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: Susanne in California

As a long time vegan I have always been very interested in animal rights and welfare and of course, like so many of us, my dream is to have my own animal sanctuary one day. Will that ever happen? Who knows... I wouldn't know where to start.

I had known about Gentle Barn for a long time and always wanted to visit. A few years ago I became friends with a fellow vegan who ended up becoming a volunteer herself. It was her who let me know that Gentle Barn was looking for a volunteer photographer. I jumped at the opportunity and I absolutely love coming up to Gentle Barn. I love animals and I love photography! It can't get any better for me! I'm getting to know the individual animals, their personalities, quirks, and I consider them my friends. That's what animals are: Friends, not food. In the ideal world, they are treated as equals and with respect. At Gentle Barn, that's exactly how they are treated and I can see them thrive and learn to trust again. I admire what Ellie and Jay have started, how they help mend broken bodies and souls, both animal and human.

All the people at Gentle Barn, founders, staff and fellow volunteers are wonderful, compassionate people and I am humbled and proud to be able to do my part, hopefully for many years to come.

Susanne
Volunteer
Gentle Barn California

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At Tomato Joe’s, we’ve had the privilege of seeing the bounty of Ellie and Jay’s important work blossom over the
years and we’re as excited as ever to watch their heart-warming story continue. We discovered The Gentle Barn
years ago when local food developer Angel McNall was working with our newly opened pizza shop developing her
amazing Vegan cheese that would ultimately become known to all as Follow Your Heart Mozzarella. After we
introduced the first Vegan pizza in SCV, we really had to fight hard to keep that dream going. It was the Gentle
Barn’s support and partnership that gave us the impetus to keep the dream alive in those challenging early days.
Ellie and Jay are such passionate and committed souls, and their mission is unequivocally improving our World,
one beautiful creature at a time! We are most proud sponsors and friends of The Gentle Barn.
“Tomato Joe” Brown,
Long Time SCV Peep & Founder
Tomato Joe’s Pizza & Taps Restaurant, Canyon Country

Tomato Joe’s offers a variety of delicious vegan options for pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches, and appetizers.