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


Our pig, Lilly, was rescued many years ago from being put down at an animal shelter. She had been used as a breeder pig her whole life, where her food was thrown to her and her babies taken away from her. When she could not get pregnant anymore she was sent to the pound to be put down. She had never known…

Lacey and Charlie

As you probably know, Charlie and Lacey were rescued eight months ago from being put down at an animal shelter. They were arthritic, incontinent and old. Over the last several months, we have been giving them acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic, and water therapy and it has really helped them with their…

Volunteer of the Month: Molli

I (Ellie Laks) founded The Gentle Barn in 1999 and two years later Jay Weiner came to volunteer. After a year we fell in love, got married and now work side by side to save animals and heal at-risk, inner city and special needs children to create a more peaceful world for humans and animals alike. We have…


Are you looking for unconditional love, unending joy and laughter and someone to cuddle with? These Chihuahua/Corgi mixes are waiting for you! Some look like Chihuahuas and some look like Corgis…

My Gentle Barn

For all animal and Gentle Barn lovers and supporters, our Founders book is available for preorder now! "My Gentle Barn" is written by the Gentle Barn's founder, Ellie Laks, and is the story of how she created The Gentle Barn through her life experiences and how it came to be.

To preorder yours now (makes…

Rakki (Japanese for lucky, pronounced rocky)

Our little champion, Rakki, had to have surgery again this week because his skin was so thin and fragile after the coyote attack that his wound opened up. After an overnight stay at the hospital he is now all stitched…


We have worked so hard to nurse these babies back to health from Parvo and they are now healthy and playful and full of life. It has been a hard work of sub Q fluids, cleaning poo,…

Thanksgiving Kitten

The kitten who was thrown over our fence the day before Thanksgiving was adopted by a lovely family who just adores her. She will get lots of attention and great care and she will never be abandoned again. We love happy endings around here.

Rakki (pronounced Rah-Kee) is Lucky

The pug who was found torn open by coyotes is recovering very nicely from surgery. He is in a foster home and eating and drinking like a champ. His stitches are mending and he is even starting to smile again. We are doing everything in our power to find his family, but if we are not able to by next week we will be putting…

It's Raining Cats and Dogs!


Rakki (Japanese for Lucky) was attacked by a coyote and lay dying in a horse pasture across the street from The Gentle Barn, Monday morning. He had his back ripped open and his neck torn and was clearly in shock when we found him, so we rushed…

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"Because Animals is a small company with a big mission: to create nutritious pet food without ever harming any animals or the environment. We believe that factory farming has no place in pet nutrition, which is why all of Because Animals' products are made without slaughtering animals. "

"Our ultimate goal is to end the raising and slaughtering of farmed animals to feed our pets.
Until we get to that point, we are so very grateful there are sanctuaries like The Gentle Barn’s three locations to give refuge to abused, tormented, neglected and suffering animals who deserve so much more from the world."

~Dr. Shannon Falconer, CEO, Because Animals