Pet Ben­e­fit

India Today - - COVER STORY -

Apop­u­lar prac­tice the world over, pet ther­apy is still find­ing its feet in In­dia. Fur Ball Story, a Gur­gaon-based startup, aims to open peo­ple’s minds and hearts to the ben­e­fits of an­i­mal-as­sisted in­ter­ac­tions by bring­ing play­ful balls of fur to your doorstep. “Our op­er­a­tions are based en­tirely on the study con­ducted by Har­vard Med­i­cal School ti­tled ‘Get Healthy, Get a Dog’. It fo­cuses on how spend­ing time with a dog im­proves the men­tal and phys­i­cal well-be­ing of a hu­man,” says Sr­ishti Sharma, a law stu­dent and one of the founders. Founded by An­imesh Kati­yar, 24, Arushi Dixit, 24, Ku­nal Daral, 24, and Sr­ishti Sharma, 21, Fur Ball Story brings the furry ther­a­pists to your home or of­fice, and a typ­i­cal ses­sion in­volves pet­ting the dogs, feed­ing them, walk­ing and/ or play­ing with them. “Spend­ing qual­ity time with a non-judge­men­tal pet is less daunt­ing than tra­di­tional ther­apy,” ex­plains Sr­ishti. The “ther­a­pists” are well-trained and are equipped to deal with strangers. The prices vary be­tween Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,500 for res­i­den­tial ses­sions, de­pend­ing on the dis­tance and num­ber of peo­ple, and Rs 5,000 to Rs 8,000 for cor­po­rate ses­sions.

At Vatika In­dia Next, Sec­tor 83, Gur­gaon De­tails fur­ball­

Pho­to­graph by RA­JWANT RAWAT

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