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


When I visited the Gentle Barn for the first time, I knew almost immediately that I wanted to volunteer. I filled out my volunteer application on the spot. Everyone that worked there was very friendly and welcoming. I loved that they rescued animals, and that as a volunteer I would be able to work directly with these animals.

What I didn't realize was that the Gentle Barn does so much more than just rescue animals. They help heal the animals' mind, body and spirit. Then those animals help other animals and people heal. What happens here is magical.

Volunteering at The Gentle Barn has given me the opportunity to help both animals and people. I love being around the animals and working with them. I have seen angry and scared animals learn to trust and accept love. Most animals are rescued from severe neglect or abuse. I have seen abuse survivors relate to some of the animal's stories, and realize that the past does not define who you are. This is a place that is safe for everyone, people and animals.

I have helped care for sick animals, and some of them have recovered and some of them passed away. But they got to live surrounded by love and they got to truly experience love and freedom at The Gentle Barn.

I have also started volunteering on Thanksgiving, for the all vegan dinner/ fundraiser. I get to meet other vegans and have a cruelty free Thanksgiving! We even feed the rescued turkeys pie!

The staff and volunteers have become like family to me. The Gentle Barn truly is the happiest place on earth, and I am so grateful that I get to be a part of the healing that happens here. 


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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.”

Spotlight Sponsor of the Month

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.