In 2015, The Gentle Barn was contacted by a friend of a cattle rancher, near Nashville, about a young steer, who had lost a hoof and was in need of help. The Gentle Barn stepped in and orchestrated the very complicated recovery of this animal, who touched many lives. Through many operations and months of rehabilitation, and the successful fitting of a prosthetic hoof, this young, courageous steer became known to the world as Dudley.
Dudley inspired the creation of The Gentle Barn Tennessee, which began on a leased 12 acres in Knoxville. When Dudley came home to The Gentle Barn, he mesmerized the world with his joyfulness and playfulness. When Dudley, unfortunately, passed away, we received thousands of letters from people who were inspired by Dudley. Because of Dudley, many people learned to love animals more, to see their intelligence and make more gentle choices.
Dudley never got to move with his family to a forever home in Tennessee. The lease is up at our Knoxville property, and we’re bursting at the seams. Now, after much searching, The Gentle Barn is ready to purchase a wonderful property outside Nashville. It is just under 40 acres, which will allow us to save more animals, reach a larger community, heal more children and open many more hearts.
There has never been a time when we needed your support more. We have much work to do on the new property—and not much time. We need to build some fences and update the barns to get them ready for our animals. Once we are moved in, we will plant a tree in Dudley’s memory and finally lay his ashes to rest. Forever more, The Gentle Barn Nashville will be Dudley’s legacy and the miraculous work we will do there will honor his memory.
Please be a part of Dudley’s legacy and help us bring his family home.