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

Falling in Love

Our phones ring constantly with pleas for help for animals. Some are from people who can no longer care for their pets, some are from the authorities who pull animals from cruelty cases,…

We’ve Come So Far

Ellie Laks & Jay Weiner

The last time I was at our Tennessee location, it was freezing. The barn had not been winterized and when we were hit with a very premature frost, we scrambled to make sure the…

What a Wonderful Summer

Ellie Laks & Jemima Puddle Duck

This week Jay and I spent time at The Gentle Barn Missouri, before finally going home to California. We have been gone for about two and a half months now, but our…

Witness

Ellie , Jay & the newly rescued pups

They played for the first time! Bouncing, leaping, wrestling, running, tussling with each other, they didn’t mind us standing there and they had no fears. Their…

Three Weeks In

We have been in Nashville for three weeks now. When we first arrived, we had a mad rush to build fences and prepare barns and pastures so we could bring the animals home. Then we transported the animals and packed…

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…

In the Barnyard: June 22, 2017

We lost the greatest ambassador The Gentle Barn has ever had. His light was so bright, his impact was so great, and his reach was so far that he has left all of us in morning. We will be holding a memorial service for him at The Gentle Barn Tennessee and we will also live stream it for those who are unable to attend.

In the Barnyard: May 25, 2017

In California this week, the sheep got sheered. It is so hot, and in their summer wear, they are much cooler and more comfortable. Please come out and see how gorgeous they look!

In Tennessee, Dudley is having trouble with his residual limb again. I think he might have outgrown his prosthesis.…

Inside Scoop: Andrea in Tennessee

One year ago today my life changed completely. I was given the opportunity to work for an organization who I had admired for so long for all the love and light it puts into this world. The Gentle Barn Tennessee has taught me to slow down and appreciate…

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Miyoko’s Creamery is thrilled to be sponsoring The Gentle Barn this month because we strongly believe that animals are to be loved not eaten. Thank you, Gentle Barn for providing refuge to these beautiful creatures and for drawing attention to the importance of sanctuary among species.