Humble

                               

I hosted a group of teenage foster kids at the barn this week. They were pretty shut down and uninterested at first, as most teens are that come to the Gentle Barn. I asked them to have a seat at the picnic tables in the shade and everyone…

Jesse is a Hero

                                       

In January 2008, we rescued over 200 dogs from a hoarder that were left for dead in a never-ending sea of cages. Many of them were either injured or sick. We had 24 puppies who had Parvo and upon examining the weakest one, the vet said that we should just put all of…

Happily Ever After in Ohio

                     

About four years ago, there was a pound in Ohio that was keeping the dogs outside in the snow during the winter. The dogs were getting very sick and after a public outcry the authorities in charge decided to euthanize all the dogs…

Courage

                                 

Courage was saved from a veal crate when he was eight weeks old. He was born to the dairy industry and taken away from his mom when he was born as they both cried for each other. He was put into a veal crate, kept alone, and fed an insufficient, anemic diet.…

Thumper's Adventures

                    

Almost five years ago, we discovered a backyard butcher who was doing horrible things to animals. We started pulling animals from there (that were literally on the verge of death) and bringing them home to The Gentle Barn to save them. Meanwhile, the authorities were working on making conditions…

New Babies at The Gentle Barn

   

This month we got a desperate call from a lovely woman who has been rescuing donkeys from abuse for many decades. Sadly, she recently got ill and needed several surgeries. Because of her poor health and the operations, she could not…

Andrew & Patrick

            

Andrew was used as a stud horse for 25 years. When he was no longer able to “perform” he was left in a ravine to die. The animal shelter found Andrew a hundred pounds underweight, malnourished, scared, and very depressed.…

LAPD Kids

                  

Last week we hosted a wonderful group of kids from the inner city who live in concrete, violence, and noise. Once a month these pre-teens get to come out to The Gentle Barn to enjoy bountiful…

Farewell Wonderful Patches

Patches was a kids’ pony for over 20 years. She was patient and kind to the little girls that rode her and she always kept them safe. If she felt them off balance on top of her, she would stop to let them straighten up. When…

Princess Gives Hope

We had three teenage foster kids on probation come to the barn this week. They were all pretty shut down and closed off at first. I asked them what word best described who they were and what was their dream. They didn’t know initially, but, with a little encouragement, they finally said what they wanted to do…

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