Here are some of the comments we get from our visits. Since we work with patients, residents and people with various disabilities, most of our visits are private and the therapy work our animals due is unseen by the public.

The responses we get are truely heart warming and we do live up to our simple mission of "We Bring Smiles"

When possible and permission is granted, we do take photos and they will be displayed in our gallery. 

We occasionly again with permission, shoot video and use Youtube. On this page we will link comments about our visits.

If you are interested in a visit, or just have questions, send an e-mail to



"Young's Funny Farm brings unbridled joy to anyone fortunate enough to experience the gentility of a varied menagerie Neil and Vonnie Young introduce to the young and young at heart in our area."


"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 connectingwith nature."



"Neil and Vonnie Young have done a remarkable service in saving abused animals, and training them to socialize with people to give them comfort. They've devoted their lives to bringing smiles to people of all ages.  Itis impossible not to be moved by some of the interactions between the pets and the people."

"Neil and Vonnie Young--along with their menagerie of ducks, dogs and burros are on a mission to bring a little happiness to those who could usea smile. You can't help but be taken back to some of the nicest memories of your childhood after a visit to Young's Funny Farm."



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Letters and comments from our therapy visits.

From the 2008 annual report of St Joseph Center in Scranton

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.

July 20, 2010 - Visit at the Farm by Central Columbia ESY Program

Dear Young Funny Farm,Thank you for letting us visit your farm. We liked it very much. Our favorite things were:
Zach M – horses           Laura – dogs
Mathew – ducks           Zach U – donkeys
Mahes – ducks              Kyle –dogs
Tom my – everything   Shelby – horses

Hope to see you again next summer.

Thanks again the staff and students from Central Columbia ESY Program
Zach U., Mahes, Shelby, Tommy C., Zach M., Brandon, Kyle, Laura K., Mathew

May 23, 2010 – Coplay House, Coplay, PA 
Dear Neil and Vonnie,

We can’t thank you enough for the wonderful afternoon of pet therapy that you provided us this past Sunday. We loved touching Honeybun and Henry, as well as the ducks. We really appreciate your kindness towards us and our staff. We hope to ask you to visit again some day.God Bless you for all you do to make the lives of those with special needs brighter!

The Life Path Gang at Coplay House…
Dan, Lisa, Beth Ann, Chris, Shaina, Stacey, Marissa, Sarah


May 26, 2010 - e-mail from godmother on visit



My godson lives at the LifePath Coplay home and I'm told he really enjoyed your visit last weekend.  I'm sorry I could not be there. I've attached a picture of Chris on one of the donkeys. 

Thanks for providing such a wonderful ministry to developmentally disabled people.  Pet therapy is a wonderful tool to use and you've far exceeded the term "pet" with all of the animals you have in your program. 

Thank you again.  I know Chris enjoyed himself.  I'm glad he was able to experience being on the donkey.

Alice Mudge

July 22, 2010 - Oblate St Joseph Church Camp, Pittston, PA

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Young,
Thank you for coming to visit our camp with your therapy animals. We loved getting to know Timmy, Honeybun, Henry, Frenchy, Afro, and Shorty. They were very friendly and a lot of fun! Hope we will get to see them again!


August 3, 2010 - Camp Sensation, Sheshequin-Ulster Elementary  School, Ulster, PA

Dear Vonnie and NeilThank you for visiting Camp Sensation. We sure did have a wonderful time meeting you and your therapy team members!Enclosed, for your review, is a copy of an article that appeared in our local paper.

Thank you,

Patty Dawsey


August 5, 2010 - Wyoming Valley Montessori School Summer Program, Kingston, PA


On behalf of the Wyoming Valley Montessori school farm campers I would like to thank you for bringing your animals to share with us. The kids really enjoyed seeing the animals and were excited to tell everyone about their experience. I hope the supplies we collected were useful to you. We would love to have you back if a future opertunioty presents itself. Thank you also for the pictures you sent. I hope this letter finds you well.

Thank you again,

Sarah Killian

Summer Camp Director


October 20, 2010 - Trinity Mission Shenandoah, Shenandoah, PA

On behalf of the residents and staff of Trinity Mission, we would like to thank you for your visit of 10/20/2010, Our residents enjoyed seeing the animals and being able to pet them, Seeing the smiles on their faces and knowing how beneficial the effects of pet therapy is, makes us grateful that there are resources such as yours to play a part in enhancing a resident's overall health and well being, We look forward to future visits and again, thank you for giving us a special way to show our residents we care.

Linda Sutton, AD


January 14, 2011 - Lakeside Nursing Center, Harvey’s Lake PA

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! 

Midge Gregory, NHA

Wyoming Valley Health Care System

July 15, 2011

Dear Neil and Yvonne,

I, just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you from our

Community Counseling Service's Children's Summer Camp Program for having us at your farm. We visited your farm on July 11, 2011 and the children had a wonderful experience.


Kimberly Marrow, M. Ed.

Director of Autism Services


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