In Memory of Daisy, Karma, Jayda, & Ellie

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Your contribution to Paws & Think provides life-changing programs to people and dogs in need! Our donors ensure we can evaluate & register even more therapy teams and help at-risk youth learn life skills while finding shelter dogs their forever homes.

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” -Agnes Sligh Turnbull

We are very sad to let you know about the passing of 4 therapy dogs the last few weeks. Our community has been hit hard recently with the death of these beloved dogs.

Daisy: A South Central Newfoundland Rescue, Daisy showed how rescue dogs make great therapy dogs. Her sweet demeanor made people instantly fall in love with her. She visited various venues and was a favorite at the LeadingAge Indiana conferences. Thank you, Heather Bacher, for sharing your sweet girl with our community.

Karma: This adorable poodle visited Julian Center, Hooverwood, and Hoosier Village. Like most poodles, she was one smart girl who loved to work. Thank you Martha for volunteering with Karma.

Jayda: This girl’s smile was precious. Although she and her handler Carla were only a team since 2019, they brought many people joy. One of her favorite venues was Joy’s House. Thank you, Carla, for sharing her smile with so many.

Ellie: There was one thing very clear about Ellie. She LOVED kids. Ellie was a special girl for Paws & Think. She was the last facility dog we placed years ago before we shifted our focus to therapy dogs only. She was returned to us after a shift in the facility staffing. Our team, with the help of LOLIN, found the perfect family for Ellie with Mary Collins who was committed to continuing Ellie’s work with kids. Ellie became a therapy team with Mary and visited lots of places including hospitals, stress centers, Carmel Clay Library, and Westfield Library. Thank you Mary for letting Ellie share her gift of loving children with the kids in our community.

All of these wonderful dogs were seniors and showed how much value senior therapy dogs give to not just their families, but to the community they served.

If you’d like to make a gift in memory of any of these dogs, please go to then email with the dog’s name for which you’ve made the gift.