"A Place of Rescue" and "A Journey to Peace."

Scatter Joy Acres

Scatter Joy Acres  is a 26-acre urban Rescue/Animal Therapy ranch in Omaha, NE. 
 We take in abused, neglected and abandoned animals. Those we that don’t find loving forever home are trained 
to become therapists in our Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) program. 

Our certified AAT program provides help for those in greatest need in our community:
 at-risk children, the developmentally disabled, seniors, homeless, the mentally ill, veterans, and those re-entering society.

Welcome to Scatter Joy Acres.  

We are Omaha's Premier Animal-Assisted Therapy Ranch. Providing care to thousands in need with animals we have rescued.

We appreciate our volunteers and donors.

In the fall of 2006 Scatter Joy Acres was founded by Joy Bartling.  The vision was that the Ranch would be "A Place of Rescue and A Journey to Peace."  SJA became a non-profit in 2009.  Joy Serves as Executive Director .

In the summer of 2014, Scatter Joy Acres moved to a new location with 27 acres and lots of room for animals and farm/ranch activities.  
The vision remains the same. 

 Animal Assisted Therapy
 Community Outreach
Recreational Outings and Camps 
 Group Projects Available
Volunteer Training
Corporate Events

They welcome people of all ages, from all walks of life.  They invite you to "Think Outside The Fence" with them as their animals, ranch, and involvement in community make a difference one person at a time. 

Scatter Joy Acres Offers:

  • an opportunity for retreat and reflection for individuals, families and small groups.
  • a place for planning, building and teamwork. Our natural setting allows groups to focus on goals and objectives without distractions.
  • Individuals and groups a place to remove themselves from their everyday world to reflect and focus on community building, job skills, and reaffirmation of relationships.
  • activities that build improved skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.
  • experiential learning activities involving animals and people.


Scatter Joy Acres operates year-around. 

Whatever the season Scatter Joy Acres is a beautiful place to be.

"We believe that the Bible is a complete and effective tool for counseling. We want to live our lives being pleasing to our Heavenly Father and feel that Scatter Joy Acres is to be used to help others find their way back to a Christ-centered, peaceful life in God's perfect will."