Welcome to Animal Angels Foundation
Animal Angels Foundation is India’s largest and only registered Non Profit organization which has introduced and developed the field and scope of Human-Animal Interaction and Animal Assisted Interventions in India. We are a team of trained therapy dogs / pet parents, volunteers and mental health professionals, who provide human-animal interaction based programs since the past 14 years.
We are Asia’s only organization to be IAHAIO (International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organization) members and an our mission is to ensure uniformity in practice in the field of AAI in India. We follow international standards of practice and have meticulously developed standards of practice for the human and animal teams according to the Indian setting. We provide training and certification to organization, therapists, volunteers and animal – handler teams to ensure professionalism, safety and animal welfare in all visits.
Aakash Lonkar presents at TedX platform
Our Director, Mr Aakash Lonkar was invited to present at TedX Raigad where he presented, probably the first ever talk on Human Animal relationship at a TedX platform in India. Read the story . . .
Loksatta – Sarvakarayeshu Sarvada
We thank Loksatta and its readers for showing faith in our work and donating so generously towards our initiatives. Read the story . . .
Animal Angels Comforting Angels at Mumbai International Airport!
In a first-of-its-kind in Asia, GVK CSIA (Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai) has initiated a pilot program called “Comforting Angels”, a pet therapy program in partnership with Animal Angels Therapy Centre at the iconic Terminal 2 in Mumbai. Read the story . . .
Official page for CSIA Comforting Angels:
Our students are all age 18 and above and sometimes are very difficult lot, they find it difficult to adjust to new settings and people. Most of them are growing older and have a lot of behavioral issues. The Therapy dog team from Animal Angels Foundation is the most exciting thing for them. Therapy dog Moshe has proved to be great catalysts in bringing about various changes in them. Those who were anxious and hyperactive have learned to calm down with the help of the therapy dog. Many of them find it easier to express freely in the presence of the Therapy Dog. It is such a beautiful collaboration as it promotes an inclusive world.
(Activities coordinator at Advitya Creative Center for adults with intellectual disabilities)
The children just love her. Many children, who did not speak / communicate / interact, now sit with Sophie throughout the session. They smile a lot, are very happy. For many, ‘Sophie’ was their first word in the School. We have seen a tremendous positive impact of Sophie’s presence in the school.
— Mrs. Padmaja Godbole
Founder of Prasanna Autism Center Pune, about Therapy dog Sophie, who has been working there with children with Autism as an in-house therapy dog since 2006
In spite of other therapies my child who has Down’s Syndrome was not able to walk at the age of 3 years. Within 3 months of therapy session with Therapy Dog Genie motivated my child to take his first steps. Now he runs and plays with Genie and even takes her for a walk.
— Mrs. Jayanti Gadgil
(Mother of special child)
Animal Angels Foundation, an internationally award winning mental health program, has brought awareness of benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy to many people of India.
— Dr. Cynthia Chandler
(Director of Center for Animal Assisted Therapy at the University of North Texas, Licensed Pet Partner team trainer and evaluator)