TMC’s Dharmaveer Anand Dighe Jidda School is a dedicated school for the mentally challenged with associated disabilities. Situated in the peaceful locale of Vasant Vihar, Thane. Looked after by the Thane Municipal Corporation, this school caters for the development of these children in all directions.

Jidd’s Pawsitive Animal therapy program was the first ever Animal Assisted Therapy program and research study for the mentally retarded in India. Here the first documented research on Animal Therapy in India which was conducted by Mrs. Minal Lonkar – Kavishwar. It was only possible due to the vision of the Principle Mrs Shyamashree Bhosle who gave full support and co-operation for this project.

Kutty – a 5 year old golden Labrador, the first therapy dog of India, is a pet of the Bhosle family. She comes to the school with the Principle, is there in the school throughout the school hours, stands with the children for the prayers, plays with them, assists them and is the proud ANIMAL ANGELS’ THERAPY DOG.

She was trained by Minal specially to be a therapy dog since she was four months old. Kutty has an amazing capacity to understand these children. She knows her work and her responsibility very well. She is full of love and compassion for these children. She gives them the much needed happiness and brings smiles on their faces.

She is there when they need a warm hug or just want someone to be there with them. She plays with children in wheelchairs, understands the children who cannot speak, crippled children hold her leash and walk around the school.

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Comforting Angels at Mumbai International Airport!

December 17, 2015December 17, 2015
Animal Angels Comforting Angels at Mumbai International Airport!  We at Animal Angels are happy announce our latest project with you. 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 the Pune-based Animal Angels Therapy Centre at the iconic Terminal 2 in Mumbai. These wagging “Comforting Angels” are employed to soothe, comfort and de-stress passengers inside the departure terminal.  

Animal Angels Therapy Centre, the consultation branch of Animal Angels Foundation, headed by Aakash Lonkar and Minal Kavishwar,  manages this project is proud to be associated with GVK CSIA to brings such simple joys to passengers. The program has been a success at the airport and the passengers have been extremely appreciative of this ongoing adorable experience.  

Animal Angels Comforting Angels at Mumbai International Airport!  
High stress and high anxiety are quite common for travelers. In efforts to ease that stress, airports have tried everything from gourmet coffee shops to lounges to massage rooms. But GVK Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) is trying something new.  

GVK CSIA is always making efforts to make their passengers experience at the airport seamless and comforting. Understanding that passengers bound for international travel experience anxiety, stress, loneliness sometimes coupled with exhaustion, insomnia or jet lag. Scientific studies show that petting a dog is an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety. Frazzled passengers dealing with delays, missed flights, and gate changes are given the opportunity to do just that when they encounter the “Comforting Angels” patrol.  

Animal Angels Comforting Angels at Mumbai International Airport!  
The pilot project which has been initiated by the three trained Golden Retrievers; Therapy dogs Pepe, Goldie and Sunshine, at the GVK Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) mean strict business when in contact with passengers.  Dressed in jackets that say “Pet Me”, the squad approaches passengers to be petted and cuddled. It’s hard to think of an excuse to ignore this squad of four legged adorable bundle of joy.

Animal Assisted Activity at Ruby Hall Cancer center

February 16, 2014February 16, 2014
To mark the World Cancer day which comes on the 4th of February, Animal Angels Foundation conducted an animal assisted visiting session at Ruby Hall Cancer center for children undergoing various treatments for cancer, on 9th February, 2013. Therapy dogs Kiara and Houdini interacted with the cancer patients at Ruby Hall along with the team of therapist. We got a tremendous response from the children who, for the first time had a great reason to visit the hospital with a smile.