Founded by Ellie Laks in 1999 in Tarzana, CA. Animals were always very healing and nurturing to her as she faced the challenges of growing up, finding herself, fitting in, feeling understood, etc. She majored in special education and psychology, and with her special love of animals and children, The Gentle Barn was a perfect way of putting all her talents and passions into one.
Jay Weiner joined The Gentle Barn in 2002 as a volunteer, but fell in love with the place and the two joined forces to heal even more children and animals. Like Ellie, Jay also turned to animals for the support, love and nurturing he needed as a child.
The Gentle Barn started on a half-acre property in the middle of the San Fernando Valley, CA. In 2003 Ellie and Jay moved to a six-acre paradise in Santa Clarita, CA. They are home to horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, llamas, dogs, and more. They believe that everyone deserves a chance at life, regardless if they are blind, crippled, deformed, sick, wounded, or just old. To learn more about this wonderful organization, please go here: The Gentle Barn The donkey in the pic is Addison & the goat is Bluebell. Like other animals there, they are available for monthly sponsorship.