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

Visit The Gentle Barn - Missouri

Come Visit Us on a Sunday!

You will get to meet the St. Louis Six (watch video of their rescue). These cows escaped a slaughterhouse and ran through the streets of St. Louis on March 30, 2017, trying to find their way home. They now have a forever home at The Gentle Barn - Missouri along with dozens of other animals. Animals like Petunia the pig who was found running on the side of the road; Einstein who had been living in the woods for three years having escaped from something terrible; Baron Von Goat who lived in neglect at a place that didn’t want him chained to a post.

Come out to visit them on a Sunday along with many other pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys, donkeys, goats, sheep and a duck are forever safe and learning to love again.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like more information about volunteering, click here.

Help Keep Our Birds Healthy

Due to the Avian Flu, we are not allowing any persons who have outdoor birds to enter our bird area. We are so sorry for the inconvenience. We must protect our flock.

All guests will be required to step on bleach mats and sanitize their hands upon entering and leaving our bird area.


Open To Public Sundays

Tickets must be reserved in advance

Reserve Tickets

Donation: Adults $20, Kids (2-12y) $10, Under 2y Free

Timed Entry: 10:00a-12:00p, 11:00a-1:00p, 12:00p-2:00p

  • Times are all CENTRAL times.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable.

The barn is located in Dittmer, Missouri. Additional information about barn location will be provided with your reservation.


Regarding Financial Hardships for Sunday Visits

If you are unable to afford the requested donation amount, please contact us.

The Gentle Barn is a non-profit organization and no one will ever be turned away for an inability to donate.

Out of respect for the animals, we kindly ask that you do not bring any dairy, egg, meat, poultry, or seafood onto the property. The Gentle Barn is an outdoor farm environment, therefore we strongly recommend all visiting guests wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, a hat, and plenty of sunscreen. Be sure to bring plenty of water for your group!


Season Passes Available

We have passes for individuals, families and their guests, starting at just $60. A donation towards a Season Pass can be placed online or you may upgrade your already reserved ticket when visiting on Sunday.


Cow Hug Therapy, Private Tours, Groups & Parties

Hosted during the week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday
(Not available during public open Sunday)