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

Trust The Magic Of New Beginnings

Trust The Magic Of New Beginnings

As 2020 Draws To A Close

Ellie & John Lewis Thunderheart

As the year 2020 draws to a close, I look back at all the challenges of this last year, and the blessings as well. Every cloud, no matter how dark, comes with a silver lining,…

Let’s Talk Turkey!

Turkeys 2020We have been rescuing turkeys at The Gentle Barn for over twenty-one years, and we have learned so much about their personalities, affections,…

A Tennessee Love Story

Rosey & Peppermint PattyRosey was originally thought to be a female, but when he was a little older and started to crow, we realized that she was a he. But…

Curling Up With John Lewis Thunderheart & unHide

John Lewis Loves His unHide Blanket

John Lewis Thunderheart is now three months old and growing bigger every day. He prefers to be outside but is not ready to join the cows by himself yet. So,…

People Healing Animals, Animals Healing People

People Healing Animals, Animals Healing People

When I was going through my most difficult times as a child, it was always animals who healed me and kept me going. Even when I tried to kill myself at seven…

Ferdinand

Ferdinand has gone through some big challenges and suffered much loss, but now as he’s turning three, he’s finally overcome, healed, and found himself. His story has much to teach all of us!

Ferdinand was…

Looking back at 21 years

Ellie, Jay & Vegan the cow

The Gentle Barn was officially opened on August 25th, 1999. We have so much we still dream of achieving that we don’t often acknowledge what we have already accomplished.…

Independence

Gus The Goat & Sun The Turkey

The animals at The Gentle Barn have earned their independence from the meat, poultry, and dairy industries and are now our family, friends, and loved ones for the…

Celebrating Animal Dads This Father's Day

Thumper

Fathers are strong, protective, and loyal. Fathers provide for their families and nurture their babies. They solve problems, keep us safe, and make sure we have all that we need. Horse fathers protect their…

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Upcoming Events

  • Even After They're Gone

    This will be a 90-minute virtual, live event on Zoom where Ellie will share stories of our rescued animals and everything they have taught her about their passing, including time for a Q and A at the end where you will get to speak directly with Ellie.

  • Modified #OpenSunday in Missouri

    We are excited to invite you our COVID-safe, modified open Sunday experience at The Gentle Barn: Missouri.

  • Modified #OpenSunday in Tennessee

    We are excited to invite you our COVID-safe, modified open Sunday experience at The Gentle Barn: Tennessee!