Paws & Think is a non-profit organization focusing on the at-risk community, both human and canine. Our vision creates a community where “every person who would benefit from a dog has the opportunity, and every dog fulfills its potential.”
We do this with two proven methods:
1. One of training and providing therapy animals for both animal assisted interventions to youth, seniors and special needs individuals of all ages. Through our Pet Therapy Programs we provide trained, registered teams for visitation in senior communities, hospitals, hospice care facilities, and support groups. Paws & Think teams also provide therapeutic work with children to improve literacy, cope with loss, and reach physical and occupational rehabilitation goals. We provide classes and outreach programs regarding the value of the relationship between people and their pets, responsible pet ownership and bite prevention.
2. The second method is our Youth–Canine Programs that facilitate classes for at-risk youth and teens, helping them to train shelter dogs with positive reinforcement behaviors. The young people learn responsibility, job readiness, anger management, parenting skills, leadership and positive life skills, while at the same time increasing the dog’s chances of adoption because of the basic obedience skills learned. Pride and confidence are found as a result of both aspects of our vision.