Animal Activity

Animal Assisted Activity Programs

These human-animal interactions, in another words (AAA) programs are the most widely practiced form of animal assisted activities because various animal types can participate, and a nationally recognized certification is not needed but temperament testing is required.  1 FUR 1 sponsors multiple programs across various facilities the Southern California, Florida Panhandle, St. Louis metro areas and Illinois. Most of our programs utilize dogs and mini horses but we have also worked with cats, rabbits, cats and turtles.

1fur1 animal assisted activity programsPlease welcome, these 15 gentle giants who are lifting the spirits of hundreds of first responders, doctors and nurses who have been on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most are suffering from burnout and other psychological conditions. This is the newest partnership which launched February 2021. TimberKnoll’s Spirit Cove Newfoundland Dog Pet Therapy teams have impacted over 1,336 first responders and medical staff since the beginning of this year, across TN, SC and NC. Read more….

1fur1 animal assisted activity programThe 4 #HealingHooves bring joy to veterans and seniors with disability who have been isolated even further during the pandemic. These animal assisted activities offer cognitive stimulation and socialization needed for patient’s mental health. Kindred Spirits Therapy Minis have helped over 538 veterans and seniors with disabilities since fall of 2019 in the Florida panhandle. Read more...

1fur1 aaa programThe 15 #TherapyDogsInSchools visit disabled students during class to showcase and teach them about canine behavior and care while working on their reading skills. These special teams delivered hundreds of animal assisted activity sessions per year in low income and impacted the lives of thousands of special education students and disadvantage youth. Furry Friends’ school program has supported over 11,681 students with disability since fall of 2017 in Southern Illinois and St. Louis, MO. Read more….

1fur1 aaa programs Our exclusive #1FUR1ambassador team has suffered tremendous hardship and loss. The future of this program is unknown as Ripley, our founding member (shown) turned 14th years old this year and will be officially retiring from duty by the fall of 2021. Our Chicago canine ambassador, Dolan crossed over the rainbow bridge peacefully at home on April 14th, 2019. Then, Manny from California also passed away on Sept 20th. This follows, Pookie (the rabbit) and Phoebe the cat unexpected passed away.  If you want to help please consider volunteering.

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animal assisted activity programs 1fur1Every 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.


Thanks to the support of 1 FUR 1, Furry Friends Recovery has helped hundreds of kids struggling with emotional and developmental challenges improve their ability to function.  1 FUR 1 has supported FFR in improving lesson planning and the evaluation of program effectiveness in the classrooms, thus greatly enhancing the quality of our programs.  At Center for Educational Opportunity we work with adolescents that have been removed from other schools for disciplinary problems.  When we first began visiting, these students were reluctant to participate and often acted up.  Now they look forward to visits from the therapy dogs and continuing students are getting the new students excited about working with us”  —Tricia Hogan, Executive Director at Furry Friends Recovery

Kindred Spirits Therapy Minis although significantly impacted by the pandemic of 2020/2021 has found new and innovative ways to reach out to those in need. KSTM is proud to have partnered with 1 FUR 1 Foundation. Their commitment to the animal human bond as well as using that bond to create an environment for recovery on an emotional and sometimes physical level is the fundamental goal of 1 FUR 1’s animal assisted activity and therapy programs. With their professional guidance, financial support and network of amazing volunteers we know that KSTM will reach new heights.

Nancy Lambert – Founder of Kindred Spirits Therapy Minis