The Gentle Barn (http://gentlebarn.org) is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1999 by Ellie Laks and is now run by Ellie and Jay Weiner. Their mission is to rescue animals from severe abuse and they incorporate different methods of physical and psychological therapy to heal both the bodies and souls of the horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, llamas, dogs and cats that come into their lives.
“We believe that everyone deserves a chance at life, regardless if they are blind, crippled, deformed, sick, wounded or just old. At The Gentle Barn, the animals leave when they are done, not when someone is done with them,” so says their mission statement.
In addition to their rehabilition efforts, Ellie and Jay reach out to inner city children, as well as those group homes, mental health facilities, foster homes and schools in a further attempt to teach compassion and empathy for all living things.
What a wonderful mission and wonderful couple! Please visit their web site (http://gentlebarn.org) to learn more about their work. The world needs more people like these.
All photos from The Gentle Barn