Pet Therapy Photos

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Our Mission Statement "We Bring Smiles"

By using rescued animals for therapy work.

Animal Therapy News

February 13th
Herald SunElvis the maltese terrier delights patients at Cabrini Hospital, Malvern as pet therapy program takes offHerald SunIt is fantastic to see how his appearance lifts everyone's mood and to see and hear how he engages with some of our chronicall...
February 10th
Montrose Daily PressDogs take therapy and run with itMontrose Daily PressJoshua Burkholder reads a book to Gus, a Boston Terrier, while the dog's owner and Secretary of Morningstar Therapy Dogs Paula Brown looks on as part of the Read to Rover program...
January 27th
Viet Nam NewsSaline intrusion a threat to crops in Mekong DeltaViet Nam NewsHCM CITY (VNS) — Farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta are facing a loss of crops as severe saline intrusion has occurred earlier than normal this year. The annual flooding seaso...
January 27th
WGME1 dead, 8 arrested after leaders of armed group occupying refuge clash with FBIWGMEBLM has lost, stole, swapped, traded or otherwise deemed over 1/2 of the lands the wild horses were granted to be on in 1971's "Wild Horse & Burro Act. Now...
January 22nd
Viet Nam NewsIllegal piers pose problem in DeltaViet Nam NewsHCM CITY (VNS) — Many boat stations in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta operate without a licence, threatening the safety of the system, authorities have warned. Nguyen Khanh Hai, head of the Dong Th...
January 20th
Rockhampton Morning BulletinCaring for animals in a paw-fect world, as they care for usRockhampton Morning BulletinThere are Queensland organisations dedicated to pet therapies too, such as Delta Society. We should be supporting these organisations, and t...
January 4th
Viet Nam NewsMost modern bus station inaugurated in Mekong DeltaViet Nam NewsCAN THO (VNS) — The People's Committee of Can Tho City of Can Tho Province yesterday put into operation the most modern bus station in the Mekong Delta. The central bus stati...
November 6th
CBS 8 San DiegoCounterfeit companion dogs a disservice to disabledCBS 8 San DiegoSAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - For as little as $60 owners can go online and register their pet as a service animal. It makes it difficult to tell the difference between a legitimate se...
July 24th
Courier MailTogether with RSPCA QLD, Delta Society will open dog behavioural schools across the stateCourier MailRSPCA Qld CEO Mark Townend said the schools would carry the RSPCA brand name however training would be positive reinforcement methods designed...
February 23rd
Is a 'Comfort Dog' a Service Dog?Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)We, at Delta Society, have been receiving an increase in inquiries from people with psychiatric concerns whose doctors have prescribed they keep a pet with them to calm anxiety or p...
 

Young's Funny Farm on the Road
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Young's Funny Farm Resumes Visits

Young's Funny Farm is having a busy summer with visits to school programs, camps, community events as well as our visits to nursing homes.

To request visit, please fill out request form.

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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