Mobile ANT provides a unique opportunity for a multitude of community members to experience the joy of animal interaction. Our main focus is intergenerational visits, where youth bring small animals to visit seniors in nursing homes, rehab & assisted-living facilities. They discover that elders are interesting and often fun, and that they (the youth) have something to contribute to others in the community just by their presence. The elders discover that they have value to someone again as their stories and humor are enjoyed, and benefit from the physiological effects of animal interaction, such as lowered blood pressure and reduced cortisol levels.
ANT animals also comfort students at WWU during finals week, delight crowds at the Ski to Sea festival & other community events, and help facilitate workshops and service learning projects with middle school youth.
Our small animals include: mini horses, goats, dogs, chickens, bunnies, and a llama.
“I don’t have close relationship with my own grandparents. So I give my love to these people in the home.”- Anonymous
“Thanks to you, I feel like I’m making a difference by making seniors happy by bringing animals in for the company.” – Service Learning Student
“It’s amazing how an old man sitting with a chicken on his lap will come to life as he remembers his childhood on a farm, or how the presence of Gabby [the Golden Retriever] can calm an anxious student and delight a nursing home resident missing her own pet.” – Mobile ANT Staff Member
“I met a lady whose name is Boots. She had a stroke and she can’t move around. One day she came talk to me and said that I was pretty. She told me her story and I told her mine. At the end, she held my hands and we cried together. We don’t judge each other. We are just the same. She said she didn’t want to live after the stroke, but meeting me made her want to be alive. She wants to meet more girls like me.” – Anonymous
If you are interested in supporting the Mobile program, there are many ways to help:
- sponsor a small animal (supports their food & medical care for a year)
- sponsor our NEW Mobile van (please contact us to discuss how you can help keep ANT on the road!)
- advocate for ANT visits if you have a relative or friend currently residing at a local facility