Manavya is an organization working for HIV+ women and children. It was founded by Late Vijayatai Lawate, founder president, Manavya, who spent 35 years serving  the cause of rehabilitating Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) and their children and their healthcare needs.

Situated in the outskirts of Pune, Manavya’s Gokul project is a residential shelter for  HIV+ orphan or abandoned  children and women. Gokul is a permanent home for around 50 children, who are also given basic schooling, vocational training and medical care.

Animal Angels is conducting an  Animal Assisted Therapy  project for these children. These children are deprived of their family’s love and affection. As they stay on the outskirts of the city with minimum interaction with the outside world, they lack socialization. They have strong emotional needs like to need to be loved, need for belongingness, acceptance, companionship etc.

We try to fulfill all their emotional need with the help of Therapy dog Tyson and our team of psychologists. Tyson is a pet of Mrs. Date, a Pediatrician and a volunteer with Animal Angels. Tyson here has truly been an Angel for these kids. He helps them in expressing themselves freely. He is their best friend and playmate who does not ask them questions and provides unconditional love.

We also have Naughty, a 4 month old Labrador mix, who is being trained to be an in house therapy dog for the kids.

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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.