Paws to Comfort

Our Paws to Comfort program allows registered Paws & Think therapy teams to provide comfort and support for adults, children, and families who are grieving the loss of a loved one or who have experienced a crisis or traumatic event.

Paws & Think works closely with the Indiana Crisis Assistance Response Team (I-CART) and the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) for volunteer training, support, and coordination that enables us to immediately dispatch our specially trained Paws to Comfort teams to locations following crises and traumatic events to help in the grieving and healing process.

Paws and Think, Inc. is part of the Indiana Crisis Assistance Response Team (I-CART), a network of trained professionals coordinated through a single system to respond in a timely manner to the needs of victims of disaster or traumatic events that occur in Central Indiana. Select Paws & Think therapy teams are trained by a member of I-CART in crisis response and provide therapy services immediately following crisis events.

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Paws to Comfort Volunteer Needs

Paws to Comfort Therapy Teams: a therapy team, made up of a registered Paws & Think therapy dog and its handler, visits with children and adults who have experienced a traumatic event. Paws to Comfort therapy teams are required to attend Paws & Think’s Paws to Comfort crisis response training before volunteering at a Paws to Comfort venue.

How to Volunteer with Paws to Comfort

If you are interested in volunteering with your dog as a Paws to Comfort Therapy Team, please visit our Therapy Dog Team page for more information about how to become a registered therapy team with Paws & Think.

If you and your dog have already passed Paws & Think’s therapy team evaluation, contact Lynsey Smith at lsmith@pawsandthink.org to learn more about signing up for Paws to Comfort crisis response training.

“Paws & Think comes to Camp Healing Tree to help comfort our special campers who are going through a big change after someone they love dies. Our relationship has grown so that each group is able to have their own special pup. We appreciate all the loving and caring people and their 4 legged volunteers.”

Katie H.