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

Much More than a Drum Stick

Several years ago we had a turkey named Chloe who we had rescued from Thanksgiving. Her toes and beak had been cut off with a hot blade, and she was filthy dirty. When she came in, she was very angry. We thought that she would hate people…

Cuddle Turkeys

When guests come to visit The Gentle Barn, they can expect to hug cows, feed horses, give pigs tummy rubs, cuddle turkeys, hold chickens, pet goats and sheep, and so much more. Over the last seventeen years when we ask visitors what they liked the most, they usually say cuddling turkeys. They…

A Turkey Helps A Girl Find Her Song

I can’t celebrate Thanksgiving without remembering a very special turkey who not only stole my heart but effected so many people in her lifetime. Chloe was rescued from Thanksgiving many years ago, but I will never forget her. Here is a story of one of the many remarkable things Chloe…

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…

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