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 Inside Scoop: Kellen in Tennessee

Like many of the volunteers at the Gentle Barn Tennessee, I was a fan of the Gentle Barn in California before I ever dreamed that there would be a location opened in Knoxville. I was touched by the stories of the animals who found sanctuary at the Gentle Barn, and amazed that there were other people out there who cared just as deeply for the animals as I do. As I learned more about the harsh world that these animals came from, my conviction to stand by my newly adopted vegan lifestyle strengthened. I was also motivated to do something more and as I began to look into local volunteer opportunities, The Gentle Barn announced that they would be opening the Gentle Barn Tennessee in Knoxville. It was really a dream come true to have this organization with their incredible mission end up in my hometown.

My experience as a volunteer has been nothing short of amazing. I've been humbled by the animals and their ability to forgive, trust, and love again. I'm inspired by the Gentle Barn staff and volunteers who work together every day to give our animals the best lives they can live, and who advocate for a more compassionate world for humans and animals alike. I look forward to Saturdays when we are open to the public, and we are able to share the joy of giving belly rubs to Henry and Horton, brushing Dudley and Destiny, or feeding the horses, turkeys, and chickens. There's nothing like watching people connect with our animals and our people at the Gentle Barn.

I'm so grateful that the Gentle Barn is here in Knoxville, and that I have the opportunity to be a part of this family. I have no doubt that world is a kinder and more gentle place because of the work done here.

Kellen Wilson

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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.