Mission News

Annual Goal

1FUR1 Foundation’s objective this year is to impact the lives of 8,000 children and seniors with disabilities in the U.S.A. (See our 2018 Semi-Annual Report) In the first half of the year, we’ve completed 1,281 free-of-charge animal assisted programs. 1FUR1’s impact can be measured by the animal assisted activity (AAA) and therapy (AAT) sessions we deliver. Just in the month of December:

  • 188 animal assisted sessions were completed by specially trained canines, therapy mini horses and even a certified mini donkey
  • 1,037 children and seniors lives were enriched as part of animal intervention done by our programs
  • Check out some of the impact stories of the month:

The 1FUR1 Ambassadors, Manny and Ripley,  went to visit the residents of Sunrise Senior Living Center before Christmas to bring them smiles and holiday cheer. Manny went back to visit Sunrise Senior Living Center on New Year’s Eve day (just one last time in 2018) and spent time with the Memory Care residents to brighten their day.

1fur1 impactTori and Millie, worked with two growing boys who are on the Autism Spectrum. Ezra was really trying to focus during his animal assisted therapy session and it was obvious he was trying very hard. He was able to followed 2- step directions (1. Bring your dinosaurs to Tori, and 2. Introduce them to her). Her did great and so does the other boy, Gavin, who learned a new maneuver on how to back-up the horse. At first, he got frustrated but then he got it and was able to back up Millie, the therapy certified mini donkey, along the space of 3 cones. Follow #HealingHooves on Facebook for more updates.

I don’t think a forensic interview would have been possible with a 6 year old boy if it wasn’t for Daphne.  When he saw her he instantly started talking and felt comfortable enough to come upstairs away from his mom for the interview. During the interview he laid on her, pet her and gave her lots of kisses.  She was definitely a comfort to him during this stage of the US judicial process. Follow #CourtDogsInAction on facebook for more updates.

118 kids were visited last month at Depaul Hospital and Gateway Regional Medical Center. Athena, Clark, Riggins, Jet and Puzzle work with children and teens struggling with behavioral, developmental and emotional challenges.  It shows that dog assisted therapy is the highlight of their week. Follow #Therapy DogsInSchools on facebook for more 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.

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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.


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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.

Newsletter Archives Dolan 1fur1 chicago ambassador

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

Did you know? 1FUR1 provided 2,453 animal assisted activity (AAA) and therapy (AAT) sessions, free-of-charge in the past year alone (click here for 2017 annual report).  These efforts impacted over 6,100 children and seniors with the help of 41 animals across 36 facilities. 1FUR1 continues to expand by visiting more hospitals, hospice units, long-term care facilities, assisted living communities, courthouses, victim service agencies and offices.