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

Gentle Barn: The Inside Scoop


Volunteering at the Gentle Barn has been one of the best and most rewarding decisions of my life. When I started 3 years ago as a volunteer horse groomer, Ellie patiently taught me how to pamper their amazing horses with a calming, gentle touch. As the horses began to honor me with their trust, bonds were formed that were literally life changing. It’s a powerful, magical feeling to connect with a horse. Any morning I am lucky enough to spend with the horses is the best! Their gentle strength and beauty leave me with a happy, peaceful feeling all day. Enjoying the experience with awesome horse manager Manuel, lovable dog Luna, and wonderful volunteers John, Linda and Elyse is a great plus too! I dearly love every horse and donkey at the barn, but Monty was the first horse I bonded with and he will always be my special boy! My goal in volunteering was to give, but there is no doubt that I GET more than I give! I am so grateful to Ellie and Jay for allowing me this opportunity!


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"Because Animals is a small company with a big mission: to create nutritious pet food without ever harming any animals or the environment. We believe that factory farming has no place in pet nutrition, which is why all of Because Animals' products are made without slaughtering animals. "

"Our ultimate goal is to end the raising and slaughtering of farmed animals to feed our pets.
Until we get to that point, we are so very grateful there are sanctuaries like The Gentle Barn’s three locations to give refuge to abused, tormented, neglected and suffering animals who deserve so much more from the world."

~Dr. Shannon Falconer, CEO, Because Animals