WHAT WE DO:
Animals as Natural Therapy is proud to serve youth ages 8-18, veterans, & elders through equine therapy & other animal-assisted programs. Since 1999, Animals as Natural Therapy has helped thousands of youth and adults find healing through horses and other animals. Additional services include mobile therapy animals, leadership & anti-bullying workshops, and team-building experiences. Many of those we serve are struggling with trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger & behavior management, and other challenges affecting their daily lives.
Our mission is to strengthen our community by developing healthy, resilient individuals through animal-facilitated education, with special attention to at-risk youth.
Our work is based on the knowledge that animals can reach a place in the human heart that other approaches may not. Equine therapy & animal-assisted therapy have been shown to be effective interventions for both youth and adults struggling with mental, behavioral, and emotional health issues.
In 1999, Sonja Wingard founded Animals as Natural Therapy on her farm in Bellingham, WA, to better serve youth in crisis. Hear from Executive Director Sonja Wingard about ANT’s beginning, our herd of therapy horses, and why they make such incredible teachers.