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Gentle Barn


"Teaching people kindness and compassion to animals, each other and our planet."



The Gentle Barn Foundation is a non-profit organization that teaches people kindness and compassion to animals, each other and the planet.  We do this by bringing people together with our 60 rescued farm animals.  Through interaction with the animals, The Gentle Barn teaches people tolerance, courage, strength, trust, leadership skills and empathy.  Our violence prevention program is host to boy’s homes, foster homes, inner-city youth, special needs facilities, scout troops, local schools, and is now open to you.


Click player below to hear an interview with Ellie from the Gentle Barn!

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The Gentle Barn is located on a six-acre ranch in Santa Clarita, and is home to horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, dogs, cats and a donkey. All of the animals have been rescued from abuse and have amazing stories.

The Gentle Barn decided to open its doors to you and your family to experience the wonders of interacting with the animals for yourself.  Going to The Gentle Barn opens up a whole new world of healing, fun and learning.  It is a world of open spaces, beauty and color.  It is a world of nature and of connections with all living beings.

“We have been running our "peace enhancement program" here in Santa Clarita for four years now and felt like it was time to open our doors to our community, so we could share these amazing animals and their stories with you.” Said Ellie Laks, Founder and Educational Outreach Director of The Gentle Barn Foundation.  “We don’t just see them as animals, underneath the fur and feathers are teachers, healers and heroes. Come be a part of our gentle family.”

So come and enjoy a Sunday afternoon at The Gentle Barn and groom the horses, brush the cows, hold the chickens, give the pigs tummy rubs, hug the goats and sheep, sit under the shade trees, have popcorn, and make new friends.  We ask a $5.00 donation per person or more to help feed and care for the animals and support our violence prevention program.

Every Sunday from 10:00am till 2:00pm (call when weather is questionable). Call 661-252-2440 for more information.