Young's Funny Farm ReturnsYoung'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 AreYoung'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 DoWe 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 CardsWe 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.
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 horses 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."
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
"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 facilitieshost 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!"
Young's Funny Farm
764 Knob Mountain Road
Berwick PA 18603-5853
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