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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Education, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and give sanctuary to abused animals. Through the interaction with our animals, people learn reverence for all life.

Programs: Educational programs were designed to foster in children a sense of respect and responsibility towards animals and each other.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters
15 Shawn L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It breaks my heart when people put this magical place down. First most, not all, of the negative reviews have come from a group of ex-employees and volunteers that were not doing what was best for the barn and were asked to leave. Do you really want to read a review from someone who is only being vindictive? I have been volunteering at The Gentle Barn since April 2011. I volunteer in the upper barnyard during the week and as the manager on Sundays, as well as with new rescues and the cows. The experience has been nothing if not life changing. Ellie and Jay are two of the most caring, compassionate, giving people I have had the honor of knowing. The animals are well fed, well cared for, and very loved. They always have clean water, plenty of food, a clean place to sleep, plenty of love, and medical care when needed. When a sick animal is reported care is immediate and thorough. The vet comes first but no expense is spared in using alternate therapy along with vet care to increase healing and quality of life.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a great deal of respect for the way that the Gentle Barn is run. The Gentle Barn's treatment of the animals that have been lucky enough to find a home with them has been exemplary in my nearly two years of experience of volunteering with the organization. I work directly with the animals up to four days a week, so the alleged mishandling and misconduct that has been reported on this site would be obvious to someone in my unique position if it had actually occurred. I would not hesitate to report abuse of any kind if it were a reality. I've worked in the non profit world for the bulk of my professional career, and disgruntled volunteers and ex employees are an unfortunate commonality no matter the organization or cause. I find it very sad and suspicious when people who once lent their time and effort an organization later seek to destroy it. Other non profit organizations should take note of these disgruntled people because I suspect that they won't be happy volunteering or working with any organization. My hope is that they will soon find something to fill their emptiness other than hate.

Review from Guidestar

29 Wendy McH

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Still no changes at The (UN)Gentle Barn, just more slander of former employees and volunteers. Well, maybe there is a little more oversight now that they are under the scrutiny of several entities, including the CA Attorney General. I won't mention who all the others are, surprises are fun.
Since I left the barn, a number of animals have passed away, though old, their last days could have been eased if egos were not in the way, if people who claim to talk with animals had actually been listening to what they had to say. GB forgets that we have eyes and ears in the community, people willing to visit on Sundays, for years, write fake(positive) reviews to keep the wool pulled over the lamb in wolves' clothing's eyes, and even daily 'volunteers'.
Why does GB delete posts from people asking questions? From people asking for accountability? Things GB should want to leap to do, in order to prove they are legit? Is it possible they are not, in fact, honest?
So you believe in the people running GB 100%? Ask them for their IRS returns, and see if they give it to you. Ask them to their face about the 60 cows. Ask simple questions that should be no cause for alarm, including how all monies are spent. The public has a RIGHT to know, as the money comes from the public, the organization owns all the animals, including the dogs and cats in the house, as they are publicly funded, and the public has a RIGHT to information and accountability. It is silly to believe a non-profit just because it tugs on your heart strings. Remember, PT Barnum is credited for saying "A sucker is born every minute", though that was actually said by David Hannum. But many people believe the first thing they hear.
















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31

Volunteer

Rating: 1

My name is Wendy. I volunteered at The Gentle Barn for about 3 years, from early 2009 until February of 2012. I worked with the first set of 6 veal calves, then worked as a horse groomer, then trained new horse volunteers, and facilillitated the program for adults with special needs who came to groom horses. I was also a Sunday horse manager for 2 years.
I would absolutely love a public forum meeting where the staff and board can speak for themselves and show us all the documents that will set our minds at ease and end these arguments.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Volunteer for over 4 years and It is the greatest place to be. I love talking to all the visitors who have come from near and very far. They are in love with the Gentle barn and if it was there fist time there, they say they will be back soon. We have many season pass holders who come almost every week they love it so much. Please come check out our wonderful happy animals and volunteers and we have vegan goodies you can buy for a nice lunch.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over 4 years and I have seen first hand all the love and care these animals are given. I also took part in the watching of the 4 extremely sick calves that were rescued from Texas. They were watched and fed around the clock. I did several of the 3am to 7am shifts. They even had blankets made for them to cover them at night.
I sat with many of the goats that were rescued from the back yard butcher and watched how they slowly recovered from the daily nutrients that were hand administered daily. I watched them come from cowering in the corners of the stalls to loving goats who could not get enough love and scratching from us.
I also whitnessed Elllie come in each day and whipe out the deep would caused by a dog bite on a goat. Even though it was a yucky job, she didn't hesitate to clean it and cover it with healing ointment.
I whitnessed Holy and Madonna who were two baby cows that were rescued and bottle fed. We had to watch them to make sure they did not fall over as they grew stronger and healthier. They are now sweet and loving cows.
I have never seen any type of abuse, I have only whitnessed love and concern from Jay and Ellie for their animals.
It is such a delight to see the guests come in for the first time and have them tell me how they can not wait to come back and bring friends and family.
It is a shame that former volunteers are trying to slander the Gentle Barn when it stands for love and healing for all the animals and the special need and inner city childern who come and can relate the the hurt and abuse the animals had suffered and see how they have healed and love again.

20

Volunteer

Rating: 2

My name is Kim Grass, I volunteered and then worked in the Gentle Barn office in 2009 and would be very happy to attend an open, public discussion as Darshan proposes with the current staff and Board of Directors regarding financial and animal care records. I have high aspirations that the Gentle Barn philosophy and vision will grow into a real (legit) functioning non-profit to help animals and children alike. Having the current management answer the many questions about animal care and financial records that keep coming up could clear up many unanswered questions and possibly help to bring the Gentle Barn to a better place.

39 Sue H

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I volunteered for over 2 years and was banned because my taste in friends was not up to Ellie's liking. Not sure why that is any of her business or why this would interfere with my taking care of the animals, but in her mind I guess it was. I helped out with the horses 3 to 4 days a week. I was a " special person" to one horse in particular for the entire time I was there as well as supplying arts and crafts projects for their Sunday events. When I first started there I felt like I had found the most wonderful sanctuary in the world. I would feel at peace the moment I went through those gates. I made wonderful friends who's friendship I cherish to this day. This is the way I wish it had stayed, but unfortunately I started to see that things were not what they appeared to be. Most of the volunteers were afraid of Ellie and I soon found out why. If you ever were to question her or try to tell her about something she would become a whole different person and not a person you would want to see or deal with. This is not a good thing when the welfare of animals is at stake. I soon started finding out that the stories we were told to tell about the animals were not exactly truths. I put up with this and decided to stick it out as long as I could, because at this point I was completely in love with these animals and felt like they needed my protection. Then animals started dying and more lies were being told about what had happened to them. Animals were not getting proper vet care and more and more of my friends were being banned for standing up for these poor creatures. Ellie and Jay believe that they have the animals welfare as their top priority, but I beg to differ. Who gets rid of loving, caring people who devote their free time to take care of these animals? Who love on them day in and day out for no other reason than to make the animals happy. Jay and Ellie obviously don't care about the animals when they drive away all the people who loved them. They obviously don't care how the animals feel now that their "special people" no longer come to visit. That was not even in their minds when they started driving out all the devoted volunteers.
I will gladly go to an open forum where Ellie and Jay can show us proof that these animals are all cared for properly and the money is going to the organization and not into Ellie and Jay's pockets.

5 Blue V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing place!!! After visiting The Gentle Barn for the first time on a Sunday, I knew I wanted to volunteer there. I spoke to Ellie, the founder, and started the process to become a volunteer. That was 2 1/2 years ago and I have been volunteering ever since. I believe that Ellie truly loves animals and has made caring for them her full time job. Most people say that Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, but I think The Gentle Barn is the happiest place on earth.

The Gentle Barn is an organization that rescues animals from abuse, neglect, slaughter, you name it. Although they primarily rescue farm animals, I have never seen them turn away any animals that needed to be rescued; including dogs and cats. These animals get to live the rest of their lives in a happy and loving environment. This organization is staffed with people who truly believe that all animals and people should be treated with kindness and compassion. We need more places like The Gentle Barn in the world.

On Sundays, the property is open to the public. For a $10 minimum donation, you can visit The Gentle Barn and meet the animals and hear their stories. There are cows, horses, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and llamas that you can meet.

While most of the people that work at or visit The Gentle Barn are vegans or vegetarians, they do not force veganism on anyone. They do ask that you not bring food made with animal products to their property out of respect for their work and respect for the animals. I wouldn't show up at your house eating your dead relatives so I think this is a fair thing to ask of visitors. If you want to have a bacon cheeseburger after you leave, that's your business.

The Gentle Barn also does so much more than open their doors to the public on Sundays. The Gentle Barn is host to abused children, kids recovering from substance abuse, kids on probation and in foster care, and children and adults with mental, emotional, and physical challenges. Through their interactions with animals, children and adults learn forgiveness, courage, strength, leadership skills, trust, empathy, and kindness. The healing that takes place when people get together with the animals is miraculous. I have been able to witness some of these interactions firsthand, and it is truly a beautiful thing to see.

When LA County Animal Control officers shut down a backyard butcher, they brought all of the animals to The Gentle Barn. I have seen animals so sick I did not think they would live, and they have made full recoveries. They use eastern and western medicine, reiki, acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, algae, massage therapy, energy healing, animal communication, and so much more to help heal the animals. It is such a blessing to be a part of the solution.

Volunteering isn't for everyone, but you should definitely come and visit on a Sunday and see what The Gentle Barn is all about!

37 Ligaya K

Volunteer

Rating: 1

My name is Ligaya and I, along with my family, volunteered at the barn from 2008 to 2011. I’m not bitter, I’m not angry. Jay and Ellie were never mean to us. What I am is sad. Sad for my daughter who lost faith in “good” people. Sad that she had to witness an unwillingness to take action for an animal that even she, at the age of 13, knew was sick. Sad for her that she lost a horse that she loved so much due to lack of care for a disease that a young horse, however hard their life had been previously, should have recovered with aggressive therapy. I have my proof but I’m still willing to sit down at a meeting and let them speak and show me that I’m wrong.

Here’s what I want proven: Why won’t local vets work with the barn? What did Halo the calf really die from? Why isn’t he on the memoriam page? Why, when my daughter had been stating for 3 weeks that he was sick, didn’t anything get done till he was down and couldn’t walk? Where are the papers on Mamma Dear showing her age and her original race name? We were told in the beginning that her race name was Ima Dear. When she came to the barn she immediately took to Addison the donkey and adopted him thereby receiving the name Mamma Dear. Upon further research, I found that a race horse name may only be used once. According to the Thoroughbred Database there was a horse named Ima Dear born in 1965. Well, we know that can’t be her. That would have made her 46 years old. Then, there was Ima Deer, born February 6, 1999. But Mamma Dear’s birth date on her stable card showed her birth year as 1990. Error? Possibly, except that we were told that she was 19 when we started working with her. So that means when she was put down in 2011 she was only 12. Is that why she fought so hard? It would have been great to have had a pic of the tattoo under her lip showing us all who she really was. By the way, if she was Ima Deer, she foaled a mare in 2006 and her name is Irukandji.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have attended the gentle barn on numerous occasions and have always had a great time.
The place is a haven for animals of all kind .
Their rescue work is nothing short of miraculous .
We bought a yearly pass and look forward to our next visit there.
The volunteers are always knowledgeable and friendly.
Thank you for the work you do!
The Schneider Family

22 Laura114

Volunteer

Rating: 1

My name is Laura and I was a volunteer in the upper barnyard for a year and a half, with some of that time being served as Barnyard Manager.
Contrary to what the positive reviews are saying, we are not a few disgruntled haters spewing venom. We write because we care about the animals and we care that people are being duped by the front that is being presented by Ellie and Jay.
Knowing one thing to be true and then hearing the "stories" that come from the barn is nothing short of disgraceful.

I'd be happy to attend any public meeting. Good luck Darshan. I hope it comes together. It needs to.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Gentle Barn for a while. It's a great place for all the animals and kids groups that come through there. It's sad to see so many ex employees and persons who were kicked leave negative comments on here just to feel like they are getting revenge .
Because that's all it is.
I understand Erich Lange opened his own "rescue"
So it seems perhaps his concerns are a bit self serving.
Imagine if people you fired in the past could leave reviews on your company page.
Plus Erich and others just use different emails and continue to leave the same ranting over and over.
What good would it be to the gentle barn to have a forum with a bunch of ex employees and people who are up to no good?
Who would ever do that.
What I suggest is come to the gentle barn and see for yourself .

15

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was a volunteer and special person at the Gentle Barn for two animals and worked every Sunday for 2 years from 2009-2011. I would be very happy to attend an open, public discussion with the current staff and Board of Directors regarding financial and animal care records.

21

Volunteer

Rating: 1

My name is Louisa. I travelled from London, UK, to Santa Clarita in May 2010 specifically to volunteer at The Gentle Barn. I was very alarmed by many of the things I witnessed and have already given statements to the appropriate persons.

I would be very happy to attend a meeting with Ellie, Jay, an impartial mediator and those of us who have unsavoury experiences of GB, behind the facade.

48 Lesley K. Johnson

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I feel compelled to write this in response to so many of the five-star reviews being left on this site in defense of the Gentle Barn and critical of past volunteers and employees who are voicing their concerns about this organization's level of care for its animals and its use of donation dollars. In all honesty, if you're forming your opinions from any sort of remote vantage point – animal sponsor, Sunday public visitor, casual volunteer, Facebook fan – you should admit to yourself that you probably do not have the necessary information or insight to refute with any sort of intelligence the issues being raised by those who have been closest to the inner workings of the Gentle Barn.

I was a senior level volunteer there for two years, acting as both the upper barnyard manager and "special person" to Billy The Goat until his unfortunate death last year. I was also a regular donor. If you visited any Sunday between April 2010 and February 2012, you probably met me, even if you don't remember. I think I missed just two public sessions in the yard during my entire tenure as manager. With this in mind, I would like to respond specifically to those comments left here and elsewhere on line in praise of the barn based soley on what a "wonderful" and "magical" experience it is to visit on Sundays and see so many farm animals living together they way they do in the upper barnyard.

I can't begin to count the hundreds of conversations I had with people who were so delighted and so amazed to find themselves in the middle of what I so often heard referred to as "Utopia." Because you just never see goats living with a 1,000-pound pig living with a tiny little hair sheep living with turkeys living with llamas living with an emu living with chickens living with cows. Right? But have you ever asked yourself WHY you never see goats living with a thousand-pound pig living with a tiny little hair sheep living with turkeys living with llamas living with an emu living with chickens living with cows?

Because it is UNSAFE.

It's unsafe for all of the individual animals, for the staff working the grounds, for the volunteers trying to cover such a condensed and overcrowded area and for the public visitors with little to no experience with farmed animals who venture into the space. When you visit other sanctuaries - and I would hazard a guess this applies to ANY other responsibly run sanctuary – you will see the large pigs in their own area and the birds in their own area and the cows in their own pasture, etc. Because this is what is safest for all involved – most especially for the animals lucky enough to be living in sanctuary rather than dying in factory farms. Yes, a 1,000-pound pig should most certainly be able to run as many crazy, joyful circles around his space as he wants. But volunteers should never have to throw their bodies over smaller, more frail animals while he does, in the panicked hope no one gets trampled.

We all must be critical, intelligent thinkers who form our own opinions based on our own experiences. My experiences at the GB – while some were so very wonderful (like falling in love with so many animals and people there who've forever changed my life) – have also unfortunately led me to believe that the safety and well-being of the animals there takes a clearly measurable backseat to the all-important image of Utopia. Because Utopia tugs at the heartstrings. And because these kinds of emotional responses solicit donation dollars. I think – based on my lengthy and very involved tenure there – that the Gentle Barn no longer raises money to rescue animals. I am of the opinion the GB rescues animals to raise money. This distinction is very important.

And this is why (finally coming full-circle to my ultimate point here) I am so endlessly frustrated at such glowing reviews based solely upon the wonderful feelings people have upon visiting the barn. Yes, as farmed-animal advocates we LOVE that you feel so happy experiencing the joy of being around these wonderful souls. But as farmed animal advocates we also know that our own joy should never – EVER – be at the expense of any animals anywhere. In sanctuary especially, the animals must come first. As someone who staffed that yard from a strictly defensive position during my last year (Who can handle the big pigs best and keep them from brawling in such small barns? Who can best manage [cows] Holy and Madonna to keep them from falling in the pig pool and probably breaking a leg? Which volunteer has a strong enough personality to keep people away from any animals who are overwhelmed by the crowds but still make everyone feel welcome? Who can make sure yet another chicken or turkey doesn't get crushed under one of the pigs?), I most definitely believe your happiness visiting there has been granted at the expense of the residents who call that yard home.

All this being said, please know one more thing: We are not a small group of toxic, disgruntled, ex-volunteers filled with bitterness and hate. Our numbers are many and we are compassionate and concerned and – without exception – brokenhearted. Among us are experts in the fields of animal care and advocacy. Among us are college-educated, working professionals with both corporate and non-profit backgrounds. Among us are community leaders and concerned parents and people who LOVE the original mission statement on which the barn was built. We just think the founders have lost their way. And some of us, myself included, are trying to right our own personal wrongs of staying quiet far too long and watching animals suffer because of it.

23

Volunteer

Rating: 1

My Name is Nikki and I was a special person at the Gentle Barn for a horse named Princess. I was a special person to Princess for almost 2 years. I came to see her almost everyday; grooming her, walking her, riding her, and taking general care of her until I could not take the verbal abuse and prolonged stress I endured from Ellie and Jay any longer...forcing me to leave.
I also donted money for the "60 sad cows" campaign...the same cows that were never saved. I have filed a complaint with the Attorney General and the Gentle Barn is currently under investigation.
I would be very interested in meeting for a public forum to get answers.

22

Volunteer

Rating: 1

My Name is jackie Wagner and I volunteered at the Gentle Barn for three years. I also was employed by Elli and Jay to babysit their children and work with the horses for a short period of time. I worked closely with the all the animals and the volunteers and was there about 20 or more hours a week. Me and my family also made donations to the Gentle Barn.
I saw personally how they treat animals and volunteers and it is not okay. Because of the mistreatment I saw I would absolutely attend a meeting where the board, staff and Elli and Jay can answer our many questions. I think its time that me and many others finally get the answers that we deserve. If Elli, Jay and the Gentle Barn have nothing to hide than this meeting sounds like a wonderful idea.

16 Jody234

Volunteer

Rating: 1

My name is Jody. I would love to attend a public meeting to discuss the financials of The Gentle Barn as well as the care of the animals and maintenance of the facility. As a nonprofit 501(c)3, all of the financials of The Gentle Barn should be available for public review. As donors have a right to know how much money is coming in and how it's being spent.

I think an independent moderator is an excellent idea. And I even think it's appropriate to put all finance-related questions to Ellie, Jay and the Gentle Barn Board of Directors prior to the meeting so that they have ample time to gather the documents necessary to support their claim or refute those from the public. This way, there can be no "I'll get back to you on that" moments.

I volunteered for several months a couple years ago. I left for reasons explained in detail in a much earlier review that I posted on this site (still available should you feel like scrolling through to read it). Just look for my name, it was on page 6 as of this morning...

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33

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I, too, am echoing the other reviews and adding a little extra from my own experience. I began volunteering there in 2010. I spent most of my time in the upper barnyard. Shortly after I began volunteering, there was an urgent fundraising effort to save an orphaned calf from a local farm. The day the calf was to arrive, suddenly the mother was located and so the calf was no longer orphaned. Instead of using the raised funds to improve the housing for the existing animals at GB, or for food and health care, they decided to go to an auction and PURCHASE two other calves. These calves caught the attention of Ellen Degeneres and were named by her - Holy and Madonna. Once Ellen learned of these calves she became an active supporter of GB and now donates large sums of money on a regular basis.

While their fundraising habits leave something to be desired and clearly lack the transparency one would expect from a non-profit, I also have a personal issue with Ellie and Jay. They live on the property and have 5 pet dogs. I am a professional canine behaviorist and read dogs very well. I know how to interact with them and have (so far) never been attacked. On one day, as I was getting ready to leave, 3 of her dogs appeared out of nowhere and surrounded me, barking, and one lunged at me. Once I was able to extract myself from this unpleasant situation, I reported the incident in the office. Ellie brushed it off as being harmless. When I left the office and approached the upper barnyard fence so I could speak to Ellie, I was again surrounded by these dogs who were acting in a very menacing manner. That time, I was blocked between the fence and my car by these dogs, and my only means of safe escape was to enter my car through the passenger door.

Only a month later, as I arrived, another of Ellie's dogs charged me at full speed, barking and menacing. This was sudden and aggressive enough, that my instinctive response was to change directions and make myself less threatening. When that failed to slow the dog down, I instinctively challenged the dog back to try to get it to back down. I screamed "Whoa!" repeatedly; after my third shout of "Whoa!" Ellie finally came into the area and dragged the dog off. Ellie seemed appropriately contrite. But just one hour later, as I was leaving, she AGAIN allowed this same dog free access and this dog AGAIN charged me at full speed, barking and menacing. As I said, I'm a professional and I have the self control and confidence to simply stand still with my back to the dog, but most people would have been very frightened by this dog's aggressive behavior. Had I screamed in fear or tried to run away, I have no doubt that this dog would have tackled me and may have bitten.

I tried to politely point out the massive liability issue of having these dogs loose on the property - both during the week when volunteers (not paid employees) are wandering around, but also on Sundays when they are open to the PAYING public. Ellie informed me that it was absolutely "not [my] place to comment" and Jay assured me there "is no liability because they don't bite." To me this is egregious neglect. Any dog who is that aroused and acting in a fearful, defensive manner as this dog was (and who has teeth in their mouth) WILL bite at some point.

Ellie and Jay's complete lack of concern for the safety of their volunteers and the paying public was the last straw for me. I am a canine professional and I was more taken aback and actually frightened by her dog (the second encounter) than I've ever been with any dog I've ever encountered. I decided that as a volunteer who was donating my time, I did not need the stress of wondering if I would be attacked every time I arrived. I informed Ellie that I would no longer be volunteering and the specific reasons for my departure. She never responded.

If Ellie and Jay's connection to GB were to end, and a proper board of directors was established, with transparent reviews of where the money is coming from and where it's going, I would be open to resuming my volunteer work there. But as long as Ellie and Jay are at the helm, I have no interest in being connected to GB.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a long-term volunteer and sponsor of The Gentle Barn. I can attest to the fact that each week that I arrive to work with the barnyard animals that they are well taken care of, loved, and respected. All of the current volunteers and staff who work there care about the well-being of the animals. My job includes interacting with the animals to give them the attention they deserve and want. I brush the goats, sheep, and pigs. I keep the barnyard and stalls clean by raking up poop and sweeping. I make sure that there's always fresh water available for the animals to drink. But, most importantly, I make sure that each and every animal is loved and shown kindness.
In all my years of volunteering at The Gentle Barn, I have never seen an animal mistreated, but just the opposite. When any animal needs medical attention, a vet is summoned right away, if necessary. I have personally witnessed a vet providing care to goats with arthritic problems and treating other animals on numerous occasions. Health-related problems of any of the animals are always reported to the office or to Ellie, herself. In my experience, the proper and expected actions have always been taken to insure that the health and well-being of the animals is foremost. Regular maintenance is also done to assure that animals are cared for properly. Hooves are maintained, and the sheep are sheared before the hot months of summer each year. One would have to question the motivations of many of the one star reviewers who allege that the animals are not cared for properly, or that The Gentle Barn is nothing but a glorified petting zoo. Far from the truth, ... one of the main purposes of The Gentle Barn is to educate the public about animal abuse and the work that goes on daily there. That is why it is open to the public only one day of the week and only between 10 am and 2pm, instead of being open everyday. Most of the animals love the extra attention given them on Sundays. The good work continues at The Gentle Barn during the weekdays, when children from schools, disadvantaged homes, senior citizens, disabled adults and children, troubled youth, and abused children and teens have an opportunity to visit with the animals, learn to respect all living things, and help with the healing process. Be the judge yourself, rather than give credence to the negative reviews that some want you to believe due to a hidden agenda. Come visit The Gentle Barn on a Sunday, and make up your own mind. As for myself, I will continue to financially support and volunteer for this organization, because I've personally seen the good work it does.

2 Kristy B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family loves the Gentle Barn. It is a great way to spend a Sunday. You'll meet a variety of animals including cows, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, emu, and more. Don't miss feeding carrots to the horses and the adorable burro Addison! Your kids will be thrilled! The staff keeps the place pristine. The animals are well loved and cared for. When you see how confident the animals are around people, it's obvious they've been shown love and kindness by the staff and volunteers who interact with them daily.
Despite my busy life, I've been volunteering about 10 hours a week for going on 2 years, because I truly believe in their mission. It has been life changing to witness sick, starving animals who have been rescued and brought back to health, to live out their days in a comfortable loving environment. Words can't express how much I've come to adore these amazing animals and I'm forever grateful to Ellie and Jay for rescuing them! The staff at Gentle barn work tirelessly to make sure all of the animals have the best possible care and nutrition. The animals are safe, secure, and loved, that's really what it's all about!
I hope everyone will stop and consider the aminals when writing a review, they are innocent and they depend on donation dollars for their care. If you are truly an animal lover, please put them first!
Kris Bowlby

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Gentle Barn is one of my favotite places.....a beautiful and peaceful place full of love and with people who care about these wonderful creatures. The animals are healthy and SO happy. Ellie, Jay and all of the volunteers do everything possible to heal, help and nourish all of the animals and to teach them that they never need to fear humans again. At The Gentle Barn they will live the rest of their lives in love, peace anf truth. If it wasn't for The Gentle Barn these beautiful animals would still be living in fear and abuse and some would have been destroyed. No animal should have to live like that. If you live in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend you visit The Gentle Barn and see first hand. You will leave with a huge smile, a warm heart and amazing memories. It is a magical place!

BWT, I see someone wrote that if you call or email them, that they will not respond. I know first hand that they do! I have contacted them and they have responded to me every single time.