Animal Assisted Happiness
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Our mission is to enrich the lives of youth with needs through barnyard animal interactions at our Smile Farm and mobile visits, creating moments of joy and happiness throughout our AAH community. We provide barnyard buddies so children and their family members can 'experiece the smiles only animals can bring'. Our vision is a "Million Smiles". Our barnyard friends include mini-horses, a mini-donkey, alpacas, goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, pot bellie pigs, chickens and doves. We provide 3 programs so that all kids with need can 'experience the smiles only animals can bring':
1. AAH Mobile Barnyard Friends. Our AAH rolling barnyard van visits special education classrooms, rehabilitation hospitals, and camps/programs thoughout Silicon Valley so that children, on a predictable and scheduled basis, can interact with our smaller barnyard animals (mini goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens) to form lasting relationships with an animal of their choice. we typically provide 1 to 2 one-hour visits daily, Monday-Sunday and have out AAH Volunteers help us on these visits.
2. AAH Smile Farm Private and Group Visits. We recognize that each child is unique and responds differently. We've also found that it takes multiple visits to the AAH Smile Farm for a child to become comfortable and to 'choose' their animals to interact with at the Farm. We provide private Family and Group Visits so that your child can interact with our animals at their own pace, with minimal distraction. Our 2.5 acre AAH Smile Farm was designed and built by kids for kids, and is a whimisical farm with lots of space, and different animal interaction areas. We are centraolly located at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale with plenty of parking and an ADA compliance barnyard. We can arrange for a very private 1:1 visit for your child or a "field trip to the farm" for children and youth with need where our AAH volunteers will help.
3. AAH Vocational Education. Our new Vocational Education Program, launched in 2016, is in great demand and, as with Private and Group Visits, is no longer constrained by size or location. Initiated on the premise that all youth, typical or with need, desire to feel accepted and have a sense of purpose, this program teaches youth with needs (middle school and high school) the basics of animal care including feeding, grooming, and farm maintenance. While this "work" provides the valuable help to the volunteers who manage the farm, more importantly, the youth are learning and practicing life skills (listening, following instructions, asking questions, organizing, being attentive, and having responsiblity) and gaining a sense of purpose. We work directly with classroom teachers to understand skills and behaviors their students are practicing so that we ecan design a 'right for them' vocational education experience at the AAH Smile Farm.
AAH does not charge for the programs and we are funded entirely by donations from community organizations, corporations, foundations and individuals.
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Funding 100% by donations and run by volunteers, Animal Assisted Happiness programs are free of charge to you.
Whether you are signing up for a private AAH Smile Farm Visit, Mobile Barnyard Friends visit or AAH Smile Farm Vocational Education Program, each participant must sign an release.
Participant's Name (First Last)*
Contact Email (can be parent's)*
Primary Contact Phone Type
Please describe your health or family challenge
(optional information for AAH to be better prepared)
Parent/Guardian Information (if participant is a minor)
Father's Name (First Last)
Mother's Address (if different from above)
Father's Address (if different from above)
Mother's Primary Contact Phone
Mother's Primary Contact Phone Type
Father's Primary Contact Phone
Father's Primary Contact Phone Type
Mother's Name (First Last)
Parent or Guardian's Name*
AAH collects personal information for use within AAH and related activities. The information is used to effectively communicate directly with you and to better match your interest, capabilities and services with AAH's needs which will likely add to a better personal experience. We do not share your information outside of authorized AAH staff and resources.
PROGRAM FOR AN ORGANIZATION
To schedule a program for an organization, such as a school, classroom or hospital, click here.
(if you are participating with a group)