Equine Welfare Network Guardian
2019

Animals as Natural Therapy
EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK GUARDIAN PROFILE
Last Updated: 07/31/2019

We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation 2019 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

MISSION & PROGRAMS

Our organization provides equine-assisted activities and/or therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs using instructors, specialists, therapists, counselors, trainers and/or facilitators (full-time, part-time, independent contractors, and/or service providers) who have certified training applicable for people with special needs and specific to the program offerings - either on staff or accompanying clients when participating in our programs.
Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.

80% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Number of facilities/locations where horses used in our programs are HOUSED AND CARED for:
     1. Animals as Natural Therapy

Our organization uses foster facilities and all foster facilities adhere to all the policies, procedures and practices of our organization

Mission:
The mission of Animals as Natural Therapy(ANT)is to strengthen our community by developing healthy, resilient individuals through animal-assisted education and personal growth, with special attention to at-risk youth. Horses are a major element of the experiential learning we provide youth and veterans.

Summary of organization's goals, strategies to achieve the goals, accomplishments, and capabilities to meet the goals, including its long-term plans to sustain its programs:
Strategies to achieve our goals
     In order to achieve our goals Animals as Natural Therapy provides multiple programs to the community.
     The Safety Net programs involve weekly after school sessions for randomly referred youth, school groups attending weekly, summer day camps, and Leadership Bully Awareness workshops. We will be starting to train our first group of teachers this fall. All our safety Net programs serve youth who are having difficulty with coping as a result of loss, abandonment, learning differences, histories of trauma, etc. Many of the youth referred to us have not done well with talk therapy and respond very well to experiential learning at the farm.
     • Weekly after school groups of four to six youth who are grouped by age meet for 90 minutes for nine weeks each season
     • School groups of seven to thirteen youth have come from classes for behaviorally and emotionally challenged youth or a class of depressed and anxious teens in a goal setting class.
     • Summer day camps are open to the public and for all youth to experience empowerment and to develop social intelligence with horses and other animals.
     • Leadership Bully Awareness workshops are two half-day workshops for counselor-selected middle school youth, who are bullying or being bullied to learn how to better use their power.
     The New Horizons program serves teens in recovery from chemical addictions. The majority of those teens, 45 a year, come from a residential treatment program serving teen women from around the state of Washington (SeaMar Visions) who come to the farm twice weekly, generally for twelve weeks for individual relationship building with their select horse. These youth have mental health diagnoses as well as addiction. Some have told us the relationship with their horse is the first healthy relationship they have ever had, as we focus on trust building, mutual respect, awareness of our own needs and the others’. We just received some grant funding to offer this to a group of local teens as well, meeting weekly.
     The Intergenerational Program provides an opportunity for youth to visit elders living in residential facilities accompanied by ANT’s animals, including three miniature horses. Many of our Safety Net and New Horizons youth participate in this as well as home schooled youth and a service learning middle school group every spring.
     The Veteran EAGLE project serves six to twelve veterans yearly and some of their families. They meet with a mental health counselor and a horse instructor
     
     Accomplishments
     ANT served 355 youth and seven veterans in 2018 as well as visited over 300 elders in the Intergenerational program..
     ANT has maintained Premier Accredited Center status with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship since 2010. This is a rigorous accreditation process. ANT co-founder Sonja Wingard received the Ken Gass Community Building Award in 2010.
     Our outcomes measurement show an improvement in self confidence, school success, family relationships, and respect as well as a number of other factors proven to contribute to a successful life.
     Sustainability
     We have a strong well-trained and qualified staff for our experiential learning and mental health support of our participants. We offer reasonable wages and benefits for staff, developing an organization where one can make a career. We have a broad range of ages in staffing and some diversity, employing male, female and transgender persons. We have developed strong community support and therefore a diverse income stream from individual contributions, businesses, grants and program fees. We have slowly increased staff to stabilize fundraising and we have welcomed outside businesses’ efforts to provide fundraising opportunities for our participants and animals.

Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation, Retraining & Re-homing:
Overview of our programs involved with rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, re-homing and/or retirement:
     We have brought in select horses over the years that have suffered neglect and are needing re-homing. We rehab them and see how they work out as therapy horses and keep them if they like it and re-home them only if they don't. This may be only two horses every few years.

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT):
Our organization provides the following equine-assisted activities and/or therapies (EAAT):
    Equine Experiential Learning
    Psychotherapy/Counseling (Mental Health)
Not Checked:
    Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology
    Interactive Vaulting
    Therapeutic Driving
    Therapeutic Riding (Adaptive Riding)

Our organization provides services for the following specific populations:
Children (10 & Under)
Tweens (11-12)
Teens (13-18)
Young Adults (19-21)
Adults (Over 21)
Seniors (65-79)
Elderly (80 & Over)
Veterans
Homeless
Foreign-born (Immigrants)
Racial Minorities
Ethnic Minorities
Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
At-Risk Youth

Our organization provides services to individuals with:
Alzheimers/Dementia, Arthritis, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Behavioral disorders, Development delay or disability, Economic disadvantages, Emotional disabilities, Epilepsy, Grief, Hearing impairment, Juvenile delinquency, Learning disabilities, Mental health disabilities, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Substance abuse/addiction, Violence, abuse or trauma, Weight Control disorders

Overview of our programs involved with providing EAAT to individuals with special needs:
     Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     Our Equine Assisted Experiential Growth and Learning (EAGAL) programming utilizes horses and directly serves over 400 youth per year, 90% of whom are low income. ANT offers nine-week weekly sessions in the fall, winter, and spring, as well as six separate week-long summer day camps. Some children, youth, and veterans also meet with our mental health counselors individually or with their families throughout the year in equine-facilitated mental health work.
     Many of the youth ANT serves, due to their limited resources, will not have access to or seek traditional counseling on their own. This means that ANT's Animal-Assisted Experiential Learning programs (which primarily involve a mental health counselor) are often the only mental health support these youth will ever receive or accept. ANT has a growing waiting list of vulnerable children, teens, and veterans that are desperately in need of ANT's services but are unable to pay for them. A number of these individuals are being raised by grandparents, extended family, foster or adoptive parents due to parental instability, addiction, and incarceration. ANT's highly effective and innovative programs are a way to ensure these young people are provided a place where they develop inner strength, self-confidence, healthy relationship skills and tools they need for the extra life challenges they face. These youth need hope and a new way of doing life to break family cycles.
     At the farm, young people practice honest, respectful methods of communication and challenge themselves in multiple ways. They learn to face their fears. This empowers them to make healthy choices. To affect such life-altering changes, ANT works in tandem with horses. These sensitive, thousand pound animals are great mirrors for reflecting human emotions. They demand healthy boundaries, clear communication, and trust in order for people to build successful relationships with them. Horses teach essential life skills, in a fun and lasting way, that are inaccessible by way of traditional methods.
     ANT utilizes innovative activities and group processing to develop powerful metaphors and life parallels. Through this work, the young people gain self-confidence and self-worth. They develop leadership, communication, problem solving, and teamwork skills. In a safe and supportive environment they can push the envelope of their fears and learn ways to overcome those fears. They learn to set boundaries, to feel, to identify and communicate their needs, and to express their appreciation of others.
     
     The SAFETY NET PROGRAM specifically serves youth and teens identified as behaviorally and emotionally challenged and in need of support for their particular challenges. These youths are referred by collaborating local and tribal schools, community organizations, professionals, and families. This program is ANT's main project and includes year-round weekly sessions for groups or individuals, summer camps, and also family sessions.
     
     ANT's programming is set up to provide unique challenges and the horses play an integral part. Horses have a way of letting us know which of our strategies are effective and which are not. They give us a chance to try out new skills without any judgment, only direct, honest feedback. Creating a healthy relationship with an animal can guide us to more successful relationships at home, school, and in the community.
     
     ANT strives to help young people develop lifelong skills that will help them to live self-sufficient, fulfilled lives. ANT has constructed a plan to track the success of this program. Variables include increased confidence, GPA improvement, less incidences requiring disciplinary action, positive peer interaction, and the ability to set boundaries. This tracking will be long term and the data will hopefully be mutually beneficial to ANT's efforts and the efforts of all the partners who support the idea of providing a "Safety Net" to catch any young person before they fall.
     
     The LEARNING LIFE PROGRAM serves youth through a variety of school partnerships ranging from a tribal preschool to weekly high school groups. Last year, 128 students had the opportunity to come to Windy Acres Farm to learn from animals, caring people, and the natural world. Here, the learning is truly 'hands-on' and experiential--learning how to convince a 1100 pound horse to move away from the grass, working with classmates to move horses through an obstacle without touching them, or noticing how calming it is to just be outside holding a soft bunny in their arms.
     
     Animals as Natural Therapy partners with 5 school districts and 2 tribal schools to provide our Learning Life programs, which include:
     • Eighth graders taking small animals to visit elders in residential care facilities for their service learning projects.
     • Preschoolers from the Lummi Head Start program coming to learn about treating animals and humans with kindness.
     • High school students attending 4 weekly workshops on managing anxiety in everyday life.
     • School counselors referring struggling students for sessions. While they may get the message that they are 'not okay' in the classroom, youth can rediscover their worth on the farm.
     • Teachers coming for "Teach the Teacher" events and other specialized trainings.
     • Teens facing academic, social, and behavioral challenges in and out of the classroom. The BRIDGES program for “troubled and troubling” high school students in Bellingham School District comes weekly during the school year. Many outwardly 'tough' teenagers join the Thursday outings so they can come for what they call "Fuzz Therapy” and then experience greater success at school and at home.
     • Groups of middle school students come for two days of Leadership and Bullying Awareness Workshops. With staff, fellow students, and the horses, they develop a deeper awareness of self and others, boundaries, what positive leadership can look and feel like, and how to speak up for themselves and others.
     
     MOBILE ANT brings the joy of connecting with animals to elder care facilities, homeless shelters, and stressed university students. In this inter-generational program, youth from schools and rehab programs bring bunnies, chickens, dogs and mini horses to visit elders. Teens and elders connect and find value in themselves and one another. These interactions invite youth to develop empathy, practice respectful communication with older people and patience with animals. This program builds community between over 100 youth and hundreds of elder community members each year.
     
     The EAGLE PROJECT assists veterans returning from military efforts to face the challenges of depression, PTSD, addictions, and anger. Veterans may meet work in groups, individually or with family members. Using equine-assisted activities, ANT provides a means to release troubling emotions and increase coping skills, something especially useful for those who have experienced psychological and physical trauma. This program specifically focuses on helping veterans develop the tools to manage:
     
     • Reintegration- Transition back to civilian life is challenging. Equine-assisted learning methods help one move from a sense of isolation to a sense of community.
     • Crisis- Hopelessness is turned around by the companionship and understanding shared by the horse and humans at ANT.
     • Addictions- A horse’s strong intuition and acceptance of our full range of feelings has helped many individuals overcome addictive tendencies.
     • PTSD and/or Depression- Horses are fight or flight animals who have learned to deal with their own anxieties and who invite humans to develop strategies to address theirs.
     
     Our human staff are certified with PATH, EAGALA, CHA and we utilize in our sessions information gathered from Linda Kohanov's Equus work, Natural horsemanship practitioners, Frank Bell, Adventures in Awareness and the Masterson Beyond Massage technique.

At a time when equestrian sports are under pressure to protect horses while making those sports more accessible, so too must all equine organizations ensure that horses are treated humanely when interacting with people with and without special needs. Our organization takes the following steps to ensure that horses are benefiting from their interactions with people:
     Instructors work with the horses weekly to keep note of their stress level and positively reinforce savvy human interactions. Riding instructors are responsible for providing a rest period for horses if they are showing signs of distress. Instructors consider all of the horses's needs while interacting with clients both on the ground and in the saddle to confirm comfort and happiness.


Community Outreach and/or Public Education:
Overview of our programs involved with providing community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses:
     We present to high school groups about jobs/careers with horses/animals. They visit the farm for educational field trips and we take our minis out to the schools for family nights.
     Youth take our miniature horses (With our staff and mentors) to visit elders in their living facilities. We have made 39 of these inter-generational trips with the miniature horses in 2018.
     Our miniature horses attend community events: theater presentations when horse films are showing, community events, parades, the farmers market, Western Washington University activities/ student support.

Our Programs/Activities involving animals other than horses:
 The other animals that participate in ANT programs are: rabbits, chickens, goats, a rooster, dogs, a turkey, a cat, and llamas.
     The miniature horses as well as some of the smaller animals are involved in visits to the care facilities with Mobile ANT, and also out in the community: the nearby university at mid-terms, homeless shelters and local community events. Our smaller animals are often enjoyed by visitors of all ages to the farm and each has a special role to play.

DEFINITIONS:
Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT): Any activity that incorporates equine interactions and/or the equine environment, mounted or ground-based, including horsemanship instruction aimed at contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs, psychotherapy and/or mental health counseling aimed at achieving goals set forth by the mental health professional and the client, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology treatment strategies that utilize equine movement, and experiential learning approaches that promote the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals.

Special Needs: Any difficulty or difficulties (such as a physical, emotional, behavioral, or learning disability or impairment) that require or benefit from assistance and support from certified specialists, therapists, counselors, instructors, trainers and/or facilitators. The difficulty may not be limited to a health issue but may result from the interaction between the individual and the society in which he or she lives arising from an abusive or unhealthy environment and a lack of resources, including economic resources, which can impact an individual's ability to successfully transition into adulthood and being at-risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes.

At-Risk: Refers to being at-risk of a future with less than optimal outcomes. Youth are considered at-risk for a number of reasons, such as if they are homeless or transient, involved in drugs or alcohol, abused sexually, physically or emotionally, mentally ill, neglected at home or live in stressful family environments, lacking social or emotional supports, and involved with delinquent peers. At-Risk youth are likely to be involved in a number of risky behaviors, such as running away, skipping school, drinking under age, engaging in sexual behavior, displaying disruptive behavior, bullying/harassment, fighting, and committing acts of vandalism.


GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff & Volunteers:
Chief Staff Officer (CSO):  Sonja Wingard
Employees:   Full-Time:  3  Part-Time:  9  Volunteers:  220

Staff Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective staff complete a written application
    Prospective staff must provide in writing if they have ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a sexual offense, or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect
    Every member of the staff is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every member of the staff is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every member of the staff is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every member of the staff provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every member of the staff carries current health insurance
    Every member of the staff has a written job description
    Every member of the staff is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Every member of the staff is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on a annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every member of the staff receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, horse handling, horse identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Every member of the staff has a supervisor and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    The organization provides an Employee Handbook to every member of the staff
    The Employee Handbook includes employee-related information, such as hours of work, vacation, sick leave, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The Employee Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    One or more staff members are trained in CPR and human first aid
    One or more staff members are trained in equine first aid
Not Checked:
    Every member of the staff is required to undergo a Background Check and Random Drug Screening

Volunteer Recruitment, Screening and Training processes:
    Prospective volunteers complete a written application
    Prospective volunteers must provide in writing if they have ever been convicted of a felony, convicted of a sexual offense, or convicted for animal cruelty or neglect
    Every volunteer is required to complete a Liability Release/Hold Harmless Agreement
    Every volunteer is required to provide Emergency Medical Information
    Every volunteer is required to sign a Photo Release
    Every volunteer provides parent/guardian information if applicable
    Every volunteer carries current health insurance
    Every volunteer has a written job description
    Every volunteer is evaluated on an annual and as needed basis or with any change in their job description
    Every volunteer is updated on all the organization's policies and procedures on a annual and as needed basis or with any change in policy or procedure
    Every volunteer receives training that includes safety guidelines, confidentiality, horse handling, horse identification, and emergency procedures; additional training is job specific
    Every volunteer is assigned a supervisor (staff member and/or senior volunteer) and is responsible for keeping their supervisor up to date on work related activities
    The supervisor assesses the volunteer's abilities and assigns specific duties to the volunteer based on their skills
    The organization records and maintains written attendance information and hours on every volunteer
    The organization provides a Volunteer Handbook to every volunteer
    The Volunteer Handbook includes volunteer-related information, such as hours of work, dress code, cell phone usage, and the protocol for dismissal
    The Volunteer Handbook is reviewed annually and updated
    The organization holds regular orientation sessions for volunteers and prospective volunteers that includes an overview of the organization, its mission, activities, volunteer responsibilities and expectations, safety guidelines, and a tour of the facility
Not Checked:
    Every volunteer is required to undergo a Background Check and Random Drug Screening

Please provide any additional explanation regarding your governance, staffing and volunteer practices or further explanation of your answers above.
We do mandatory national background checks on all staff and employees. We do not do drug screening. Our signed agreement with staff and volunteers states: 1. It is a violation of our policy for any staff or clients to possess, sell, trade or offer for sale illegal drugs or otherwise engage in the use of illegal drugs or alcohol at the farm or while performing duties with Animals as Natural Therapy. 2. It is a violation of our policy for anyone to report to work under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol -- that is, with illegal drugs or alcohol in his/her body.
     3. It is a violation of our policy for anyone to use prescription drugs illegally. (If a staff person legally uses prescribed controlled substances/medications, the staff should notify his/her supervisor. As long as it does not affect one’s performance and judgment on the farm it will be allowed. But these medications should not be brought to the farm.)
     4. Anyone coming to the farm under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs or prescribed drugs that are affecting one’s judgment will be asked to leave the premises. If this occurs one will be put on probation and likely be asked to give up one’s volunteer or client position.
     5. If it is suspected that a staff person is coming to the farm under the influence of any of the above substances they will be spoken to privately by the supervisor and may be asked to undergo drug screening. If it is found that the person has been dishonest they will immediately be removed from the ANT program.
     6. If indicated the staff person or client is responsible to seek and receive treatment and to comply with treatment and aftercare plans as described.
     Horse handling is minimal for just one office staff person who only does fundraising and event planning.

Governing Body:
Board meetings per year:  12
Number of Board Members:  8  Number of Voting Board Members:  8

Board Compensation:
Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board/Staff Relationships:
Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? No

Board Affiliations:
Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? Yes
If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member, and the name of the related organization.
The ANT Director owns the property at which the organization conducts its programs and is paid a modest lease for said property which includes the six horses she owns.

Conflict of Interest:
Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes

Organization documents available on our website:
    None

Organization documents available on request:
    Most recent Financials
    Most recent IRS Form 990
    Most recent Annual Report
    Equine Intake Guidelines
    Adoption/Foster Agreement
    Volunteer Handbook
    Employee Handbook
    Bylaws

Additional Comments:
We do mandatory national background checks on all staff and employees. We do not do drug screening. Our signed agreement with staff and volunteers states: 1. It is a violation of our policy for any staff or clients to possess, sell, trade or offer for sale illegal drugs or otherwise engage in the use of illegal drugs or alcohol at the farm or while performing duties with Animals as Natural Therapy. 2. It is a violation of our policy for anyone to report to work under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol -- that is, with illegal drugs or alcohol in his/her body.
     3. It is a violation of our policy for anyone to use prescription drugs illegally. (If a staff person legally uses prescribed controlled substances/medications, the staff should notify his/her supervisor. As long as it does not affect one’s performance and judgment on the farm it will be allowed. But these medications should not be brought to the farm.)
     4. Anyone coming to the farm under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs or prescribed drugs that are affecting one’s judgment will be asked to leave the premises. If this occurs one will be put on probation and likely be asked to give up one’s volunteer or client position.
     5. If it is suspected that a staff person is coming to the farm under the influence of any of the above substances they will be spoken to privately by the supervisor and may be asked to undergo drug screening. If it is found that the person has been dishonest they will immediately be removed from the ANT program.
     6. If indicated the staff person or client is responsible to seek and receive treatment and to comply with treatment and aftercare plans as described.
     Horse handling is minimal for just one office staff person who only does fundraising and event planning.
Financial Reporting:
Month Fiscal Year Ends: 12
Type of Financial Reporting (Audit, Review, Compilation): Compilation
Type of IRS Filing (990, 990-EZ, 990-N): 990
Does the uploaded Pro Forma 990/990 represent 2018? No
View The IRS Form 990/Pro Forma 990

POLICIES

Acquisition
Our organization acquires horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Donation  
    Free Lease  
    Purchase/Adoption from Owner  
    Return  

Our organization does not acquire horses/equines from the following source(s):
    Purchase from auction, kill pen or feedlot  
    Surrender  
    Seizure  
    Abandonment  

Our organization will accept the following:
    Geldings
    Mares
    Pregnant Mares
    Foals
    Only Stallions to be castrated

Not Checked:
    Stallions
Definitions:
Donated: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a donation document.
Free Lease: The ownership of the horse is maintained by the owner/trainer/responsible agent; the custody and responsibility for the shelter and care of the horse is transferred to the organization utilizing a free lease document.
Purchased: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent utilizing a purchase document.
Surrendered: The ownership and custody of the horse is relinquished to the organization by its owner/trainer/responsible agent without the use of a donation document.
Seized: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization as a result of the horse being seized by law enforcement or another agency and removed from the owner.
Abandoned: The ownership and custody of the horse is transferred to the organization as a result of the horse being abandoned by the owner or the owner was unable to be located.
Returned: The horse was previously a part of the organization, was adopted, and ownership and custody of the horse has been transferred back to the organization.

Feral/Wild Horse: Free-roaming horses that are descendants of the domesticated horse and have no or limited human contact.

Foal: An equine up to one year old; a colt is a male foal and a filly is a female foal.
Mare: A female equine.
Stallion: A male equine that has not been castrated.
Gelding: A castrated male equine.


Our organization will accept the following breeds:
    American Saddlebred
    Appaloosa
    Arabian
    Donkey/Mule/Burro
    Draft
    Mustang
    Friesian
    Hackney
    Miniature Horse
    Morgan
    National Show Horse
    Paint
    Quarter Horse
    Standardbred
    Tennessee Walking Horse
    Thoroughbred
    Warm Blood
    Mixed Breed
    Other
    Andalusian/Lusitano
    Icelandic Horse
    Haflinger
    Norwegian Fjord
    Gypsy Vanner
    Feral/Wild
    Paso Fino
    Pinto
    Appendix Quarter Horse
    Rocky Mountain Horse
    Missouri Fox Trotter

Additional information about our acquisition policies and practices:
We will accept horses from any source - but generally sources include donation, free lease and purchase from owner. We may not have room to accept mothers and foals but it is a possibility as we have done so in the past.


Intake, Assessment & Training
Following arrival of the equine at the facility, the following is performed:
    Physical examination by trained barn staff
    Photographs are taken
    A Henneke Body Conditioning Score is assigned
    Physical examination by a farrier
    Physical examination by a dentist
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine at the facility for a prescribed period of time
Not Checked:
    Physical examination by a veterinarian
    Coggins test
    Blood work other than Coggins
    Fecal test
    Vaccinations
    De-worming
    The horse is scanned to check for a microchip
    The horse is microchipped if the scan indicates that there is no microchip
    The horse is confined to a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine off-site for a prescribed period of time

The organization requires the following with respect to the health status of the horse prior to acceptance and arrival at the organization:
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, our veterinarian will administer appropriate vaccinations
Not Checked:
    A current Coggins
    Vaccination records that have been administered within the last 12 months
    If health records are not available or are out-of-date, the owner is responsible for having vaccinations administered.

The organization has the following policies in place prior to a horse being accepted and/or arriving at the facility:
    The owner of a potential horse is interviewed over the phone or in person prior to seeing the horse
    The horse is evaluated at its place of residence
    The owner completes an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between the owner and our organization
    The owner is financially responsible for the shipping of the horse to and from the organization
    Horses are on trial for 60 or more days
    The trial period may be reduced based on the horse's progress
    During the trial period, the organization accepts financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care, up to a fixed amount agreed upon by the organization and the owner
    The trial period may be terminated by either the organization or the owner for any reason
Not Checked:
    Horses are not taken on trial
    Horses are on trial for up to 30 days
    Horses are on trial up to 60 days
    During the trial period, the organization accepts total financial responsibility for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care
    During the trial period, the owner/donor is financially responsible for the care of the horse, including board, feed, shoeing and any necessary veterinary care

Horses are assessed for following skills and behaviors:
    Retrieval from a pasture/paddock
    Leading with a halter and lead rope
    Temperament, disposition and attitude, such as rated from very calm to very high spirited
    Saddling
    Bridling
    Lunging
    Loading onto and unloading off a trailer
    Mounting and dismounting
    Riding at the walk
    Riding at the trot
    Riding at the canter
    Tolerance to unusual objects and loud noises
    Known vices, i.e., cribbing, biting, kicking, weaving, stall walking, etc
    Grooming
    Tolerance to multiple handlers at the same time
Not Checked:
    Riding by a beginner and/or unbalanced rider
    Jumping
    Driving (Pulling a carriage)
    Bathing
    Clipping

The typical length of quarantine is:   20 to 30 days

Horses provided formal training (groundwork or riding):   As needed; no set schedule

Additional information about our intake, assessment & training policies and practices:
The amount of veterinary and dental work and farrier really depends on the shape the horse is in when arriving and if it has suspected health issues (ie. skinny horse may have tooth problems) and has or not had regular veterinary or farrier care.


Breeding
The organization has the following policies related to breeding and stallions:
    Our organization does NOT breed horses.
Not Checked:
    Our organization breeds horses
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, are permitted to house stallions
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, breeds horses
    The facility or facilities where our organization conducts its programs, including foster facilities, does NOT breed horses


Additional information about our breeding policies and practices:
For our offsite leadership workshops we will occasionally be using some miniature horses from a different farm that does breed miniatures for therapy horses.
     
     Our farm last bred a horse 8 years ago.

Euthanasia
The organization has the following policies related to euthanasia:
    Our organization will never have a horse euthanized for space
    Our organization will never have a healthy horse euthanized under any circumstances
    Our organization may have a horse euthanized after all reasonable treatment options have been explored
    Euthanasia is done on site when possible to decrease trauma from transport
    Euthanasia is done at the veterinarian's facility
    Disposal of the carcass is handled within 24 hours
Not Checked:
    Our organization does not euthanize horses under any circumstances.
    Our organization may have a healthy horse euthanized if it is a threat to itself, other horses, or people

Horses will be euthanized upon the recommendation of:
    Veterinarian
    Senior staff member without a veterinarian's recommendation
Not Checked:
    The Board of Directors, or a member of the Board of Directors, without a veterinarian's recommendation
    Not applicable. The organization does not euthanize horses

The following are authorized to administer the procedure for your organization in accordance with state laws:
    Veterinarian
Not Checked:
    A certified euthanasia technician
    Senior staff with appropriate training
    Employee of animal control shelter or humane society with appropriate training
    Veterinary student under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian
    Not applicable. The organization does not euthanize horses

The organization utilizes the following methods of euthanasia:
    Intravenous administration of a solution of concentrated potassium chloride (KCl) with the horse in a surgical plane of general anesthesia

Additional information about our euthanasia policies and practices:
A horse that has been a threat to other horses here was re-homed and is doing well. A horse that has been a threat to people was re-homed to a person who could work with him safely in a smaller, more secure setting. I would assume that a horse that would be a threat to itself can usually benefit from an animal communicator.

Rehoming
Our organization has the following re-homing (adoption/purchase) policies and procedures in place:
    All potential adopters/purchasers complete an application/contract which constitutes the agreement between our organization and the new owner
    Our organization does NOT re-home a horse to first time horse owners
    Our organization will only re-home a horse to a location where another horse resides
    Potential adopters/purchasers must visit our organization and be observed with the horse on site
    Our organization conducts a site visit of the adopter/purchaser's facility before the transfer of the horse to the adopter/purchaser's facility
    Potential adopters/purchasers are encouraged to do a short-term, on-site foster with the horse
    Adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization free of charge
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CAN be sold or given away with prior written approval of our organization
    Our agreement states that if there is any breach of contract the horse must be returned to our organization
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make scheduled visits to see the horse within the first two years of adoption
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to visit the horse at any time.
Not Checked:
    The distance of a potential adopter/purchaser's home from our facility is a consideration for when re-homing a horse
    Adopters/purchasers can return a horse to our organization for a fee
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses CANNOT be sold, auctioned, or given away under any circumstances
    Our agreement states that re-homed horses cannot be bred
    Our agreement states that our organization reserves the right to make unannounced visits to see the horse within the first year of adoption
    Adopters/purchasers are NOT required to provide updates
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for two years
    Adopters/purchasers are required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for three or more years
    Our organization does not re-home horses under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our horses and ensures care of the horses for their lifetimes.

Our organization requires references from the following:
    Veterinarian
    Personal/Other
Not Checked:
    Farrier
    Our organization does not re-home horses under any circumstances; our organization retains custody of our horses and ensures care of the horses for their lifetimes.

Transfer of ownership occurs:   Immediately (at the time of adoption/purchase)

The average equine re-homing (adoption/purchase) fee received by your organization:
Less than $200

Our organization has the following rehoming fee policies:
    Fees may vary depending on species
    Fees may vary depending on the equine level of training
    Fees may vary depending on the equine breed
    Fees may vary depending on the equine age
    Fees may vary depending on the equine type
    Fees may vary depending on the equine health and soundness
Not Checked:
    Not applicable
    All equines have one set fee

Our organization has the following policies and procedures related to horses that need to be retired, are no longer useful, or are no longer manageable:
    Horses may remain at our organization for their lifetimes
    Horses may be found suitable homes by our organization
    Horses may be returned to their owners
    In the case a horse is unsound and/or unhealthy and cannot be treated to relieve suffering, the horse may be euthanized
Not Checked:
    Horses may be sent to auction
    In the case a horse is unmanageable and demonstrates repeated dangerous behaviors, the horse may be euthanized
    If a suitable home cannot be located within 12 months, the horse may be euthanized

Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 
     No
Please explain where and for what purpose horses are provided to use in research or medical training? 
     Adopters/purchasers may be required to provide updates (photos, vet records) for one year, depending on how well we know the owners and their care of horses.

Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 
     No
View Rehoming Application/Agreement

FACILITY INFORMATION

Total facilities at which our organization cares for and shelters horses used in our programs: 1
Animals as Natural Therapy
Animals as Natural Therapy
721 Van Wyck Rd Bellingham WA 98226
Contact: Sonja Wingard
Contact's Phone: 360-671-3509
Contact's Email: director@animalsasnaturaltherapy.org

Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Lease

If not owned, provide the name, address, phone, email and contact person of the organization(s) and/or individual(s) who owns the facility:
Sonja Wingard
721 Van Wyck Rd
Bellingham WA 98226
director@animalsasnaturaltherapy.org
360-927-3612 (cell phone)

If not owned, does your organization have a written agreement with the owner? Enter Yes or No.   Yes

If not owned, please provide the following information below: Start date and end date of current written agreement (term) and what is the organization's plan for the end of the written agreement? 
     We started leasing this property in 1999. The length of the current lease is 10 years. The start date of current lease is July 1, 2013 and will end July 1, 2023. At that time it is the organization's plan to renew the lease.

If not owned, please provide the details as to what services are provided by the owner and if and how the owner is compensated. 
     The owner receives a monthly lease payment of $1250. Roads will be proportionately maintained by Tenant and Landlord and neighboring properties. Tenant shall make, at Tenant's expense, all necessary repairs to the Leased Premises. Repairs shall include such items as routine repairs of fences, pastures, pens, drainage, floors, walls, ceilings, and other parts of the Leased Premises damaged or worn through normal occupancy, except for major mechanical systems or the roof, subject to the obligations of the parties otherwise set forth in this Lease. The back parking area will be maintained by Tenant. Landlord shall maintain fire and extended coverage insurance on the Building and the Leased Premises in such amounts as Landlord shall deem appropriate. Tenant shall be responsible, at its expense, for fire and extended coverage insurance on all of its personal property, including removable trade fixtures, located in the Leased Premises. C. Tenant and Landlord shall, each at its own expense, maintain a policy or policies of comprehensive general liability insurance with respect to the respective activities of each with the premiums thereon fully paid on or before due date, issued by and binding upon some insurance company approved by Landlord, such insurance to afford minimum protection of not less than $1,000,000 combined single limit coverage of bodily injury, property damage or combination thereof. Landlord shall be listed as an additional insured on Tenant's policy or policies of comprehensive general liability insurance, and Tenant shall provide Landlord with current Certificates of Insurance evidencing Tenant's compliance with this Paragraph. Tenant shall obtain the agreement of Tenant's insurers to notify Landlord that a policy is due to expire at least (10) days prior to such expiration. Landlord shall not be required to maintain insurance against thefts within the Leased Premises or the Building.

Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? Yes
If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable

If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     We have been a PATH Premier Accredited Center since 6/2010. Animals as Natural Therapy is registered with Washington State Secretary of State Charities registration solicitation.

Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     Whatcom County Humane Society 3710 Williamson Way, Bellingham, WA 98226 (360) 733-2080 director@whatcomhumane.org

Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     Whatcom Conservation District 6975 Hannegan Rd Lynden, WA 98264 360-526-2381 wcd@whatcomcd.org Washington State University Whatcom Co Extension Services 1000N Forest St Bellingham, Wa 98225 360-676-6736

Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? Yes

Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 6

Instructors Assigned to this Facility: (see Instructor Section below for details)
     1. Instructor: Amanda Martin
     2. Instructor: Dianna Miller
     3. Instructor: Haley Didier
     4. Instructor: Roz Anderson
     5. Instructor: Shannon McCune Dickerson
     6. Instructor: Sonja Wingard

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Grounds
Total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 5
Our organization has use of the following at this facility:
Structures/Barns: 1  Run-in sheds: 2
Pastures: 6  Paddocks/Pens: 6
Uncovered Outdoor Rings: 2  Covered Outdoor Rings: 0  Indoor Rings: 0





Regarding structures at this facility where horses are stalled:
Do horses have assigned stalls in the structure(s)?    Yes    
Do all stalls/enclosures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around?    Yes    
Is there adequate ceiling & beam height (a minimum of 12 feet above the tip of the horse's ear) when standing in all stalls/encosures?    No    
How often are the stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 Days a Week
Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction?    Yes    
Is there a ventilation and circulation system in place to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases?    Yes    
Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety?    Yes    
Are fire prevention/protection measures (fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems) maintained and in good working order?     Yes    
Is there adequate lighting to insure safety in all areas of facility?     Yes    
Are emergency contacts, including veterinarian contact information, conspicuously posted in easily accessible locations?    Yes    
Are human and equine first aid kits easily accessible?     Yes    

How many hours per day, on average, are horses stalled? 0-3;
How many hours per day, on average, are horses turned out:
    Horses are out 1 to 3 hours per day
    Horses are out 24/7 except they are brought in if there is inclement weather
    Horses are out 24/7 except when they are being trained
    Horses are out 24/7 except when they are used for the conduct of the organization's programs

The following describes the pastures at this facility:
✔    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for pasture management
✔    All pastures are fenced to prevent escape or injury
✔    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
✔    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
✔    Pastures are rotated
✔    Pastures have natural protection for horses (i.e., trees)
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have pastures where horses can graze on pasture grass
    This facility has a written plan in place for pasture management, which includes guidelines for seeding, fertilizing, irrigation, mowing, dragging, harrowing, manure removal, removal of debris, the control of poisonous plants, and a schedule for cleaning
    Barbed wire is used for fencing
    Pastures have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)

The following describes the turnout areas other than pastures at this facility:
✔    This facility has a written plan in place for the maintenance of turnout areas, which includes a schedule for cleaning, manure removal, and dragging
✔    A dedicated staff person(s) is responsible for the maintenance of turnout areas
✔    All turnout areas are fenced to prevent escape or injury
✔    Electric fencing is used; electric wires or tape fence are visibly marked
✔    Turnout areas have man-made protection for horses (i.e., shelters)
✔    Fencing checks, such as broken or missing planks, loose fence posts, exposed or loose nails, detached wires, etc., are done regularly
Not Checked:
    This facility does not have turnout areas
    Barbed wire is used for fencing

The following policies and procedures are in place at the facility to restrict public access and to keep horses safe:
✔    The property owner, staff member or caretaker lives on the premises and ensures that public access is restricted and is responsible for the security of the facility and horses
✔    By Appointment Only signs are posted.
✔    Hold Harmless signs are posted
✔    Authorized Personnel Only signs are posted
✔    Visitors are only permitted at specific times
✔    Visitors are only permitted in specific areas
✔    The property is fitted with motion lights
✔    The perimeter of the property is fully fenced
Not Checked:
    A security guard is present at night
    Horses are checked overnight
    No Trespassing signs are posted
    Entrance gates are locked at night
    The property is fitted with a security system monitored by police or a professional service
    The property is fitted with a security system that is monitored internally by staff (or the property owner)

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Veterinarian Information
Vet Assessment  conducted on 07/05/2019
Veterinarian: Dave Sauter
Clinic Name: Kulshan Veterinary Hospital    Street: 8880 Benson Rd    City: Lynden  State: WA    Zip: 98264
Phone: (360) 354-50  
Equine Care
Horse Health Care/Barn Management Records: What system is used to collect and store health/horse care records?
    Notebook or equivalent (technology not utilized)
    Onsite computer with onsite backup storage system

The following items are consistent with our feed management plan and practices:
✔    Horses are provided with individualized feeding plans, including supplements, according to age and any health issues
✔    Feed plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
✔    Supplement plans are determined in consultation with a veterinarian
✔    Horses are fed in individual stalls
✔    Horses are fed in groups
✔    Staff and volunteers are trained in proper feed measurements and protocols and observed periodically to ensure they are feeding correctly
✔    The feed chart is centrally located and updated as needed
✔    The area(s) where hay, feed, grain, and supplements are stored are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals in rodent-proof and mold-proof containers and grain bins
✔    Feed, supplements and hay types are clearly labeled
✔    Water sources, i.e., buckets, troughs, automatic waterers, etc. are kept clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals
Not Checked:
    Medications are kept in a locked, climate-controlled area

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to the ongoing assessment of horses in its care:
✔    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated annually
✔    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated with each visit by the veterinarian
✔    Photographs are taken of each horse annually and kept with the horse's health records
✔    A weight limit of no more than 20% of the horse’s weight is established for each horse and is kept with the horse’s records and updated when needed
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine chiropractor
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine acupuncturist
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine massage therapist
✔    Horses at our facility may be treated by an equine nutritionist
Not Checked:
    Horses are assigned a Henneke Body Condition score upon arrival at the facility
    The Henneke Body Condition score is updated monthly
    Photographs are taken of each horse upon arrival at the facility and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse monthly and kept with the horse's health records
    Photographs are taken of each horse with each visit by the veterinarian and kept with the horse's health records

Do horses have access to clean drinking water at all times?     Yes    

Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 4-8 weeks and when an issue arises

Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually and when an issue arises

Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? Only when an issue arises

Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? Every day or 6 days a week

Parasite Control: Our organization has the following worming protocols in place: (Check all that apply
    The protocol for each horse is determined in consultation with a veterinarian
    Fecal testing is performed prior to the use of a de-wormer.
    A de-wormer is used without fecal testing

Fly/Insect Control: What remedies are used to control flies and insects?
    Fly parasites
    Fly Traps and Tapes
    Fly Spray Repellent
    Fly Masks
    Fly Sheets

The following represent the biosecurity practices in place at facility:
✔    All staff are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
✔    All volunteers are trained in best practices related to biosecurity
✔    A specific individual is assigned to care for sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
✔    Sick, affected and/or quarantined horses are cared for last if the caretaker must also care for healthy horses
✔    Sick, affected and/or quarantined horses do not have contact with other horses or other animals
✔    Restricted access signs are posted at primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
✔    Stalls, aisle ways, and common areas are disinfected after conclusion of the quarantine
✔    Horse trailers/vans used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses are cleaned and disinfected after each use and cleaning takes place away from where horses are sheltered
✔    Horse-specific equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is not shared and is clearly labeled
✔    Shared equipment used by sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is cleaned of organic debris and disinfected after each use
Not Checked:
    Our organization follows the AAEP's Biosecurity Guidelines and/or the UC Davis Biosecurity Guidelines
    The organization has a written biosecurity plan
    Hand sanitizers and footbaths are available at all primary points of access to sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Manure and bedding from sick, affected and/or quarantined horses is disposed of in specific areas designated for infectious materials - not put in open air piles, and not spread on pastures
    Latex gloves are worn when working with sick, affected and/or quarantined horses
    Personnel are required to leave the facility (or shower and change clothing) after working with quarantined horses

The following represent the manure removal practices in place at facility:
✔    Manure is stored in dumpster(s)
✔    Manure piles are covered
✔    Manure is hauled, sold or given away
✔    Manure piles are composted or spread on pastures
✔    Our organization adheres to the manure management guidelines set by state and/or local authorities
Not Checked:
    Manure is piled in an area where horses are not located

The following steps are taken to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property::
✔    Horses are assigned the same stall/location each day
✔    Name plates are located on the stall
✔    Photos are located on the stall
✔    A notebook or binder with photos and information on each horse is easily accessible
✔    A map/diagram is posted showing the location of each horse with horse names and photos
✔    Horse photos and profiles are available on the website
✔    Staff and volunteers are provided with an information packet with horse profiles, including photos and detailed descriptions
✔    Staff/volunteers are provided training on confirmation, markings, colors, and breeds
✔    Team leaders work with new staff/volunteers until they are able to identify the horses
Not Checked:
    Horses wear halters with nametags

Our organization has the following policies and procedures in place pertaining to tack, apparel and equipment:
✔    Saddles are shared
✔    Bridles are shared
✔    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are fitted and utilized for each horse appropriate to the horse's needs and the weather conditions
✔    Blankets, sheets and turn out apparel are cleaned regularly as needed
✔    Tack is cleaned only when needed
✔    Tack is inspected for overall working condition before each use by trained personnel
✔    Tack is assessed for fit before each use by trained personnel
✔    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's body condition changes
✔    Tack is assessed for fit by trained personnel when a horse's disposition changes
✔    Assigned tack is clearly labeled
✔    Tack is stored in a climate-controlled location
✔    Helmets are shared
✔    Helmets are replaced at least every five years.
Not Checked:
     All horses have specifically assigned tack, apparel and equipment that is not shared
    Saddle pads are shared
    Bits are shared
    Blankets are shared
    Sheets are shared
    Turnout apparel is shared
     Halters are shared
    Tack is cleaned after each use
    Tack is cleaned weekly
    This facility enlists the services of a professional saddle fitter at least once a year
    Helmets are cleaned/disinfected after each use
    Helmets are replaced after a fall


Emergency Preparedness
The following plans, policies, and procedures are in place at the facility to handle emergencies and address weather related issues, fire safety procedures, and/or any additional hazardous scenarios the facility could potentially experience:
✔    Emergency phone numbers are posted prominently
✔    The facility maintains at least two weeks of hay, feed, shavings and medications
✔    The facility collects and maintains medical information from staff, volunteers, and clients
✔    The facility maintains appropriate liability and/or workers' compensation insurance
✔    All staff/volunteers are briefed regularly on emergency preparedness/safety procedures
✔    The organization has a written emergency preparedness/safety plan (EPP)
Not Checked:
    Emergency procedures are posted prominently
    The facility owns or has access to a generator

The written EPP addresses the following areas:
✔    Local fire department and/or the state's emergency planning department procedures
✔    Medical emergencies for clients, staff, and volunteers
✔    Medical emergencies for horses
✔    Fire
✔    Natural Disasters - thunderstorm, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, etc
✔    Protocols to notify emergency personnel
✔    Building/facility exit plans
Not Checked:
    Evacuation plans
    Power outages
    Terrorist attacks

The facility follows the specific procedures to help PREVENT emergency situations:
✔    Smoking is strictly prohibited
✔    NO SMOKING signs are posted prominently
✔    Hay is stored away from permanent or temporary structures where horses are stalled
✔    Permanent or temporary structures where horses are stalled are kept free of dust, cobwebs, trash, cleaning rags, and other flammable items
✔    Aisles and doorways are kept clear
✔    Heaters with automatic shutoff settings are used
Not Checked:

How often are the following checked or performed?
Fire Extinguishers are checked: Annually
Smoke detectors are checked: Not at all/NA
Electrical Systems are checked: Annually
Fencelines are checked: Weekly
Turnout Areas are checked: Daily
Sprinkler systems are checked: Not at all/NA
Fire drills are conducted: Quarterly
Review of safety protocols with staff are conducted: Quarterly
Review of safety protocols with volunteers are conducted: Quarterly
The Emergency Preparedness Plan is reviewed and updated: Quarterly

Horse Transportion
2-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
3-horse trailer with truck or van:
    1 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
4-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  1 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
6-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
8-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;
10-horse trailer with truck or van:
    0 Owned onsite  0 Access onsite but not owned  0 Access offsite;


Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT)
Total number of individual clients (not lessons) served annually: 355
Total number of individual clients participating in unmounted activities per week: 35
Total number of individual clients participating in mounted activities per week: 12
Total number of horses participating in EAAT programs at this facility: 13
Number of horses aged 3-8: 1
Number of horses aged 9-14: 1
Number of horses aged 15-20: 3
Number of horses aged over 20: 8
Average number of mounted hours per day each horse works: 1
Average number of unmounted hours per day each horse works: 3
Total number: 4
Total number of mounted horse hours per week: 20
Total number of unmounted horse hours per week: 50
Number of days per week that mounted programs are conducted at this facility: 5
Number of weeks per year that mounted programs are conducted at this facility: 42
Number of days per week that unmounted programs are conducted at this facility: 5
Number of weeks per year that unmounted programs are conducted at this facility: 46
Additional explanation: Many of our horses are not available for riding activities (3 minis, 3 large seniors~ 2 of which are rescues with old injuries) We usually serve groups of 4-6 youth at a time, but sometime there are groups of 2-3 veterans or school groups of 7-15 students. Most of the time then, we are using less than half of the horses during a lesson. Our group lessons are primarily on the ground, focusing on building respectful relationships between human-horse pairs. We spend much of our time teaching youth and veterans to develop greater awareness of self and others, the ability to read horses, grooming, leading, practicing assertiveness and boundaries with horses in hand or at liberty. When we do have mounted lessons, the amount of time riders are on horses is typically 20 minutes or less. During our three seasons of afterschool groups each year (27 weeks total), about 1/3 of the lessons involve riding time. During our summer camps (6-7 weeks/year), horses might have two riders per day for a total of 40-50 minutes of total riding time per day. Included in the participants served in 2018 were 89 seniors who were living in care facilities visited by minis. We visit them with our mini horses, dogs, bunnies, chickens, and youth. No riding occurs, only petting and connecting.

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Equine Costs and Inventory

2018 Operations: This facility was operational during 2018.

2018 Horse Care Costs
Actual Horse Care Costs
$17337     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$595     Bedding
$2145     Veterinarian
$3755     Farrier
$2245     Dentist
$1432     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$6647     Medications & Supplements
$827     Horse Transportation
$9000     Maintenance
$1428     Horse/Barn Supplies
$44022     Horse Care Staff
$2363     Horse Training
$     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$91796     2018 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$477     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$     Bedding
$     Veterinarian
$     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$     Other Therapies
$350     Manure Removal
$32     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$2300     Maintenance
$1669     Horse/Barn Supplies
$5200     Horse Care Staff
$     Horse Training
$     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$10028     2018 Total Donated Costs


Additional Explanation:
We utilize volunteers for farm maintenance projects with our staff and also for feeding assistants/manure management, which is not reflected in our PnL. Also the veterinarians give us a 5% discount and the farrier's $5 off per horse (also not reflected in the PnL). And a man hauls our composted manure to the school gardens project in Bellingham about 7 times a year at no charge. Every Friday afternoon we have a spa day where qualified volunteers come give back to the horses,offering Reiki and Masterson and other healing modalities at no charge. This also is not reflected on the PnL.

Average cost per day per horse: $19
Average length of stay for an equine: 326 days
Based on a total of 4885 days equines were in the care of this facility during 2018

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Equine Inventory

2018 Operations: This facility was operational during 2018.

2018 Horse Care Costs

2018 Animals as Natural Therapy Horse Inventory
14 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2018
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2018
1 Donated
0 Free Lease
0 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction/Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
1 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2018
2 Horses adopted/sold:
Horses transferred/returned
Horses deceased
2 Total departures
13 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2018
13 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 14 on 1/1/2018+ 1 Intakes - 2 Departures = 13 on 12/31/2018

13 Total number of all horses at this facility on December 31, 2018
14 Maximum capacity of horses at this facility on December 31, 2018

Additional Explanation:
one horse was re-homed to an appropriate horse farm, another went to a horse hospice for a month before needing euthanasia.



1 Detail Horse Intake during 2018
1 Donated
1Haflinger
1 Aged Over 20
1 Mares

0 Free Leased
0 Purchased from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction/Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned


Re-homing Detail during 2018:
2 Horses adopted/sold by breed, age & intended use:
2Warm Blood
Aged Under 3
Aged 3-9
Aged 10-14
1 Aged 15-20 for EAAT/Therapy  
1 Aged Over 20 for Pasture Mate  







FACILITY INVENTORY SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Animals as Natural Therapy

14 Total number of horses involved with your programs on January 1, 2018
PLUS: Horse Intake during 2018
1 Donated
0 Free Lease
0 Purchase/Adoption from Owner
0 Purchased from Auction/Kill Pen/Feedlot
0 Surrendered
0 Seized
0 Abandoned
0 Returned
1 Total intakes
LESS: Horse Departure during 2018
2 Horses adopted/sold:
0 Horses transferred/returned
0 Horses deceased
2 Total departures
13 Number of horses involved with your programs on December 31, 2018
13 Total number of active horses (not retired) including
horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 Total number of horses permanently retired.

Summary: 14 on 1/1/2018+ 1 Intakes - 2 Departures = 13 on 12/31/2018

13 Total number of all horses on December 31, 2018
14 Maximum capacity of horses on December 31, 2018




FACILITY COST SUMMARY

Total Facilities: 1
Animals as Natural Therapy

Actual Horse Care Costs
$17337     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$595     Bedding
$2145     Veterinarian
$3755     Farrier
$2245     Dentist
$1432     Other Therapies
$0     Manure Removal
$6647     Medications & Supplements
$827     Horse Transportation
$9000     Maintenance
$1428     Horse/Barn Supplies
$44022     Horse Care Staff
$2363     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$91796     2018 Total Horse Care Costs
Donated Horse Care Costs
$477     Feed (Grain/Hay)
$0     Bedding
$0     Veterinarian
$0     Farrier
$0     Dentist
$0     Other Therapies
$350     Manure Removal
$32     Medications & Supplements
$0     Horse Transportation
$2300     Maintenance
$1669     Horse/Barn Supplies
$5200     Horse Care Staff
$0     Horse Training
$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$10028     2018 Total Donated Costs

Average cost per day per horse: $19




INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION

V. INSTRUCTORS

     1. Amanda Martin

         Facility Participation:

         Animals as Natural Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: PATH International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2010
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Therapeutic Riding Instructor (2010) and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (2012) certifications.
Additional information about this instructor: Amanda Martin is a PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She has a Master's Degree in English and currently teaches English composition, literature, and humanities at Whatcom Community College. Amanda continues to develop professionally by attending conferences and workshops, presenting to peers and researching in the areas of mental health, child development, and student-centered pedagogies. She has worked with children and teens since 2001 as mentor and teacher, facilitating experiential learning with animals.

     2. Dianna Miller

         Facility Participation:

         Animals as Natural Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Additional information about this instructor: She has 10 years of leading pack trips and horse experiences in both national parks and private areas around the western US

     3. Haley Didier

         Facility Participation:

         Animals as Natural Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH International)
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2017
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: "Therapeutic Riding Instructor" which certifies her to lead mounted and groundwork activities with horses and humans.

     4. Roz Anderson

         Facility Participation:

         Animals as Natural Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: PATH International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2003
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? No
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Therapeutic Riding Instructor (2003) and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (2011) certifications.
Additional information about this instructor: Roz is not actively instructing at ANT (she reitred) but she does come out and assist our trainer, Trish, in working with the horses. We consider her as an emeritus instructor as she is a fount of wisdom about anything to do with riding or the care of horses.

     5. Shannon McCune Dickerson

         Facility Participation:

         Animals as Natural Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: PATH International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2010
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Therapeutic Riding Instructor (2010) and Equine Assisted Mental Health and Learning is pending (2016).
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: Certified Horsemanship Association
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2007
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? No
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Riding Instructor--Level 1 English and Western
Additional information about this instructor: Shannon McCune Dickerson is a PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor with a master’s degree in Education. She has worked with children and teens for over 12 years mentoring, teaching, leading wilderness trips, facilitating groups, and as a foster parent. In the past 6 years, she has also worked as a parenting educator and most recently as a family counselor, meeting with high-risk families in their homes. She has been involved with equine-assisted learning since 2006 and loves how horses can invite us to see our individual challenges and strengths and open conversations for how we can grow into our best selves.

     6. Sonja Wingard

         Facility Participation:

         Animals as Natural Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Certification 1:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: PATH International
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2003
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Therapeutic Riding Instructor (2003) and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (2011)
Certification 2:
Provide the name of the certifying organization: EAGALA
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2003
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: Horse handler level one and two
Certification 3:
Provide the name of the certifying organization.Certified Horsemanship Association
Enter the year that the certification was awarded: 2003
Is the instructor's certification considered 'Active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification: English Level One, Western Level Two and Trail Guide certifications.
Additional information about this instructor: Sonja is the full time Executive/Program Director of Animals as Natural Therapy, incorporated in 1999. Sonja is a certified horse instructor with three internationally recognized equine organizations: PATH-Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding International, EAGALA-Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, and CHA-Certified Horsemanship Association. Sonja has pursued training methods which inspire partnership with the horse as co-teacher with Eponaquest- Linda Kohanov, Adventures in Awareness-Barbara Rector and Anne Alda, and Dances with Horses- Frank Bell. With this mindset Sonja is a skilled facilitator for self-discovery and the building of healthy relationships whether people to people or people to animals. Sonja holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Washington State University. She has been practicing nursing for over 40 years in the fields of Family Health, Home Health, School Nursing, Public Health, Camp Nursing, Mother-Baby Care and most recently as a Nursing Instructor in localities as diverse as Boston, the Navajo Reservation and various communities in Washington State. She is the mother of three adults and eight grandchildren who have also contributed to her training.