Virtual Barn - California
The 170 farm animals that reside at The Gentle Barn have all been rescued from severe abuse, neglect, abandonment or worse. They have been rehabilitated with traditional and non-traditional medicine, top quality nutrition, and countless hours in the arms of our staff and volunteers. They have regained their trust in humankind by realizing that they are now loved, and their abuse is over. Because of their ongoing physical and psychological needs, they can't be adopted and are given sanctuary with us for the rest of their lives.
We are home to horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, llamas, dogs, and more. We believe that everyone deserves a chance at life, regardless if they are blind, crippled, deformed, sick, wounded, or just old.
Because the animals at The Gentle Barn have experienced abuse and severe neglect, their treatment and rehabilitation is extremely expensive and can take an extended period of time. But it is worth it to see them smile again, to watch their eyes light up, to feel them cuddle in your lap, and to see them play with new life and new hope.
Once rehabilitated, the animals become ambassadors, teaching children about the magic and grace of these precious beings.
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 head and ears rubbed.
Adeline 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 them every day and bring them treats, and in a very short time instead of running away from us, they were running towards us. She was the second one to climb in our laps and fall asleep. Her life with us will be a living apology, making up for everything traumatic that has happened in her life and in the lives of turkeys everywhere.
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 them every day and bring them treats, and in a very short time instead of running away from us, they were running towards us. She is the boss of the ladies and tells everyone what to do. She is a natural leader and will always have a voice at The Gentle Barn for the rest of her life.
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 that humans can be kind and that The Gentle Barn is a safe place to be. She will get to live here with her sister and feel love for the rest of her life!
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, emaciated and fearful of people, scheduled him for euthanasia. At the last minute they called us and asked us to save him. We gave him top quality food, clean water, chiropractic, massage therapy, daily grooming and lot of love and Andrew has now made a complete recovery! Andrew is young at heart and gallops around with his tail up, a smile on his face and his main flying in the wind.
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 the rest of her life and once she trusts us we will brush her gently, scratch her back, hug her softly and love her till the end of time. Once her broken spirit is healed, she will get to heal the broken spirits of the children we host and inspire them to shine.
Ari was rescued from a cattle company in Texas. Taken away from his mom at birth and put into a veal crate, he was very sick, weak, thin and malnourished. With round the clock care, love and our wonderful veterinarians, Ari is finally healthy and strong and will live at The Gentle Barn for the rest of his life and we will forever be his family.
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 for emergency treatment and after months of hard work we succeeded in saving her life and her leg. She has permanent tendon damage and walks with a limp, but she is happy and loved here at The Gentle Barn!
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 everywhere with us and he can now trust our love and know that he will never be left again.
We found Biscuit at a pumpkin patch. He was just a baby and rolled over for tummy rubs, took food gently out of people's hands and had the patience of an angel. When we found out that the plan was to slaughter him the day after Halloween, we brought him home to The Gentle Barn instead. He now delights visitors with his 1,000 pounds of pure love.
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 only know a gentle hand for the rest of her life. She was so scared of us when we first brought her home and now she will approach us for treats and eat out of our hands.
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 and their story could be told. If you haven't already, click here to see their incredible rescue: http://youtube/1IkwE8tHBAs
Bodhi fell off a truck in a very busy intersection and almost died. We don’t know where the truck was going but I guess Bodhi wanted to come to The Gentle Barn instead. He loves tummy rubs and is a complete delight to have around. He became best friends with our other pig Biscuit and the two of them have so much fun romping in the mud and taking naps in the straw together.
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 again. It took us two and half years to get him to change his mind. He now works with autistic kids and gives them all the gentleness and kindness he wishes he could have had when he was a baby.
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 his eyes.
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 street. Bull Sheep was very sad to leave his home but bonded with our other sheep, Darling, fell in love with the volunteers and is now very happy here. His first family visits him often, so he knows they still love him.
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 underdeveloped lungs and did not survive. After Buttercup mourned his passing, she decided to be a mom to all the orphaned babies we rescue. She is loving and kind and shows her affection by licking everyone like a big dog.
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 and alone. We found him and brought him to retire at The Gentle Barn. We spent three years healing him, showing him it was safe to express his feelings and his personality. Caesar is now fully healed, the leader of our herd and a gentleman to all.
Charlie was a surprise; we rescued his mom, Delilah, 8 months ago and did not know she was pregnant. It was a good thing Delilah found us because her pelvis was broken and she was terrified of humans. We were able to heal her body and her heart so that her birth was easy and she trusted us to help her. After having many babies taken away before coming to The Gentle Barn, Delilah will be able to enjoy her son, and Charlie will be able to grow up in safety, health, love and kindness.
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 of their lives at The Gentle Barn and get the care all animals deserve.
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 so sick with pneumonia when we first got her, we didn't know if she would live. But we refused to give up on her and she is now one of the leaders of the cowherd and follows us around just hoping for a hug or a good scratch.
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 of their lives at The Gentle Barn and get the care all animals deserve.
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 and has won the hearts of all us.
Dolly was raised as someone's pet. When the woman passed away we were asked to bring Dolly home to The Gentle Barn. Dolly didn’t live with other animals and spent most of her time by herself. Because Dolly was not used to having much company, she didn't know how to accept love. It took her a while to bond with the other cows and allow us to pet and love her. Many of the children we host relate to Dolly because they too know how hard it is to believe they are loveable. Dolly has inspired many kids already to embrace second chances, even though she has only been here for a few months.
Earl was running loose in Santa Clarita, jumping in and out of people’s 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 the owner never came. They soon contacted us and asked us if we would take him, of course we said yes! It took Earl a while to realize this is his new forever home but he is now happy and content in our barnyard! He loves getting his fuzzy head scratched by visitors and sprayed with the hose!
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 lethargic and depressed. After months of round the clock care, finally the life came back into her eyes and the hope came back into her heart. Now she is very friendly and follows us around for treats and attention.
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 that caused her to go blind. When she came to The Gentle Barn she would spin in circles, never having walked a straight line before. With the help of our volunteers, Faith learned not only how to walk a straight line but how to run, play and receive love. She is now happy, healthy and loves people!
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 brought to The Gentle Barn to recover. The man was arrested and is now in jail. Fawn was very sick when we rescued her, but after weeks of hard work we brought Fawn back to life and showed her that she was safe. Months later Fawn gave birth to two healthy twin babies, Chrissy and Danny, and they will get to live together as a family for the rest of their lives at The Gentle Barn.
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 life!
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 has sweet, sad eyes that melt our hearts and bring tears to our eyes.
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 the first to come running to us to say Hi.
Ginger was rescued with her young daughter from severe abuse and neglect. She was very ill and scared when she first arrived, but soon became a junky for Sun Chlorella Algae Super Food. Each day she was the first to get her supplements then tried to steal everyone else's and nibble our fingers for more. She had an eye infection so bad when we first got her that we thought she would be blind forever. But with great vet care and Sun Chlorella Ginger and her daughter recovered and her eye is now normal.
Grace was rescued from a farm where her job was to have babies to earn her keep. The last time she was bred, the very large bull crippled her. Unable to get up, her muscles atrophied and she was in pain and helpless. We took her to The Gentle Barn to get chiropractic and massage therapy so she could learn to walk again. Her body is strong now and her heart is healed, after 12 years of hating people, she now allows us to pet her and hand feed her.
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 to trust us. Gus will live here for the rest of his life with the other goats he was rescued with. He was white and fluffy when we saved him and after a few months he turned golden.
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 that humans can be kind and that The Gentle Barn is a safe place to be. She will get to live here with her sister and feel love for the rest of her life!
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 her life.
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 trailer from rescuing her from a backyard butcher, she trusted us completely and has always stood still and allowed us to treat her and make her well. She is our hero and we will dedicate the rest of our lives to heal her mind, body and spirit!
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 of TLC her spine got straighter, her legs got stronger and she can now run, jump and play.
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 adopted another orphaned baby donkey as well. When the founder got ill and was no longer able to care for them, all three of them were brought here to learn to trust and stay together. Hope is slowly learning to forgive and trust again, and will stay here with her babies for the rest of her life.
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. Birds are not designed to be alone and need a mom to protect and provide for them, so Gentle Barn Founder, Ellie Laks became Jasmine's mom. Jasmine will live in her house until she is old enough to live in the barnyard, probably at about 6 months. For now Jasmine sleeps in bed with Ellie, rides in the car with her, and goes everywhere she goes. As she gets older Jasmine will spend more and more supervised time in the barnyard making friends, exploring, and gaining confidence. One day Jasmine will be able to live with the other chickens permanently. Jasmine loves the barnyard, loves to play and she is so much fun to be around! She has a fully developed language with different sounds meaning different things. Ellie loves being her mom!
Jazz was rescued with her sister Jellie 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, heal, and teach them how to trust humans. They are now big and healthy, and love being loved.
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, heal, and teach them how to trust humans. Fat and happy, they now love being loved.
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 opened the door and invited him in and he has been here ever since. Safe and sound here, Jewel adds color and sparkle to our barnyard and we are honored to have him!
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.
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 our hands. They fill our barnyard with grace and beauty.
Krishna and her sister Rama were rescued from Thanksgiving in California, in 2008. Krishna was terrified of us at first, but has soon realized that she is safe at her new home. While she will still not allow us to per her, she will run to us for treats and enjoys being told how beautiful she is.
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 adds joy to The Gentle Barn and everyone he meets.
Premarin is a drug that women take in menopause and is made from a pregnant horse's urine. The pregnant horse cannot move for 8 months while she is hooked up to a catheter. They don't want the babies, they just want the pregnant urine, so when the babies are born the babies are rounded up and sent to slaughter. Lazar and his twin sister Zoe were born to the Premarin industry and were rescued from slaughter, at the last minute when they were a few months old. They were terrified of humans at first but with time and patience they are now like huge puppy dogs. They will live at The Gentle Barn for the rest of their lives and will always be together.
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. Now she is very friendly and healthy, and even jumps up on us to get treats and hugs.
Lilly was a breeding pig. She had her food thrown to her and her babies taken away. When she was too old to breed she was sent to the pound to be put to sleep. It took us a year, but we were finally able to pet her and give her the love she deserves. Lilly is now 23 years old, rolls over for tummy rubs and has finally found a family at The Gentle Barn that won't be taken away.
5 years ago we were involved in saving over 400 animals from a hoarder, Linus was one of them. Sick, skinny, and scared, we brought him home to the Gentle Barn to have the life he deserves. Happy and healthy now, it's hard to tell he had a hard life before us. He loves tummy rubs and if we just touch him, he rolls over right away. He is always wagging his tail and grunting thank you.
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 pictures like a celebrity. We are grateful to have her!
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 together for the rest of their lives.
Maddie was homeless for the first several years of her life. She trusted no one and ate out of garbage cans to survive. At one point she was hit by a car which slowed her down enough that she could finally be caught. Once her body was healed, we worked tirelessly to teach her to trust us. It took years, but she is finally a "normal", happy member of our family who greets people at the door with tail wags, and even sleeps in bed with us.
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, filthy, terrified and very sick. After months of care Madonna's wounds have healed, she loves people and her favorite place to be is snuggled up next to someone.
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 joy and wonder back in his heart, but in time he recovered. He now spends his days painting the wind and playing with the other horses.
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. She was terrified at first but will now take treats from our hands. We will not stop working until she trusts us completely.
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 a special dance to impress the ladies, who actually adore him.
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 will only know kindness, safety and love and will get to grow up with his mom!
McKenna Rockett was rescued from Thanksgiving with her sister Nalla 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 were safe and loved. McKenna Rockett now loves to cuddle in our laps and show guests how intelligent and affectionate turkeys truly are.
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 across the country to bring them home to the safety of The Gentle Barn. Mercy was very sick when he arrived and almost died, but with round the clock care and great vets his fever finally broke and he is now healthy, happy and a part of our family.
Milo was given to a family for a Christmas present, but they didn’t want him. So they put him in the backyard where he lived alone for 9 years. Finally the family moved and didn’t want to bring him so they were bringing him to the pound to be put down when we intervened and brought him home to The Gentle Barn instead. Milo’s heart was literally broken and we have been working with a cardiologist to make him well. In the meantime he is a permanent resident of The Gentle Barn and will be part of our family where he will be wanted, loved and cherished for the rest of his life!
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 at The Gentle Barn. He is sweet, affectionate and curious, and will never be separated from his mom again.
A local school hatched chicks in the classroom thinking it would be great for the kids to witness birth. When they were all hatched they sent the chicks home with the children as pets. At 5 months old when Mufasa started crowing and growing long tail feathers they knew they were in trouble; they were not zoned for a rooster and the neighbors were complaining. He was going to be sent to the pound, but was brought to The Gentle Barn instead, where his crowing is music to our ears! He is gentle to all of us and does an adorable dance to flirt with all the ladies, who adore him.
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 were safe and loved. Nalla now loves to cuddle with us, close her eyes and fall asleep in our laps.
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 she is.
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 was full, her body healed and her heart felt safe. She will be safe here with us for the rest of her life!
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 animal control and because he was old, lame, emaciated and depressed, was scheduled for euthanasia. When we found out about Patrick, we brought him home with us instead. He has gaining weight and with chiropractic and massage therapy he is feeling better and stronger. Patrick is kind and gentle, his eyes shining with more hope and more joy everyday! Patrick will be part of our family for the rest of his life!
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 her struggle to breathe and eat. With great vet care, nutritional supplements and lots of love she started living again. She now is very curious and friendly and is a friend to all.
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 together like they are in a deep conversation; they are very fun to watch.
Rascalina was a trail horse who was well taken care of. But when she retired she had a lot of anxiety and would rock back and forth to self-sooth. We brought her home to The Gentle Barn and put her with our other horses. Now that she is always with her horse or human friends, she has stopped rocking, except right before mealtime when she cannot contain her excitement. She will have a dignified retirement here and will be well loved for the rest of her life.
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 heart is the hardest chore, as she had never known a kind human before coming to The Gentle Barn! We will keep working hard to show her love, kindness and safety for the rest of her life! Reina finally eats treats out of our hands so we are making progress, one day we will pet her!
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 stay together for the rest of their lives at The Gentle Barn and get the care all animals deserve.
Roy was rescued from a cattle company in Texas, where he was taken away from him 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 coughs and high fevers for a long time. With great vet care, Sun Chlorella to boost his immune system, and lots of TLC he recovered and is now big, strong, and happy.
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 mom. He is very smart and mischievous, keeps us laughing and reminds us to enjoy life.
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, clean water and lots of love, we nursed her back to health and wholeness, and gained her trust. Safe and sound, Sapphire gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Martin. The three are now full of life and laughter and are a blessing to our barnyard.
Sarah was a wild hen who had babies near our barn. She came out of hiding with 15 chicks, all of whom would have been eaten by coyotes for sure. So we gathered them all up and put them into our barnyard to be fed, loved and cared for. The chicks are grown now and sprinkle our barnyard with color, cheer and beauty.
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 with Sasha for two years while she gained confidence and came to trust that she was safe. Sasha is now our therapy horse, working with kids who are quadriplegic. She intuitively knows to come and groom them with her mouth to make gentle contact.
Sassy was rescued from a backyard butcher. She was painfully thin and so very sad. It took months of constant care, but we finally nursed her back to health. Sassy nibbles on our faces, whispers thank you in our ears and cuddles with us daily. If we could house train her, she would be sleeping in our bed! She loves our visitors, especially people in wheel chairs. She does not leave their side and stands very close so they can reach her. Sassy is so special and we are grateful to have her as part of our family!
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 and be told how beautiful she is.
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 she is loved.
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 more and more hope showed in her eyes until that wonderful day when she let her past go and was renewed with life. From now on she will only know love and kindness at The Gentle Barn.
Sidney was rescued from a little old lady with good intentions but with no idea how to raise a piglet. She fed him nothing but lettuce, carrots and celery. With no protein, iron or calcium he actually went blind from malnutrition. When he was no longer small or cute the woman did not want him anymore and brought him to us. Now Sidney is safe in the smaller enclosure in the upper barnyard.
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 and parades around demanding attention. He even does a happy feet dance for special guests! He gobbles to us when we whistle and he will be our fabulous spark of magic to impress us all, every day!
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 officer called and asked us to save his life. We will not stop working with him until he can gallop and play with our other horses and has joy in his eyes.
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 very hard, round the clock to restore that innocence and show her that she is now safe and loved.
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 brought her home to The Gentle Barn. Here she can be herself and will have a home with us forever.
Grace and her twin sister, Rosie were born at The Gentle Barn from a mom
rescued from extreme abuse and neglect. Unlike her mom, Sophia Grace and her
sister Rosie will only know kindness, respect, safety and love and will get to
their mom for the rest of their lives at The Gentle Barn and get the care all
Sophia Grace and her twin sister, Rosie were born at The Gentle Barn from a mom rescued from extreme abuse and neglect. Unlike her mom, Sophia Grace and her sister Rosie will only know kindness, respect, safety and love and will get to stay with their mom for the rest of their lives at The Gentle Barn and get the care all animals deserve.
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, and was taken away from his mom and twin brother with no warning. At The Gentle Barn he made friends with the other animals and learned that not all humans are cruel.
"To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." - Mahatma Gandhi
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 is now the first one to greet people at the gate and follow us around with kisses.
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 them every day and bring them treats, and in a very short time instead of running away from us, they were running towards us. She is still skittish of us, but we will give her all the time and patience she needs, till one day she is confident and filled with joy.
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 and they asked us to take Sun Dance as well. Because Sun Dance did not have the colostrum, breast milk or nurturing he needed as a newborn, he was very sick. But after months of vet care, Sun Chlorella Super Food, and round the clock time spent in the laps and arms of our staff and volunteers, Sun Dance finally recovered and found joy in our barnyard as part of our family. Sun Dance is growing fast and loves playing, snuggling and charming visitors with his larger than life personality.
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, and we can show her how much we love her!
Susie was brought to The Gentle Barn by someone who could no longer care for her. Chickens will treat us by the way they are treated; it is evident that she was loved before she came here, because Susie is very warm and gentle to the kids who come to visit.
Susie Q was born at The Gentle Barn after her mom was saved from a backyard butcher just in the nick of time. Her mom knew terrible suffering, but this baby will only know love and kindness, and from now on, so will her mom. The two of them will live out the rest of their lives in the safety of The Gentle Barn!
Sweetheart was born at The Gentle Barn on Valentine's Day from a mom rescued from the backyard butcher. Unlike her mom, Sweetheart will only know kindness, respect, safety and love and will get to stay with her mom for the rest of her life at The Gentle Barn and get the care all animals deserve.
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 rest of his life with his mom and only know kindness and safety from now on.
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 happy and gave birth to a tiny baby girl. Mommy and baby will get to live together for the rest of their lives in safety, kindness and respect.
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. It took a long time to get used to the barnyard and the other animals, but she is quite at home now.
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 to heal. She is now loved, not only on Halloween, but every day of the year!
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 and humans. Violet had to be in extreme quarantine for several weeks until she finally healed and was allowed to interact with other animals. She is still scared of us, but will take treats from our hands. We will continue working for the day that we can hug her and give her the affection she deserves.
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 her body and her heart, and most importantly, giving her back her dignity. Today she is sweet, soft and loving. Whisper will live at The Gentle Barn California for the rest of her life!
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. It is a hard habit to break, but her feathers have been growing back and she now seems happy and full of life.
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 with the other pigs and we shower him with tummy rubs and love.
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 mom at a month old when they needed to nurse, and sent to slaughter where they were rescued at the last minute.