The Gentle Barn Opens Soon

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Rescued animals are given a new purpose in life with the help of The Gentle Barn, which opens later this month.

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 relocates from Knoxville to the ‘Boro this month.

“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.

Grand opening date is set for Sunday, Aug. 26.

More details about the programs can be found online at as it gets closer to opening date.

Photo above is Dudley, courtesy of The Gentle Barn.

Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of three.

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