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

We’ve Come So Far

Ellie Laks & Jay Weiner

The last time I was at our Tennessee location, it was freezing. The barn had not been winterized and when we were hit with a very premature frost, we scrambled to make sure the…

What a Wonderful Summer

Ellie Laks & Jemima Puddle Duck

This week Jay and I spent time at The Gentle Barn Missouri, before finally going home to California. We have been gone for about two and a half months now, but our…

Nature Heals

As the week draws to a close, I am both elated about our grand opening and saddened that shortly after it'll be time for me to return to California. This time spent in Missouri has been so good for my soul! After the many goodbyes to senior…

Featured Video: The St. Louis Six Come Home

They're home, they're home, the St. Louis Six are home!!!

Featured Video: The St. Louis Boys Get Names

It was with great pleasure that we announced the new names for the boys on Tuesday, September…

Learning to Trust

Spending the last week with the St. Louis Six, now that they're home, has been an honor and a privilege. Many of their fans and supporters were worried that the transport would be traumatic or set them back, but it actually was quite the opposite. It was the very first time Chico and his…

Featured Video: Sand for the Cow Barn

We got sand for the cow barn today (9/5/2017) to make it soft and absorbent for the St…

Opening Missouri

We're back in Missouri, working on the last touches to the property, barns and fences to bring the St. Louis Six home, to rescue more animals, and to open our doors to the community. We accomplished so much in August, but have so…

Featured Video: Progress in Missouri

This weekend in St Louis, with the help of amazing volunteers, we fenced our largest…

Featured Video: Fence Project #2 DONE

Missouri fence project number 2 DONE!!! Thank you for enabling us to do this work!

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Why Gentle Barn + Puremedy? About 10 years ago, one Autumn morning in Topanga, CA I sipped my tea and turned on my favorite show, CBS Sunday morning. Little did I know my world was about to change forever. Ellie Laks, the founder of The Gentle Barn just glowed as she introduced the television audience to some of her animals and told us their stories. She talked about how she started The Gentle Barn organically, giving a home to some severely neglected petting zoo animals. Within 2 hours we were face to face. I had met a true soul sister. I brought her several cases of my Original Healing Ointment to use on her rescued animals to help them heal. Since then, all of their animals use Puremedy when they have a cut, wound, burn, stitches, infection, insect bites, fly bites, skin rashes, inflammation, or just a spot that the Veterinarian is unable to diagnose. Not only do all of her animals use Puremedy, but her family and friends do as well.


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