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

The Gentle Barn: The Inside Scoop


My name is Olivia and I have been volunteering at The Gentle Barn for close to 5 years. I volunteer at both of their properties and just love working with the animals! At the main property I come on Sundays and work with their blind cow Faith - I tell her story and take care of the cow area by keeping it clean and safe for the visitors. At their second property, in Agua Dulce, I help one of the employees every Monday or Tuesday. I assist him with whatever duties are needed for the day: taking care of the sick animals in the rehabilitation center, grooming the horses, brushing the cows, taking horses on walks, cleaning stalls and feeding, and anything else that comes up that day. I love every minute of it! Working with these people and animals has been the highlight of my week every week since I have started, Faith is now one of my best friends, and I have made very great human friends too! The Gentle Barn is my happy place when I am down, and coming every week has shown me how much these lovely animals need care, love, and just a chance to show how much they can give back as well. Being with them means a lot to me, and I want to thank Ellie, Jay, Michelle and the rest of the crew for letting me be a part of their lives and the amazing animals they have saved! :D <3 <3 You guys are awesome!!

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Animal communication has helped me heal the animals at The Gentle Barn and give them everything they need and want. It’s so life changing for us and the animals that I’ve started doing readings professionally so I can help others connect to their animals in the deepest way possible. I’m in for any way I can help animals and help The Gentle Barn at the same time.

- Ellie Laks