July 2, 2012
I am a current volunteer at the Gentle Barn and it pains me to read previous reviews by ex-volunteers (that are obviously friends because they ALL say the same thing) who seem to be starving for attention. I am dumb-founded by the things they have written. I love volunteering and love Ellie and Jay. They have been nothing but nice to me. I have personally met some of the board members, so they do exist. As far as the money going to the animals, I am not Ellie nor Jay so I cant say where it goes but I know the animals are always fed, taken care of and the place is spotless. I also know Vets, Chiropractors, massage therapist, an acupuncturist and an animal communicator come to the barn regularly. But they neglect their animals and spend all the money on themselves right?! I have also personally met a couple of the Vets, as well as, seen them come to check on the animals. So again the Vets do exist. They are, as well as the board members, NOT figments of my imagination. Yes, unfortunately some animals have passed away over the years but eventually they have to leave us. Not sure if some of the haters have read or seen on the news recently, but the Gentle Barn was just involved in rescuing animals from a backyard butcher. Oh but wait, someone said they don't rescue animals in their review and Ellie and Jay's animals are only their pets. COME ON PEOPLE!!!! I am glad to be volunteer at the Gentle Barn and I will continue to volunteer my time and money to this organization. I will also pray for the people who find it necessary to lash out because of obvious personal issues. I just feel bad the lashing out is affecting the animals as well as the organization.
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