"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.


Not Easily Broken

Posted by Scatter Joy Acres on November 10, 2012 at 1:25 AM

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 schedule. So I was really missing some Soby animal cuddling. They got me all

caught up that night!

As soon as I spotted the trailer and got out of the car I spotted my buddy Freddie.

For those of you that don't know, Freddie is a llama. Well, he recognized me. As soon

as he saw me coming, he raced to the edge of the pen, cried out to me, and proceeded

to give me a great, big llama kiss on the mouth! Needless to say I was in llama heaven.

Proceeding to the fence line, albeit a bit slower, was Gable. He didn't give me a kiss but

he did want his ears scratched which I was happy to do for him. Those two llamas have

come a long way since their first petting zoo in the spring!

Earlier in the spring Soby Ranch was lucky to get three male llamas; Freddie, Gable,

and Charlie. Freddie and Gable were close to the same age; Charlie was several years

older. When they went out for those early petting zoos, Joy usually brought only one

llama. I remember those early petting zoos because no matter which llama came, he

spent the entire time crying. This past time there was no crying except for the happy

moan when Freddie spotted me.

Part of the lack of crying was that these boys have done a bunch of petting zoos now

and have gotten used to them. And they know they get rewarded with lots of treats. But

I think another part is that they were together. They had each others back. This is a

very important concept. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says "Two are better than one, because

they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the

other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie

down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one

may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly


The Soby llamas instinctively know the power of living in community. Together they

are stronger than as individuals. Together, they can face the world and all it dishes out.

A cord of three (Freddie, Gable, and Charlie) are not easily broken. So, this got me

thinking. Who are my cord of three? Do I live my life independent of others or

interdependent with others? There is real power and strength in community. I pray you

discover that for yourself too. And Freddie, I'll be ready for another llama kiss next time

I'm at the ranch!

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Reply angela harestad
1:43 PM on November 17, 2012 
was a pleasure meeting you guys today!! chloe is addorable,hope the wagan works for you guys!