"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.


Scatter Joy Acres A place for Rescue and a Journey to Peace.

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Quality of Life through the Eyes of a Blind Horse

Posted by Scatter Joy Acres on September 30, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (2)

This blog is dedicated to Jack at Scatter Joy Acres. Jack has shown us that a blind horse can enjoy life just like a sighted horse. And he has shown people who have come to the ranch that life is too short to let disabilities/life challenge’s, stop you from having good quality of life.

However, going blind can be a frightening experience for both the horse and the owner. Your horse may be upset and scared (and who wouldn't be?) by the encroaching darkness. They'll say your horse c...

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Posted by Scatter Joy Acres on July 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (1)



After a long 8 months of changes in my life, God has put on my heart to share those experiences with you. On Christmas day 2013 the next phase of my life had begun, not knowing the outcome and blaming myself for what was happening. How can you just turn your back on your family and ministry that was making a difference in the community? As every tear was shed over the next few months God was preparing me for what he had in store for me. It still didn’t feel...

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Until We Meet Again

Posted by Scatter Joy Acres on April 28, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (1)

By Anne Lenihan Bremer


This week has been a difficult one. It started out just busy. By Tuesday morning I had a cold which is still lingering even as a write this. At least now I am feeling as if the fog will lift. But let's go back to Tuesday...


I had a bad night's sleep Monday night so I slept on the couch as it elevated my head better, which is important when a cold has you feeling as if you are drowning. By noon I was starting t...

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Just a Visit to Immanuel Fontanelle Home

Posted by Scatter Joy Acres on April 15, 2013 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I did want to say to you that we appreciated the animals at the Immanuel Fontanelle Home on Friday 4/5/2013. Someone brought a baby bunny into my mom’s room. She loved the bunny that they have up there full time (oreo) so I think she enjoyed seeing the baby bunny. She passed away the next morning at 3:30 am. It was good to know that your animals were there for some of her last hours. Thanks




Identity Crisis

Posted by Scatter Joy Acres on December 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Last Sunday some of the Soby animals came to my church to help with our Children's Christmas Program. It was phenomenal! I was privileged to handle Marcus the cow. He didn't like the plastic tarp that was down for him to stand on so the audience got to see his rear end for part of the show. But all in all it was a wonderful opportunity and the animals blessed many families.


When we finished the program the kids got to spend some time outside with th...

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Hawk on a Wire

Posted by Scatter Joy Acres on November 30, 2012 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Just today while I was driving out to Soby Ranch, I came across a hawk sitting upon a telephone wire while waiting at a traffic light. He was watching his surroundings very intently, looking for his lunch. Now I love birds. Outside of dogs, they are probably my favorite animals. I happen to have parrots of various species and love the birds at Soby. I shed quite a few tears when Wrangler the therapy rooster died this fall.

Well this hawk got me thinking. This hawk was very mu...

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The Gift of Thanksgiving

Posted by Scatter Joy Acres on November 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

By Anne Lenihan Bremer

Tonight I sit reflecting on another year. You see, today I am another year older. The verdict is still out as to whether I am another year wiser. This is one of those years when Thanksgiving falls within a mere two days of my birthday. Yesterday I went shopping for the stuff for my family's Thanksgiving feast. Tomorrow I get the house cleaned and ready and then it will be here. My children will come spe...

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Not Easily Broken

Posted by Scatter Joy Acres on November 10, 2012 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (1)

By Anne Lenihan Bremer

I can't believe it's been over a week already but this story goes back to Halloween

evening. I received a call from Joy at Soby Ranch telling me that she and a few of the

animals were going to be out in my neck of the woods for a petting zoo event. The

event was at a local church and was fantastic! And the animals were quite the hit.

Anyway, I have been very busy this past month and my visits to the ranch were effected

by my...

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When I hear your voice

Posted by Scatter Joy Acres on September 27, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (1)

I'm on the board of directors of a unique ministry in Ft. Calhoun, NE. Anyone who knows me knows how very blessed I am to have met John and Joy Soby and to be a part in their wonderful ministry at Soby Ranch as well as the privilege of counting them among my dear friends. Soby Ranch is a place where God's presence is felt, daily. And He uses a bunch of rescued farm animals, dogs, cats and people to do it. He taught me a very profound message just a few short weeks ago which I decided to s...

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Doc makes Soby Ranch his place for retirement

Posted by Scatter Joy Acres on April 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Doc has blessed us with his unconditional love as he has made his journey from New York working for 15 of his 17 years in the fields and the streets pulling carriages. He will now only be putting smiles on faces.