Paws & Think, Inc.
Paws & Think, Inc.serves at-risk youth, at-risk canines and children and adults with disabilities and special needs in central Indiana. This all-volunteer, community-based organization works in partnership with schools, detention centers, youth agencies, humane societies, shelters and others to pair the youth with stray, surrendered or neglected dogs to train them to become service dogs for people living with a disability or as pets, thereby avoiding euthanasia. The Planet Dog Foundation grant funds the At-Risk Youth-Canine Program, where youths learn how to nurture, understand, communicate with, motivate and reward (vs. punish) their dogs. Many of the principles the youths learn in the program transfer to their own lives since they see the benefits they are providing their dogs.