The Gentle Barn is an animal rescue shelter located in Santa Clarita, CA. Started by founder Ellie Laks in 1999 to provide rehabilitation and healing for abused animals, the facility has had an equally profound effect on people, who come to the site in droves. Whether as a volunteer, or coordinated through a group visit, people get to help feed, groom and spend time with animals who have greatly suffered in the past. Through that caring process, creatures of all walks of life learn to heal and not just live, but thrive.
Fortunately, the barn’s good deeds have not gone unnoticed. Ellie and The Gentle Barn been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and People Magazine as well as on Huffington Post, NBC and ABC news, and CBS This Morning, to name a few. Among their ardent fans are several high-profile celebrities, but they’ve been especially blessed to have the resounding endorsement of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. In addition to featuring the Gentle Barn on her show, Ellen has sponsored two Gentle Barn cows named Madonna and Holy and does regular updates on her show.
Ellie’s book, eponymously titled Gentle Barn, is due to come out with Random House in 2014.