The Gentle Barn helps animals, children
The other day, I was scrolling through Facebook when I noticed my aunt shared a story of two senior dogs.
They were both on their way to therapy to keep mobile. When the dogs came to the Gentle Barn, as it was called, they couldn't walk and were incontinent.
Now, with some love and therapy, they act like big old puppies.
It was a lovely story. I clicked on the page and looked through the pictures and the movies and it was just lovely!
The Gentle Barn is in itself lovely, too. It is a place where animals of all kinds are rescued from abusive situations or being turned into food.
They have all sorts of creatures at this barn including chickens, turkeys, dogs, cats, goats, llamas, horses, cows and even peacocks.
I watched a video about a cow named Susie Q who was just so sweet.
They got Susie Q a big soccer ball, and in the video, she joyfully chases it down the pasture, bucking it with her head.
She was like a big puppy dog.
That video was striking to me because even as a vegetarian, I never think of cows as being playful.
We seem to have forgotten that these animals play and love and feel joy just like our dogs and cats do.
It was a short clip of a playful cow, but it was moving.
If that wasn't enough to make you love this place, get this: all the rescue animals are eventually trained to help children of need.
Isn't this place just ridiculously awesome?
This place helps animals and little kids?
Come on now. Just stop it. That's too cute for people to function properly.
The animal's stories are shared with children who came from rough backgrounds like poverty, abuse and neglect.
Also, children with mental and physical disabilities are helped with these wonderful animals.
The kids can play with these animals, feed them or just watch.
These animals that have had lives just as difficult as these children.
It's a beautiful place out in San Clarita, Calif., and the woman who started The Gentle Barn also wrote a book about her program.
I haven't read it, but I'm sure it's just as amazing as the Gentle Barn's Facebook page.
I am thankful that there is a place like this in the world; a place where not only animals can live free from cruelty, but where kids can find inspiration in their young lives as well.
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