At-Risk Youth

Since children naturally identify with animals, we can use interactions with animals to teach children how to behave towards other people.  Often when children are abused, they turn their hurt around to abuse others. By teaching empathy and uniting kids with all life, our At-Risk Youth program helps turn these kids from the inner city into protectors instead of abusers.

We believe that our animals are particularly helpful with these children. First, the animals at Scatter Joy Acres all have histories of abuse, neglect, abandonment or worse.  Often the children share similar pasts, and hearing the stories of the animals helps them see that change is possible. Second, as they see that the animals are safe here with us, the children begin to open up, as they too feel safe. Finally, we believe that animals, with their unconditional love and non-judgmental attitude, can often reach kids more deeply and effectively than people can. As the children learn to love the animals, they simultaneously learn to love a part of themselves. As they learn to understand the animals, they learn to understand a part of themselves.

Identifying with the animals at Scatter Joy Acres helps the children feel safe. When we explore how our abused animals have learned to forgive and overcome their pasts, the animals become role models helping the children reach their goals of surpassing their pain and reaching for their bright futures.

We believe that animals can provide unconditional love, kindness, and a non-judgmental attitude to all.  The animals at Scatter Joy Acres have so much love to give back, and we believe they are perfect for people with special needs.

Scatter Joy Acres environment is safe and quiet, giving your special needs group the freedom to be themselves, and the room to explore at their own pace. The animals teach forgiveness, love, trust, and a sense of responsibility, which means a lot too many special needs children.