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

The Gentle Barn Animals

Alice - Turkey - California

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…

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Eugene - Cow - California

Baby Eugene is innocent and completely oblivious of where they were and what almost befell them, but it’ll most likely take a long time for Rosita to recover and learn to trust humans. Rosita his mother was at a slaughterhouse…

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Mango - Sheep - California

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.…

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Martin - Sheep - California

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…

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Pebbles - Goat - California

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…

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Lela - Goat - California

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.…

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Willy Wonka - Horse - California

Willy Wonka was a jumping horse who worked very hard for his people, winning awards all over the world. As he got older, his body began to break down until finally he collapsed in the middle of a show. Thankfully he had…

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Eliza - Chicken - California

Eliza was hatched in a classroom and later became someone's pet. After a while the novelty of having a hen wore off and she was brought to The Gentle Barn to become part of our forever family. Like all egg laying hens,…

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Lucy - Cow - California

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…

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Rosie - Donkey - California

Rosie was found in a dumpster at only a few weeks old. She was brought to a donkey rescue where she was adopted by Hope who had a daughter around the same age as Rosie. Hope raised Rosie as her own and Rosie and adopted…

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Bingo - Dog - California

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…

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Scarlett - Turkey - California

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…

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Danny - Sheep - California

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…

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Sunshine - Sheep - California

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,…

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Addison - Donkey - California

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…

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Lakota - Dog - California

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…

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Roy - Cow - California

Roy was rescued from a cattle company in Texas, where he was taken away from his 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…

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Jasmine - Chicken - California

Jasmine was born with deformed toes. We were asked to help and took her to our avian specialist. After a week in the hospital her toes were straightened and repaired. When she was sent home she was too young to be unsupervised…

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Rosie - Sheep - California

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…

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Sophia Grace - Sheep - California

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…

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Bonsai - Horse - California

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…

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Zeus - Pig - California

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…

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Magic - Horse - California

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…

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Paloma - Turkey - California

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…

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Karma - Cow - California

Karma was rescued from a cruelty case where she had no food, water, or shelter, and enormous stress. When we first brought her home she cried incessantly all through that first day and night. In the morning she was dripping…

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King - Llama - California

King was rescued from wandering the desert with his sister, Duchess. With no food, water or shelter, they were desperate and exhausted. Concerned neighbors who had seen them out in the desert for months called us and asked…

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Forgiveness - Cow - California

Forgiveness was born to the dairy industry and taken away from his mom at birth so his milk could be stolen by humans. He was put into a veal crate to be processed for veal. By the time he was sent to slaughter at 8 weeks…

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Zoe - Horse - California

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…

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Patience - Goat - California

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…

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Bob - Cow - California

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…

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Andrew - Horse - California

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,…

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Toulouse - Sheep - California

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.…

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Jellie - Pig - California

Jellie was rescued from an abusive petting zoo where she had mange and sunburn and was being taken away from her mother way before she could eat solid food. We brought her here to bottle feed, heal, and teach her how to…

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Bella - Goat - California

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…

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Romeo - Turkey - California

Romeo was rescued in St Louis, Missouri along with his ten brothers and sisters. They were running around the neighborhood and in the street, and after getting many calls from upset and concerned neighbors, we took them…

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Hope - Donkey - California

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…

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Athena - Cow - California

Athena was rescued from severe abuse and neglect. When we saved her she had a very sad, broken spirit. After years of good food, water, shelter, and a lot of love, Athena has let her past go and now loves to get hugs from…

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Harmony - Sheep - California

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…

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Mario - Chicken - California

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…

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Faith - Cow - California

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…

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Snow White - Sheep - California

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…

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Peggy - Chicken - California

Peggy was born with a fused elbow which disallowed her to use one of her legs. Her previous owners took her to an avian expert to euthanize her, but the veterinarian advised them not to, as she hopped on one leg just fine,…

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Darling - Sheep - California

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…

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Bull Sheep - Sheep - California

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…

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Crystal - Cow - California

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…

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Gus - Goat - California

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…

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Lulu - Donkey - California

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…

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Stanley - Sheep - California

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,…

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Sun Dance - Goat - California

Sun Dance was brought to the animal shelter as a newborn. Unfortunately animal control does not have the staff to bottle feed newborn animals, so they were going to euthanize him. We happened to be there saving a dog and…

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Honey Bear - Pig - California

Honey Bear was found by animal control wandering the streets. He was 200 pounds underweight, injured and scared. After he healed a while at the animal shelter, we were asked to bring him home to The Gentle Barn. Honey…

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Rebecca - Chicken - California

Rebecca was found wondering the streets and brought to the safety of The Gentle Barn so she could have a home and a family. We absolutely love having her! She is so friendly and has such a big, warm personality. She loves…

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Ruby - Horse - California

Ruby was willed to us with her mate, Monty who has since passed away of old age, when their person passed away. Their mom loved them very much and we promised to take very good care of them for her. Ruby gets acupuncture,…

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Little One - Dog - California

Little One was left at The Gentle Barn with no history or explanation. All we knew was that she was very scared and shook uncontrollably when she saw or heard a human. We worked tirelessly for months to heal her heart…

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Rama - Turkey - California

Rama was rescued from Thanksgiving in 2008. She was very frightened when she first came home, but soon realized that she was safe, respected and adored. She is not quite comfortable with being pet, but she'll enjoy deep…

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Sun - Turkey - California

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…

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Sapphire - Sheep - California

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,…

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Violet - Sheep - California

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…

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Luigi - Chicken - California

Luigi was left at our veterinarians office by someone who couldn’t take care of him. Our vet asked us to take him in and we are so glad we did. He’s gentle, loves being held, and is quite the ladies man. Luigi will live…

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Shirley Temple - Sheep - California

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…

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Thumper - Sheep - California

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…

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Whisper - Horse - California

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…

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Chrissy - Sheep - California

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…

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Fiona - Cow - California

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…

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Hannah - Goat - California

Hannah was rescued from severe abuse and neglect with her sister, Amelia. She was infested with lice and parasites, grossly underweight, malnourished and terrified of humans. Slowly her body has regained strength and she…

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Patrick - Horse - California

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…

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Sir Lancelot - Horse - California

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…

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Aretha - Cow - California

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 kept telling her that she will get to live here with us for…

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Hiroka - Horse - California

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…

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Truffles - Pig - California

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…

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Madonna - Cow - California

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,…

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Serenity - Cow - California

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…

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Caesar - Horse - California

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…

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Tia - Cow - California

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…

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Socks - Dog - California

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…

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Brave Heart - Goat - California

Brave Heart somehow escaped slaughter and was brought to us to raise. Tiny and terrified it took a while to show him that he was safe and could trust us. Once he understood he was not an object, but an important part of…

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Amelia - Goat - California

Amelia was rescued from severe abuse and neglect with her sister, Hannah. She was very sick, infested with lice and parasites, grossly underweight, malnourished and terrified of humans. Slowly her body has regained strength…

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Mercy - Cow - California

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…

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Ferdinand - Cow - California

Ferdinand was brought to us as an orphan at eight weeks old. He was scared, sad, and sick. We all took four hour shifts throughout the day and night so he was not alone for the first thirty days, until he trusted people.…

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Earl - Emu - California

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…

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Fawn - Sheep - California

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…

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Holy - Cow - California

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…

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Zazu - Bird - California

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.…

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Sasha - Horse - California

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…

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Rosita - Cow - California

Rosita was at a slaughterhouse in line to be slaughtered. The entire time she was being prodded to keep moving down the line, she was in labor, and gave birth right there on the kill floor. In a miraculous act of compassion,…

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Sweetheart - Sheep - California

Sweetheart was born at The Gentle Barn on Valentine's Day to her mom, Sunshine, who was rescued from the backyard butcher. Unlike her mom, Sweetheart will only know kindness, respect, safety and love and will get to stay…

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