.

We are looking for one or more volunteers with design experience (or degree) who are proficient in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.

If you are interested in volunteering in this capacity please contact Rhaya Shilts at rshilts@nullpawsandthink.org with your interest, availability, and any samples of your work.


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.)

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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 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.)

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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.)

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