Earl the emu
Snack-loving Earl came to The Gentle Barn after being found running loose in Santa Clarita. He was kept safe by Animal Control, who took him to a shelter to reunite him with his owner, but they never came. After an adjustment period, Earl lives in sanctuary in The Gentle Barn and now he loves head scratches, hose downs and snacking on broccoli and blueberries.
Shirley Temple the sheep
From backyard butchery to Californian sanctuary, Shirley Temple the sheep has found a forever family at The Gentle Barn. She was rescued from a butcher, who took her away from her mother at a young age, and arrived at the barnyard scared, alone, sick and starving. Gentle rehabilitation and familyhood have given Shirley Temple a new lease on life, and she will only know love and kindness at the sanctuary for the rest of her life.
Stanley the sheep
Stanley the sheep was rescued from a so-called ‘agricultural school’ where students were ‘taught how to work with animals’. By the time he was just two months old, he had his tail cut off, a hole punched in his ear, his horns burned and he was taken away from his mother and twin brother without warning. Traumatised by strangers and people, Stanley was befriended by Josh the sheep at The Gentle Barn, who stayed by his side during quarantine, mealtime and playtime. Now, Stanley is an outgoing, loving sheep who adores bananas and back scratches.
Hannah the goat
Now living in sanctuary in California, Hannah the goat arrived at The Gentle Barn infested with lice and parasites, grossly underweight and malnourished as a result of severe abuse and neglect. In the care of the team, she has regained strength and learned trust in human. Hannah lives happily at the barn with her sister, Amelia the goat.
Lela the goat
Like Shirley Temple the sheep, Lela the goat and her mother were rescued from a backyard butcher. When The Gentle Barn found her, Lela was riddled with parasites, emaciated and suffering from multiple illnesses. Today, she is healthy and happy, and will jump up on the team for hugs and, importantly, treats.
Emperor Skip the llama
Emperor Skip and Queen Joni the llamas were rescued after their original neighbours kept spotting them wandering down a busy and dangerous road in Laurel Canyon, California. They had been kept in improper fencing and care, so the local neighbourhood negotiated their release and transition to The Gentle Barn via their Sun Chlorella Healing Center.