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

Hay for Seniors

Because the Gentle Barn has been around for twenty years and we take in animals who have…

Hay to The Rescue

Exactly seven years ago, in April 2012 we took in over sixty animals from a cruelty case. There were goats, sheep, cows, and a horse. They were all very sick, with extremely high fevers, parasites, and wounds. They were all terrified of humans. We had a lot of work to do to save them! Before coming to us, they were kept with no shelter, adequate…

Running a Sanctuary - The Hard Parts

I get asked often, what is the hardest part of running a sanctuary. There are so many rewarding things and many hard things. It is hard to be at capacity and have to turn down the intake of an animal in need.…

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Lollie at Gentle Barn - Tennessee, Running in the grass

This summer was very exciting when we focused all our efforts together with your generosity into opening a Nashville location,…

Memories

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,…

Touched by an Angel

A woman in Knoxville was driving on her way to work today and she fell behind a truck full of chickens, undoubtedly heading for slaughter. The wind was hitting their faces, blinding their eyes and strewing their feathers around…

In the Barnyard: May 18, 2017

Chico and his brothers are safe in a temporary foster home. In the meantime, we found the perfect property in St Louis for them. We put in an offer and it was accepted, but we have been given three weeks to raise the funds and show the seller that we can do this. We are off to a great start and have promises…

The Spirit of St Louis

Jay and I spent this week in St. Louis. I got to meet the cows who escaped from slaughter for the first time and I was blown away by their beauty, grace, strength, and courage. Chico is so clearly the leader and he is taking such great care of his now four brothers. I am so deeply in love with them and I am overwhelmed by a sense of responsibility for them. I want to help heal their hearts. I want…

In the Barnyard: April 21, 2017

The six cows who escaped a slaughter-house in St. Louis are now safe and healing in the hospital. All of them had cuts, scrapes, and bruises from being rounded up by the authorities with cars. The worst off was Spirit who had a broken foot. His foot is now set and bandaged and veterinarians are saying he’ll heal…

Please Help Us Help the St. Louis Cows

Help Us Help the St. Louis Cows

I just came home absolutely exhausted from our turkey road trip. Leaving Adeline in Tennessee was excruciating! I've loved her for two years, but over the last ten days we've bonded so deeply. It's not about me, however, it's about Adeline. She's happy on the grass with all…

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Miyoko's Creamery is leading the animal-free transformation of the dairy industry for the urgent salvation of the planet and all living beings. Made from organic, whole food ingredients with a complex flavor profile derived from fermentation and culturing, Miyoko's cheeses and butter have won the hearts and minds of cheese lovers with their compassionate approach to culinary dairy innovation.

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.