AAT in Hospitals

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.

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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.