"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.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Pets can be good for our health.  They are known to increase a sense of well-being and reduce our stress levels. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is an innovative intervention in which an animal becomes a crucial and highly effective part of the treatment process.  Animals can give therapists the tools they need to begin and maintain an effective treatment program with solution-focused therapy.  AAT can improve a person's social, emotional, and cognitive functions.

Benefits of AAT

  • Animal Assisted Therapy serves as an effective icebreaker with withdrawn and uncooperative clients. 
  • Studies have shown that stroking and animal helps reduce blood pressure and heart rate. 
  • Interaction with animals helps in bringing individuals out of thier world and into ours.             
               Having an animals nose nudging into thier hands makes them focus on the present.
  • Therapy animals encourage interaction between client-therapist and client--outside world.
  • Therapy animals have a way of accepting people without qualifications.
               When a client gets unconditional love from an animal they give better responses during therapy.
  • Having a warm, furry animal to stroke and hug is therapeutic to clients who are not comfortable being touched by people.
  • Watching a pet jump around and play can be relaxing and fun for even people who don't like animals.
  • Receiving unconditional love and affection from an animal can teach clients especially children to develop nurturing skills, which they may not of been able to learn from people. 
  • For seniors, the benefits of a furry companion can be life-changing. Walking a dog is great cardiovascular exercise, but just the simple act of caring for a pet-petting, brushing, feeding-provides both mild activity and a means to stay engaged with the world.

We Work With Special Needs In Our Community


  • Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Substance Abuse
  • Attachment Issues
  • Trauma/Loss Situations /Grief
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Behavioral/Emotional Concerns
  • Depression/Bi-Polar Disorder/Anxiety
  • Abuse/Trauma/Pain (Physical, Emotional and/or Mental)
  • Social and Relationship Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • PTSD

Teens, Families, and Groups

  • Self-Enrichment for Teens
  • Social Issues and Support Groups
  • Team Building
  • Custom Designed Programs Based On Your Goals

Contact us regarding how our assortment of animals can assist your clients to meet their goals.