Finally, students of SIMC in Lavale and Vimannagar are feeling all Paw-sitive because their campus has opened their doors to Dollar, Pound, Yen and Euro. No these are not currencies but four adorable labrador puppies who will give company and cuddles to the students in the campus. While Dollar and Pound are adopted in Lavale campus, Yen and Euro have found their home in Vimannagar campus.
These furry darlings have been specially brought into the campus as a part of SIMC’s pet therapy
initiative that is aimed at elevating happy energy within the campus and making students feel more comfortable.
The director of Symbiosis International University, Vidya Yeravdekar is extremely happy with this decision and expressed that she also has two labs at home and she knows how dogs can positively boost one’s well-being by showering love and warmth. “After a tiring day when one reaches home, one feels wanted and loved. They are great stress busters. I know that though students walk into the campus with a lot of dreams, somewhere they do miss their family and feel homesick. Sometimes. due to loneliness and fear of being in a new city, they also get into addictions. Thus, I decided to try pet therapy as an experiment”, says Vidya Yeravdekar.
Sourabh Dubey, a student of SIMC says that there is a lot of good energy flowing, the atmosphere has become chirpy and positive.
The hostel warden and guards at the hostel take care of these puppies and constantly under strict observation. Not a single student is allowed to feed the puppies.
Pet therapy is readily getting popular all over the world across colleges as an amazing way to reduce stress and mental anxiety amongst students. According to researches at Georgia State University, Idaho State University and Savannah College of Art and Design, Animal-assisted therapy has certainly reduced symptoms of anxiety and loneliness among college students. The researches provided animal-assisted therapy to 55 students in a group setting at a small arts college in Southeast. They found a 60% decrease in self-reported anxiety and loneliness symptoms.
Examinations, thoughts of future and peer pressure can often make students go anxious and sometimes they have no where to go to express how they feel. Isolation, bullying and lots and lots of other social problems lead to people feeling helpless and left out. In these situations, a dog who is known for selfless love and positive vibes can really help the vulnerable students to feel more comfortable and emotionally stable in college environment
However, Symbiosis is not the only place which decided to go on pet healing path. India is increasingly finding benefits in making environment pet-friendly.
Recently, Mumbai’s T2 Terminal has hired three extremely adorable service dogs to comfort travellers who have fear of flying. These new furry recruits at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport have been trained to calm passengers.
The dogs have been trained by Animal Angels Foundation for six months and they greet travellers near the departure gates from Friday to Sunday, between 7 pm to 1 am. Aided by professional counsellors, they let the nervous travellers cuddle them and get over their fear of flying. Petting a dog is dog is known to release Oxytocin, the happiness hormone that soothe and calm people. These canines are also helpful for children who get stressed because of long layovers.
While animal lovers still struggle with people who think dogs are menace in society, many colony members who feed and take care of strays claim to get an extreme sense of happiness and calm to have these furry members of the colony. Many offices in India are also warming up to pets and strays as they positively boost the morale and mood of the office workers. Our Office, Heads Up For Tails is absolutely pet friendly and Rashi Sanon Narang, owner of HUFT herself encourages colleagues to bring their pets to work
“Its the best stress buster and since we work on products for dogs, we invite pets over once in a while. We get to play with them and they get to model for us too ”, chuckles Sakshi Bawa, who handles marketing for Heads Up For Tails and often brings Coco, her frisky pet to office quite often.
“Working at Heads Up For Tails is nothing but joyous! One may walk into our office to find out that someone from the team has bought their pet along. That day, everyone is cheerful, relieved (stress free) and the day is full of laughter and fun. Clicking photographs, feeding and walking the dog are all activities we fight over. At the end of the day, everyone leaves in great spirit!”, says Shreya Goenka, a very cheerful HUFT employee and also a super mom to Toddy, her super adorable Bulldog.
Vishweshwar Jatain who works for AdPushup absolutely loves going to work these days because there is
a squad of 6 Indie puppies waiting for him. AdPushup adopted a litter of abandoned puppies and made them a member of their stress-busting team. “While they are not on the work floor for obvious reasons, we have made a space for them at the terrace and feed them regularly. Most colleagues are quite friendly to them, some of us absolutely adore them and there are those who are scared that they might bite – which is funny because they hardly have any teeth”, says Vishweshwar.
Another dog lover, Anshita Arora who works as an Assistant Editor for Art & Deal Magazine at Art Konsult Art Gallery cant stop gushing about Lazy, an adorable furry indie member of the Gallery. The most loved member of Art Konsult makes everyone’s day with his loving antics. “Everyone takes care of him, plays with him, no matter what the situation is. He does something stupid and makes us all laugh”, says Anshita. She also notes that Lazy has a keen sense of surrounding gets flustered and starts howling whenever there is a heated argument around him, forcing everyone to laugh and also defuses tensed atmosphere.
Ishaanee Pandey, who works as a Business analyst with Bold Kiln takes her two adorable kitties to office. People in her office are so very pet friendly and they can’t get enough of the two. “They love the two. As a joke, I told them I was giving them away because I couldn’t manage them. The team and I had a good argument over the same, some saying they’d take care of the cats, and manage expenses too. Says more than I can say”, says Ishaanee. Her teammate Paritosh says, “They are more trustworthy than human beings. I love them to be here. Their presence makes the office environment joyful…the way they roam in office, jump, disturb things and meaaawww. Love them.” In many ways, pets have manage to strengthen that human bond amongst colleagues and somehow inculcated friendship and nurturing feeling around, which is very important to create a secure environment at a work place
While many professionals are warming up the idea of allowing furry friends in the office, many are pretty alien to this atmosphere and fear that dogs and cats could also lower concentration at work and bring down productivity. Our verdict? If one can be responsible towards work, if one is a pet lover and take care of the pets responsibly, with few hitches here and there, pets are just awesome to have in workplaces.
By: Priyanka Lahiri
Priyanka handles the entire digital marketing, content and social media for Heads Up For Tails. Her job is all about making Heads Up For Tails interactive and fun everywhere.
A marketing and communications specialist by qualification and an abstract artist by design – with over a decade’s experience in both fields – Priyanka Lahiri has had a association with pets in general and dogs in particular. At present, she and her husband share their home with Loki and Stella, three-year-old Beagles that they dote on.