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 Circle of Life

It never ceases to amaze me how when one animal leaves The Gentle Barn, another one is close behind for his or her turn to be here with us. When our dog, Maddie, passed away at eighteen years old, three days later we found Little One. When our wonderful lap chicken, Norma Jeanne, passed…

In the Barnyard: April 27, 2017

Spring brings color, beauty, and song, but it also brings a lot of work for us. There are so many things we must take care of for our rescued animals, such as haircuts for the sheep and llamas, hoof trims for cows, goats and sheep, and tusk trims for our pigs.

This week we started on dentals for…

Featured Video: CBS Volunteer Week

In 2016, CBS featured The Gentle Barn in their “Volunteer Week” piece that features places people can go to volunteer. “Gentle Barn is a great place to help out if you love animals. Sandra Mitchell reports.” If you’re interested in volunteering, working with our animals, and…

In the Barnyard: April 21, 2017

The six cows who escaped a slaughter-house in St. Louis are now safe and healing in the hospital. All of them had cuts, scrapes, and bruises from being rounded up by the authorities with cars. The worst off was Spirit who had a broken foot. His foot is now set and bandaged and veterinarians are saying he’ll heal…

Bodhi - Behind the Scenes

We said goodbye to our beloved Bodhi this week. At the age of ten, he was in the end stages of heart failure, and when it was obvious that he was not responding to any of the treatments, and his symptoms were getting worse, we knew it was time to be strong for him and walk him home.

Helping an animal…

Featured Video: A Pig's Last Day Becomes His First Day

Here is Biscuit when he first came to The Gentle Barn. He was used at a pumpkin patch and after they closed for the season, he was to be sent off to slaughter the next day. Biscuit lived a full and happy with us for almost 11 years. Although Biscuit is no longer with us, his…

Featured Video: Ellie Talks About Biscuit

Here Ellie introduces this gentle giant and talks about pigs and how Biscuit got to be so big. Although Biscuit is no longer with us, his story will live on. We invite you to visit our pigs in California and Tennessee and fall in love!

Please Help Us Help the St. Louis Cows

Help Us Help the St. Louis Cows

I just came home absolutely exhausted from our turkey road trip. Leaving Adeline in Tennessee was excruciating! I've loved her for two years, but over the last ten days we've bonded so deeply. It's not about me, however, it's about Adeline. She's happy on the grass with all…

Turkey Cross Country Road Trip

I feel like the luckiest person in the world that I get to know a turkey in this way. It feels exactly like traveling with a dog. She walks with us, shares snacks with us, looks out the window at the view, chirps…

Featured Video: Smile TV - The Gentle Barn

Smile TV first published this video on Oct 24, 2013. In this video, Ellie and Jay talk about how the animals have changed the lives of the many children and adults who have visited The Gentle Barn. "The Gentle Barn is a wonderful organization that takes in and rehabilitates…