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 1,000 children and seniors with disabilities during the 231 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

Recently, 1 FUR 1 has brought on two new animal assisted activity programs; 1) helping students with mental disabilities learn with the help of therapy dogs during class and 2) rehabilitating incarcerated youth by teaching them emotional skills through dog training while aiding neglected dogs held in animal care and control awaiting their abuse case verdicts.  This is truly the 1 FUR 1 way – Helping Animals Heal People!


* Check out the 2017 Annual Report & Financials or 2016 Annual Report & Financials and see how we do it.