Peanuts Funny farm is a non-profit organisation and a registered charity. Our mission is to bring together disadvantage, neglected and abused children and animals together so they can spend time together and give each other to hope, loyalty and respect.
Peanuts Funny Farm has a no put-down policy; therefore the animals live out their lives on the farm. The animals come from an organization that rescues animals but do not have the resources to home them. When we have an opening for a new animal, we contact them and they inform what animals they have that need a home. The animals share the farm with children that are often from dysfunctional and abusive families themselves.
Animal abuse has long been considered an isolated concern. Evidence is accumulating that shows strong links between animal cruelty and other crimes including interpersonal, family, and community violence. Intervention in cases of animal abuse can be an important avenue for also preventing or identifying other abuse to children, the elderly or partner abuse. Further, evidence shows that children exposed or encouraged to engage in animal abuse are more likely to further abuse animals or to develop conduct disorders. By identifying the issue, appropriate treatment could prevent future issues for both human and non-human animals.
Combining therapy treatment with humane education and animal assisted therapy can enhance the intervention and enable healing. Programs such as the one at Peanuts Funny Farm work towards dissolving potential future animal abuse and human violence by promoting kindness and compassion towards all beings. Over 70% of aggressive, incarcerated criminals are reported to be from dysfunctional backgrounds that tortured and/or murdered animals as children. This behaviour stems from learned behaviour from seeing adults vent their anger and frustrations on helpless animals. Some children, neglected and abused themselves have had no other choices given to them; therefore they grow up not knowing any better and pass on this learned behaviour to the next generation.
Teaching children animal-assisted activities with kindness/empathy and thoughtfulness both enhances the quality of animal welfare as well as the quality of the children’s life. Children develop more awareness and understanding. Children spend quality time with the different types of animals at Peanuts. When together, they both comfort, respect, trust and love each other and learn that they do matter. We believe this will help break the cycle and mindset of abuse as well as create a better future for both animals and children of today.
A safe refuge for animals and lots of room for kids to run and play.
The farm is situated in beautiful, rural Windellama, a 2 hour drive away from Sydney. Over time, the farm has been transformed into a safe refuge for animals – there are horse stables, a pig pen, rabbit hutches, and several extensive paddocks.
For kids, there is a homemade theatre for movie nights and parties, a BBQ for cookouts, and ample space for camping under the stars. There is also a trampoline and lots of play equipment for games of cricket and football.
Peanuts Funny Farm Inc is an animals registered charity and does not receive any government funding and will only survive on the kind nature of people. Peanuts is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient and can give a receipt equivalent to the amount of any donation.
Thank you, for taking the time to read our story. Please do not hesitate to email or call if you have any questions about what we are hoping to achieve.