Have you ever wanted a farm animal of your very own
but don't have the room or the funds? Now you can work with horses, cows, pigs,
sheep, goats, llamas, turkeys, chickens and a donkey, and enjoy loving
them at our place. They all need your attention and they give lots of
unconditional love back to you.
Some of the volunteer opportunities at The Gentle Barn include:
· Horse Groomer/Walker: Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Brush and
walk horses. No experience
necessary, we will train you. Note: There is a 4-week training process for Horse Groomers/Walkers and we are looking for people to commit at least one day a week.
· Cow Hugger: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Note: There is a 4-week training process for Cow Huggers and we are looking for people to commit at least one day a week.
· Sunday Docent: Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Interact with the animals and visitors.
· Barnyard Buddy: Shifts available Monday – Friday. Spend time with the pigs,
goats, sheep, llamas, chickens, turkeys, and peacock. Note: There is a 4-week training process for Barnyard Buddies and we are looking for people to commit at least one day a week.
We can't wait to have you as part of our Gentle
If you are interested in volunteering, please read the
Volunteer Requirements and Applications section below. Volunteers must be
14 years or older. People under 18 must have a parent's signature on our
Volunteer Requirements and Applications
The way to get started is to
first read through the Volunteer Requirements document and get to know what kind of commitment we will need
from you. If you are comfortable with the commitment, then fill out the Adult Volunteer Application and return it to us any Sunday between 10-2.
Once we receive the volunteer
paper work we will review it to see if there seems to be a good fit. If
all looks good on paper, then we will give you a call to get to know you
better. If after we chat, it still looks like the fit is good, then the
volunteer coordinator will call you to set up your orientation.
A parent must accompany all
volunteers between the ages of 14-17 during their initial visit – no volunteers
under 14, please. There’s always work to do to help the animals and
keep them happy. Please click here to download the Children's Volunteer Application.
We look forward to meeting you!
Help us spread the word about our programs by sharing our website and information with others! Please refer as many people to The Gentle Barn as you can. You never know what relationship your friend might have that could end up supporting us. It might be volunteering or it could be a donation. Whatever it is, we are grateful!
Come be a part of our Gentle Family!
Become a member of The Gentle Barn and support our amazing animals and our program. As a member, you will receive our weekly email newsletter and receive a discount on all our events.
All membership fees go directly to rescuing, feeding, and caring for our wonderful animals. Membership fees are non-refundable.
Please click on a level to register as a member below.
Thank you so much for your support!
Membership Plans Available:
• Individual yearly membership - $25
• Individual lifetime membership - $250
• Family yearly membership - $100
• Family lifetime membership - $1,000
Have you ever wanted a pig or a
special cow friend but you just didn’t have the space or perhaps you just
didn’t want to scoop the poop?
Sponsoring a Gentle Barn animal is your solution! By sponsoring a Gentle Barn animal, not
only do you create a special relationship with an animal friend, but you also help
The Gentle Barn continue to do our work with abused animals and at-risk
kids. We will send you regular
updates on your animal friend so your relationship will grow over time.
Please visit our Virtual Barn to see the full list of the animals available for sponsorship.
FAQs for Gentle Barn Animal Sponsorships
May I visit my sponsored animal
The Gentle Barn is open to all
visitors from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm every Sunday. Please come and visit
your special friend, and all the other wonderful animals at The Gentle Barn
Does my animal friend have more
than one sponsor?
Because the animals at The Gentle Barn
have been rescued from cruelty, abuse and neglect, many of them have special
care needs, including costly veterinary expenses. Since it is often too costly
for one person to fund the care of a special-needs animal, we must provide for
many of these needy individuals with the help of multiple generous sponsors
Your animal sponsorship creates a
special bond between you and your chosen animal. As a sponsor, your
contribution not only provides for your adopted friend, but it also goes into a
general fund that supports all The Gentle Barn's rescued animals and the work
of The Gentle Barn. The more sponsors we have, the more animals we can rescue,
rehabilitate and have available to help heal kids. Thank you! Your
generous support makes this work possible.
How are sponsorship donations
Sponsorship donations are based on the average monthly basic
care costs for each type of animal. For example, it costs more to provide
for basic care for a horse than it does for a chicken and we try to set the
donation amount accordingly.
Will I receive updates on my
There are several ways we help you keep in touch with your
special animal. Not only do we send weekly e-mail newsletters to keep you
up to date on all our news, but several times per year we will send you a
special update on your chosen animal with all the latest news and a fun photo
of your friend. If you “like” us on Facebook, you will see daily reports
of all the amusing and important news as it happens here at The Gentle Barn.
Can I give a sponsorship as a gift to another person?
Yes! Sponsorship of an animal makes a wonderful gift for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries etc. We will be more than happy to create the appropriate acknowledgement for the gift recipient to let them know who the thoughtful person was that gave such a compassionate gift. To give a gift sponsorship please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put it all together for you!
How do I get started?
Thank you for your interest in sponsoring a Gentle Barn
animal! If you visit our virtual barn you can choose which
animal you would like to sponsor. Each animal has
a sponsorship amount, which is indicated under their bio, by their
photo. If you click on Subscribe under the chosen animal's
bio, you can set up a monthly sponsorship. When we receive a sponsorship donation, we will send you
a packet with the sponsored animals photo, bio and a certificate
Sponsor a Group of Children
For a $400 donation, you can
sponsor a group of children to come to The Gentle Barn to learn kindness and
compassion. A donation of $4,000 enables a group of children to participate in
our ten-month Peace Enhancement program. These children then become protectors
instead of abusers for the rest of their lives. Please help a group of children
who otherwise could not afford to come. Thank you so much
for your love and support.
Click here to make a donation.
"Children trained to extend
justice, kindness and mercy to animals, become more kind, just and considerate
in their relations to each other. Character training along these lines will
result in men and women of broader sympathies; more humane, more law abiding,
in every aspect, more valuable citizens." -National PTA Congress