ABOUT US

Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT) offers mental & behavioral health programs for youth, veterans, & elders.
Our programs are based on the knowledge that animals can teach important life skills, such as: respect for self & 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, and anxiety. ANT programs have successfully aided in preventing school drop-outs, helped youth & veterans to avoid incarcerations & recidivism, circumvented gang, prostitution & drug involvement, and prevented suicide attempts.

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

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OUR TEAM INCLUDES

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

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AGENCY PARTNERS INCLUDE

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

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AWARDS RECEIVED

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