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

Hope

Chris & DudleyJay and I traveled to Tennessee this week to visit our second location, support Andrea and her staff, and spend time with the animals. We were thrilled to find everyone happy, healthy, and well cared for. With freezing temperatures, we were worried about the animals'…

Royal Blue

Life is always expanding and moving in and out of form. With as many animals as we have, the majority seniors, the circle of life is always presenting itself to us at The Gentle Barn. As Christmas moved into the New…

Looking Forward

At The Gentle Barn, we don’t look back; we lean forward. When we rescue animals from severe abuse and neglect, we don’t dwell in their stories or their pain but pull them forward bit by bit to the love, respect, and wonderful life we have waiting for them. When we host school field trips, we don’t…

Remembering


When we rescue animals and bring them home, we heal their bodies, teach them to trust people, and introduce them to our other animals so they can become part of our family. That’s the easy part. The part that takes even longer is reminding them of who they are so they can connect to the love and…

The Ebb and Flow of Animal Rescue


As 2017 comes to a close, I think back on what a year it has been: so many ups and downs, losses and victories! We said goodbye to Dudley and thought we could not go on. We saved the St. Louis Six and opened a third Gentle Barn in Missouri. We said farewell to Buttercup, who we’ve been blessed to…

Peace is Profitable!

Up until now, big business has been responsible for a lot of destruction to our world. They have caused heart disease and cancer to our bodies. They have caused suffering to animals. They have caused destruction to our forests, oceans, and skies. Now big business is purchasing vegan companies. The dairy industry owns silk. Tyson invested millions in Beyond Meat. Field Roast was just bought out by…

Holding the Space For Them

As you may have seen on social media, we have a new baby boy here in CA. Ferdinand was so scared and sad when he first arrived, but with time, patience, and lots of love he is coming around to the joy that has been waiting for him here. He is finally starting to explore and play. Each morning…

Emotional Blindness

When I was a child, it was so clear to me that animals were angels among us. They were here to love us unconditionally, witness us, and mirror back to us that we were loveable and perfect just the…

Intelligence

I rescued my very first turkey the November after our grand opening in 1999. I was so excited! His family purchased him to kill for Thanksgiving, but could not go through with it, and they brought him to me. He was so handsome…

My Sweet Buttercup

When I met Buttercup for the first time, my heart swelled with love for her and I felt like a part of my childhood dream had come true. I had always dreamed of having rescued animals who I would love and nurture and they would save me right back.…

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