Since childhood, Jo has had a deep connection and love for animals. She has enjoyed and appreciated the unconditional love that animals provide for humans. Because of this experience, you get the Animal Activities Farm in Meridian, Idaho, which provides hands-on animal interaction.
Jo and Randy believe that the interaction with a loving animal has significant benefits to the physical, mental, and spiritual health of children and adults. Physically it is known to lower blood pressure, improve cardiovascular health, and release endorphins that have a calming effect. Being directly in the ‘loving energy field” of loving animals can produce a relaxation response allowing a troubled human (child or adult) to be able to lighten their load and share their burden more readily. For mental health, it is known to lift spirits and lessen depression, decrease feelings of isolation and alienation, and it encourages communication and trust. This experience decreases anxiety, increases socialization, etc. Simply engaging with the unconditional love and presence of animals can help anyone overcome trauma. Being with loving animals simply lifts one spirits; helping anyone connect and grow spiritually.
By supporting our foundation, you increase our ability to formally and informally, bring our animals directly to children and adults. Your support also allows us to provide our unconditional loving animals to other organizations dedicated to helping children and adults.
Meet our animals
The Kunekune Pig is a delightful breed of swine once near certain extinction. They were only found in New Zealand and kept by the Maori people. Since they have little desire to roam, the Maori people allowed them to roam freely in their villages. The Kunekunes are known for their extremely docile and friendly personality which is unmatched by any other breed of swine. They are extremely outgoing and love human interaction. They are a grazing breed of swine and as such prefer to graze on grass. Their short and upturned snouts make them suitable grazers and less prone to rooting found in other breeds.
Nigerian Dwarf Goat
Nigerian Dwarf Goat
The Nigerian Dwarf is a miniature breed of dairy goat. They were originally imported from West Africa in the mid 70’s. Nigerian Dwarfs are seen as the perfect ‘Family Milker’ due to their small size. Maximum height for Does is 22 12″, Bucks 23 1/2″. They are easy for anyone to handle, young and old alike. They produce a reasonable amount of milk for today’s sized families; about one quart per milking. This milk is known to be rich and delicious. And at the smaller size, they require less space and can be housed in smaller yards and sheds (even a large dog house) than their larger goat cousins. They are very friendly and personable, making excellent pets as well. They have the delicate, refined proportions of the larger dairy breeds, and come in an infinite range of patterns and colors, making them quite aesthetically pleasing.
Miniature Donkeys are native to the Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Bred to be small, tough, docile, and trainable, they were used to carry firewood, deliver freshly baked bread, pull carts filled with laundry, and were used to pull ore carts in mines. It is easy to observe today how the donkeys’ demeanor fit the lives of rural people. Because these industries have changed native Miniature Donkeys are no longer used for these purposes and are almost extinct in their lands of origin. Miniature Donkeys are intelligent, comical, friendly, endearing little creatures that create extraordinary human/equine bonds. A relationship with them is often more like owning a dog rather than what most people consider as an equine relationship. They really make an emotional bond with their owners, and with anyone else who gives them a chance. They will ask for your attention with nudges, brays, and funny little sounds. They learn quickly and are very eager to please.
The Oberhasli goat is a modern American goat with a striking coat, whose roots can be traced back to Switzerland. What we now know today as the Oberhasli goat was actually derived from the Chamois Colored Goat, a breed from the Oberhasli district of the Bernese Oberland in central Switzerland. Descendants of the Oberhasli goat breed were first brought to the United States in the early 1900s. The history of the Oberhasli goat may be a bit turbulent, but their personalities certainly aren't. Oberhasli goats are widely known as friendly animals with gentle dispositions. This calm demeanor and their medium size make them great pack animals, as they do not frighten easily when out on the trail. They are easily distinguished by their black muzzle, black belly, black legs, and black dorsal stripe down their back. Their coloring can range from a deep red bay to a light brown, and bucks can sometimes be all black. While the Oberhasli goat is comfortable as a working animal, their main use is dairy production.
The Valais Blacknose is a domestic sheep that originates from the mountainous state of the Valais region of Switzerland. It is a dual-purpose breed, raised both for meat and for wool. Valais Blacknose sheep have become quite fashionable and are in high demand. They make wonderful pets due to their friendly disposition and calm nature.