Learn more about our new space and meet Jaime, our new Director! June 1st, 2021 After twenty-one years at Windy Acres Farm, we have moved to a new location and we welcome our new Executive Director, Jaime Arnett. In November 2020, as part of a long term strategic plan, ANT co-founder and former director Sonja Wingard handed the reins to Jaime Arnett. Jaime first joined ANT in 2015 as a grant writer and in 2019 took over operations and development for the organization. She brings more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors. Jaime was an Assistant Director for a Habitat for Humanity and the Administrative Executive for [...]
Love abounds! We visited residents at Christian Health Care Center in Lynden with Tinkerbell the Bantam Hen, Chester the Rabbit, and Scotty & Obi our therapy horses. Our hearts were full seeing excited faces and joyful smiles as we approached windows with our furry (and feathered!) creatures. At one room, a woman eagerly tapped the glass to get the animals’ attention, and picked up a framed photograph from her windowsill. She held it up show us; a young man riding a horse. A nurse cracked the window so we could hear her say, “My husband. We lived on a ranch in Montana. We were married for 57 years.” “He was handsome, wasn’t he?” we [...]
Subhead When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Whatcom County back in early March, most senior care facilities immediately their regular Mobile ANT visits and quarantined residents. A little over three months later, these facilities are still closed to the public, and we have been missing our elder friends. In May, our staff decided that we wanted to bring our animals to visit seniors once again ~ but how to do this safely? Jessie Pemble, ANT’s Director of Outreach & Mobile ANT, had the idea to take our big horses to walk around facilities and visit through windows! Our pilot visit was to Silverado Memory Care in Bellingham, one of our regular Mobile ANT sites. Wow, [...]
This week, Mobile ANT visited the Christian Healthcare Center in Lynden, WA, to share some holiday spirit with residents, families, & staff! In tow of course were our special visiting therapy animals, including Toby the Miniature Horse, Gabby the Golden Retriever, and bunnies Scarlett, Skeeter, and Alfie. It was slow-moving down the hallways, being stopped by person after person, resident & staff alike, wanting to see the animals! We ended up extending our hour-long visit to almost two hours to make sure everyone got time with the critters. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, we had the flexibility to offer this additional time to greet every resident. One man called us into his room, saying he [...]
Animals as Natural Therapy operates on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Coast Salish Peoples. We celebrate and honor their lasting protection and care for these lands and waterways, which they have stewarded since Time Immemorial.