Animal Assisted Therapy Programs

Animal Assisted Therapy Programs

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a goal oriented, planned, structured and documented therapeutic intervention directed by health and human service providers.  AAT programs are designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, or cognitive function. Visits can be done in variety of settings by a variety of animals but they must be supervised by a licensed medical professional.  The most popular AAT types are:

To learn more about the most recently published medical studies done in the U.S.A, check out the facts about animals page and see the timeline of discovery.  AAT and AAA programs (click here to learn the difference) center around highly trained therapy dogs, horses, and in some cases, wildlife such as dolphins and elephants that help:

  • People receiving cancer treatment
  • Children with special needs and ADD/ADHD
  • Patients recovering from surgery
  • Children with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Elderly in long-term care facilities and hospice

Featured Animal Assisted Therapy Grantee

animal assisted therapy grant program - 1fur1Profile: The Canine Advocacy Program (CAP) provides advocacy services to child victims utilizing a highly trained dog to help alleviate the anxiety associated with being involved in the criminal justice system.  CAP operates in MI state at the following counties; Oakland, Gladwin, Delta, Marquette, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Midland, Iron, Bay, St.Joseph, Ionia, Shiwassee, Eaton, Ottawa, Lapeer, Muskegon, Berrien and Livingston.  Presently, there are 19 CAP therapy dogs working in Michigan.

animal assisted therapy dog - Amos


 Current Animal Assisted Therapy Grants:

1 FUR 1 Foundation has committed to provide logistical, strategic and financial grant support to our newest AAT partner, Canine Advocacy Program (CAP).  “Amos” (pictured on your right) is a founding member and skilled in assisting children in both the District and Circuit courts and assisting child victims of sexual assault in group therapy settings. Our innovative grant will; 1) launch efforts to visit all 19 actively working dogs, their handlers and elected Prosecutor Attorneys  in order to check dogs’ well being, work performance and offer additional training (if needed).  2) expand awareness about CAP – first of its kind program in MI state, available at no cost to assist law enforcement and courts to provide AAT advocacy services.

1 FUR 1 AAT Grantee1 FUR 1 Foundation is proud to partner with Heart and Hooves Therapy to sponsor the animal assisted therapy visits for two children, Gavin and Ezra, who are battling Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Part of their treatment plan includes help with speech, focus, patience and physical movement. 1 FUR1 has pledged a fourth grant to provides financial relief for both of these families in need of help.

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AAT Grantee Profiles:

1 FUR 1 Animal Assisted Therapy GranteeHeart and Hooves Therapy’s ultimate goal is to enhance the lives of children and adults with a different kind of therapy by bringing mini horses to them. Melissa Sargent, her 14-year-old rescue mini-horse Chips and 2-years-old Tori, are registered Pet Partners therapy teams started the non-profit organization in 2014.


Logo_Horsefeathers NFPHorsefeathers NFP provides special needs individuals the opportunity to enhance their quality of life by participating in a horsemanship program directed by PATH certified riding instructors and a hippo-therapy program administered by licensed therapists.