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

A Pause for Humanity

I was at my son’s lacrosse game last weekend and while I love watching him play, it was two hours of sweaty teenage boys, burping, violence, injuries, and playing hard until one team won and the other team lost. In the middle of the game something happened that touched me deeply. One of the opposing…

A Gentle Thanksgiving Poem

A Gentle Thanksgiving
a poem by KC and Val Smith

To all the young turkeys, we wish to welcome you
To the Gentle Barn where your lives will start new!

Read more | Nov 20, 2015

A Turkey Helps A Girl Find Her Song

I can’t celebrate Thanksgiving without remembering a very special turkey who not only stole my heart but effected so many people in her lifetime. Chloe was rescued from Thanksgiving many years ago, but I will never forget her. Here is a story of one of the many remarkable things Chloe…

Fallen Leaves and Open Hearts

Jay and I are in Tennessee this week to host groups of foster children for the second month and we have been teaching the kids about turkeys and how to be gentle with them. They learned how to feed turkeys and what they like to eat. They practiced holding still and quiet to show the turkeys that they are safe. The older groups…

Passing The Torch

                           

                              

This week we…

New Turkeys, New Joy

                                                            

Our new turkeys that we rescued from Thanksgiving are doing so well! Nalla and McKenna Rocket are still in quarantine, but…

Open Hearts

        

We had a wonderful group of kids from the inner city visit the week before Thanksgiving. I asked them if they were excited about the upcoming holiday and they all said yes in happy unison. I asked them what was their favorite thing about…

SAVED!

  

Every year, we save some turkeys from Thanksgiving. Chelsea is a sixteen-year-old girl who loves animals and wants to grow up to save them. She asked us if she could help us rescue the turkeys this year like she…

Beautiful Marsha

We said goodbye this week to a great teacher, an amazing spirit and a true friend. Marsha passed away this…

Turkey Cuddles

Over the last few weeks The Gentle Barn has been packed with visitors from all over the world who have come to cuddle with the turkeys. Grown ups and children alike have sat on the ground, put one leg on each side of the turkey, kissed…

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