The Gentle Barn’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and give sanctuary to abused animals.

Ellie Laks founded The Gentle Barn in 1999 and in 2003 the organisation moved to a six-acre paradise in Santa Clarita, CA. The farm is now complete with large horse and cow pastures, a red and white barnyard for the smaller animals, an organic vegetable garden, lots of shady trees and a panoramic view of the mountains. Over 160 rescued animals are kept safely and happily at The Gentle Barn and there is plenty of room to welcome visitors and children. The ultimate goal is to open Gentle Barn sanctuaries across America so that many more abandoned and abused animals can have a place of healing and safety where visitors can learn more about animal care. Since its inception, The Gentle Barn has been home to hundreds of animals and host to over 100,000 people. Find out more.