The Gentle Barn

Posted on March 18, 2012. Filed under: Advocate | Tags: , , , , , , , |


The Gentle Barn Foundation, 15825 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita, CA 91390
Direct: 661.252.2440 Fax: 661.251.2440

About Us

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

The Gentle Barn was founded by Ellie Laks in 1999 and now run by Ellie and her husband Jay Weiner who joined forces in 2002.  The Gentle Barn is currently home to 130 animals who are rescued from severe abuse, neglect or slaughter.  Once the animals are rehabilitated they stay at the barn for the rest of their lives and serve as ambassadors helping to heal abused children. The Gentle Barn is host to kids in foster care, on probation, in gangs, on drugs and from the inner city, as well as school groups and special needs kids and adults.  Through the interactions with the animals and their stories, kids learn kindness, compassion, confidence and reverence for all life.

The Gentle Barn has been a dream of Ellie Laks’ since she was 7 years old.  She would bring homeless or injured animals home and her parents would get rid of them while she was in school.  When she came home to find them gone, Ellie would say that when she grows up she would have a huge place full of animals and she would show the world how beautiful they are.

Ellie and Jay had similar childhoods where they both felt alone, unseen and misunderstood.  For both of them it was from animals that they received their attention, friendship, and unconditional love.  Having been saved by animals it was their dream to have a place that allows children to be supported and healed by animals like they had been.  Ellie and Jay see their 130 rescued farm animals as teachers, healers, friends and heroes. Every animal at The Gentle Barn has been rescued from horrible abuse, neglect, and loneliness, and yet they have all survived using forgiveness, trust, love, and courage.  These are the qualities that Ellie and Jay strive for on a daily basis, and that they teach the children that visit The Gentle Barn.  Ellie and Jay live on the property with their three children.

Meet our animals and read their touching stories. You can even sponsor your own


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