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

The Inside Scoop: Marilyn Galyon

High on my bucket list of places to visit, I had been following The Gentle Barn for several years. Imagine my surprise to see that Ellie and Jay had flown to Nashville, TN to rescue a Hereford steer that had severely injured his leg after becoming entangled in baling twine. It was…

The Inside Scoop: Andrea

I first started following The Gentle Barn in 2012. I had devoted the last 12 years of my adult life to a job and company that slipped away almost over night. I was lost, confused and scared. I had no idea what I was going to do with my life. Most of all, I had no idea how I was going to pay…

The Inside Scoop: Kathy

I started volunteering at the Gentle Barn shortly after my mom passed away. I had been taking care of her for about 9 months before she passed. I didn't want to go back to work and I was very lonely. I checked out the Gentle Barn and knew that's where I…

Gentle Barn: The Inside Scoop


When I visited the Gentle Barn for the first time, I knew almost immediately that I wanted to volunteer. I filled out my volunteer application on the spot. Everyone that worked there was very friendly and welcoming. I loved that they rescued animals,…

Gentle Barn: The Inside Scoop


I learned about The Gentle Barn from my husband's friend. I had been looking for a way I could be of service by volunteering somewhere. So the next Sunday I went to The Gentle Barn during open visiting hours and the rest is history! I began by taking shifts in the upper barnyard...goats,…

Gentle Barn: The Inside Scoop


I've had two "assignments" as a volunteer at The Gentle Barn. The first was hanging out with Monty (RIP), the big, flirty turkey whose body was getting very challenged to support his artificially increased weight. The second was to goat-sit Sun Dance, the abandoned…

Gentle Barn: The Inside Scoop


Volunteering at The Gentle Barn is like no other experience. Working in the upper barnyard each week gives one a perspective of being privy to the inner feelings and lives of the formerly abused, abandoned, or neglected animals that have been rescued by The Gentle Barn. A volunteer's reward is to…

The Gentle Barn: The Inside Scoop


I remember the day I received the call like it was yesterday clearing me to volunteer at The Gentle Barn, a place I barely knew other than that they shared the deep love and profound respect I have always felt for animals. My first day I felt as if I was entering a dream, I…

The Gentle Barn: The Inside Scoop


My journey started in 2007 shortly after having major back surgery. I was sitting around the house not doing much when I saw my neighbor who was battling cancer leaving for the day to volunteer at Walk For Cancer. As I sat there I realized that surely there is something more productive…

The Gentle Barn: The Inside Scoop


My name is Olivia and I have been volunteering at The Gentle Barn for close to 5 years. I volunteer at both of their properties and just love working with the animals! At the main property I come on Sundays and work with their blind cow Faith - I tell her story and take care of the cow area by keeping it clean…

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Spotlight Sponsor of the Month

At Tomato Joe’s, we’ve had the privilege of seeing the bounty of Ellie and Jay’s important work blossom over the
years and we’re as excited as ever to watch their heart-warming story continue. We discovered The Gentle Barn
years ago when local food developer Angel McNall was working with our newly opened pizza shop developing her
amazing Vegan cheese that would ultimately become known to all as Follow Your Heart Mozzarella. After we
introduced the first Vegan pizza in SCV, we really had to fight hard to keep that dream going. It was the Gentle
Barn’s support and partnership that gave us the impetus to keep the dream alive in those challenging early days.
Ellie and Jay are such passionate and committed souls, and their mission is unequivocally improving our World,
one beautiful creature at a time! We are most proud sponsors and friends of The Gentle Barn.
“Tomato Joe” Brown,
Long Time SCV Peep & Founder
Tomato Joe’s Pizza & Taps Restaurant, Canyon Country

Tomato Joe’s offers a variety of delicious vegan options for pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches, and appetizers.