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 and St. Louis metro areas. Most of the programs utilize dogs but we also work with mini-horses.
The 15 #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. These special teams delivered 360 animal assisted activity visits and impacted 3,865 special education students with disabilities in 2019.
Our exclusive #1FUR1ambassador team has suffered tremendous loss in 2019. 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) unexpected passing and Phoebe the cat retiring. The future of this program is unknown as Ripley, our founding member (shown) is approaching his 14th Birthday in 2020. If you want to help please consider volunteering.
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.
“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