Inspiring Kindness and Compassion towards Animals, Our Planet, and Each Other
Inspiring Kindness and Compassion towards Animals, Our Planet, and Each Other

Anniversary of the Backyard Butcher

The month of April marks the 2nd anniversary of the rescue of many animals from a backyard butcher in Santa Clarita, CA. There was a place not too far from The Gentle Barn that was raising animals to slaughter and sell the meat to the community. The animals were abused, diseased, and kept in filthy conditions, starving with no clean water or good shelter. We tried to work with authorities to make conditions better there for about four years to no avail and brought many animals home who were on the verge of death. However, in April, 2012, the authorities had finally seen enough and built enough of a case to arrest the backyard butcher and confiscate his animals, bringing them to The Gentle Barn to heal.

The animals were terrified and very sick. They had high fevers, infections, runny noses, were infested with parasites and lice, and their hooves overgrown. They were listless with no will to live and no hope in their eyes. Some were orphaned babies, some were nursing moms, some were pregnant and all were emaciated and terrified. We took the animals in at our Sun Chlorella Healing Center, where we spent many months trying to get their bodies well and breathe the life back into them. Our rescue staff along with help from our dedicated volunteers, great vet care, Chlorella Super Food to boost everyone’s immune systems, the animals slowly started to heal. We trimmed their hooves, brushed out the snarls in their matted coats, sang to them and held them for hours and gave them a family and a home.

Now, two years later they are all thriving: Hero’s infected leg has healed and she is a perfect weight and very happy. The goats and sheep are friendly and adorable, the cows are allowing us to pet and feed them, and all is well.

Many of the animals from the backyard butcher are now living at our main location, so when you come to visit you can give them some love and attention and let them know how brave, beautiful, and wonderful they are!

To watch the video of their incredible story and rescue, Click Here

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  • Chakra Meditation and Sound Healing (Winter 2024)

    March 2nd 2024 - The Gentle Barn California

    Clear, Balance and Align your 7 main Chakras through guided meditation, chanting, and Integrative sound bath. When your chakras are aligned, the energy moves through you more freely, and you can feel in harmony with all aspects of your physical, emotional and spiritual self.

  • Thermal Horizon - Windsong Retreat (Spring 2024)

    May 4th 2024 - The Gentle Barn California

    Let’s come together as a community as we support The Gentle Barn in their endeavor to enrich the lives of abused animals worldwide. Let’s bring our loving hearts, the spirit of opportunity and fill our cups emotionally, spiritually, and physically as we celebrate unity in community by helping these wonderful support animals.

  • Open Sunday in Missouri

    We are excited to be open to the public again on Sunday, at The Gentle Barn: Missouri.

  • Open Sunday in California

    We are excited to be open to the public again on Sunday, at The Gentle Barn: California.

  • Open Sunday in Tennessee

    We are excited to be open to the public again on Sunday, at The Gentle Barn: Tennessee.


Spotlight Sponsor of the Month

At Katjes we believe that every life is precious and these values extend beyond our plant-based gummies. As part of our campaign featuring rescued animals, we’re honored to join hands with The Gentle Barn, to support their non-stop efforts in protecting animals. By drawing attention to their heart-warming stories, we hope to provide food for thought when we say: Kindness just tastes better.

Eliza Jahn

Head of Marketing Katjes USA