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

In the Barnyard: May 18, 2017

Chico and his brothers are safe in a temporary foster home. In the meantime, we found the perfect property in St Louis for them. We put in an offer and it was accepted, but we have been given three weeks to raise the funds and show the seller that we can do this. We are off to a great start and have promises…

Full Circle

We’ve wanted to go national for a while and open Gentle Barns in every state. When planning it out, we thought that it would be best to hit the bigger states first: New York, Illinois, Texas, Oregon, and Colorado. However, during my eighteen years at The Gentle Barn I’m realizing that I’m not…

In the Barnyard: May 11, 2017

Pearl had cancer when we met her 2 years ago. It was small then, but we knew it would steadily grow. We put her on daily Sun Chlorella Algae Super Food to boost her immune system and welcomed her into our barn to be warm and safe. She very quickly became part of our family and kept us laughing with her…

The Spirit of St Louis

Jay and I spent this week in St. Louis. I got to meet the cows who escaped from slaughter for the first time and I was blown away by their beauty, grace, strength, and courage. Chico is so clearly the leader and he is taking such great care of his now four brothers. I am so deeply in love with them and I am overwhelmed by a sense of responsibility for them. I want to help heal their hearts. I want…

In the Barnyard: May 4, 2017

Male pigs have tusks and they can grow quite long and become quite sharp. To ensure that they don’t hurt themselves or anyone else by accident, we trim our pigs’ tusks each spring. We also trim their hooves. Our wonderful veterinarian, Dr. Molnar, came out this week to do dentals and pedicures…

Whisper Sweet Nothings

Whisper turned twenty-one this week! She has one of the most horrific stories of abuse and one of the most powerful stories of recovery in Gentle Barn history. She was originally a trail horse, but was given to a rancher who used her to round…

Featured Video: Morning with the Gentle Barn Dogs

It's so hard to get out of the bed in the morning! Little One, Bingo, Lakota, and Socks are just too adorable, I want to stay with them all day! Look how happy Little One is!

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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…