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Is your dog a good listener and loves attention? Become a R.E.A.D. or pet therapy team!

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ORGANIZATION: Paws and Think, Inc.

Reading Education Assistance Dog at work
This is Paws & Think registered therapy dog Mater, listening as one of his favorite students reads to him.

Help youth develop grade level reading with your Reading Education Assistance Dog!

Thank you for your interest in Paws & Think, a leader in using the Human-Animal Bond to enhance lives in the Indianapolis community. We are currently looking for volunteers with well-mannered dogs to become trained reading facilitators and volunteer with our school-based teams. Studies show kids who are unable to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are most likely not going to complete high school. Our trained therapy dog teams work in Title 1 schools and in classrooms with children having special needs to provide a non-judgmental learning environment. Science has proven that therapy dogs have a calming effect while also bringing feelings of happiness, creating a perfect situation for development of reading skills, fluency and comprehension.

Paws and Think, Inc. offers

  • classes for you and your dog to become a therapy team
  • evaluations to assess your readiness to work as a team
  • registration and insurance for our volunteer therapy teams
  • training provided by a licensed Reading Education Assistance Dogs instructor
  • placement in one of our school-based programs
  • guidance in your therapy work and friendships with other volunteers


  • For those who have the desire to help but lack the time, consider making a tax-deductible donation to Paws and Think, Inc.

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About Paws and Think, Inc.


1346 N Delaware St, INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46202, US

Mission Statement

Improving lives through the power of the human-dog connection.


Our Youth-Canine Programs serve youths who need a "paw up." The youths may be academically or behaviorally challenged, disconnected, lacking a positive self-image, incarcerated, at-risk for suicide, or just searching for something that resonates with them. The life skills they learn help prepare them to be responsible employees, effective parents, leaders, and well-adjusted citizens. The dogs they train, many of which are stray, neglected or abused, also benefit by learning basic obedience skills and socialization that make them more adoptable.

Our Therapy Dog Programs serve individuals of all ages who benefit from interacting with a dog. We provide therapy dog visits for children and adults at various partner venues around Central Indiana including schools, libraries, hospitals and more! Our Paws to Read programs help children improve their literacy skills, while our Paws to Heal programs provide comfort and support to staff, patients, and families in all types of healthcare facilities. We also have specially trained crisis response teams who are on-call to provide support for community crises through our Paws to Comfort program, and individuals located anywhere can participate in our virtual Paws to Connect program to receive a one-on-one virtual visit from a therapy dog.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Animals, Children & Youth, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Indianapolis and Surrounding CommunitiesINDIANAPOLIS, IN 46202



  • Youth Services
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Animal Therapy
  • Healthcare




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • up to 2 hours a week during the school year

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