Ruby Hall Cancer Center


Animal Angels Foundation conducted a project for Cancer patients at Ruby Hall Clinic where Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) was used to improve their quality of life of the Cancer Patients. This was the first time that any hospital in India had allowed a therapy dog to enter its premises. Myself and Therapy dog Kiara (Golden Retriever) along with volunteers of Animal Angels conducted a demo session for the Cancer Patients at Ruby Hall Clinic. Therapy dog Kiara was made to interact with the patients (mostly patients undergoing radiation), their relative and also the doctors and the supporting sta ff. It was a pleasant change for the patients and for the sta ff.

We also made a visit to the Christmas Party arranged for pediatric patients at Ruby Hall Cancer Canter, Pune. Therapy dog Kiara was dressed up as Santa with a red T-shirt and a Santa cap. Children were thrilled to see and meet Kiara. They forgot their pain and reached out to pet her. Parents told us that their children were much more expressive and happy with Kiara. Even the doctors and parents present at the party, enjoyed Kiara’s presence. Even now when I go to the hospital doctors and nurses ask me about Kiara’s next visit. This is indeed a big step for AAT in India (it took me almost a year to convince the hospital authorities)

Recently we conducted a special program with Cancer Patients Aid Association Pune. It was a program for women Cancer Patients on the occasion on International Womens Day. We had arranged for an Animal Assisted Activity session for the women patients who had come from various hospitals all around Pune like Command Hospital, Sasoon Hospital, Ruby Hall etc. Therapy dog Kiara was introduced to them and taken to each one of them for interaction.

Many of the women patients had come to Pune from far off place like Aasam for treatment and were suffering from depression. Interacting with Kiara, they forget their sorrows and pain for a while and enjoyed the unconditional love that Kiara gave them. This is the principal of Animal Assisted Therapy where the unconditional love and the soothing touch of animals help you to forget your pain and improve the patient’s quality of life.

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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.