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

What wouldn't you give to save a life?

The Gentle Barn received a phone call about a pug who was attacked by a coyote, was lying in a horse pasture and was still alive, but barely. Jay and Ellie rushed over there and found the little guy lying on the ground with a huge gash in his back and wounds on his neck, near his jugular. Judging…

Well Hello Dolly

Dolly was raised without animal companions and because her caregiver was struggling with her health, she didn’t have much human interaction over the last several years before we brought her home to The Gentle Barn. When she first arrived, Dolly would eat and stay by herself, away from the other animals…

Turkey Cuddles

Over the last few weeks The Gentle Barn has been packed with visitors from all over the world who have come to cuddle with the turkeys. Grown ups and children alike have sat on the ground, put one leg on each side of the turkey, kissed…

Worthy, Indie and Chris

Worthy, Indie and Chris are now available to sponsor! They have all gone through so much: Little to no food, water or…

Goodnight Boys

It's cold at night now and the piggies need to be tucked into bed each night with a blanket and a kiss good night. They love it and always grunt a “thank you”. We love our bed time ritual, it's so fun!


Aretha has been doing very well and even lets her docent hug and pet her on Sundays. Last Sunday Aretha allowed her first visitor to hug her! When we brought her home she was so scared and wanted to stay away from people, but I think over the last few months she has understood what goes on here at The Gentle Barn…

New Turkeys

Each year we rescue at least one turkey from Thanksgiving. This year we saved three. They were raised in cages and until coming to The Gentle Barn had never touched the ground. They have been having a blast chasing bugs, checking us out,…


Each year we spend the month of November introducing children to turkeys. We welcome schools to come meet and cuddle with them and if they can't come to us, we go to them. Marsha loves the attention!…

We Did It!

Worthy, Indie and Chris are now in a lush, green pasture together, reunited at long last. Worthy has a straight leg, they are all a great weight, socialized and healthy; a very happy ending to a long and trying story. But, in a w


Exactly 6 years ago Jay and I took our family to a pumpkin patch. We didn’t know there were animals there, we just went to enjoy the music, food and pumpkins. While there we discovered a baby pig in a cage who looked very lonely and bored, so of course we spent the day feeding him and giving…

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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