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

Running a Sanctuary - The Hard Parts

I get asked often, what is the hardest part of running a sanctuary. There are so many rewarding things and many hard things. It is hard to be at capacity and have to turn down the intake of an animal in need.…

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Lollie at Gentle Barn - Tennessee, Running in the grass

This summer was very exciting when we focused all our efforts together with your generosity into opening a Nashville location,…

TEDx Wilmington Women Conference: My Gentle Barn: Learning to Listen

Ellie Laks - Speaking at TEDx WilmingtonWomen Conference

Being invited to speak at TEDx Wilmington Women’s conference on November 30th is a dream come true, and the process has been almost as delicious…

Emotional Blindness

When I was a child, it was so clear to me that animals were angels among us. They were here to love us unconditionally, witness us, and mirror back to us that we were loveable and perfect just the way we are. It…

Bidding Farewell to a Gentleman

Patrick - Bidding Farewell to a Gentleman

This week in California we bid farewell to our gentleman Patrick. He was 37 years old, which in human terms was equivalent to 105. None the less, it was hard to see him go. We only had him for six years but having…

Much More than a Drum Stick

Turkeys - Much More than a Drum Stick

Several years ago we had a turkey named Chloe who we had rescued from Thanksgiving. Her toes and beak had been cut off with a hot blade and she was filthy dirty. When…

Intelligence

Tommy Turkey

I rescued my very first turkey the November after our grand opening in 1999. I was so excited! His family purchased him to eat for Thanksgiving but could not go through with it, so they brought…

Cuddle Turkeys

Ellie Laks & Cuddle Turkey

November is my favorite months of all time! Not just because of our Gentle Thanksgiving event, but because I get to talk about turkeys all month long! In each week’s newsletter…

Truffles The Queen of Halloween

Truffles the pig

This month marks the eighteenth anniversary of our potbellied pig, Truffles.…

Strength

Strength - Chicken

I held her against my chest, folding her feathers so they were smooth again. I kissed her face and cradled her in my arms as she relaxed into my embrace. The symphony of peep, peep, peeps lulled…