Bal Kalyan Sanstha Pune, founded in 1979, is a Recreational and Cultural Centre for disabled children in the state of Maharashtra, India.Children participating in music classes, playing competitive sports on the sprawling green playgrounds, or perhaps swimming in the pool. Its popularity has grown over the years and now Bal Kalyan is an important part of the disability community.

It began its journey during a time when educating disabled children was important, but the recreational needs were not being met due to lack of funds and space. Government officials, social workers, and teachers worked together in order to get the Sanstha up and running. Today 1200 to 1500 children attend the center weekly from areas in and around Pune.

Animal Angels started its Pawsitive Animal Therapy program at Bal Kalyan Sanstha as interaction with animals is an integral part of recreation and more so ever for the disabled. Children who come here are of various disabilities. Some are hearing impaired, some are visually impaired, some mentally retarded, some physically disabled. Keeping this in mind. We have a range of therapy animals like dog, fish, rabbit and birds to suite the needs of children with different disability. We have a 3 year golden retriever, Therapy Dog Rex and a one year old Labrador, Therapy dog Balboa visiting the center, 2 Therapeutic Aquarium, rabbits and geese. We also have two stray dogs Rani and Lilly on the campus which are a part of the Bal Kalyan family.

The children here get an opportunity to interact with an animals keeping in mind their disability. Children with hearing impairment love to sit in from of the aquarium and watch the fish. The visually impaired children love the soft touch of the rabbit. Children with mental retardation live to play with Rex and also learn how to handle him, groom him etc.

BalKalyan Sanstha,

Ganeshkhind Rd, Pune


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Animal Angels Comforting Angels at Mumbai International Airport!  
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Animal Angels Comforting Angels at Mumbai International Airport!  
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