The Gentle Barn, located in California, is helping abuse animals with its efforts at rescuing, rehabilitating and providing sanctuary to abused animals. They connect animals with people in an awesome way.
Ellie Laks, the founder of The Gentle Barn, always knew that animals are therapeutic to people. Together with Jay Weiner, they are not only helping abused animals, but also bringing children much joy at their property. Visitors enjoy seeing and hugging the farm animals, and learn about plant-based diets.
“The ultimate goal is to open Gentle Barn’s across the country so that every animal and child can have a place of healing and safety and where they can be seen for the perfect beings that they are. Since its inception, The Gentle Barn has been home to hundreds of animals and host to over 100,000 people. In these times of gangs, drugs, crime, violence and war, it is essential that we make efforts to ensure a more peaceful future for our children. We feel it is imperative that we teach our children kindness, compassion and empathy for all living beings. When a child meets another, looking different than themselves, with perhaps a different religion, race, sex, or language, if that child knows that we are all the same on the inside, then perhaps that child will accept the other and we will be closer to having peace on earth.”
Over 160 farm animals reside at The Gentle Barn. “These animals have all been rescued from severe abuse, neglect, abandonment or worse. They have been rehabilitated with traditional and non-traditional medicine, top quality nutrition, and countless hours in the arms of our staff and volunteers. They have regained their trust in humankind by realizing that they are now loved, and their abuse is over. Because of their ongoing physical and psychological needs, they can’t be adopted and are given sanctuary with us for the rest of their lives. Because the animals at The Gentle Barn have experienced abuse and severe neglect, their treatment and rehabilitation is extremely expensive and can take a long time. But it is worth it to see them smile again, to watch their eyes light up, to feel them cuddle in your lap, and to see them play with new life and new hope. Once rehabilitated, the animals become ambassadors, teaching children about the magic and grace of these precious beings. ”
15825 Sierra Highway Santa Clarita, CA 91390