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

Fallen Leaves and Open Hearts

Jay and I are in Tennessee this week to host groups of foster children for the second month and we have been teaching the kids about turkeys and how to be gentle with them. They learned how to feed turkeys and what they like to eat. They practiced holding still and quiet to show the turkeys that they are safe. The older groups…

Animals Healing Kids in TN

Jay and I went to Knoxville, Tennessee last week to offer our Peace Enhancement Program at the second Gentle Barn for the very first time. We were so excited! We decided to start with three groups of foster children of different ages, 2 to 3-year- olds, 6 to 10-year-olds, and teenagers of…

Healing Kids in Tennessee

This week Jay and I went to Tennessee to start our Peace Enhancement Program, hosting groups of children with special needs. We hosted several groups, the first of which was for two and three-year old foster children with stories as tragic and heart breaking as our rescued animals. These kids have had the…

Peace Enhancement Program

Many people think of us as an organization that helps animals, and that’s true, but did you know that we also help people? From September through June, we offer what we like to call A Peace Enhancement Program, which hosts at risk, inner-city, and, special needs kids who need…

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Open Hearts


We had a wonderful group of kids from the inner city visit the week before Thanksgiving. I asked them if they were excited about the upcoming holiday and they all said yes in happy unison. I asked them what was their favorite thing about…

Chloe's Song


Julia was born to sing. She sang and twirled like a ballerina from the time she could walk, even though she was blind. She had a joy about her that lit up the world. When she was six years old, the big earthquake that shook Los Angeles rocked her…

Having Grace


We hosted a great group of kids the other day. They are foster kids who have gone through horrendous abuse and trauma in their lives, are pretty shut down, and have forgotten how wonderful they are. When someone speaks to them or asks them questions, they are…

People Healing Animals & Animals Healing People


Another year of healing children and animals is underway at The Gentle Barn. As you know, The Gentle Barn saves animals no one else wants. Then, we bring the animals home to heal and be rehabilitated with acupuncture, acupressure, massage therapy, ultrasound, chiropractic,…

A Mission To Love & Learn


This week we had an amazing group of children from the Los Angeles Mission, made possible by Sun Chlorella. Like our animals, these kids have gone through some terrible times and have had to grow up too fast. They came out to the barn to hug cows, cuddle turkeys, give tummy rubs to the pigs,…

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"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