Youth-Canine Graduates

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.)



These dogs are from the Hamilton County Youth-Canine Program.


These dogs are from the Hamilton County Youth-Canine Program.





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.