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Chloe - CA
Chloe - CA
Turkey - CA

Chloe was rescued just before Thanksgiving. Her toes and beak had been cut off, she was black with filth, and had lost all trust in humans.

To…

Rascalina - CA
Rascalina - CA
Horse - CA

Rascalina was someone’s treasured riding horse and they had many adventures together. Once she was older however and could no longer carry anyone she…

Nalla - CA
Nalla - CA
Turkey - CA

Nalla was rescued from Thanksgiving in 2014. She came in filthy and terrified. After several months of good food, clean water, and gentle hands, Nalla…

Sasha - CA
Sasha - CA
Horse - CA

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…

Lacey - CA
Lacey - CA
Dog - CA

Charlie and Lacey left us this week after having the best year of their life. When we rescued them last year, they were 14 years old and were being…

Nalla - CA
Nalla - CA
Sheep - CA

Nalla was rescued along with the 30 animals from a backyard butcher with her mom. She was designated for slaughter, and treated with a cruel hand and…

Bodhi - CA
Bodhi - CA
Pig - CA

Bodhi was on a truck with many other pigs headed for slaughter when he had the courage to jump off and save his own life. He thankfully was not harmed…

Sid - CA
Sid - CA
Dog - CA

Sid and his sister Sam were backyard dogs for 15 years. When they were old and arthritic and incontinent, they were sent to the pound to be put down.…

Cybil - CA
Cybil - CA
Dog - CA

A family raised Cybil until she was about a year old, and then moved out of state and abandoned her on the front lawn. She waited for months for them…

Portia - CA
Portia - CA
Turkey - CA

Wild turkeys live about 20 years and are able to run, fly and mate . They live in large family groups and are very social and smart. The meat industry…

Sparrow - CA
Sparrow - CA
Chicken - CA

Sparrow and his sisters were being sold at a pet store as babies. They were kept in a small, dark box in cruel conditions. People complained and they…

Barbie - CA
Barbie - CA
Pig - CA

In the 1980s Vietnamese pot bellied pigs where being imported into the United States and were being sold as pets. Because they were so cute when they…

Linus - CA
Linus - CA
Pig - CA

We rescued Linus 8 years ago from a terrible cruelty case. He suffered so much! We brought him home and gave him daily tummy rubs, treats, and love…

Ryan - CA
Ryan - CA
Goat - CA

Ryan was one of the smartest, funniest, most resourceful friends we have ever had. He played with all the other goats and they all loved him. He fell…

Enid - CA
Enid - CA
Turkey - CA

Wild turkeys are smaller and live for about 25 years. Scientists have taken the DNA of a wild turkey and genetically engineered it to create a man made,…

Gentle Ben - CA
Gentle Ben - CA
Cow - CA

Gentle Ben was rescued from a petting zoo that was closing down. After holding still for pats and being kind to all their guests, he was being sent…

Scout - CA
Scout - CA
Horse - CA

Scout was found standing in the rain on a vacant lot with no food, water, or shelter. His coat was bleached from the sun, his hooves were way too long,…

Emily - CA
Emily - CA
Goat - CA

Emily was rescued from an extreme cruelty case and saw the worst of humanity. When animal control brought her to us, along with sixty other animals,…

Horton - TN
Horton - TN
Pig - TN

Horton was rescued from slaughter when he was only three months old. He came to us covered in ticks, underweight, and terrified of humans. With time…

Darshana - CA
Darshana - CA
Turkey - CA

Darshana was rescued from Thanksgiving with her two sisters. She was dirty, scared and angry when she came here. But after a short while here, she forgave…

Hosanna - CA
Hosanna - CA
Pig - CA

Hosanna was rescued from a hoarder with her two friends, Lynus and Snoopy. They were very scared when they came here, and would even charge us to defend…

Ginger - CA
Ginger - CA
Chicken - CA

Ginger was rescued from the animal shelter. We don't know why she was brought there, but we are sure glad we found her. She loved talking and had a…

Barnie - CA
Barnie - CA
Chicken - CA

Barnie was not wanted in his home because he is a rooster and cannot not lay eggs. We took him in because we love his song and his rainbow. He will…

Lazar - CA
Lazar - CA
Horse - CA

Ten years ago we went to look at some horses at a local horse rescue. Other organizations know that we take in animals no one else wants, so they call…

Mars - CA
Mars - CA
Cat - CA

Mars was rescued from the animal shelter in his last hours before being put to sleep. He was at least eighteen years old, and because of that he was…

Marilyn Monroe - CA
Marilyn Monroe - CA
Cow - CA

Marilyn Monroe was kept as a trophy pet for a wealthy man. When the stock market crashed he lost his farm and with it, all his animals. The other animals…

Mamma Dear - CA
Mamma Dear - CA
Horse - CA

"Mamma Dear" was rescued from the racetrack, where her frail body was severely damaged. She was several hundred pounds underweight and her muscles were…

Charlie - CA
Charlie - CA
Dog - CA

Charlie and Lacey left us this week after having the best year of their life. When we rescued them last year, they were 14 years old and were being…

Lilly - CA
Lilly - CA
Pig - CA

Before she came to us, Lilly was kept as a breeding pig. She had her food thrown over the fence to her and her babies taken away. For 15 years she lived…

Tommy - CA
Tommy - CA
Turkey - CA

Tommy the turkey was raised by someone who thought that it would be cool to raise their own Thanksgiving dinner. But when it was time to kill him, the…

Katie - CA
Katie - CA
Horse - CA

Katie was a pony who spent her life giving rides to small children. She wore a saddle that did not fit, so her back was sore. They did not trim her…

Blue - CA
Blue - CA
Horse - CA

The first time we saw Blue she was in a back stall with her head to the wall at a rescue facility in Ojai, Ca. We were giving carrots and apples to…

Divine - CA
Divine - CA
Goat - CA

Divine was rescued from a backyard butcher where she was fed nothing but rotten tomatoes. Starving to death and terrified she now has a long way to…

Mufasa - CA
Mufasa - CA
Chicken - CA

Mufasa was hatched in a classroom and sent home with one of the students. When he started crowing it became a problem with the neighbors and we were…

Susie Q - CA
Susie Q - CA
Pig - CA

SusieQ was raised in a factory farm where she was poked by electric prods, had her ears shredded, was torn away from her mom, and then sent to Farmer…

Finbar - CA
Finbar - CA
Chicken - CA

There was a woman who wanted a female chicken as a pet for her apartment. She ordered one to be delivered to her from an egg company. When she went…

Jewel - CA
Jewel - CA
Peacock - CA

Jewel was a wild peacock wondering the neighborhood. He slept in our neighbors trees at night and soon started showing up at our place for meals. After…

Spencer - CA
Spencer - CA
Dog - CA

Spencer was rescued along with his sister from the animal shelter on his last day before he was killed. He was the quintessential dog: loyal, intelligent,…

Susie - CA
Susie - CA
Chicken - CA

We rescued Susie many years ago when we discovered her and her 29 sisters at a pet store. They were all crammed together in a filthy cage and when customers…

Star - CA
Star - CA
Cow - CA

Star was part of our very first veal calf rescue years ago. He was taken away from his mom at a day old, put into a veal crate alone, and at eight weeks…

Kaylee - CA
Kaylee - CA
Dog - CA

Kaylee was hit by a car in a bad neighborhood. We scraped her off the street and took her to the hospital. Little did we know that healing her body…

Andrew - TN
Andrew - TN
Chicken - TN

Andrew was one of twenty chicks rescued from a factory farm where he would have been slaughtered at 7 weeks old, along with 120,000 chickens. He was…

Rooty - CA
Rooty - CA
Pig - CA

Rooty had a good home and a human mom who loved her very much. Her happy life ended when her mom died suddenly. Because Rooty was older, no one wanted…

Snoopy - CA
Snoopy - CA
Pig - CA

Snoopy was rescued from a hoarder with a few other pigs and 500 other animals. She suffered terribly when she was there with no food, extreme temperatures,…

Grace - CA
Grace - CA
Cow - CA

There are three reasons why animals come to The Gentle Barn: So they can heal and live the life all animals deserve, so they can die in the arms of…

Spirit - MO
Spirit - MO
Cow - MO

Spirit is the 6th cow of the St Louis Six. He escaped the slaughter house with his brothers but because of his injuries during the round up process…

Gertrude - MO
Gertrude - MO
Chicken - MO

Gertrude was our most cuddled chicken, when all of the other hens were busy running around looking for bugs or scratching in the hay, Gertie preferred…

Carrie - TN
Carrie - TN
Chicken - TN

Carrie was one of twenty chicks rescued from a poultry farm and brought to The Gentle Barn Tennessee to live a better life and spread awareness of the…

Billy - CA
Billy - CA
Goat - CA

Billy was rescued from an abusive petting zoo with his mom, Sophie. He had pneumonia, and sounded like Darth Vader when he breathed. After healing his…

Sir Francis - CA
Sir Francis - CA
Turkey - CA

When we rescued Sir Fancy Pants from Thanksgiving in 2011 he was a tiny, scared baby. He soon became comfortable in our barnyard and we watched him…

Wilbur - CA
Wilbur - CA
Pig - CA

Wilbur was rescued from severe physical abuse. He was smashed over the back with a chair and was permanently crippled by his "person."

He was…

Zena - CA
Zena - CA
Goat - CA

Zena was rescued from an abusive petting zoo where she had been forced to get pregnant every six months for 7 years. While she was nursing one baby,…

Zoe - CA
Zoe - CA
Goat - CA

Zoe's mom was rescued from an abusive petting zoo when she was still a baby herself. We didn't know she was pregnant, but within a few months, she gave…

Ari - CA
Ari - CA
Cow - CA

Ari was born to a mom imprisoned by the dairy industry. He was taken away from his mom at birth and put into a veal crate where he could not move, had…

Marsha - CA
Marsha - CA
Turkey - CA

Marsha was rescued from Thanksgiving and then was attacked by a dog. After healing at the hospital, Marsha was brought to The Gentle Barn to charm people…

Patrick - CA
Patrick - CA
Horse - CA

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…

Bubble Gum - CA
Bubble Gum - CA
Goat - CA

Bubble Gum was rescued from a backyard butcher where she was severely abused and neglected. When we brought her home she was riddled with parasites,…

Eric - CA
Eric - CA
Chicken - CA

Eric was raised to fight. When they noticed that he is a lover not a fighter they were going to eat him. Able to intervene, we brought him home to charm…

Annie - CA
Annie - CA
Goat - CA

Annie was rescued off the back of a pickup truck on Fathers Day. The back of the truck had a bar-b-q and all the makings of a Fathers Day BBQ feast.…

Rover - CA
Rover - CA
Dog - CA

Rover was minutes away from being put down at the shelter when we found her. Shaking at the back of the cage, she would not let anyone get close to…

Buddha - CA
Buddha - CA
Cow - CA

Buddha is our therapy cow here at The Gentle Barn. When disabled kids come to visit, they gather around Buddha in their wheel chairs and hug her and…

Monty - CA
Monty - CA
Turkey - CA

Monty was rescued from Thanksgiving. Instead of ending up on someone's plate, he came to The Gentle Barn where he charms hundreds of people and teaches…

Dunkin - CA
Dunkin - CA
Pig - CA

For the first part of Dunkin's life he lived with a human family and thought that he was one of their dogs. He rolled over for tummy rubs, chased cars…

McKenna Rockett - CA
McKenna Rockett - CA
Turkey - CA

McKenna Rockett was rescued from Thanksgiving. Filthy and terrified, it took months to get her healthy and happy. McKenna Rockett soon became the love…

Flash - TN
Flash - TN
Chicken - TN

Flash came from a home where her and her 6 sisters were loved and cared for as family members. When the family moved they quickly found out their home…

Sarah - CA
Sarah - CA
Chicken - CA

Sarah was wild in our neighborhood, we were never able to find out where she came from. She emerged one day with 15 babies and we knew that if she remained…

Amber - CA
Amber - CA
Cow - CA

Along with the wonderful work that we do here at The Gentle Barn, and the joy that comes with restoring new lives and new hope in the animals, comes…

Dudley - TN
Dudley - TN
Cow - TN

Dudley was taken away from his mom at a very young age and was being raised for slaughter. He accidentally got baling twine wrapped around is ankle…

Bluebell - CA
Bluebell - CA
Goat - CA

Bluebell came in with over 60 other animals, rescued from a severe cruelty case. She and her sister, patience were very sick and scared,
and we…

Biscuit - CA
Biscuit - CA
Pig - CA

We first found Biscuit in a pumpkin patch exactly 10 years ago. We took our kids there to pick out pumpkins, having no idea there would be any animals…

Langhorn - TN
Langhorn - TN
Chicken - TN

Langhorn was one of twenty chicks rescued from a poultry farm and brought to The Gentle Barn Tennessee to live a better life and spread awareness of…

Reina - CA
Reina - CA
Goat - CA

Reina was rescued along with sixty other animals from a horrendous cruelty case. She had seen her friends and family members slaughtered right in front…

Zen - CA
Zen - CA
Chicken - CA

Zen was brought to us by a Buddhist temple. They loved him very much, but the neighbors did not. They asked us to take him and care for him, allowing…

Milo - CA
Milo - CA
Dog - CA

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…

Truffles - CA
Truffles - CA
Pig - CA

Truffles was rescued from an abandoned pumpkin patch after Halloween. She was left with the trash, no straw, no food, and no shelter. We took her in,…

Sophie - CA
Sophie - CA
Goat - CA

Sophie was rescued from an abusive petting zoo with her son, Billy. Her toe nails were a foot long causing deformities in her joints. She is a loving…

Cinnamon - CA
Cinnamon - CA
Horse - CA

Cinnamon was ridden so hard for so many years that when we found her she was in pain and could barely walk. At The Gentle Barn she is given deep tissue…

Blossom - MO
Blossom - MO
Chicken - MO

We are so sad that our Blossom has passed away. It was sudden and, although we knew he didn’t have long, unexpected. Blossom was a broiler chicken,…

Ellen - CA
Ellen - CA
Turkey - CA

Wild turkeys live about 20 years and are able to run, fly and mate . They live in large family groups and are very social and smart. The meat industry…

Lucy - CA
Lucy - CA
Cow - CA

Lucy was rescued with two other cows from a very wealthy man who had many exotic animals as pets. When he sadly lost everything in the stock market…

Adeline - TN
Adeline - TN
Turkey - TN

We first rescued Adeline with her four sisters. They were scared, filthy, and sick. Once healed, staff and volunteers sat with them each day,…

Joy - CA
Joy - CA
Goat - CA

Joy was rescued from a backyard butcher. She was emaciated, very sick and had we come just a day later she would have not survived. She is slowly gaining…

Freedom - CA
Freedom - CA
Cat - CA

Freedom was thrown out because she had a congenital birth defect; she had no eyelids. At The Gentle Barn we believe that everyone should have a chance…

Freddy - TN
Freddy - TN
Chicken - TN

We were about to start off a brand new week when our beautiful Freddy decided it was time to leave. Freddy Mercury was the last lady to leave of the…

Sarah - TN
Sarah - TN
Chicken - TN

Sarah was one of twenty chicks rescued from a factory farm where she would have been slaughtered at 7 weeks old. She was brought to The Gentle Barn…

Prince Charming - CA
Prince Charming - CA
Horse - CA

Prince Charming was ridden so hard his knees swelled and he could barely walk. He was then tied to the bumper of a car at a boarding stable and abandoned…

Jazz - CA
Jazz - CA
Pig - CA

Jasmine and her sister Jellie were taken away from their mom at only 4 weeks and put up for sale. Knowing that they were not ready to eat solid food…

Mavis - TN
Mavis - TN
Chicken - TN

Mavis was one of 102,000 chicks born in an incubator and raised in a poultry farm. Genetically engineered to be full grown at 7 weeks old and destined…

Bonsai - CA
Bonsai - CA
Horse - CA

Bonsai Warrior was an enormous, mighty, strong, brave, courageous, opinionated, and feisty giant who ironically came to us in a miniature horse’s body.…

Bella - CA
Bella - CA
Chicken - CA

I am so sorry to say that our dear sweet Bella has passed away. We never know exactly how old chickens are when we rescue them and with the genetic…

Vegan - CA
Vegan - CA
Cow - CA

Vegan was born blind, on a beef ranch. Ironically, his blindness is what saved him. The farmer's wife fell in love with him and wouldn't let the farmer…

Valentina - CA
Valentina - CA
Chicken - CA

Valentina was a Japanese Silky chicken, rescued from the animal shelter just before she was going to be put down. She was way too cute and innocent…

Sidney - CA
Sidney - CA
Pig - CA

Sidney was rescued from a woman who loved him very much but didn't know how to care for him and he eventually went blind from malnutrition. It look…

Betty Morgan - MO
Betty Morgan - MO
Turkey - MO

Betty Morgan was purchased from a turkey farm by an eight year old girl. When her parents wouldn’t allow her to keep Betty as a pet she begged one of…

Buttercup - CA
Buttercup - CA
Cow - CA

Buttercup was rescued from extreme cruelty where she had no food, water, or shelter. She was used as a dairy cow so every year she was impregnated,…

Daisy - CA
Daisy - CA
Goat - CA

Daisy was only a yearling when we rescued her from severe abuse and neglect. Grossly underweight, afraid, dirty, infested with lice and parasites, she…

Angel - CA
Angel - CA
Chicken - CA

Angel was hatched as part of a classroom project. The birth delighted the children, but once the fascination was over and Angel turned into a big hen,…

Dolly - CA
Dolly - CA
Cow - CA

Dolly was kept outside with little shelter before she came to us, she developed cancer in her eyes from the sun as well as her back. The cancer on her…

Sassy - CA
Sassy - CA
Goat - CA

We rescued Sassy from an extreme cruelty case, along with 60 other animals. She was underweight, scared, filthy, and traumatized. With top quality feed,…

Ginger - CA
Ginger - CA
Goat - CA

We lost our sweet precious ginger this week. Ginger was already old when we rescued her 4 years ago from extreme cruelty. She was extremely sick when…

Charlie - CA
Charlie - CA
Chicken - CA

Charlie the rooster was rescued from life in a cage. He was incarcerated for so long that his toes were deformed, and his nails curled into his foot.…

Lyra - CA
Lyra - CA
Chicken - CA

Lyra came to us from an animal shelter just before she was supposed to be put down. Someone had impulsively brought Lyra home and got rid of her when…

Amber - CA
Amber - CA
Chicken - CA

Amber and her 28 sisters were rescued from a pet store where they were kept in very cramped, dirty conditions. After the customers complained they…

Storm - CA
Storm - CA
Chicken - CA

Storm was raised by a lovely family who adored him. Because of this he grew up kind and affectionate. Because of the economy the family could no longer…

Jesse's Girl - TN
Jesse's Girl - TN
Chicken - TN
Josh - CA
Josh - CA
Sheep - CA

Josh was rescued with his late mom, Noni, from an abusive petting zoo. He was a youngster and terrified of humans. She was crippled by overgrown toenails…

Yoda - CA
Yoda - CA
Emu - CA

Yoda the emu was rescued from a hoarder where he was left for dead along with 400 other animals. He was terrified coming in to our place but very quickly…

Tinkerbelle - CA
Tinkerbelle - CA
Goat - CA

Tinkerbelle's mom was rescued from an abusive petting zoo. She had a small baby at the time so it did not even occur to us that she might be pregnant.…

Krishna - CA
Krishna - CA
Turkey - CA

Krishna was rescued from Thanksgiving along with her sister, Rama. They were not given food, water, or shelter where they came from and were emaciated…

Duchess - CA
Duchess - CA
Llama - CA

Duchess was left in the dessert with her younger brother King with no food, water, or shelter. Desperate, the two found their way closer and closer…

Pixie - CA
Pixie - CA
Goat - CA

Pixie was at the animal shelter, we don't really know how she got there. She was only 10 weeks old, thin and infested with mites. We got rid of her…

Rama - CA
Rama - CA
Turkey - CA

Rama was rescued from Thanksgiving. She lived in so much fear for the first several years believing we would harm her. But slowly she realized she was…

Dylan - CA
Dylan - CA
Dog - CA

A Solute to a Gentleman

When I first met Dylan he was so handsome that I caught my breath and stared.…

Puffy - TN
Puffy - TN
Chicken - TN

Puffy was a happy backyard chicken, along with her sisters, when neighborhood dogs broke in to the yard and started killing off the birds. The family…

Claire - CA
Claire - CA
Turkey - CA

This week we helped Claire out of her body, walked her home, and set her free. Before she left, I told her that she had done an excellent job here,…

Maddie - CA
Maddie - CA
Dog - CA

Maddie was rescued from the streets of Los Angeles where she had lived for years as a feral dog. She ate our of the garbage to survive and staid clear…

Daisy - CA
Daisy - CA
Chicken - CA

Daisy was one of the original chickens to be rescued by The Gentle Barn. She came along with 30 other chickens who were living in a homeless woman's…

Sunshine - CA
Sunshine - CA
Chicken - CA

Sunshine was rescued from a pet store where she and her 29 siblings were crammed in a dark, dirty, crowded cage. After many complaints they released…

Daisy - MO
Daisy - MO
Chicken - MO

Our sweet girl, Daisy, left her body today. She had breakfast this morning and joined her turkey and chicken friends in the barn for the day before…

Willy - CA
Willy - CA
Dog - CA

Willy the rottie was rescued from a hoarder. He lived in a cage in a place with 200 other dogs, also in cages. He only knew cold, fear, hunger, and…

Benny - CA
Benny - CA
Turkey - CA

Benny was rescued from being eaten on Thanksgiving. It is very common for turkey farmers to carry them by their legs and in doing so, they broke her…

Mr. Rojas - CA
Mr. Rojas - CA
Cow - CA

Mr Rojas was rescued from slaughter at a cruelty case where we rescued his mom. The previous owner hid him to sell for Christmas dinner. Because of…

Chili - CA
Chili - CA
Dog - CA

Chili was rescued from a very bad East Los Angeles neighborhood where every house had a pure bread Pit Bull tied to a tree, and by the looks of the…

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