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

Much progress!

Have you heard the extremely exciting news that Kentucky Fried Chicken is launching a vegan meal?! On July 1st they are beginning a test of Vegan Gardein chickn, vegan biscuits, vegan coleslaw, and even redoing their honey mustard dressing…

Tribute to a Gentle Giant

Gentle Ben and Ellie

Gentle Ben was so enormous that he dwarfed even the tallest of men. Even when he was lying down, he seemed intimidating. But the minute we were engulfed by his sweet, Gentle spirit, it was clear that all he had to offer…

Going to Nashville

Ellie at Nashville Property

I am so extremely grateful for all the generosity and support of our GoFundMe Campaign, so we can move our Tennessee…


The most frustrating and simultaneously miraculous thing about life is that we can never predict it. Rarely do things happen the way we plan or expect it to work out, especially where animals are concerned. Sometimes the frailest surprise us with their will to live, and then other times…

Dudley’s Legacy

Ellie & Jay at new Nashville Property

We have some very exciting news! After searching for almost two years, we have finally found our forever home in Tennessee! According to our model of being in the most populated city in each…

The Love Inside Us

A girl and pig, embracing.

Many people believe animal are healing, inspiring, and wonderful. Most say that they are so important and soothing because they offer unconditional love and a non-judgmental attitude to all. When we are…


Jay and I spent a very productive week at our Gentle Barn Missouri location. We let our new turkeys outside for the first time, we took the tags out of The St Louis Six’ ears, and we caught a feral sheep and brought him home. It’s amazing how fast the week went, but we left with a big…

Standing up to Bullies

Our Newly Rescued Mother and Baby

If we look at any movement throughout history, we see oppressed people fighting for their rights and equality. Those oppressed people have economic value in society, so ultimately when they riot, boycott, vote, or demonstrate, they win over time because…


In Tennessee last week we were driving on the freeway and to the left, we passed a truck full of tiny cages stacked six feet tall, stuffed with chickens, their feathers blowing wildly in the wind as they shivered and huddled to stay warm in the extreme chill. Simultaneously on the right, we passed…


April marks the anniversary of several exciting memories and events at The Gentle Barn, and I cannot help but think about them as I move through my day. A year ago, we embarked on a turkey road trip from California to Tennessee, saved the lives of six cows who had escaped a slaughterhouse in Missouri,…

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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