So you’re thinking about contributing to Animal as Natural Therapy’s mission to heal hearts and strengthen our community? Wonderful!

Volunteers play a vital role in the work we do, and we are so lucky to have a dedicated team that shows up rain or shine. If you are interested in volunteering with our programs, please see the steps below!

Please note: The volunteer opportunities we offer are centered around supporting youth and seniors. While a love for animals is important, your commitment is to our participants.

A 9-month commitment is requested (regardless of position) due to the investment of time & training required. Thank you for your understanding!

*Ages 13 and younger must have a parent or adult present to volunteer. Families are encouraged to volunteer with Mobile ANT!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Youth Mentoring:
    • Serve as a consistent, supportive adult for a youth enrolled in our weekly Equine Assisted Learning programs. Assist with horse handling & small animal activities, maintain physical & emotional safety, and provide helpful feedback & guidance as youth practice social-emotional skills & build confidence.
    • 2-hour weekly commitment per quarter (8-10 weeks)
    • After-school & daytime sessions offered
    • Choose to mentor elementary, middle, or high schoolers
    • Horse Handling & Mentorship training required; held 2-3x per year
  • Summer Day Camp (June-August)
    • See Youth Mentoring
    • Full & half-day shifts available
    • LGBTQ+ volunteers are encouraged to participate in Pride on the Farm!
  • Mobile ANT Visits (year-round)
    • Participate in visits with our therapy animals to senior care facilities, schools, and local organizations. Serve as an animal handler and strive to connect with and empower the community members we visit.
    • 1-2 hour commitment per week/month (very flexible schedule!)
    • Visits are held between 9am-4pm, MTWTHF (occasional weekend events)
    • Small Animal Handling Training required
  • Events & Fundraising
    • Support our winter Gala & Auction, Fall Luncheon, & other events by serving on the Events Committee! Volunteers are critical to planning, procurement, marketing/PR, decor, setup, and more.
    • Volunteers may also assist with grant research & writing, community outreach/tabling events, and development.
  • Board of Directors
    • We are currently seeking additional board members to guide the growth of our organization & reflect the diversity of the participants we serve, who include: Black, Latinx/Hispanic, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, Neurodiverse, and socioeconomically diverse youth and veterans.
    • Lived experience as a Therapist/Counselor, Educator, Veteran, Equine Specialist, Foster Parent, Senior/Elder Care Professional, or with LGBTQ+ issues is highly valued.
  • Internships
    • Youth Mentoring, Mobile ANT, and Summer Day Camp opportunities are available depending on hours needed. Please submit the Volunteer Interest form with your requirements!
    • Internships are currently unpaid
  • Barn/Farm Chores
    • Assist staff in the care & feeding of our animals, clean animal pens/stalls, move horses and small animals to/from pens, and complete other tasks around the farm as needed.
    • Must be able to lift 50+ pounds
    • Requires horse handling training (regardless of prior experience)
    • Must be able to commit to a weekly 1-hour shift (morning or evening)
    • Please note there is often a wait-list for chore positions, and we prioritize existing volunteers and participant families who have completed programming.

*Please note: ANT’s availability to fulfill court-mandated community service hours is extremely limited. Please contact Kim Conover with complete details of your request.

How to Get Involved

  1. Sign up for a Farm Tour! We ask all prospective volunteers to attend one of our monthly, 1-hour farm tours to learn about our philosophy & programs. A virtual orientation is also available if your schedule is prohibitive: please email volunteer@animalsasnaturaltherapy.org.
  2. Submit an ANT Volunteer Interest Form
  3. Complete Volunteer Registration Forms (will be sent to you once you’ve completed a tour/orientation + an interest form is submitted)
  4. Pass a background check
  5. Attend required trainings

Please note – the Volunteer Coordinator works part-time and may take 2+ business days to respond to inquiries. If you have an urgent question, please call our office at 360-671-3509.


“I have been a volunteer here for more than two years. It has been a superb learning experience working with the animals and wonderful staff. The programs and the animals teach about life and save lives. I highly recommend it.”
– Barn Volunteer

“I’ve been an intern for three months and it’s hard to describe the impact it has had on me. I’ve seen the transformation of so many people’s lives through their interaction with the animals (my own included).”
WWU Student

“I witnessed wonderful relationships built, a feeling of pride by the youth in their ability to help others, and an obvious joy in the residents in the process.”
– Mobile ANT Volunteer