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 was unlike any other year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Half of our programs have been suspended for 9 out of the 12 month without confirmed timeline to resume operations. On average, 1 FUR 1 impacted 94 children and seniors with disabilities in comparison to 2019 when we reached 865 people, 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

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 – 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 more then half of our specially trained dogs and mini horses have been sidelined and are patiently waiting to restart their animal assisted therapy and activity sessions. The 50 facilities across 5 states (IL, CA, MI, MO and FL) are also eager to deliver alternative health solutions to their patients as soon as the CDC allows it and vaccinations are available.

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: