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The Gentle Barn

The Gentle Barn

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15825 Sierra Hwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91390
Los Angeles Metro Area,


The Gentle Barn was founded in 1999, a national non profit organization. At The Gentle Barn we stand up for the innocent, and we help animals and children alike remember that they matter.

We open people’s hearts to the connections with nature. We open people’s minds to what is happening around us and we inspire people to be an integral part of the solution. Through the stories and interactions with our animals, we can raise future generations to have reverence for all life, protect our planet, live good healthy, happy lives, and we will all be closer to having peace on earth!

The Gentle Barn is currently located in Los Angeles, California, Nashville, Tennessee, and St Louis Missouri. It is open to the public once a week for guests to hug the cows, give the pigs tummy rubs, cuddle the turkeys, feed the horses, hold the chickens, and learn their stories of resilience. During the rest of the week The Gentle Barn is available for private tours, VIP all day tours, school field trips, birthday parties, groups of at risk, inner city, and special needs kids, and special events.

Vegan Since 1999


Ellie Laks founded The Gentle Barn in 1999; it was a dream of hers since she was seven years old. 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 together. 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 The Gentle Barn to a six-acre paradise in Santa Clarita, CA.

We love animals so much that we’ve been vegan for 20 years. We work hard everyday to instill that same passion for nature and animals and the hearts of the people who visit.
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