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

Inside Scoop: Patrick in California

Volunteering at the Gentle Barn started off as a way for me to complete some of my service hours for school and look good on college applications, but it has transformed into something much more. As I volunteered here, I met many amazing people and learned so many new things about myself and how some of my actions affected animals. Before I volunteered here, I never really cared or thought about how my choices affected another being’s life but after spending some time around the many animals and learning their stories, I have come to see that by what I choose to eat affects other animals like them. I would say my time volunteering here has led me to become a more empathetic person and realize how much I care for animals.

After I my finished my service hours, I started to volunteer because I enjoyed helping and caring for the various animals and meeting new people who had the same love of animals like I do. Whenever I am assigned to an animal, I enjoy telling that animal’s story and I feel as if I am that animal’s voice in the world. It also really makes me happy to meet people who volunteer their time and money for causes such as protecting the environment or helping a threatened species, this is probably my favorite reason for volunteering since I consider myself a staunch environmentalist and it’s nice to meet similar like-minded people.

To me, the Gentle Barn is a place where I can help animals that had a tougher life than I ever will and who were never really cared for until now. It is a place where people learn to respect animals and learn that they are not so different after all. It is a place where I can meet many peoples of various backgrounds who are all joined together by their love of the Earth’s creatures. All of these reasons are why I continue and will continue to donate my time at the Gentle Barn."


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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