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

Infinite Possibilities

At The Gentle Barn, we rescue severely abused and neglected animals who have nowhere else to go. Sometimes it takes years for them to set their pasts down and recover from former scars. Then there are animals who with little time and care, blossom and thrive. Like a wilted flower, all they need is a little attention and they radiate happiness…

Ceasar

Caesar the Horse, Caesar with Jay Weiner

Caesar came to us in the summer of 2003. He was not being cared for very well, and it was Jay’s birthday coming up. Rescuing Caesar in Jay’s honor was a perfect…

Mothers

Mothers

Every Mother’s Day I get more and more resolved to help animals, tell their stories, and make an impact towards peace on this planet for all of us. I am in love with my kids and am so grateful…

Resilience

Some rescued animals spend years trying to forgive, learn to trust, and find joy again. But not all rescued animals are eternally traumatized from their pasts. Many become full of life and gratitude once they realize who we are and what kind of life we are offering. Some knew all along that they deserved something better and once they have it,…

Receiving

Many empaths, caregivers, and healers are so great at giving but have a hard time receiving. Many of us feel uncomfortable when even given a compliment. Many of us who have had struggles or challenges in our childhood even believe that we are undeserving of love. Receiving definitely did not come naturally to me and over the years, desperately…

​Passing the Torch

Karma The Cow

Cows are a matriarchal society, led usually by the oldest and wisest female. For the last 12 years, the matriarch in our California barnyard has been Karma.…

Losing Mothers, Finding Family

Losing Mothers, Finding Family

Animals bond, love, and grieve just like we do, and the loss of a mom for an infant is just as jarring and scarring for animals as for any human. Whether animals…

My Time at The Gentle Barn

Intern, Bella with cow

A Testimonial By Our Intern, Bella @ The Gentle Barn California

Before coming out to California, my days at home were becoming very dreary as my mental world started to…

Love is forever!

As an animal communicator, I have talked to so many animals who can tell me exactly what their people say and do after they are out of their bodies. It has led me to be absolutely…

When Lightning Strikes

How We Deal With Animals Passing at The Gentle Barn

Throughout the 21-year history of The Gentle Barn, our animals have come and gone in waves. Sometimes we have many rescues, one after another,…

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Upcoming Events

  • Even After They're Gone

    This will be a 90-minute virtual, live event on Zoom where Ellie will share stories of our rescued animals and everything they have taught her about their passing, including time for a Q and A at the end where you will get to speak directly with Ellie.

  • Modified #OpenSunday in Missouri

    We are excited to invite you our COVID-safe, modified open Sunday experience at The Gentle Barn: Missouri.

  • Modified #OpenSunday in Tennessee

    We are excited to invite you our COVID-safe, modified open Sunday experience at The Gentle Barn: Tennessee!