HAZLE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Finding healing through animals, that’s the goal of one Luzerne County animal farm.
Patricia Hudson will never forget the bond she witnessed as her son and his friends worked on the family farm. Hudson’s son was born dangerously premature and had developmental difficulties, as did many of his friends.
The boy is now grown and says the farm left a lasting impact.
“Being around our house really made a difference in their lives,” says Hudson. “They’ve been able to share secrets with our animals. They weren’t judged, they weren’t made fun of.”
That’s why she has started the non-profit, Country Heart Farm.
Eleven animals like Lakota the horse, Dougie the goat, and Poe the housebroken, potbelly pig are therapy animals. Those dealing with trauma or illness can visit the animals in Hazle Township.
The animals also make house calls, visiting schools, senior centers, and beyong. The operation is still growing and depends on volunteers like John McGran.
“I feel like my high blood pressure goes down,” says McGran. “I’m not sure about my cholesterol, but we will work on that later. But it’s just soothing.”
Hudson also feels her own special animal bond. Her dog Frankie is able to detect when her heart condition flares up.
“I can’t tell you the difference it’s made in my life, my children’s lives, in their friends lives,” says Hudson. “Even the people who just come up to volunteer.
The farm plans to develop several acres of property, including building another barn, pavilion, and picnic area. At the end of July, a fence will be installed for a horse pasture.
The farm still needs donations. Volunteers are applying for grant money now. The farm does offer pony rides for a donation that will be put towards construction costs.