Get into the holiday spirit with us…

new nov impact stats1FUR1 Foundation and its partners were able to deliver 168 free animal assisted therapy and activity sessions to 1,237 children and seniors who need furry friends to help them on their journey to wellness.

In November there were 39 dogs and mini horses actively working and they were able to increase the #1fur1impact to people with disabilities by 16% since previous month. .

We hope to grow our impact with the most vulnerable population segments this year.  Our goal is to impact the lives of 10,0000 individuals who need the healing powers of animals. Each of our AAA & AAT programs are unique and benefits many people with various disabilities across 5 different cities/states, now.

There are many measurable physical and emotional benefits. Lower blood pressure, improved cardiovascular health, and lower overall physical pain are just a few of those benefits of AAA & AAT.

Impact stories:

  • Our newest partner, Kindred Spirits Therapy Minis delivered holiday cheer at  Manor at Blue Water Bay in FL where, a resident began to sing ~ Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer replacing Rudolph with Picasso and adding how much he was loved and what a wonderful job he had.  She also wished him a Merry Christmas and couldn’t wait to see him again next month. We’re so proud and excited to bring this team to the 1 FUR 1 family and expand our service area to the East Coast.
  • Patty is one of the well experienced senior canine, part of the 26 canine advocates working in Michigan court houses every week. She comforted a young victim during an interview where the young victim had a lot of anxiety talking about what happened to him. Patty placed her paw over the child’s hand when the young victim told his story.  The young victim seemed to remain calm while holding Patty’s leash.  The two would get up from time to time and walk around the office and looking out the window. Follow #CourtDogsInAction on facebook every Thursday.
  • Ezra’s weekly animal assisted therapy sessions have done wonders for this kid who was non-verbal on the Autism spectrum only 4 years ago. Now during this last AAT sessions, he was calm,relaxed,focused and listened for the majority of the time. He lead Tori independently for 8 of the obstacles with no help hands on help. He also was communicating more without frustration. Follow #HealingHooves on facebook every Wednesday for updates.
  • The 16 canine therapy teams in St. Louis visited 13 schools and provided 48 animal assisted activity sessions to special needs classrooms, reaching over 481 children. Follow #TherapyDogsInSchools on facebook every Tuesday for updates.

Helpful Resources

Want to learn how animal can help people?  Click here to get useful industry contacts, learn the facts and see substantiated medical studies about animals.

Do you know of a deserving nonprofit? Click here to see our grant guidelines and learn about the process.

Are you a person in need of an assistance animals? We don’t provide trained animals or funding to individuals but click here for organizations that do.


At 1FUR1 events everyone is welcome including your 4-legged best friends (no dog, no worries). But if you want to celebrate by shopping online – let’s us tell show you a simple way to save on your favorite products while donating to our cause for free.  Click here to start…


1 FUR 1 Animal BlogThe 1FUR1 animal blog where people celebrate pet holidays, learn useful tips, believe unique and heartwarming stories. Click here to lend a hand.  As a 100% volunteer ran charity, we constantly look for writers, bloggers and social media animals to help us capture this journey.

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1FUR1 documents its activities and accomplishments – the below listed archives provide a snapshot of our evolution month-over-month.

Did you know? 1FUR1 provided 2,328 animal assisted activity (AAA) and therapy (AAT) sessions, free-of-charge in the past year alone (click here for details).  These efforts impacted over 9,874 children and seniors with the help of 48 animals across 45 facilities. 1FUR1 continues to expand by visiting more hospitals, hospice units, long-term care facilities, assisted living communities, courthouses, victim service agencies and offices.