What We Do

1FUR1 Impact

1 FUR 1 Foundation’s success is measured by our ability to provide free-of-charge animal assisted therapy (AAT) and activities (AAA) to most vulnerable population segments in the U.S.A. 2020 and 2021 was unlike any other year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though we didn’t have any fundraising events, we were able to manage our financial reality well, which allowed our partners to receive additional grants and resources during the second year of the pandemic. Last year, we had to learn how to be stronger support system for our partners as we went through another year of the unexpected; from family tragedy and deployment reintegration to dissolution of charitable operations.We were there every step of the way, providing guidance and a friendly shoulder to lean on. Among all the sadness we found a bright light in a new partnership which allowed us to help over 9,000 first responders, police officers and medical staff while they were on the job. Offering those heroes relief, even for only an hour, filled our hearts with love and gratitude and appreciation.

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Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) programs can help:

  • Reduce stress and fatigue among front-line workers
  • Support children with emotional disorders
  • Enhance socialization for people with autism
  • Aid the elderly abate feelings of loneliness

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Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) programs can help:

  • Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Speed up inpatient’s recovery time
  • Children with physical and mental disabilities
  • Trauma victims go through the justice system

Our Story

1 FUR 1 was established in the summer of 2014 in Chicago, Illinois with one very special dog, named Ripley. This incredibly sweet and loving canine provided animal assisted activity visits to over 45 seniors with dementia at a long-term care facility. In 2015 and 2016, with the support of the community we were able to expand by adding a service dog in training for a veteran with PTSD, a no-kill shelter cat program spreading joy to seniors with disabilities and mini horses helping to heal children with autism.  In 2017 – 2018, our impact grew exponentially and in 2019 we’re proud to have reach over 10,300 children and seniors with disability who directly benefited from our free animal assist programs. In 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic started, most of our programs were suspended for 9 out of the 12 month without confirmed timeline to resume operations. Once the CDC approved vaccinations, we refocused our efforts to support workers on the front lines. So in 2021, with a new partnership in the South, we were able to provide free animal assisted services to almost 12,000 people in need across 37 facilities across 6 states (CA, MI, FL, TN, SC and NC). However, we have another casualty of this pandemic…the dissolution of our Midwest school program which worked with therapy dogs to help children with emotional disorders. Operations were officially shut down in December of 2021, following two years of inability for the public school system to handle the instability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advancing the Mission

1 FUR 1 continues to expand only because of the dedicated volunteers, partners and donors who support our charitable mission. Check out the growth of are mission year-over-year: