Culture & Shared Values

Paws & Think’s culture is defined by our shared values. These values, which drive our mission and inspire us to excellence, are our guide for everything we do.

We believe that our volunteers, staff, and board of directors must strive to embrace these values in order to create a culture where those whose lives we touch, both human and canine, are enriched.  The following are our shared values:


  • We conduct our business in a way that is honest, fair, and ethical.
  • We are committed to complying with national guidelines, laws, regulations, and policies that pertain to our organization and the services we provide.
  • We honor our commitments.
  • We are accountable for our actions, successes, and failures.
  • We continually scan the industry for best practices and adopt those that we believe will improve our operations.

Good Stewardship & Transparency

  • We value the generous contributions of time, talent, treasures provided by our volunteers, partners, stakeholders, and staff, and we strive to use these wisely.
  • We ensure that our resources are used efficiently to carry out our mission.
  • We realize that our reputation for excellence and good name in the community are assets that we must nurture and protect.
  • We believe that financial transparency helps to preserve the trust each donor places in us.


  • We believe teamwork leverages our individual strengths.
  • We strive to engage our volunteers so they can contribute to our mission and connect with those we serve in a meaningful way.
  • We collaborate with our community partners to improve lives – both human and canine.
  • We communicate directly with our partners and work together to find solutions.

Caring & Compassion

  • We care about people’s needs and treat them with kindness, courtesy, and respect.
  • We value diversity in our board, volunteers, staff, and those we serve. We strive to appreciate their life experiences and perspectives, even when they are different from our own.
  • We respect the different breeds of our canine partners and encourage them to share their individual gifts to the best of their ability.
  • We advocate for the use of positive, rewards-based dog training.  

Positive Spirit

  • We believe optimism is what allows us to persist, to be resilient, and to inspire others.
  • We choose to have a positive outlook.
  • We celebrate and share our successes with the community.
  • We aspire to instill hope in everyone we serve.