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HORSES VISIT SENIORS DURING COVID-19 ~ SILVERADO

Therapy Horses Visit Seniors During COVID-19   When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Whatcom County back in early March, most senior care facilities immediately their regular Mobile ANT visits and quarantined residents. A little over three months later, these facilities are still closed to the public, and we have been missing our elder friends. In May, our staff decided that we wanted to bring our animals to visit seniors once again ~ but how to do this safely? Jessie Pemble, ANT’s Director of

FESTIVE FUN WITH MOBILE ANT!

This week, Mobile ANT visited the Christian Healthcare Center in Lynden, WA, to share some holiday spirit with residents, families, & staff!   In tow of course were our special visiting therapy animals, including Toby the Miniature Horse, Gabby the Golden Retriever, and bunnies Scarlett, Skeeter, and Alfie. It was slow-moving down the hallways, being stopped by person after person, resident & staff alike, wanting to see the animals! We ended up extending our hour-long visit to almost two hours to

HEALING HEARTS BREAKFAST 2019

2019 HEALING HEARTS BREAKFAST Thanks to all those who joined us for the Healing Hearts Breakfast on October 2nd! This event raises critical funds that help us provide scholarships for youth & veterans, and we so grateful for the $20,000 raised this year. This support will immediately and directly benefit ANT’s participants this Fall quarter, which include children as young as 5 years old.   Those present were lucky enough to hear a powerful testimony from a young man whose experience

FINDING BALANCE – NEW HORIZONS

Today with Visions (teen girls in substance abuse recovery), we rode horses for the first time with the current group of girls. One young woman, working with Rusty, vocalized that she was very nervous about getting on a horse. While she loves Rusty and enjoys spending time with him, she felt daunted by the experience. We talked about how important it is to share our feelings with our horse, and to be honest about our fear, because they can sense it. We don’t

BUNNY BREAKTHROUGH AT SILVERADO

Tails from the Field By Jessie Pemble – Mobile ANT Coordinator We arrived at Silverado with 3 rabbits, a chicken, and Gabby the Golden Retriever in tow, a rather eclectic parade to see walking the halls of a memory care facility. We made our way to the Sensory Room and fanned out, scattering the critters around to visit each resident. I brought Carolyn, one of our teen volunteers, and Skeeter the Rabbit over to see *Eileen, a

MOBILE ANT SUMMER UPDATE

TAILS FROM THE FIELD Mobile ANT stays busy during the summer, visiting our elder friends around Whatcom County. A perk of summertime visits is that more young people get involved, enjoying their vacation from school. Right now we have a great team of families who join us to share the animals with seniors, and we love getting to know the young people who are excited about giving back to their community. Mobile ANT is a wonderful experience for all ages, so

HORSE WISDOM – ADULT EQUINE WORKSHOP

Animals as Natural Therapy’s horse herd invites you on an inward journey. With the horses’ highly intuitive equine wisdom they offer new insights into your authentic self and next steps. What You’ll Get: With the horses’ highly intuitive equine wisdom, they offer new insights into your authentic self and next steps. This workshop integrates the horse’s body language into our awareness, and our expert facilitators will assist each participant in grounding, releasing, playing with

BARNYARD BASH

This year’s summer Barnyard Bash was held Saturday, July 13th at Windy Acres Farm, and welcomed nearly 180 guests!   Highlights included Mallard Ice Cream, talented face painters, interactive horse demonstrations, rabbit play pen, and a rousing game of tug-o-war in the round pen! For this year’s Barnyard Bash, we decided to offer guests an opportunity to experience what an equine session is like at ANT! We featured two of our senior therapy horses, Sir & Patriot, who are excellent teachers, and

SPRING 2019 NEWSLETTER

SPRING 2019 NEWSLETTER Allowing Grace ~ By Sonja Wingard Despite it being very cold, it was a heartwarming winter. Some people very close to my heart have come back to Animals as Natural Therapy, to say hello and re-engage with us both four- and two-legged. First to visit was Jesus Lopez, who came to tell us he wants to make a video about how ANT helps foster kids. He shared that he now has a good job, a car, and is creating a family