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

A Thousand Reasons

Ellie Laks & Adeline The Turkey

With the fires, evacuations, and deep concern for our oldest animals came lack of sleep, missed meals, fatigue, stress, the flu, and in the end, a three day hospital stay; it…


This week something very unexpected and sudden happened that took someone…


Adeline with a volunteer

Jay and I spent last week at our Tennessee location, working hard each day, and accomplishing so much! But my favorite part of the trip was working with the staff to see and hear the animals more clearly.…


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,…

Turkey Cross Country Road Trip

I feel like the luckiest person in the world that I get to know a turkey in this way. It feels exactly like traveling with a dog. She walks with us, shares snacks with us, looks out the window at the view, chirps…

A Pause for Humanity

I was at my son’s lacrosse game last weekend and while I love watching him play, it was two hours of sweaty teenage boys, burping, violence, injuries, and playing hard until one team won and the other team lost. In the middle of the game something happened that touched me deeply. One of the opposing…

Why Does the Turkey Cross the Country?

We are taking our turkey, Adeline, on a cross-country, turkey road trip to Tennessee! The Gentle Barn in Tennessee does not have a cuddle turkey. As you might know, cuddling a turkey is one of the most transformative things at The Gentle Barn.

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