County therapy program uses animals to build trust and confidence. By Steve Guntli Troubled teens, elders and veterans can find peace and learn to build relationships with Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT). ANT is a Bellingham-based nonprofit that uses animals to help people heal, grow and learn. ANT works with troubled children, seniors, veterans and disabled people to help them develop relationships and build interpersonal skills. Sonja Wingard is the executive and program director for ANT. She started the program 16 years
Yesterday was the first day of Day Camp 2015. It is such an amazing process to watch the horses and kids pick each other. The Visions girls stood there holding all the horses and the campers wandered amongst them, approaching some with more caution than others, reaching out to be sniffed by the horse and stroke its neck or shoulder. Only occasionally a horse will settle their noses gently into a youth’s chest and you know that’s their kid. Often its more
We would like to say a huge Thanks to our sponsors, attendees, volunteers and hosts for making our major fundraiser a success! We could not have done it with out you. Our ability to maintain the farm while operating these programs for our community is possible because of the network of people from Bellingham and beyond that support our supporting youth, teens, adults and the elderly. More to come about the successes of the evening so stay tuned.
When Armina, an Animals As Natural Therapy (ANT) intern from Denmark asked me to work with some of the kids from ANT to make art I was excited. Working with youth is a joy and a challenge all in one. Working with at-risk youth is another experience all together. I am not fond of the title “at-risk” because we all are at risk. These souls I encountered are indeed struggling to find their place. Knowing that most kids with stable
We are often asked to describe our programs and what we do an ANT. Changing lives is pretty amazing stuff. When said like that it appears easy. This process is different for everyone, and the healing comes in learning, acceptance, kindness to self, animals and others. One way we work with our Visions clients is an egg relay race. The teens identify things important to them and write those things on their eggs; then they and their horse have to safely