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

Hay to The Rescue

Exactly seven years ago, in April 2012 we took in over sixty animals from a cruelty case. There were goats, sheep, cows, and a horse. They were all very sick, with extremely high fevers, parasites, and wounds. They were all terrified of humans. We had a lot of work to do to save them! Before coming to us, they were kept with no shelter, adequate…

Matriarchs

Last week was National Women’s Day and all I could think about were the strong cows and horses who raised me in the barnyard and taught me everything I know. Cows and horses live in a matriarchal society, led by strong females. In the horse family, there is a strong stallion who rules with an iron hoof, disciplines when necessary, and protects…

Falling in Love

Our phones ring constantly with pleas for help for animals. Some are from people who can no longer care for their pets, some are from the authorities who pull animals from cruelty cases,…

Healing Honey Bear

Honey Bear was found wandering down the street about an hour North of The Gentle Barn and picked up by animal control. He was at least two hundred pounds underweight, had multiple…

It Starts With Hay

Andrew was used as a stud horse for twenty-five years. He stayed in a twelve by twelve stall alone, unless he was mating with a female. When he was used to stud, he was handled…

Love Is A Verb

Many think of love as something that we feel, something that can break our hearts or heal it, and something that just comes over us without our control. That’s all true, but I…

Hay You!

The heart of our work is animals, and the heart of caring for them is hay. We take in animals who are too sick, too scared, too lame, or too old to be adoptable anywhere else, and we exert…

My Love Affair With a Chicken

At first, the thought of having a house chicken scared me. How will I keep her and the house clean? Will it smell? Can I give her enough attention with my busy schedule? Will she be safe…

Half Way

Four months ago Jay and I went to an Engine 2 Immersion in Sedona, Arizona. We spent time exercising, eating whole foods, and listening to leading cardiologists, oncologists,…

Adeline

Adeline with a volunteer

Jay and I spent last week at our Tennessee location, working hard each day, and accomplishing so much! But my favorite part of the trip was working with the staff to see and hear the animals more clearly.…

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