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Animals as Natural Therapy


EIN: 91-1939165
Founded: 1999
Animals as Natural Therapy
721 Van Wyck Rd
Bellingham WA 98226
360-671-3509
Last Updated 2018-08-28

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Equine Welfare Network Guardian
We are proud to be a *2018 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
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.


Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses and also uses horses to provide our services that are cared for and sheltered by another organization(s).

90% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.

Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.


Volunteer Opportunities


Feeder Assistant
Minimum Age: 16
The feeder assistant assists the feeder in cleaning horse areas, preparing hay bags and cleaning and filling watering troughs. This is 2-3 hour once or twice a week commitment in the early morning or late afternoon.

Youth Mentor
Minimum Age: 18
Mentoring youth as they prepare their horses for ground work or riding. A year long one day a week after school commitment; summer day camp mentoring is a more variable commitment. Three trainings are required.

Inter-generational Mentor
Minimum Age: 18
Mentors sought for assisting youth with inter-generational visits with animals. Must pass a background check.


Wish List Items


Crates Full QH Tree 17 Inch Western Saddle

Wish List
good quality hay
large construction style wheelbarrows

Horse Sponsorships
Support an amazing therapy horse in its work with 300 to 400 youth and veterans each year!


*Guardians are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations. The Guardian Designation is awarded annually.