Animal assisted programs are gaining popularity as an alternative treatment plan by the people whose health can benefit, however the animal therapy (AAT) sector is lacking funding and quantifiable research studies. We’ve stepped in to do our part by helping crime victims in Michigan and children with Autism in Southern California. Each animal therapy program is focused on the specific needs of these children while working with AKC CGC and TDI certified dogs and Pet Partner certified miniature horses and now a mini donkey.
The 33 #CourtDogsInAction and their handlers work with child victims and their families at court houses, victim advocacy centers and other other state/country facilities. The Canine Advocacy Program has helped 13,236 child crime victims go through the judicial process since spring 2017, across the state of Michigan. Due to popular demand, we’re re-releasing a coloring book (court room) guide which will help child victims understand the judicial process they’re about to encounter and how their canine advocate can help along the way. Read more…
The 4 #HealingHooves team (mini horses, mini donkey and mini pig) are mighty and help autistic children learn about the world around them plus they visit children’s hospitals where patients are battling serious illnesses and surgery. Hearts and Hooves Therapy has impacted the daily lives of 1,710 children with Autism since spring of 2016 across San Diego county, CA. In addition, we’ll continue providing free quarterly animal workshops to newly diagnosed, teens and young children who are on the Autism spectrum, in partnership with Autism Tree Project Foundation. Read more…
Mentors Wanted! No matter where you live or how much time you have to offer, there is a role for you (click here to review).
Every volunteer hour helps provide and expand animal assisted service programs, free-of-charge to children and seniors in need. As a 100% volunteer based charity, we rely on you to move our mission forward. 1FUR1’s healing mission is to create, nurture and expand therapeutic bonds between animals and people. There are many ways to get involved with our cause at home, at work, with your pet or simply online.
“My son Ezra is 6 years old and lives with autism. He has been able to attend weekly sessions at hearts and hooves over the past year because of 1 fur 1’s sponsoring. Having these sessions sponsored have been a great help since paying for Ezra’s many therapies has been a large burden on our family. Without 1 fur 1’s helping us Ezra would not be able to attend these weekly sessions which he enjoys very much . Ezra started kindergarten this year and it has been very hard on him and our family but every week he’s able to finish on a good note because he finishes his Friday at heart and hooves. Ezra has grown in so many ways because of heart and hooves he now speaks more and is able to focus and follow directions all things that were challenges for him . We are very grateful for 1 fur 1’s help in keeping Ezra in a positive and helping environment and also by helping alleviate the burden of trying to balance medical bills and keeping Ezra in therapeutic activities.” — Joann Fouquette, family
“CAP is so thankful to have the support of the 1FUR1 Foundation. Besides the logistical support that helps us evaluate our program and its effectiveness, the financial support is invaluable. Being able to provide protective masks and workbooks is something we could not do without their help. We are proud to partner with 1 FUR 1 to bring these essential services to children who are victims of crime.” — Daniel Cojanu, Founder of Canine Advocacy Program