Animals recovering from abuse and neglect need something to live for—medical attention alone is not enough.
Love and companionship complements vet care and healing and helps animals recover faster. This is why, when we rescue animal families or friends, we keep them together or encourage them to build new families at The Gentle Barn.
After the passing of our beloved pig named Truffles, her dear friend Jellie became lonely and desperate for companionship. Because pigs are prey animals, they need each other to feel safe. They also need buddies with whom to play, eat, sleep, and love. A pig without friends can become bored or depressed, which could lead to destructive behaviors or even illness.
Jellie missed Truffles so much, and we knew we would have to find her a friend. We received a call from an animal sanctuary who had recently rescued a pregnant pig in efforts to saving both the mother and her babies from a life of exploitation. The mother gave birth to a handful of beautiful piglets, and we were more than thrilled to adopt one.
On April 25, 2019, we brought home and introduced our new addition to The Gentle Barn family. It was not only a surprise for Jellie, but Jay also found a way to surprise Ellie with our eight-week-old bundle of joy. The moment was filmed on our live feed where thousands of our supporters were able to share with us such an enjoyable experience.
Your support enables us to continue saving and caring for some of the most vulnerable and neglected animals. Through animal sponsorships, we can provide our rescued animals with the proper vet and animal care, food, and lots of love and attention.
Alden W.- Nashville, TN
How long have you been supporting The Gentle Barn as an Animal Sponsor?
I have been sponsoring animals for a little over 5 months.
What made you decide to become an Animal Sponsor?
Animals are generally forgotten when compared to the troubles of humans. So often we consider our wants and needs greater than the lives of the other animals we harm, directly and indirectly. That harm is seen in the destruction of habitats, emissions, and waste that contribute to the degradation of Earth’s ecology, and the detestable conditions that permeate the food industry. The Gentle Barn serves the wonderful purpose of allowing people to interact with animals intimately and personally. This is a crucial first step to solving the above mentioned issues - allowing people to understand that Earth’s animals are indeed important, intelligent, caring, and more similar to humans than we would think. I became an animal sponsor with The Gentle Barn to help carry out this goal: connecting humans with animals so that we may educate ourselves, build compassion and empathy, and make small changes in our lives that, collectively, make a large difference.
How many animals are you currently sponsoring, and what are their names?
I currently sponsor twelve animals, all chickens and turkeys (I have a soft spot for non-mammalian animals; they tend to get less love and attention).
What do you love the most about The Gentle Barn’s Animal Sponsorship Program?
I believe that the best aspect of the animal sponsorship program is the updates provided to sponsors. I love getting news that Rick Springfield the chicken was a ladies’ man this month, or that Adeline the turkey has a fan club.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience as an animal sponsor?
The ability to directly fund the care of animals, even those across the country, is an incredibly rewarding opportunity. I would encourage everyone who has the ability to donate - go find one (or more) animals on the page and show them some love!
The Gentle Barn’s Animal Sponsorship Program Facts
There are 2,028 Active Animal Sponsors to-date.
406 people sponsor multiple animals.
126 people sponsor 3 or more animals.
6 people sponsor 10 or more animals.
Sponsorships provide immediate funds that go directly towards animal care, making it possible for us to address the needs of some of the most vulnerable animals cared for by The Gentle Barn.