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:
The #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.
Our exclusive #1FUR1ambassador team has suffered tremendous loss. Our Chicago canine ambassador, Dolan crossed over the rainbow bridge peacefully at home on April 14th, 2019. This follows, Pookie (the rabbit) unexpected passing and Phoebe’s retirement. Plus, serious leg injuries to Ripley and now Manny, our LA canine ambassadors. We hope that our luck will change soon. If you want to help consider volunteering with this program.
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.
“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