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

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Lucy was rescued with two other cows from a very wealthy man who had many exotic animals as pets. When he sadly lost everything in the stock market crash in 2007, all his animals were sold. But the cows were going to go to slaughter. His staff thought that unfair and called us to give them a forever home. The first time I met Lucy I could not believe how small and adorable she was, instantly falling in love with her pink nose, fuzzy ears, and long eyelashes. To me, she looked like a magical creature, smelled like a teddy bear, and felt like an angel in my arms. As she followed behind me onto the trailer with so much innocence, I vowed right there and then to take the absolute best care...

Hay for Seniors

Because the Gentle Barn has been around for twenty years and we take in animals who have…

Matriarchs

Last week was National Women’s Day and all I could think about were the strong cows and horses who raised me in the barnyard and taught me everything I know. Cows and horses live in a matriarchal society, led by strong females. In the horse family, there is a strong stallion who rules with an iron hoof, disciplines when necessary, and protects…

Love Is A Verb

Many think of love as something that we feel, something that can break our hearts or heal it, and something that just comes over us without our control. That’s all true, but I…

Remembering Christmas

Ellie & Christmas

A week ago we didn’t know he existed as we went about our lives and routines; making the bed, cooking breakfast, feeding the dogs, and going to the movies, blissfully unaware. Then we got a call that…

Much Better Than a Movie!

Jay Holding Rescued Baby Calf

Jay and I were very excited about some downtime between Christmas and New Year's! The office was closed and the barnyard staff were taking very good care of all the animals.…

Creating Worlds Inside Our Minds

Ellie Laks - In Meditation

When I was a child, all I dreamed about was to have a huge place full of animals and show the world how beautiful they are. I would sit at my desk, and as the teacher droned on in…

A Shooting Star

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Almost ten years ago we rescued our very first group of veal calves. We had gotten a call from the owner of an auction house that asked us if he could call us when he had downed calves, to take them off his hands. A week…

Nineteen Years

Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner - Early Years of Gentle Barn California

We have been so focused on our opening in Nashville that I haven’t even talked about our anniversary coming up. On August 26th there will…

My Gentle Barn Story - Nick

Nick with Mr. Rojas

It's a hard day when an animal at the Gentle Barn passes... It's an even harder day when that animal has made such an impact on your life... Mr. Rojas, you were: a brave jersey cow; a ladies man; a cow that had terrific…

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