After introducing dog therapy for international passengers, MIAL has been running this service for the domestic travellers since June 6
If you come across a friendly dog coming your way inside the Mumbai airport, do not fret. After giving joy to international travellers, the Mumbai airport operators have now started dog therapy for its domestic travellers too.
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The maiden venture of this therapy for the domestic travellers was on June 6 between 7.30 and 11.30 pm while for international commuters, the service commenced in September last year.
Pune-based Animal Angels Foundation has trained three female golden retrievers — Goldie, Pepe and Sunshine. The canine buddies will be serving the travellers on Friday through Sunday.
The complimentary service would be offered between 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm and 5 pm to 7 pm on rotational basis. For instance, if the service is offered between 7.30 pm and 11.30 pm on Friday, the same will be available on Saturday between 5 pm and 7 pm.
“After receiving good response from the international travellers, we decided to introduce the same for domestic ones,” said a senior MIAL official, adding that interested passengers can approach the dogs, who would be roaming in the airport with their volunteers.
Why golden retrievers?
Dogs of this breed tend to be more human friendly and can be trained easily. Upon cuddling the dog and combing through its fur, human brain releases a hormone called oxytocin, which is called the feel-good hormone and helps reducing stress instantly. Animal Activist Fiza Shah however said, “There is no such reason to choose Golden Retrievers over other breeds but in therapies, it is probably preferred because of its beauty and abundant fur.”
The service was much needed, especially in a city like Mumbai where anxiety levels are high. I loved meeting Pepe and Sunshine and thanks to them, I’m charged up before boarding the flight.
This is the first time I have seen something like this. These dogs are extremely friendly.
It’s nice to see this picking up in India as well. It is a good initiative and the dogs are well groomed.
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