Our History

Petting Zoo History

The Barn Yard Petting Zoo was founded by Doreen Leach in 1985 with the help her extended family.

She was asked if she could bring some of her goats to a festival in downtown Youngstown. The amazing reaction that she got from the children and the parents motivated her to do more festivals and include more small farm animals. Her traveling “petting zoo” grew into a full-time summer job.

Doreen passed away in 2003, but her vision to pass joy onto others lives on through her family and The Barn Yard Petting Zoo.