Animal Assisted Programs

1FUR1 Impact

Our impact is measured by our ability to provide free-of-charge animal assisted therapy (AAT) and activities (AAA) to first responders, medical staff, veterans, children and seniors with disabilities. Since 2014 we have done so with the help of 88 specially trained and certified therapy animals such as; dogs, horses, mini donkey, mini horses and even mini pig. These amazing animal lead our programs in a group setting (AAA) or individual (AAT) sessions at hospitals, fire stations, hospice, long-term care facilities, assisted living communities, courthouses, victim service agencies and offices. Typical session/visit takes 40-90 min with one or more working dogs or mini horses. At 1FUR1, we DO NOT solicit donations of any kind from the people we serve so we solely rely on the generosity of individual donors, the hard work of our volunteers and the dedication of our program partners.

5 Programs in 7 States

(CA, MI, OH, FL, TN, SC and NC) selected through rigorous due diligence

$315,191 in Support

provided to animal assisted programs since inception

49,572 People with Disabilities

have benefited from free 1 FUR 1 animal assist sessions, to date.

37 Animals across 37 Facilities

bring animal assisted therapy and activities to people in need


The Coronavirus pandemic of 2020/2021 continues to cripple our charitable mission. Most animal assisted activity programs are still suspended since they’re done in a group setting indoors. We hope by mid of 2022 we can resume regular operation and once again be able to help those people who need it most. 1 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, hundreds of children and seniors with disabilities receive free animal assisted therapy (AAT) and animal assisted activity (AAA) sessions which provide valuable physical and cognitive health benefits. COVID-19 can’t stop us from doing good.


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. For more information about 1 FUR 1 program partners, please visit: TimberKnoll’s Spirit Cove in TN, SC and NC / Kindred Spirits Therapy Minis in FL.

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). For more information about 1 FUR 1 program partners, please visit: Hearts and Hooves Therapy in CA and Canine Advocacy Program in MI.