Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.
Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.

The Gentle Barn Animals

Magic - Horse - California

Magic was taken away from his mom very young and crammed in with adult horses to be sold. Terrified, he prepared to die. Fortunately we were able to get him to the Gentle Barn to heal. It took us a long time to get the…

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Danny - Sheep - California

Danny and his twin sister, Chrissy were born at The Gentle Barn from a mom rescued from the backyard butcher. Unlike their mom, they will only know kindness, respect, safety and love and get to stay together for the rest…

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Forgiveness - Cow - California

Forgiveness was taken away from his mom at birth, so his milk could be taken by humans, and rescued from a veal crate after being too sick to stand. After months of high temperatures and racking coughs he survived. He…

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Aretha - Cow - California

Aretha was rescued from being eaten. She was so frightened when we brought her home to The Gentle Barn, sure that we would fulfill her old owners intentions. We keep telling her that she will get to live here with us for…

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Jewel - Peacock - California

Jewel was found wandering around the neighborhood, homeless. He roosted in our neighbor's trees at night, but when he found out we fed breakfast at 7 and dinner at 5 he started showing up on time for meals. One day we…

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Rama - Turkey - California

Rama and her sister Krishna were rescued from Thanksgiving in California, in 2008. They were very frightened when they came here, but they soon realized that they were safe, respected and adored. They walk around the barnyard…

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Sun Dance - Goat - California

Sun Dance was brought to the animal shelter as a new born. Unfortunately animal control does not have the staff to bottle feed newborn animals, so they were gong to euthanize him. We happened to be there to save a dog…

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Pebbles - Goat - California

Pebbles was very sick for a long time after being saved from abuse and neglect at the hands of a backyard butcher. She was so thin and sick it was painful to watch…

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Zazu - Bird - California

Zazu was kept in a cage for the first 4 years of her life. Lonely, scared and with nothing else to do, she plucked all her feathers. She came to The Gentle Barn to know love, happiness, and how to be part of a family.…

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Rascalina - Horse - California

Rascalina was a trail horse who was well taken care of. But…

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Bella - Goat - California

Bella was attacked by a dog, left for days with no medical attention and then brought to the pound by her owner. The pound didn't have resources to care for goats and were going to put her down. We took her to the hospital…

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Scarlett - Turkey - California

Scarlett was rescued from Thanksgiving with her sister Paloma in California, in 2014. They were filthy and terrified when we saved them and it took months to earn their trust. Scarlett now loves to explore the barnyard…

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Mario - Chicken - California

Mario was rescued from being down at the animal shelter. He is a Japanese Silky and his fathers look more like soft fur. He is gentle and kind and a friend to all at the barn. Mario thinks he is big and strong and does…

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Bonsai - Horse - California

Bonsai lived with an alcoholic woman for the first 6 years of his life. When she was sober all was good, but when she was drunk Bonsai would get punched in the face. At 6 years old, he decided he would never trust humans…

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Serenity - Cow - California

Serenity was rescued from slaughter. She has never encountered a kind human before. She is absolutely terrified, but one day she will trust, one day her heart will feel joy, and one day we will hug her and she will know…

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Mango - Sheep - California

Mango was rescued from a backyard butcher where she suffered horribly with no food, water or shelter. We saved her and her tiny son from slaughter and brought her to the safety of The Gentle Barn to heal and be happy.…

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Nalla - Turkey - California

Nalla was rescued from Thanksgiving with her sister McKenna Rocket in California in 2014. They were so scared and sad when we brought them home. It took several months, but we were finally able to convince them that they…

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Jasmine - Chicken - California

Jasmine was born with deformed toes. We were asked to help and took her to our avian specialist. He said it sometimes happened with birds, and after a week in the hospital he fixed her toes. Jasmine now has normal mobility.…

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Madonna - Cow - California

Madonna was taken away from her mom at birth and chained so she couldn't walk. To make her get into the truck to slaughter she was stabbed with a pitchfork. When we brought her home to The Gentle Barn she was emaciated,…

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Hiroka - Horse - California

Hiroka means bold, beautiful child which describes this angel perfectly. We call her Hero for short because when we rescued her she was skin and bones, sick, weak, and scared, but the minute we took her out of the horse…

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Darling - Sheep - California

Darling was born a twin and rejected by her mom. With no one else to care for her and nowhere else to go, she came home to The Gentle Barn where we raised her, bottle fed her and became her family. She is now big and strong…

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Harmony - Sheep - California

Harmony was born at The Gentle Barn from a mom rescued from severe abuse and neglect. Unlike her mom, Harmony will only know kindness, respect, safety and love and will get to stay at The Gentle Barn for the rest of…

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Ginger - Chicken - California

Ginger came from the animal shelter just hours before she was going to be put to sleep. We don't know why she was there; we just know that we got lucky to bring her home. She is sweet, curious and affectionate, always…

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Rebecca - Chicken - California

Rebecca was found wondering the streets and brought to the safety of The Gentle Barn so she could have a home and a family. We absolutely love having her! She is so friendly and has such a big, warm personality. She loves…

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Honey Bear - Pig - California

Honey Bear was found by animal control wondering the streets. He was 200 pounds underweight, injured and scared. After he healed a while at the animal shelter we were asked to bring him home to The Gentle Barn. Honey Bear…

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Sasha - Horse - California

Sasha was ridden by an extremely impatient person who did not give her enough time to figure out what she was being asked to do. Every time she made a mistake she was hit, so eventually she froze completely. We worked…

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Martin - Sheep - California

Martin was born at The Gentle Barn after his mom was rescued from a backyard butcher just in time. He is strong and healthy and loves to run and jump and play. Unlike his mom who had a hard life before coming to us, Martin…

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Little One - Dog - California

Little One was left at The Gentle Barn with no history or explanation. All we knew was that she was very scared and shook uncontrollably when she saw or heard a human. We worked tirelessly for months to heal her heart…

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Roy - Cow - California

Roy was rescued from a cattle company in Texas, where he was taken away from his mom when he was born and put into a veal crate. With no love and nothing to live for, he got very sick. When we brought him home he had wracking…

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Hannah - Goat - California

Hannah was rescued from severe abuse and neglect with her sister. She was infested with lice and parasites, grossly underweight, malnourished and terrified of humans. Slowly her body is regaining strength and she is learning…

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Alice - Turkey - California

Alice was rescued from Thanksgiving in California with her 4 sisters, in 2015. They had seen other turkeys slaughtered right in front of them and waited for us to do the same to them. We stationed volunteers to sit with…

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Chrissy - Sheep - California

Chrissy and her twin brother Danny were born at The Gentle Barn from a mom rescued from the backyard butcher. Unlike their mom, they will only know kindness, respect, safety and love and get to stay together for the rest…

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Toulouse - Sheep - California

Toulouse lived in a home with a family who loved her. She even watched TV with them. When the neighbors complained to the animal control and threw bricks at her, Toulouse was brought to The Gentle Barn for her own safety.…

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Emily - Goat - California

Emily was rescued from a backyard butcher where she was starving, scared and very sick. When we brought her home it took a long time for her fever to break and for her to gain weight. Her nose ran for weeks and she seemed…

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Caesar - Horse - California

Caesar was a movie horse for 15 years, but it was not glamorous for him at all. He was trained with a heavy hand and expected to be perfect. Afraid to make a mistake, Caesar eventually shut down and withdrew, hopeless…

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Shirley Temple - Sheep - California

Shirley Temple was rescued from a backyard butcher where she was taken away from her mom at an early age. When she arrived, she was scared, alone, sick and starving, so we took her in and became her family. Every day…

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Crystal - Cow - California

Crystal was taken away from her mom at a day old, so people could drink her moms breast milk. Crystal was then put into a veal crate and sent to slaughter at 8 weeks old where we rescued her at the last minute. She was…

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Peggy - Chicken - California

Peggy was born with a fused elbow which disallowed her to use one of her legs. Her previous owners took her to an avian expert to euthanize her, but the veterinarian advised them not to, as she hopped on one leg just fine,…

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Tia - Cow - California

Tia was rescued from a backyard butcher where she was kept in horrendous conditions. She had open sores and was filthy and infested with parasites when we got her. After months of rehabilitation Tia is now healthy and…

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Mr. Rojas - Cow - California

Mr. Rojas is Karma's son. When we were rescuing Karma, the previous "owners" hid Mr. Rojas so they could sell him to someone for their Christmas dinner. We demanded to have him and were able to reunite him and his mom…

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Patrick - Horse - California

Patrick was a trail horse for 30 years, carrying children on his back and taking great care of them. When his back wore down and he could no longer carry people, he was thrown out into a ravine to die. He was found by…

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Lulu - Donkey - California

Lulu was born at a donkey rescue to her mom, Hope who was rescued from abuse. Because Lulu was always loved, she is a breath of fresh air, always playing and having fun. Lulu is very close with her mom and they will stay…

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Athena - Cow - California

Athena was rescued from severe abuse and neglect a year and a half ago. When we saved her she had a very sad, broken spirit. We have been giving her great food, clean water, shelter, warmth, kindness and love and she will…

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Zeus - Pig - California

Zeus was born at a county fair and when it closed he was going to be sent to slaughter along with all the other animals there. He was saved instead and brought home to The Gentle Barn. Zeus is kind to visitors and gentle…

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Lela - Goat - California

Lela was rescued from a backyard butcher with her mother. She was so sick when we found her, riddled with parasites, emaciated, with an eye infection, a runny nose and a high fever. It took weeks for her to get well.…

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Andrew - Horse - California

Andrew was kept as a stud for most of his life to breed and make money for his people. When he was too old to breed they abandoned him in a ravine to die. The animal shelter found him and because he was 25 years old, lame,…

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Bull Sheep - Sheep - California

Bull sheep was born a twin and rejected by his mom at birth. He was raised by a loving family but had to come to The Gentle Barn when the neighbors complained to animal control that having a sheep was not allowed on their…

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Patience - Goat - California

Patience was saved from a backyard butcher where she was dying from starvation and illness. With no medical care, love or proper food, she would have died had we not rescued her. We spent months healing her until her belly…

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Fiona - Cow - California

Fiona was a tiny baby born to a roping cow mom. She was oblivious to the suffering and stress around her and was innocent and alive. We took her home to stay together with her mom and keep her innocence and her love of…

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Faith - Cow - California

Faith was rescued from the dairy industry. She was taken away from her mom at only a day old so the breast milk she needed could be taken for humans, put into a veal crate, and while she was there had untreated conjunctivitis…

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Zoe - Horse - California

Zoe was rescued with her twin brother, Lazar, from the Premarin industry. They survived four times when they shouldn't have; they were born twins, born in a pasture that was 20 degrees below zero, taken away from their…

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King - Llama - California

King was rescued from wandering the desert with his sister, Duchess. With no food, water or shelter, they were desperate and exhausted. They were terrified of us at first but soon learned to trust us and even eat out of…

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Eliza - Chicken - California

Eliza was hatched in a classroom and later became someone's pet. After a while the novelty of having a hen wore off and she was brought to The Gentle Bran to become part of our forever family. Like all egg laying hens,…

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Ryan - Goat - California

Ryan was rescued from a backyard butcher who was very cruel to the animals and gave them no food, water or shelter. Once intended for slaughter, Ryan will now live out the rest of his days at The Gentle Barn with his…

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Mercy - Cow - California

Mercy was rescued with 3 other calves from a cattle co. in Texas. They were taken away from their moms at birth and put into veal crates, where if they lived 8 weeks they would have been slaughtered for veal. We traveled…

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Holy - Cow - California

Holy Cow was taken away from her mom at birth and stomped so she couldn't walk. When we rescued her she could not get up and she was very sick. With chiropractic treatments several times a week, great vet care and lots…

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Paloma - Turkey - California

Paloma was rescued from Thanksgiving with her sister Scarlett in California, in 2014. They were filthy and terrified when we saved them and it took months to earn their trust. Paloma now loves to sing and be told how beautiful…

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Lakota - Dog - California

Lakota was brought home with us from South Dakota. Poverty and homelessness there lead to a number of pups needing homes. We went for a visit and came home with a new family member. Lakota is very active and playful and…

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Truffles - Pig - California

Truffles was found at a pumpkin patch with no shelter, food or water. Frightened and freezing, she came home with us to the warmth and comfort of The Gentle Barn. Truffles also had a severe case of mange that took weeks…

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Gus - Goat - California

Gus was rescued from severe abuse and neglect when he was only 8 months old. He was riddled with lice and parasites, malnourished and terribly thin. It took many months and much care for his body to recover and his heart…

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Brave Heart - Goat - California

Brave Heart was being raised to be eaten, but ran away. Safe now at The Gentle Barn he delights us with his funny pranks and puppy like charm. He is growing fast but there will always be a young, mischievous twinkle in…

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Bingo - Dog - California

Bingo was taken away from his mom when he was only a few weeks old and abandoned in someone's yard. When he was brought to The Gentle Barn he had severe separation anxiety and was very sad. So he slept in our arms, went…

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Violet - Sheep - California

Violet was saved from a backyard butcher where she was starving and had an eye infection, parasites, and a high fever. On top of all that she had a virus that caused open sores on her mouth that were contagious to animals…

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Sunshine - Sheep - California

Sunshine was rescued from a backyard butcher where she was waiting to be slaughtered. She lived in constant fear as well as illness and hunger. It may take us years to win her trust, but we won't quit until we have it,…

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Rosie - Sheep - California

Rosie and her twin sister, Sophia Grace were born at The Gentle Barn from a mom rescued from the backyard butcher. Unlike their mom, Rosy and her sister will only know kindness, respect, safety and love and will get to…

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Socks - Dog - California

Socks was adopted and returned three times to the animal shelter. She is completely nocturnal, can jump over any fence, and has more energy that one household can accommodate. She was hours away from euthanasia when we…

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Buttercup - Cow - California

Buttercup was rescued from extreme abuse and neglect. She was 8 months pregnant when we saved her and because she had no proper nutrition or clean water and lived with so much stress, her baby was born thin and weak with…

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Lucy - Cow - California

Lucy was raised on a private ranch as a pet, but not given much attention. When the ranch shut down she was going to be sent to slaughter but was given to us instead. She loves attention and hugs and even and poses for…

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Bob - Cow - California

Bob was rescued from a cattle Co in Texas where he was taken away from his mom when he was born and put into a veal crate. He got very sick and almost died. We drove there and saved him and three others so they could live…

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Sweetheart - Sheep - California

Sweetheart was born at The Gentle Barn on Valentine's Day to her mom, Sunshine, who was rescued from the backyard butcher. Unlike her mom, Sweetheart will only know kindness, respect, safety and love and will get to stay…

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Amelia - Goat - California

Amelia was rescued from severe abuse and neglect with her sister. She was infested with lice and parasites, grossly underweight, malnourished and terrified of humans. Slowly her body is regaining strength and she is learning…

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Whisper - Horse - California

Whisper was severely abused. When we brought her home she had cigar burns on her flanks, her chest was rubbed raw, and she had two holes on either side of her belly from being kicked by spurs. We spent four years healing…

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Hope - Donkey - California

Hope was used to smuggle drugs in and out of Mexico. She was treated with much cruelty and was terrified of humans. She was finally rescued and taken to America. She gave birth to her daughter at the donkey rescue and…

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Sun - Turkey - California

Sun was rescued from Thanksgiving in California with her 4 sisters, in 2015. They had seen other turkeys slaughtered right in front of them and waited for us to do the same to them. We stationed volunteers to sit with…

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Jellie - Pig - California

Jellie and her sister Jazz were rescued from an abusive petting zoo where they had mange and sunburn and were being taken away from their mother way before they could eat solid food. We brought them here to bottle feed,…

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Sapphire - Sheep - California

Sapphire was rescued with her daughter from a backyard butcher where she was filthy, covered in thorns, sick, malnourished and scared to death. With good nutrition,…

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Karma - Cow - California

Karma was rescued from a cruelty case where she had no food, water, or shelter, and enormous stress. We were able to save her two sons as well, and she is an excellent mom. Now their every need will be taken care of.

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Sir Lancelot - Horse - California

Sir Lancelot was grossly underweight, lame and almost ridden to death. He was taken away from his abusers by the LAPD and Los Angeles Animal Control. Sir Lancelot was scheduled to be euthanized and at the last minute an…

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Stanley - Sheep - California

Stanley was used at an agricultural school to teach the students how to "work" with animals. By the time he was two months old, he had his tail cut off, his testicles cut off, a whole punched in his ear, his horns burned,…

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Sir Francis - Turkey - California

His name is officially St Francis, but we like to call him Sir Fancy Pants. He was rescued from Thanksgiving in 2011, in California and is our only male turkey; his job in life is to show off. He puffs up his feathers…

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Earl - Emu - California

Earl was running loose in Santa Clarita, jumping in and out of people‚Äôs yards and through a school zone. Animal control finally caught him after two hours and brought him to the shelter to be reunited with his owner but…

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Thumper - Sheep - California

Thumper was rescued with his mom from a backyard butcher where he would have ultimately been slaughtered. When he arrived he was very ill and scared, so we set to work to heal his body and his heart. He will live the…

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Fawn - Sheep - California

Fawn was rescued from a backyard butcher where she was going to be slaughtered. She was not given any food, water or shelter and lived in constant terror. Fawn and many others were confiscated from the butcher and…

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Star - Cow - California

Star was rescued from a veal crate. He was so sick he could barely breathe. It's a miracle he lived. Despite being taken away from his mom, treated cruelly, and nearly dying, he seems to have forgiven the human race. He…

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Reina - Goat - California

Reina was rescued with many other goats from severe abuse and neglect. She was infested with lice and parasites, grossly underweight, malnourished, sick and terrified of humans. Her body has finally healed, but healing her…

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Snow White - Sheep - California

Snow White was rescued with her mom from a backyard butcher where she was cold, sick, scared and waiting for slaughter. It was so painful to see someone so young be so terrified, the innocence stolen from her. We worked…

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Bluebell - Goat - California

Bluebell was rescued from severe abuse and neglect. She was dying when we found her and we brought her back to life after months of hard work and care. Now she has only the best food and the cleanest water and she will…

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Addison - Donkey - California

Addison was forced to pull heavy things. He was beaten when he refused. He was finally confiscated from that man and brought to the Gentle Barn where he was taught to trust and have fun. His favorite thing is to have his…

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