AAT in Hospitals:
Animal Angels Foundation has been a pioneer in introducing Animal Assisted Therapy in Hospitals in India. The stereotype concept of ‘NO Dog Allowed in the Hospital Premises’ has been changed by Animal Angels into a more respectful and welcoming attitude towards our therapy dogs. When therapy dogs visit hospitalized patients, they don’t just spread happiness and joy, but help in improving the patient’s Quality of Life.
Patients who are hospitalize for a long time, those who are recovering from trauma or any operation, those who need to work on their physical and motor skills, children suffering from Cancer, severe burns etc. are the ones who benefit from a therapy dog’s visit. Children are the once who benefit most from therapy dogs visit and it takes away the monotony of the hospital environment.
We have a systematic procedure for the selection and training of our therapy animals. They are trained with particular requirements in mind and are always on field with a trained handler. We follow the visitation guidelines prescribed by the Delta Society (international organization working in the field on AAT) and the National Institute of Health, US. We also create standards of practice according to the requirement of the Indian setting.
Projects by Animal Angels on AAT in Hospitals
- 9 Feb 2013: Animal Assisted Activity Program for pediatric Cancer Patients on the occasion of World Cancer Day, at Ruby Hall Cancer Center, Pune.
- 2011-12: First ever project of AAT as an integral part of rehabilitation process in an hospital in India-Healing Paws program at KEM hospital, TDH center, Pune
- 2010: Presentation and demonstration at KEM hospital, Morris Rehabilitation center, Pune
- 2009: Presentation on “Role of Therapy Animals in hospitals” for the doctors and neurosurgeons at the Ruby Hall Cancer Center
- 2009: Animal Assisted Visiting session for Cancer Patients at Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune
- 2009: Animal Assisted Activity for Pediatric Cancer Patients group at Ruby Hall Clinic which included children undergoing radiation, suffering from thalesemia and heart conditions
- 2008: A special program of Animal Assisted Activity for women patients on International Women’s day in association with Cancer Patients Aids Association, Pune. This program had patients coming in from all hospitals across Pune.
- 2008: AAT for orphaned, HIV+ children at Manavya Foundation’s residential center, Pune.
- 2008: Setting up therapeutic aquariums for Cipla Cancer Centre – Using Aquariums as a medium to give emotional support to the Cancer Patients
- 2007: Presentations and proposals given at Jaslok hospital and Masina Hospital, Mumbai
List of Hospitals where AAT programs are conducted. Please click on the hospital to find more.