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


Caesar the Horse, Caesar with Jay Weiner

Caesar came to us in the summer of 2003. He was not being cared for very well, and it was Jay’s birthday coming up. Rescuing Caesar in Jay’s honor was a perfect…



Every Mother’s Day I get more and more resolved to help animals, tell their stories, and make an impact towards peace on this planet for all of us. I am in love with my kids and am so grateful…


Some rescued animals spend years trying to forgive, learn to trust, and find joy again. But not all rescued animals are eternally traumatized from their pasts. Many become full of life and gratitude once they realize who we are and what kind of life we are offering. Some knew all along that they deserved something better and once they have it,…


Many empaths, caregivers, and healers are so great at giving but have a hard time receiving. Many of us feel uncomfortable when even given a compliment. Many of us who have had struggles or challenges in our childhood even believe that we are undeserving of love. Receiving definitely did not come naturally to me and over the years, desperately…

​Passing the Torch

Karma The Cow

Cows are a matriarchal society, led usually by the oldest and wisest female. For the last 12 years, the matriarch in our California barnyard has been Karma.…

Losing Mothers, Finding Family

Losing Mothers, Finding Family

Animals bond, love, and grieve just like we do, and the loss of a mom for an infant is just as jarring and scarring for animals as for any human. Whether animals…

My Time at The Gentle Barn

Intern, Bella with cow

A Testimonial By Our Intern, Bella @ The Gentle Barn California

Before coming out to California, my days at home were becoming very dreary as my mental world started to…

Love is forever!

As an animal communicator, I have talked to so many animals who can tell me exactly what their people say and do after they are out of their bodies. It has led me to be absolutely…

When Lightning Strikes

How We Deal With Animals Passing at The Gentle Barn

Throughout the 21-year history of The Gentle Barn, our animals have come and gone in waves. Sometimes we have many rescues, one after another,…

Trust The Magic Of New Beginnings

Trust The Magic Of New Beginnings

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