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


I remember the day I received the call like it was yesterday clearing me to volunteer at The Gentle Barn, a place I barely knew other than that they shared the deep love and profound respect I have always felt for animals. My first day I felt as if I was entering a dream, I finally found a place I immediately belonged to where I could be of service, while deep inside I knew it would serve me more than I could ever serve it.

The beginning of my time at The Gentle Barn, I was given the opportunity to be with the cows, mainly Vegan who was both magnificent in his being as well as his story, act as “bodyguard” to the goats that were compassionately rescued from the Backyard Butcher, but thanks to Ellie I found my home with two of my favorite boys in the universe, Biscuit and Bodhi, who I have been gifted to tell their stories for over 2 ½ years.

My testimonial is not only for the gratitude that The Gentle Barn came into my life, along with 170 animals that I have loved since the moment I met them but also to the maybe lesser known story of how profoundly the people have impacted my life and so many others.

I am an introvert and never thought I was capable of being a voice for anyone. Ellie has a profound gift for understanding animals, but I have witnessed her transform people as well, including myself. I remember the day I was given the gift of working with Biscuit on a Sunday, she looked at me and said she needed someone who could tell his story and she said, “you can do it”. I thought she was completely off base, but I was there to be of service so I did it. That day will be in my memory forever. I was able to tell Biscuit’s story to so many visitors over and over again (and I got some cuddle time with him too)! That was the beginning of my 2 ½ year love story with Biscuit and his best friend Bodhi, and also the beginning I like to say of me.

Some of the best memories of my life have taken place at The Gentle Barn ~ seeing my now husband get “kissed” by Buttercup which changed his life forever, our first cruelty free Thanksgiving with our newfound Gentle Barn family, the Sunday we had these two amazing visitors (Sky and Xray) who stayed with me and Biscuit all day where I got to hear them tell his story to visitors (most precious thing ever!), witnessing every weekend our visitors give so much love back to the animals that were saved and seeing people transform before my eyes when they snuggle with a pig or cuddle a turkey, the laughs and love shared with my fellow volunteers and my favorite day of my life so far ~ my wedding.

The moment I set foot on The Gentle Barn property, I felt the love so deeply and it has been an outpouring ever since. I have to come to know the greatest people and animals that will be in my heart forever and have shaped who I am today.

My life has been forever changed by my time at The Gentle Barn.

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MyChelle formulates clean, advanced skincare products with peptides, plant stem cells, antioxidants and retinoids that enhance skin's natural appearance. MyChelle is proudly co-sponsoring The Gentle Barn 20th Anniversary Celebration along with CRYSTAL™

Martin Floreani - CEO and President of MyChelle Dermaceuticals and Crystal Deodorant “Our company was started based on the concept that we could develop better-for-you products. Products that help people make better choices for themselves, for their families, and society. There’s a contagious feeling of happiness when you are involved with an organization like the Gentle Barn who constantly does so much good. We are proud to be sponsors and supporters of this incredible organization.”

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CRYSTAL™ is the world’s original natural and number one selling mineral salt deodorant. Crystal aspires to provide a natural and safer alternative than traditional chemical-laden deodorants. Crystal is proudly co-sponsoring The Gentle Barn 20th Anniversary Celebration along with MyChelle.

Catie Wiggy - Vice President of Marketing & Product Innovation “Animal testing is still such a problem in the beauty industry and personal care products. We feel that it is our corporate mission to lead a different way, and that is something we are proud to have done for more than 35 years. Being a sponsor for The Gentle 12 Program is meaningful for us in so many ways. The Gentle Barn's missions align with our companies core values to go beyond cruelty-free, inspiring everyone to live happier, healthier lives.