Youth-Canine Graduates DEV

Paws & Think’s Pawsitive Corrections program at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center pairs incarcerated youth with shelter dogs to change the lives of both.

Since September 2013 the partnership between Paws & Think, the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center, and Indianapolis Animal Care Services has saved hundreds of shelter dogs and positively impacted hundreds of incarcerated minors.

In 2017, Paws & Think added the Hamilton County Youth-Canine Program, partnering dogs from Humane Society of Hamilton County with youth from Hamilton Youth Assistance Program. Additionally, the P.A.W.s (Pups and Warriors) Program at Warren Central High School was added. 

Dogs from our Pawsitive Corrections and Warren Central High School Youth-Canine programs are available for adoption through Indianapolis Animal Care Services. Dogs from the Hamilton County Youth-Canine program are available for adoption through the Humane Society of Hamilton County. Please check our Facebook page for more photos and information about each dog.

(Dogs below are from the Pawsitive Corrections Program unless otherwise noted.)


October: Juvenile Detention Center

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Homes Needed! Dogs from Paws & Think's Oct. Youth-Canine Program at MCJDC!
Say hello to Amanda! This pretty girl is just the cutest little friendly girl! She is about 3 years old and a great medium sized dog at 46 pounds with shorter legs. Her happy tail never stops wagging!
Amanda might first get noticed because of how cute she is, but she's also one smart gal! She picked up commands very quickly and was very eager to learn more. On the very first day, she was showing off touch, watch, sit and even stay! Good girl, Amanda!
Meet Bryant. This gentle giant pulled on all of our heart strings. He's a good boy who is just looking for a home where he can lounge around and get belly rubs. At 10 years old and 73 pounds, he's been passed over time and time again at the shelter for no fault of his own. We are hoping with our whole hearts that someone can give Bryant the forever home he so much deserves.
Bryant did great with training. Attentive and smart. But what he really loves most is just relaxing with this trainers and getting pets and attention, as shown here. As a senior dog, he would be great for anyone wanting a chill companion by their side.
Say hi to Evie. This sweet girl hasn't had the easiest life, but it hasn't broken her spirit. She is so happy and grateful for any affection that is shown to her, and it is clear that she hasn't always been treated well. She's about 6 years old and only 42 pounds.
Despite having a past that wasn't kind to her, Evie didn't take long  to warm up to her trainers and really anyone who offered her a loving hand. And treats! She loves getting treats which makes training fun for everyone.
Meet Louie! He's a Great Dane mix with beautiful markings. He's about 4 years old and 50 pounds, and is just a very happy, friendly guy.
Here Louie shows off one of the first things that dogs learn in the program, which is the "touch" command. This command is useful for many different things and Louie mastered it right away. Way to go, Louie!

October: Warren Central High School

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Smokey is a 3 year- old gray and white male with the most gentle eyes and the cutest pink around his nose.
This precious boy has such a sweet demeanor and calm nature.
Smokey has also enjoyed learning new skills, and we could see him possibly enjoying therapy work!
Busey is a handsome white and gray American Pit Bull Terrier. He’s a 1 and 1/2 year-old male, full of energy and personality. He loves toys and needs a buddy with whom to play and go on fun adventures.
Busey's enjoying training and he’s blossoming with positive reinforcement.
For anyone who fosters or adopts a dog from one of our youth canine programs, Paws & Think trainers are happy to provide the adopters with  a free training session to help with a smooth transition, demonstrate what the dogs learned in the program , and answer any questions the owners may have.
Carol is an adorable 3 year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix ( possibly mixed with some Boxer), with a beautiful brindle coat and soulful brown eyes.
This little girl has brains and personality as well as beauty. She’s learning her skills easily and is a social butterfly!
She loves everyone and might enjoy being a therapy dog. She likes to play but is also very calm and rides in the car like a champ.

September: Juvenile Detention Center

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Homes Needed! Dogs from Paws & Think's Sept. Youth-Canine Program
Meet Callie! This 3-year-old girl is just the sweetest, calmest, affectionate dog. She's about 52 pounds and has a heart of gold. We think that she may have the potential to be a therapy dog based on her calm, gentle personality.
Callie is one smart pup. She quickly mastered the basics - touch, sit, down - and picked up new tricks as well, such as crawl, roll over and leave it. Way to go, Callie!
Say hello to Missy! This stunning girl is beyond sweet. She just loves getting pets and attention from people. Her striking eyes and beautiful coloring makes her stand out from the crowd, but what is really unique about her is that she is deaf! This means training is a bit different for her, using hand symbols and other cues. She is about 4 years old and 43 pounds.
Missy loves people. You can see her tail wagging here as she shows off the "touch" command. Missy's past has not always been filled with positive human interactions, but she is so happy to be around people who give her love and affection. Missy absolutely stole everyone's hearts in the program and we hope she finds the loving forever home she deserves!
Meet Thorin! This big, happy boy loves people. He is about 4 years old and 68 pounds but still has a lot of young pup energy. He's got a big, happy smile that is impossible to resist!
Thorin is a super smart guy! He is great at focusing his energy on training and was quick to learn all the skills! Sit, down, rollover and even speak! This lovable guy really enjoyed his time with his trainers!

How to Volunteer with Youth-Canine Programs

Youth-Canine Coach: Youth-Canine Coaches serve as mentors to the youth in our programs. Youth-Canine Coach volunteers work under the supervision of the Dog Trainer/Youth-Canine Program Leader and provide guidance, support, and praise to the youth and ensure proper handling of the dogs. 

Youth-Canine Evening Care: Evening Care volunteers for our Pawsitive Corrections Program help to care for the shelter dogs in the Youth-Canine Program in the evening after the program has ended for the day. Evening Care volunteers are responsible for helping to feed, walk, and toilet the dogs, administering any necessary medications to the dogs, and providing the dogs with love and affection.

Learn more about becoming a Youth-Canine volunteer.