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. On average in 2019, 1 FUR 1 impacted 865 children and seniors with disabilities during 164 animal assisted interactions completed, each and every month!  

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

1fur1 impact stats 2019

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)

1fur1 operational summary 2019

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 2019, our impact grew and we’re proud to report that over to 10,300 children and seniors benefited of our free programs. These efforts are only possible by the 48 loving dogs and mini horses and even a mini donkey who delivered 1,971 animal assisted therapy and activity sessions across 50 facilities in 5 states (IL, CA, MI, MO and FL). 1 FUR 1 continues to expand only because of the dedicated volunteers, partners and donors who support our mission.

Advancing the Mission

1FUR1 Foundation’s objective in growth and we have the stats to prove it. Check out the full 2018 Impact Report -OR- 2017 Annual Report -OR- 2016 Annual Report and see how we do, what we do. In 2019 we exceeded our goals:

  • 10,386 children and seniors with disabilities have benefited from 1 FUR 1’s animal assisted programs, always delivered free-of-charge
  • 46 Animals ( 39 dogs, 6 mini-horses, 1 mini donkey) are actively working every month to bring therapeutic healing to people in need
  • 1,971 animal assisted activity (AAA) and therapy (AAT) sessions have been done at hospitals, hospice, long-term care facilities, assisted living communities, courthouses, victim service agencies and offices.
  • 50 U.S. facilities across three states provide animal assisted therapy and activities to their patients, residents and clients.