"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.

The Ranch Experience

Scatter Joy Acres Annual Family Passes are only $50.

Omaha's 26-acre petting zoo, Scatter Joy Acres is open year round!

At the ranch, you will get to meet and play with a wide variety of animals.  Instead of being behind glass or in cages, our residents roam in their pens and you can go in and play with them.

Rule #1 at the ranch:  If you open a gate, close it. (Chasing down loose animals is a lot of extra work, so we appreciate your help.)

Our animals love to meet and play with new people.  They are naturally curious and love to investigate new things.

Have your camera ready for amazing photos.

Dress for the ranch....when it rains, it can be a bit muddy.

-- Weekend hours are 1-4pm Saturday and Sunday 

During the summer, we are open Tuesday - Friday 9-4 pm

Admission is $5.

Or buy an Annual Family Pass for only $50

Tours are by appointment only.  Please call 402.709.9401 to book tours or private parties.

Donations accepted 

We accept cash and debit or credit cards.


From the moment you arrive at our gate be open to being captivated and entertained. Our wide variety of friendly animals will capture hearts of both young and old. We offer wide open spaces, fresh air (as fresh as it gets on the ranch), recreation and plenty of relaxation.  Bring your camera, a picnic lunch  and enjoy the peacefulness of our country setting.  You will leave smiling!


  • School Field Trips
  • Home School Groups
  • Daycares
  • Scout Troops
  • Families
  • Corporate Events
  • Birthday Parties
  • Your Chosen Occasion


Bonfires, pony rides, horse/cart rides and hayrides are available upon request. (additional charges apply)

A Variety of Animals

Scatter Joy Acres has everything from bunnies to a camel. 
You will see bunnies, guinea pigs, chickens (Cochin, Bantam, and Frizzle), ducks, goats, sheep, pot belly pigs, donkeys, alpacas, horses, draft horses, miniature horses, camels, and cows, along with seasonal baby animals. We have many specialty (not often seen) animals such as call ducks, a flemish giant rabbit, milk goats, cashmere goats , alpacas, and more.