We’ve been looking for a charity to support. The Gentle Barn combines everything we love: children and animals.
2019 Valentine profits from the CURIOUStotheMAX Zazzle sales will be donated to:
Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.
“The Gentle Barn rescues animals from severe abuse and neglect who are too old, sick, lame, or scared to be adopted into homes. We are sanctuary to horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, llamas, peacocks, emus, cats and dogs.”
Once rehabilitated, the animals help us give hope and inspiration to children with the same stories:
At Risk Youth
“The instant connection with the animals that is made each and every time we bring our boys there is almost impossible to describe without using words like “extraordinary,” and “uplifting.” There is more to the connection than just curiosity on both the boy’s and animals’ parts. There is an understanding of what it means to have a second chance. Whether you happen to walk on 2 feet, 4 hooves, or merely just enjoy the sensation of watching as two completely different creatures, human and animal, learn something that books can’t teach.” – Pacific Lodge Boys’ Home
Special Needs Children
“I teach a class of eleven students, eight of which are autistic and three of which have general developmental delays.” – Special Education Teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District in a low-income neighborhood in Chinatown.”
“The Gentle Barn gave my students the opportunity to let go of what usually keeps them locked up inside. You gave them the opportunity to show kindness to another living being. You gave them the opportunity to pet, brush, feed, and take care of another living being. For most of them, this was the first time they could do any of these things.”
“The hours we spent at The Gentle Barn were some of the most “teachable moments” I’ve come across in my 17 years as an educator. The children learned about the animals, of course, but they also learned a great deal about themselves, and were challenged to think in a new and different light than before.” – Sierra Canyon Middle School
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The Gentle Barn is on a six-acre paradise in Santa Clarita, CA. “The property is complete with large horse and cow pastures, a red and white barnyard for the smaller animals, an organic vegetable garden, lots of shade trees, and a panoramic view of gorgeous mountains. The over one hundred and seventy rescued animals are safe and happy at The Gentle Barn, and there is plenty of room to welcome their visitors and the children they host.”
“The Gentle Barn has a second location in Nashville, Tennessee, and a third in St Louis, Missouri. It is their goal to open Gentle Barns in every state so that everyone in America can hug cows, cuddle turkeys, give pigs tummy rubs, and look into the eyes of these animals and know for certain that we are all the same, and deserving of the same rights, respects, and freedoms.