Pet Therapy Photos

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Our Mission Statement "We Bring Smiles"

By using rescued animals for therapy work.

Animal Therapy News

August 24th
BLM delays wild horse removal in checkerboard landsCasper Star-Tribune OnlineThey are not following the 1971 Wild horse & burro act. This are a useless dept. The department of the interior and the dept of wildlife arn't any better. Whe problem in ...
August 23rd
Pet Partners® Names New Board of Directors ChairpersonPR.com (press release)Pet Partners, established in Portland, Oregon as Delta Society in 1977, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to demonstrating and promoting positive human-animal interactions whi...
August 22nd
Times BulletinTherapy dogs: A little fur goes a long wayTimes BulletinFormally known as the Delta Society, Pet Partners is an organization which encourages the use of therapy dogs in the respective communities. According to its mission statement, the agen...
August 22nd
The Yucatan TimesHollywood actors offer reward for Yucatan “Dog-Rapist”The Yucatan TimesThe case of sexual abuse to a little dog in Tizimín has transcended the Yucatan, all the way to Hollywood, where actor and film director Raul Julia Levy is now offerin...
August 7th
Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Heading to TonganoxieKansas First NewsThe U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold a wild horse and burro adoption in Tonganoxie, Kan., August 8-9, 2014. The two-day event at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds will fe...
August 5th
Nigerian Tribune2015: Fanfare as Izon congress, IYC, othersNigerian Tribune... elders, chiefs, leaders of thought and all Ijaw traditional rulers to rally round the concept of Delta Izon Congress (DIC), which had a sole purpose of penetrating the larger D...
August 2nd
Animal-assisted Activities for Students With DisabilitiesInsurance News NetSuch animal-assisted activities have been widely used in the United States , the United Kingdom , Canada , Australia , and in Europe and Asia (Cardak, 2009; Delta Society , 2012; I...
 

Young's Funny Farm Returns

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Young's Funny Farm Resumes Visits

It has been a long road of recovery since an accident on June 27, 2013 brought the visitation programs to a halt in a motor vehicle accident which caused the loss of our tow vehicle and horse trailer as well as injuries and lost of Henry, one our first therapy donkeys.

Thanks to a lot of support from the friends and supporters, August 2014 will have us resuming visits with some actual improvements and changes.

We now have a dedicated van to tow our new to us (used) horse trailer which for the first time gives us storage space.

Since we do not charge for visits, we still need donations to support our programs and modify both our van and trailer to deliver both our animals and equipment.
For the first time, donations are now tax deductible thanks to the Greater Berwick United Way. 

Donations can be made by clicking on the donate button on the bottom right of this page. Donations are used for care and feeding of our animals, veterinarian bills and support our visits. 

You can find us on Facebook by looking for Young's Funny Farm Inc.

Who We Are
Young's Funny Farm is the home of some very special therapy animals including our therapy donkeys Henry & Honeybun; our miniature therapy horses, Buddy & Shorty; therapy ducks, Afro, Daffy, Donald, Frenchie, Stumpy & Von Drake; and our cross trained service/therapy dogs Cinderella. All our animals are part of the Pet Partners® and have taken the same testing that the more common therapy dog takes with only minor adjustments for different species.

We currently have 11 therapy animals available for visits. 

What We Do
We visit many different types of facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, special needs centers, schools, church programs, camps and other community events. We do many special needs camps and classes as well as assisted living units.

We Can Alway Use Donations

We volunteer our time and resources and our visits and services are done for free. First we need donations and if you are able to help, with a donation, of any amount, even a small amount, it all adds up and helps. If you cannot help, do not feel bad, but sometimes words of encouragement help too.

You can use PayPal buy clicking the button on the bottom of the page or by sending a check to Young's Funny Farm, 764 Knob Mountain Rd, Berwick PA 18603. For a better break down of costs please click here.

Gift Cards
We can always use gifts cards for Tractor Supply Company, Agway and for projects on the farm and fence repair, Home Depot and Lowes. For a better idea of what type of feed we use and costs please click here.

For a better idea of our costs for caring for the animals, please click here.

Young's Funny Farm - We Bring Smiles!


The Littlest Things in Life Available at Berwick Library

The Littlest Things in Life is a short feature movie directed by Jeanette Kammerer, from Temple University's Film and Media Arts program as her senior thesis film. The film is a fifteen-minute documentary about miniature horses Buddy and Shorty of Young’s Funny Farm in Berwick, Pa, who are trained to assist and provide therapy for people who need physical, mental, and emotional aid.

This film willfocus on Young’s Funny Farm in Berwick, Pa, an animal therapy program run by husband and wife team Neil and Yvonne  "Vonnie" Young, which uses a variety of animals such as dogs, ducks, donkeys, and two mini hors
es to provide those in need with a unique emotional therapy experience.

The film crew followed the Young's on several therapy visits including St Joseph Center in Scranton and other facilities.

Most people are familiar with St Joseph Center because of WNEP's Joe Snedeker's Go Joe Bike Ride throughout the region to raise funds for St Joseph Center.

 In 2008, the St Joseph Center annual report, stated "Another unique experience this year for individuals in the program was Young's Funny Farm visits to both sites. Young's Funny Farm is an organization that brings therapy animals to visits individuals in different settings. During their visit they brought Timmy a therapy dog, Buddy and Shorty, two miniature therapy horses. Honeybun, a therapy donkey and two beautiful ducks. Those in the program enjoyed petting, feeding and looking at the animals. For many it was the first time they were able to see the various animals."

buddy professional.jpgThe film opens at the Covered Bridge Festival at Knoebles, where the Young's were doing a meet & greet where the public can visit with the therapy animals, learn about the BLM Wild Horse & Burro Adoption Program and ask questions.

While the Young's have increased the number of public appearances they do on top of the therapy vists, they want the people to know, that the public appearences do not demostrate the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). The film shows the miniature horses during actual visits and how residents and patients respond.

Anyone who is considering doing therapy work with a dog or other animal, would benefit from seeing what is involved. Further information can be found at the Pet Partners® Program web site. 

The littlest Things in Life, premiered May 1, 2013 at the Pearl Theater in Philadelphia and was broadcasted by Metrocast in June.

People can also contact the Young's directly at info@youngsfunnyfarm.org 

Proud Member

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"Animals have the ability to bring out the best in people; when you  have the chance to cuddle with Timmy or Cinder, or
hear Honeybun "sing" for her 
carrot, it takes you back to gentler days of petting zoos, and connecting with nature."

"It is a pleasure for me to be able to express the experience and enjoyment brought to our residents from Young’s Funny Farm. We are aware that other facilities
host this group — but in their parking lots. We bring them into the facility, into the Activities Room where they are able to move among the residents, be pet and touched and given much love. 

Young’s Funny Farm has visited our facility many times. Their interactions with our residents is exceptional. They are patient and understanding, while interacting 
with our residents and their animals. Residents are entertained as well as excited to have these certified animals in such close proximity. Their faces tell it all."

"HOORAY FOR YOUNG’S FUNNY FARM!" 

 
 

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