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May 28, 2024

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The Gentle Barn Opens Soon

Rescued animals are given a new purpose in life with the help of The Gentle Barn.

Dozens of rescued animals call The Gentle Barn home. Visit with horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, llamas, emus, dogs, cats and donkeys. The Gentle Barn relocated from Knoxville to the ‘Boro.

“The Gentle Barn is home to animals rescued from abuse and neglect,” says Ellie Laks, founder of The Gentle Barn. “Once rehabilitated and given sanctuary with us for the rest of their lives, we partner with the animals to host groups of at-risk and special needs children, school groups and private tours.”

It’s open to the public on Sundays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. so people can hug cows, feed horses, give pigs tummy rubs, cuddle with turkeys and hear the animals’ stories of resilience. Public admission is $20 adults, $10 children.

More details about the programs can be found online at

Photo above is Dudley, courtesy of The Gentle Barn.

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