We were built on the foundation that the relationship between people and animals is symbiotic. We believe that the way we treat animals — from felines to pooches, ducks to horses — directly impacts us. As animal feed manufacturers, we see the environmental and health benefits of raising our own poultry and livestock as well as the relationships that many backyard chicken owners have developed with their feathered friends. That belief is why being the Presenting Gallop Sponsor of Animals as Natural Therapy’s 2016 Horsin’ Around fundraising campaign is a perfect fit for our company.
Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT) is a Bellingham non-profit based on the knowledge that “animals can teach humans important life skills,” such as respect, trust and clear communication. The organization works with children and adults from all walks of life, including at-risk youth, veterans, and low-income families and individuals. Participants in ANT’s array of programs work with animals to build life skills that can help them work toward a more positive outlook and awareness.
As the Presenting Gallop Sponsor of ANT’s Horsin’ Around, we will receive a whimsical wooden painted horse, which will be on display at ANT’s annual Summer Bash BBQ on July 16. After the event, the horse will be displayed on Hannegan Road, alongside other sponsoring businesses and organizations. Drivers along the rural stretch between Bellingham and Lynden will be able to see up to 30 horses on display, each representing the businesses and organizations that contributed to the Horsin’ Around Campaign.
“The Horsin’ Around Campaign is a fun way to support a fantastic organization. Many of us at Scratch and Peck Feeds have pets or raise animals and know firsthand how beneficial that relationship between humans and animals is to our social well-being and overall planet. We’re fortunate to have Animals as Natural Therapy in our community. Their work is critical; we’re honored to be supporting their work, and we love the playfulness of this sponsorship,” says our founder and owner, Diana Ambauen-Meade.
Animals as Natural Therapy isn’t the only local animal organization we support. We frequently donate animal feed, supplements, and treats to the Whatcom Humane Society to help ease the non-profit’s food costs for rescued and abandoned chickens and pigs. We are also a sponsor of the Alternative Humane Society’s 8th Annual Paws and Claws Expo on July 31 at Bloedel Donovan Park. “We are grateful that we can contribute to these much-needed organizations in our community,” said Ambauen-Meade. “They do such important work!”