Mission: Downs On The Farm has two main purposes in which we hope to bless and enrich the lives of as many special needs children as we possibly can. After having a child with a disability we have learned how important animal therapy can be in the life of a child with special needs. We offer a small acreage farm where kids are welcome to come and enjoy the animals at absolutely no cost to them. We have a petting zoo with multiple farm animals such as alpacas, chickens, goats, sheep, bunnies and a miniature pig. We also have horses that the children are able to ride for leisure or for therapy riding. Horseback riding is therapeutic for the children in many different aspects. The children also thoroughly enjoy feeding, petting and playing with the farm animals when they come to Downs On The Farm, as well as the fun events held at the farm throughout the year.
We also do animal rescue for those mistreated, neglected and unwanted animals in need of finding loving forever homes. These animals will be provided with veterinarian care by our sponsored vet as well as the best of care and food will be provided. The animals will be adopted out to loving homes unless health is not permitting and then they will be welcome to live on the farm as we care for them with their own set of special needs. We spay and neuter all pets before adopting them into new homes therefore we can help the overpopulation of unwanted pets in our community and state. We also enjoy seeing the special needs children connect with our special need rescues.
We have combined our two loves into one very special non-profit organization.
Programs: Children with special needs can come and benefit from animal therapy - including interaction by petting and feeding the farm animals as well as riding horses. The animals at the farm are all rescue animals.
My Husband and I are proud to serve on the board of directors for this amazing nonprofit organization. The extraordinary family who runs it are sincere, fully committed and have huge hearts and big dreams! The amount of love and energy expended on the animals they rescue and the children and families they serve is boundless. They offer free animal therapy, including horseback riding, (which can cost as much as $130 for 30 min.) and host several events each year aimed at bringing kids and families together. These events are very well planned and executed and offer many opportunities for community involvement. Plans for the future include building handicap restrooms, a parent relaxation room and a kid's obstacle course. Whether you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer or simply wish to make a donation, it will be time and money well spent.
This is a great awareness organization that is working hard to get the word out there out down syndrome and blessing that these wonderful people bring into our lives. They are well on their way to being 5 star, just need more publicity so that more people can benefit.