Our Story

Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT) offers mental and behavioral health programs for youth, veterans, families, and elders. Our programs are 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.

ANT’s programs are highly effective in helping overcome personal challenges such as impulse control, anger and behavior management, PTSD, grief, self-harm, depression, and anxiety.

ANT programs have successfully aided in preventing school drop-outs, helped individuals avoid incarcerations and recidivism, circumvented gang, prostitution and drug involvement, and prevented suicide attempts.

We are also a PATH International Premiere Accredited Center, ensuring adherence to the highest industry standards of therapeutic horsemanship and excellence in providing equine-assisted activities & therapies. ANT is also recognized as an EQUUS Foundation Guardian, providing shelter, rehabilitation, therapeutic work, and end-of-life care for abused & neglected horses.

Our Team Includes

Mental Health Therapist
PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors
Equine Specialists
Trained, Compassionate Adult Mentors
Therapy Horses & Other Animal Teachers

Agency Partners Include

Catholic Community Services
SeaMar Visions Treatment Facility
Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
Blue Skies for Children
Lummi Youth Academy & Lummi Nation
Northwest Youth Services
Secret Harbor Foster Program
Opportunity Council & Dorothy Place
Whatcom & Skagit County public, private, and tribal schools

Awards Received

ANT has been recognized for its value to our community with numerous honors, including:

2019 Nonprofit of the Year
Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce

2011 Community Peace Builder Award
Whatcom County Dispute Resolution Center

Ken Gass Community Builder Award
Whatcom Family & Community Network