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 820 children and seniors with disabilities during the 191 animal assisted sessions/visits.
Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) programs can help:
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) programs can help:
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 tripled our impact growth and last year we’re proud that close to 10,000 children and seniors benefited were part of our programs. In 2018, 48 animals (dogs, mini horses, a rabbit and even a mini donkey across 45 facilities in 4 states (IL, CA, MI and MO) delivered 2,328 free animal assisted therapy and activity sessions. 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.
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: