What does Furry mean?

Furry is an umbrella term that refers to people who enjoy, associate with, or identify with humanized (anthropomorphic) animal personas.  The Furry community encompasses art, role-playing, and solitary and group activities.

It can be described as a fandom, as an entertainment, as a way to have relationships with others.  Some incorporate aspects of their Fursona into everyday life, some don’t.  As an umbrella term, no single description of Furry life describes all who use the word.

Being Furry is not a disorder or a mental illness.  It does present a challenge for Furries who are seeking mental health care, in that it is not a part of the standard mental health provider curriculum.