Ready to Serve in 2020
Just last month, our #1fur1impact to children and seniors with disabilities grew by 57% (to 1,060 people) and we also provided 33% more free-of-charge AAA and AAT sessions (164 sessions to be exact).
However, due to the current COVID-19 virus outbreak we’ve been proactive and suspended ALL of our programs. Visits to hospitals, hospice and assisted living facilities are suspended until May 3rd. In IL, CA, MO and FL we’re suspending all pre-scheduled March and April visits at schools and assisted living facilities. However, in Michigan since the victim canine advocates are government workers, they’ll remain working until the local officials decide otherwise.
- 1 FUR 1 founding member, Ripley, had 2 surgeries in February and is now cancer free. In response to the current global health pandemic crisis, he was not able to see his senior friends.
- Welcome NAUDUS to the #CourtDogsInAction pack! He was raised by a prison inmate as part of Leader Dog for the Blind puppy program. And now he is training during District Court hearings and Circuit Court hearings in Ionia County, MI.Even though, Naudus isn’t ready for a trial he was able to comfort two female victims while they gave their Impact Statement. He is a natural born victim canine advocate!What a Our County is counting their blessing to have such a wonderful canine to comfort our victims. Follow #CourtDogsInAction on facebook every Thursday.
- Over the past 4 years Gavin, a boy living with Autism, has received by-weekly animal assisted therapy sessions. He has grown on many levels. The biggest growth we have seen is his attention to small detail, focus and posture. Follow #HealingHooves on facebook every Wednesday for updates.
- As a new comer, Kindred Spirits Therapy Minis will receive animal trading cards which show each mini horse personality and accomplishments. They will be given to Dementia and Alzheimer patients during the upcoming animal assisted activity visits.
- The canine therapy teams in St. Louis focused their teachings about giving back. Students collected old t-shirts, socks and empty bottles and created 3 different dog toys. These items were given out during the FFR Volunteer Appreciation Event, last month. Follow #TherapyDogsInSchools on facebook every Tuesday for updates.
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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? In 2019, 1FUR1 provided 1,971 animal assisted activity (AAA) and therapy (AAT) sessions, free-of-charge in the past year alone (click here for details). These efforts impacted over 10,386 children and seniors with the help of 46 animals across 50 facilities. 1FUR1 continues to expand by visiting more hospitals, hospice units, long-term care facilities, assisted living communities, courthouses, victim service agencies and offices.