What We Do

1FUR1 Impact

1 FUR 1’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. Each and every month, our programs impact close to 830 children and seniors with disabilities during the 194 animal assisted sessions/visits. 

Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) programs can help:

  • Aid the elderly abate feelings of loneliness
  • Improve children’s reading skills & emotional awareness
  • Enhance socialization for people with autism
  • Speed up inpatient’s recovery time

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) programs can help:

  • People receiving inpatient treatments
  • Children with physical and mental disabilities
  • Hospital patients recovering from surgery
  • Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

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, we’ve tripled our impact growth and are proud that over 6,100 children and seniors benefited from our programs in 2017 with the help of 41 animals across 36 facilities in 4 states (IL, CA, MI and MO).  1 FUR 1 continues to gain volunteers, partners and donors who support our mission in recovering animal rescue programs and like-minded nonprofits that are threatened by limited resources.   There are many great programs, but we try to help where it is needed most.

Advancing the Mission

1FUR1 Foundation’s objective in 2018 was to impact the lives of 8,000 children and seniors with disabilities in the U.S.A. We’re very happy to report that we have exceeded this goal by 23%.   All animal assisted programs were provided free-of-charge.  In 2018:

  • 9,874 people have benefited from 1 FUR 1’s animal assisted programs
  • 48 Animals ( 40 dogs, 3 mini-horses, 1 mini donkey, 1 cat and 1 rabbit) are working every month to bring therapeutic healing to people in need.
  • 2,328 (AAA & AAT) sessions have been done this year at hospitals, hospice, long-term care facilities, assisted living communities, courthouses, victim service agencies and offices.
  • 45 U.S. facilities across three states provide animal assisted therapy and activities to their patients, residents and clients.

* Check out the full 2018 Impact Report -OR- 2017 Annual Report -OR- 2016 Annual Report and see how we do, what we do.