Frequently Asked Questions

What are the qualifications of a good therapy pet?

In general, therapy pets should be well-behaved, friendly animals that can be trained to interact with strangers in unusual or distracting situations. They must enjoy human interaction, including lots of petting and cuddling. No biters here!

What is a “Therapy Dog”?

A dog or a pet who meets certain criteria and is trained to work in special settings along with mental /medical health practitioners to facilitate therapy is termed as a ‘therapy dog’.

Therapy Dogs must:
• Have excellent manners and have on-leach obedience training.
• Be under control and well-behaved.
• Be able to work around other dogs and be free of dog-to-dog aggression.
• Be social with people, enjoy being touched, have a stable temperament, and be free of fear and aggression.
• Remain calm in new situations and with distractions.

What kinds of people and places will my pet and I visit?

Therapy pets and their owners visit a wide variety of people and places:

• Patients in hospitals
• Elderly people in nursing homes, old age/retirement homes
• Psychologically or emotionally disturbed children and adults
• Adults and children with physical disabilities
• Special schools/ normal schools
• Disaster victims

What types of animals are used?

Dogs are the most common therapy pets, but horses, cats and even birds have been known to pitch in.

Why Become a Therapy Dog Team ?

The “Top 5 Reasons” you’ll be very happy you did:
1. You and your dog will impact someone’s life in a very unique and powerful way.
2. You and your dog will have the privilege of supporting and comforting someone.
3. You will spend quality time with your dog while helping others.
4. You and your dog will have the opportunity to give back to the community.
5. You will gain perspective and appreciation for life and its challenges.

Why is animal assisted therapy important?

It’s been shown that people who spend time with pets live longer, get sick less, and have lower blood pressure. Petting and talking to animals lowers stress in people and the animals they are interacting with. It can also be a great way to lift people out of isolation and loneliness. Pets are wonderful listeners and provide unconditional love. Therapeutic horseback riding is another valuable type of animal assisted therapy that gives people an additional way to interact with animals.

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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.