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

Who We Are in the Face of Darkness

All of us at The Gentle Barn are mourning the tragedy in Orlando this week. We are carrying all the victims, the survivors, their families, and the community in our hearts. I don't know what's more horrifying: the fear, pain, and loss of the victims or the hatred and viciousness of the perpetrator.…

The Ups and Downs

When I dreamed of The Gentle Barn at seven years old, I didn't picture it quite the way it is today. My declaration was that I would have a big place full of animals and I would show the world how beautiful they are. I had no idea that The Gentle Barn would be this big, that I would…

Blessings

Last week Bhante Sujatha came to visit and bless The Gentle Barn, our staff, the land, and the animals. His energy was amazing and we felt instant joy upon meeting him. He said a prayer and blessing for all our staff and then we introduced him to our animals. It was amazing to watch the…

Creating Peace

I love animals and nature, I always have. Protecting it and having reverence for it is very important to me, and indeed what The Gentle Barn is all about. Sometimes as animal lovers and conscientious people, we can get bogged down in the horror, the suffering, and the hopelessness of it…

The Cross I Bear

While in Tennessee Jay and I met some cows on a cattle ranch. They were terribly afraid of people. As we walked through their pasture, their eyes were wide with fear, the matriarch trying to figure out why we were there, and, attempting to reassure her family.

They followed behind…

Ridiculous

I’ve always loved animals and had an acute sensitivity to all life. That openness was always met with, "Oh Ellie, don't be ridiculous, it's just a bird", or "stop your nonsense I'll get you another rabbit.” You would think that with all the criticism…

The Inside Scoop: Ally Hanshaw

It's Never Too Late for a Second Chance

Everyone will reach a moment in their lives when they feel like they are completely alone and they want to give up on everything. But just because you feel this way…

Gentle Barn Concerns for our future

We heard about him through several people asking us on our social media if we could help him. The news article explained that ‘Red Box’ was being raised as part of a school FFA project. The project was that the kids would help care for him, feed him, clean after him, halter train him, take him…

There Are Angels Everywhere!

      

In Massachusetts there lives a man and a woman who were third generation dairy farmers. Cows have milk just like any other mammal, as breast milk for their babies. Just like dogs, horses, or humans, cows only have breast…

We Have Come A Long Way!

                                               

The Gentle Barn was my dream since I was seven-years old. Animals were always my best friends and confidantes when I was a small child and when I grew up I wanted to have a place to heal animals and love them as they have always healed and loved me. I started The Gentle Barn…

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