Continuing in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of rescued animals across the U.S. in need of love and care. According to ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. In celebration of National Pet Lovers Day (February 20), share the love by sponsoring a rescued animal at The Gentle Barn (www.GentleBarn.org)—a celebrated, California-based, non-profit animal sanctuary, providing love and compassion to abandoned, abused, and neglected animals since 1999.
With therapy, proper health care, and affection, the rescued animals at The Gentle Barn are taught to both accept and give love despite their often pained and neglect-filled past. “Millions of animals are too often unnecessarily put-down or abandoned,” says The Gentle Barn founder Ellie
Laks. “We specialize in rescuing animals that no one else will take and the real work is nursing them back to health and happiness and connecting them to inner-city at risk and special needs children. To do this, we need support from everyday people to show and extend love and care to the animals at The Gentle Barn.”
Supporting The Gentle Barn is easy for many and can be life-changing. Starting with just $5, one can sponsor and help bring back the health and happiness of an animal at the The Gentle Barn’s Santa Clarita facility. Monthly donations range between $5 to $50 to sponsor, but the time spent with the animal is always the rewarding and most touching experience among sponsors and supporters, explains Ms. Laks.
Aside from sponsoring an animal for National Pet Lovers Day, additional activities to stay connected to and show further support of The Gentle Barn include:
- Visit The Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita, Calif. on its Open To The Public Sundays between 10:00am and 2:00pm.
- Purchase an annual membership starting as low as $25 per year.
- Follow (and clicking the “Like” button) The Gentle Barn on Facebook to see daily updates, information, and activities.
- Subscribe to The Gentle Barn’s e-newsletter for weekly update of activities.
- Become a volunteer at The Gentle Barn.
The Gentle Barn is located at 15825 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita, California 91390. Additional information can be found at:www.gentlebarn.org.
About The Gentle Barn
The Gentle Barn (www.gentlebarn.org) is a nonprofit organization located just north of Los Angeles in Santa Clarita, California that was founded by Ellie Laks in 1999 as a safe haven and place of recovery for abused farm animals. The Gentle Barn’s unique philosophy rehabilitates animals and connects their stories of survival and healing, to the personal experiences of at-risk and special needs children who have suffered physical, mental or emotional trauma. By interacting with The Gentle Barn’s one hundred and seventy animals and taking a hands-on role in their welfare, those who participate in the programs at The Gentle Barn learn empathy, trust, forgiveness and leadership. The mission statement at The Gentle Barn is simple: “Teaching people kindness and compassion to animals, each other and our planet.” The Gentle Barn is run by founder Ellie Laks and her husband/co-founder Jay Weiner, both of whom were healed and supported by animals as children. The Gentle Barn is open to the public on Sundays from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Celebrity supporters of the organization include Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi, Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Hilary Swank, Rose McGowan, Tiffani Thiessen, Sierra McCormick and Laura Vandervoort to name a few.
Find The Gentle Barn on Facebook and follow on twitter (@GentleBarn) today for updates.