Project Details


Project Description

The Safety Net Project serves youth ages 8-18 referred by families, agencies and schools who need extra support to manage their behaviors and cope with their particular life challenges.

After-School Groups

  • 8-10 week quarters
  • Weekly small group evening sessions (90-minutes)
  • Youth are paired with a horse partner to learn from for the quarter
  • Time is spent in group activities and one-on-one with a horse and mentor
  • Fall, Winter, & Spring Quarters

ANT’s interventions focus on helping young people identify their feelings and needs, overcome their individual challenges and obstacles, set clear and attainable goals, and continually review their progress toward meeting these goals. The insight and direction gained during these sessions help youth achieve success in school and life, and promotes positive paths to graduation. Please read our Parent Letter for important information about our programs, and to see if we are a good fit for your needs.


Please contact our Program Coordinator, Katie, via email or phone (360-671-3509) to conduct an intake. If it’s determined that our program is a good fit for your youth, we require a deposit and completed registration packet to secure your child’s spot. These can be mailed to:

Animals as Natural Therapy
721 Van Wyck Road
Bellingham WA, 98226

Registration Form

A youth program spot is not reserved until deposit & registration forms have been received. Please read our Parent Letter for important information regarding program registration.


$75 per weekly session / $675 per 9-week quarter

We do not currently accept insurance. Financial assistance (see below) is available based on family need and calculated by household income. State & local agency funding may be available through DSHS, Catholic Community Services, and others; we are happy to help families access this support if applicable.


*Limited scholarships available – We require a $50 minimum payment from all families regardless of scholarship awarded.

If you are interested in applying for assistance, please complete our Financial Aid Application and submit 4 weeks before the start of the next quarter to be considered for the first round of financial aid. Completed forms can be emailed to, or mailed to:

Animals as Natural Therapy
721 Van Wyck Road
Bellingham WA, 98226

Financial Aid Application

Please note: ANT After-school groups are not a horseback riding program – while there may be riding involved, we can suggest a number of other great programs in Whatcom County if your child is specifically interested in riding. 

“My horse Sundance has taught me to keep at it until I get it right. This has really helped me improve my grades and test scores. Now I review my tests and fix wrong answers. My grades have really improved and now I want to be a vet.” – 14 Year Old Foster Youth