Hands-on Healing

Improving mental and behavioral health through animal-guided programs and mentorship with special attention to youth and veterans in Northwest Washington.


2022 Presenting Sponsor

Proudly supporting youth, veterans & animals!

Please give today to help us provide preventative mental health care & crisis support for Whatcom County youth!


What We Do

Since 1999, Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT) has offered animal-guided mental & behavioral health programs for youth, veterans, families, & elders. Our work is based on the knowledge that animals can teach important life skills such as respect for self & others, healthy boundaries, self-management, empathy, and clear communication. Our approach utilizes EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth & Learning), PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship), and EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) techniques to uniquely address a variety of participant needs, including anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and PTSD.
Programs include:
– Quarterly Group & Individual Youth Sessions (ages 8-18)
– Year-Round Group & Individual Veteran Sessions
– School Partnerships
– Summer Day Camp
– Mobile ANT ~ therapy animal visits to seniors, schools, & community/corporate events
– Young Adult & Adult Workshops
– New Horizons ~ partnership with Seamar Visions to support teens in drug & alcohol recovery
Our animal partners:

– Horses
– Miniature Horse
– Miniature Mule
– Goats
– Rabbits
– Chickens
– Dogs

Animals as Natural Therapy is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. Our programs are funded by donations. You can support this work by making a gift today!
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Animals as Natural Therapy is a PATH International Premier Accredited Center, ensuring adherence to the highest industry standards. Participants and their families can be sure that ANT prioritizes the safety of participants, volunteers and equines, and provides quality equine-assisted activities and therapies.


Our Community Partners

We are so grateful to the businesses who support ANT’s work, both with service and generous financial contributions. Without them, our work would not be possible.

Become A Sponsor

Thoroughbred $10,000+

Arabian $5,000+

Quarter Horse $2,500+

Goat & Llama $1,000+

Cat & Canine $500+

Feathered Friends $250+