Animal Assisted Programs

1FUR1 Impact

2,328 animal assisted activity (AAA) and therapy (AAT) sessions have been provided free-of-charge at hospitals, hospice, long-term care facilities, assisted living communities, courthouses, victim service agencies and offices, just last year.  At 1FUR1, we DO NOT solicit donations of any kind from the people we serve and the facilities that host the animal assisted therapy sessions and activities.  This accomplishment was only possible because of the generosity of our donors, the hard work of our volunteers and the dedication of our program partners.

4 Programs in 4 States

(IL, CA, MI, MO) selected through rigorous due diligence

48 Animals across 45 Facilities

bring animal assisted therapy and activities

$185,358 in Support

provided to animal assisted programs since inception

9,874 Children and Seniors

benefited last year from 1FUR1 programs, free-of-charge


1fur1 impact stats_monthly 20181 FUR 1’s human-animal bond story is being written now by each and every person who believes that animals are an integral part of a happy and healthy life. Animals can bring healing to people from all walks of life, at every step on the journey to wellness.  Every month our animal assisted therapy (AAT) and animal assisted activity (AAA) programs deliver valuable health benefits to over  820 children and seniors wish disabilities.


1FUR1 animal assisted service programsAt 1FUR1, we focus our efforts to support two types of animal assisted programs survive, thrive and spread healing powers to more people in need, always free-of-charge.  These program types are:

Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) utilizes pets as therapy to provide people with a source of motivation, happiness and education. Visits can be arranged in variety of settings with various types of animals certified in obedience training. Children, seniors and many others benefit immensely from the companionship and interaction with animals ranging from cats and dogs to rabbits and llamas. These activities are casual in nature but with clear objective to promote and sustain a greater well-being.

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a goal oriented, planned, structured and documented therapeutic intervention directed by health and human service providers.  AAT programs are designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, or cognitive function. Visits can be done in variety of settings by canines and horses who are required to be registered and certified, and they must be supervised by a licensed medical professional.  The most popular AAT types are canine therapy (for people with emotional and behavioral problems) and equine therapy (for people with mental and physical health disabilities).