Since 1999, ANT has touched the lives of thousands of children and adults through unique, animal-facilitated mental health programs


Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT) offers healing mental health programs for at-risk youth, veterans, & elders. Our programs are based on the knowledge that animals can teach important life skills, such as: respect for self and others, healthy boundaries, self-management, empathy, and clear communication.

ANT’s programs are highly effective in helping overcome personal challenges such as impulse control, anger & behavior management, PTSD, grief, self-harm, depression & anxiety. ANT programs have successfully aided in preventing school drop-outs, avoiding incarcerations & recidivism, circumventing gang, prostitution or drug involvement, and preventing suicide attempts.

ANT is a PATH International Premiere Accredited Center, ensuring adherence to the highest industry standards of therapeutic horsemanship and excellence in providing equine-assisted activities. ANT is also recognized as an EQUUS Foundation Guardian, providing shelter, rehabilitation, therapeutic work, and end-of-life care for abused & neglected horses.

Equine Therapy at Animals as Natural Therapy Bellingham Washington Youth Veteran Mental Health Programs


Mental Health Therapist
PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors
Equine Specialists
Trained, Compassionate Adult Mentors
Therapy Horses & Other Animal Teachers


Catholic Community Services
SeaMar Visions Treatment Facility
Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
Blue Skies for Children
Lummi Youth Academy & Lummi Nation
Northwest Youth Services
Secret Harbor Foster Program
Opportunity Council & Dorothy Place
Whatcom & Skagit County public, private, and tribal schools


ANT has been recognized for its value to our community with numerous honors, including:

2011 Community Peace Builder Award
Whatcom County Dispute Resolution Center

Ken Gass Community Building Award
Whatcom Family & Community Network