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

The Inside Scoop: Nicholas Moran

My name is Nicholas Moran, “a.k.a . Hat Guy,” and I have always wanted to become a veterinarian. To me, being a veterinarian is more than just a career, it’s a way for me to connect to animals that are in trouble and need my help. I wanted experience working with larger animals, so I would be better prepared for veterinarian school, and I found the perfect place to give me the experience: The Gentle Barn. After a few weeks of working in different locations with different animals, I was assigned to work with Aretha, a cow that had been badly mistreated by her previous caretakers who had trust issues. She would back away from the visitors and frequently would try to hide behind the other cows. After working with her a few times, I wanted to find a way to help her see that not all people were dangerous. Little by little each Sunday, I would pet her, have conversations with her, and feed her carrots. I did this a little each morning and over time I started noticing signs of trust. She started nudging my arm as her signal to me that she wanted me to pet her. Little by little, she allowed the children to pet her too. As I watched Aretha change, it struck me, that all she wanted was for someone to be there for her, to care for her, to protect her. I found myself treating her as if she were my own child or one of my own well-loved cats. Working at the Gentle Barn has given me the opportunity to learn how to communicate with all of the special animals, and give them the voice that they never had. Not only has working with the animals changed my life, but meeting the fantastic volunteers and hearing their stories every day has made me feel part of an amazing community. I have met so many new friends and I couldn’t have done any of this without the help of The Gentle Barn. Not only do I say thank you to the animals and to the volunteers for changing my life, but I thank Ellie and Jay for giving me this great opportunity. This all started the moment I was called “Hat Guy”.

-Nick

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Upcoming Events

  • 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