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

Sanctuary

Ellie and Jay at work on new Nashville, Tennessee property

When I was a child, my sanctuary was the woods and lakes near me. And all the magical creatures who lived there were my friends. When painful things were happening to me,…

Building Dreams in Nashville

Pond - The Gentle Barn - Nashville Tennessee

Jay and I are in Nashville preparing the property for the animals coming in at the end of July, and our grand opening at the end of August. We’re working extremely hard, but…

My Gentle Barn Story - Nick

Nick with Mr. Rojas

It's a hard day when an animal at the Gentle Barn passes... It's an even harder day when that animal has made such an impact on your life... Mr. Rojas, you were: a brave jersey cow; a ladies man; a cow that had terrific…

Dreams Come True!

We are so excited that we reached our goal and closed escrow in Nashville. And we are so grateful to all of you who donated, shared, followed and kept us in your thoughts and prayers.…

My Gentle Barn Story - Rebekah

I first heard about the Gentle Barn through a company called the Behavioral Learning Center where a behavioral therapist would come to my house and help me learn how to do everyday things. I told her how much I love animals and she and…

Always Trust Your Instincts

Ellie Laks - Divine Necklace

I had a wonderful experience this morning that reminded me of being a kid all over again. When I was a child there were so many times when I had the impulse to walk down a different path to the…

My Gentle Barn Story - Lisa


Nalla was very special to me. I came to the Gentle Barn for my first time right after I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went to visit the turkeys and Nalla came right up to me. I sat down and she laid with me and wouldn’t leave my…

Dudley

This week marks the year anniversary of Dudley’s passing. For many of us, the news of his transition brought pain, tears, and stopped us in our tracks. I remember not being able to stop screaming. I didn’t want a Gentle Barn without Dudley…

A Gentle Barn Story

My Gentle Barn story started with my first visit. I originally heard of The Gentle Barn from my brother who at the time was doing community service. I had just recently gone vegan, and I remember leaving The Gentle Barn with…

My Humble Beginnings

If you have read my book, My Gentle Barn, you'll know that I started The Gentle Barn on a half acre backyard, in The San Fernando Valley after visiting an abusive petting zoo and coming home with many of their most decrepit animals.…

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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