Animal Activity

Animal Assisted Activity Programs

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 runs multiple programs across Chicago and St. Louis metro areas. Most of the programs utilize dogs but for very different purposes:

1fur1 animal assisted activity program 2018 impactThe #TherapyDogsInSchools visit disabled students during class to showcase and teach them about human emotions as well as canine behavior and care while working on their reading skills.

1fur1 animal assisted activity program 2018 impactOur exclusive #1FUR1ambassador team is growing – please welcome Dani, her cat Phoebe and rabbit Pookie who joined our canine ambassadors (Ripley, Dolan and Manny)  in February of 2018.

Our newest program partner, Safe Humane Chicago, works with neglected and abused dogs awaiting ownership trial while rehabilitating incarcerated youth in need of compassion, education and life skills. Launching in June of 2018…

Get Involved

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.


Furry Friends Recovery is thrilled to be working with 1Fur1 to create a solid therapy dog program for children and adolescents in schools, hospitals and other settings.  We look forward to an ongoing relationship to increase and enhance the use of therapy dogs for youth with developmental, behavioral and emotional challenges.”  —Tricia Hogan, Executive Director at Furry Friends Recovery