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

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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

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS 2019

2019 Blessing of the Animals Thanks to all those who joined us in May for the Blessing of the Animals. This is an intimate event for our donors and participant families to honor the amazing animals who walk beside so many throughout the year. ANT youth and veterans speak about their horse or other favorite critters, and thank them for their lessons & love. One veteran revealed that Abby saved her life. Another youth shared that Sir has made

A NEW YEAR AT ANT

Lots of exciting things coming up in 2019!    We are busy preparing for our 9th annual gala fundraiser, Celebrate Our Stars, which will be held Saturday, March 9th at the Airport Holiday Inn & Suites in Bellingham. This event benefits our youth, veterans, and animals and promises to be a great time for all! Purchase tickets online. In February, Assistant Director Jessie and Barn Manager Kelsy will return to the Washington State Convention Center to

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MOBILE ANT MOMENTS

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, you can find our Mobile ANT team at Silverado Memory Care here in Bellingham. For an hour each morning, we wander through the building, stopping at rooms and common spaces to sit and chat with the residents. People are charmed by our rabbits sitting snugly in their baskets, and faces break with laughter when our chicken, Tinkerbell, pops her head out to say hello. Because these elders are living with memory loss, each visit is a