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This year’s summer Barnyard Bash was held Saturday, July 13th at Windy Acres Farm, and welcomed nearly 180 guests!   Highlights included Mallard Ice Cream, talented face painters, interactive horse demonstrations, rabbit play pen, and a rousing game of tug-o-war in the round pen! For this year’s Barnyard Bash, we decided to offer guests an opportunity to experience what an equine session is like at ANT! We featured two of our senior therapy horses, Sir & Patriot, who are excellent teachers, and


SPRING 2019 NEWSLETTER Allowing Grace ~ By Sonja Wingard Despite it being very cold, it was a heartwarming winter. Some people very close to my heart have come back to Animals as Natural Therapy, to say hello and re-engage with us both four- and two-legged. First to visit was Jesus Lopez, who came to tell us he wants to make a video about how ANT helps foster kids. He shared that he now has a good job, a car, and is creating a family


2019 Blessing of the Animals Thanks to all those who joined us in May for the Blessing of the Animals. This is an intimate event for our donors and participant families to honor the amazing animals who walk beside so many throughout the year. ANT youth and veterans speak about their horse or other favorite critters, and thank them for their lessons & love. One veteran revealed that Abby saved her life. Another youth shared that Sir has made


Lots of exciting things coming up in 2019!    We are busy preparing for our 9th annual gala fundraiser, Celebrate Our Stars, which will be held Saturday, March 9th at the Airport Holiday Inn & Suites in Bellingham. This event benefits our youth, veterans, and animals and promises to be a great time for all! Purchase tickets online. In February, Assistant Director Jessie and Barn Manager Kelsy will return to the Washington State Convention Center to


Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, you can find our Mobile ANT team at Silverado Memory Care here in Bellingham. For an hour each morning, we wander through the building, stopping at rooms and common spaces to sit and chat with the residents. People are charmed by our rabbits sitting snugly in their baskets, and faces break with laughter when our chicken, Tinkerbell, pops her head out to say hello. Because these elders are living with memory loss, each visit is a


Please join Animals as Natural Therapy for this intimate house concert featuring the NOEL Ensemble. Enjoy classical favorites, poetry, and carols from around the globe in honor of the winter season. The Hearthsong Inn will provide wine & festive fare to accompany the music, and all ticket sales support ANT’s youth, veterans and animals. Tickets are $50 and are available by calling our office at 360-671-3509, or online at Brown Paper Tickets  


Childhood Trauma And Its Lifelong Health Effects More Prevalent Among Minorities September 17, 2018 BY TARA HAELLE “Resilience reflects using skills, and the beauty of that is that skills can be learned, taught, modeled, practiced and reinforced, and kids learn better when they’re in relationships.” When researchers first discovered a link in the late 1990’s between childhood adversity and chronic health problems later in life, the real revelation was how common those experiences were across all socioeconomic groups. But the first major study to


TALES FROM WINDY ACRES / VOLUME XXI In this issue: Letter from the Director / Mobile ANT Update / Farewells / Volunteer Highlights / Horsin’ Around Campaign / Summer News / Testimonials / Upcoming Events / Odds & Ends Facing Our Fears By Sonja Wingard, Director I always wondered if I ever got cancer, would I fight it or roll over and give up? On May 14th I attended a large community gathering at Whatcom Community College discussing with


13th Annual Bluegrass Bash Face Painting in the barnyard Rousing games of tug-o-war on display in the round pen Esquel This year’s Bash was the biggest ever – over 400 people enjoyed the event, nearly tripling attendance numbers from previous years!    Fun at the Farm Guests enjoyed top-tapping music from Queen’s Bluegrass, a delicious Hempler’s hot dog dinner with handmade sides, frosty Mallard Ice Cream, all-ages games & activities, and a beautifully curated silent