The day before Ellen's birthday, a new addition to the Gentle Barn family arrived -- Harmony! All the animals at the Gentle Barn are spayed and neutered, but Harmony's mom was rescued when she was pregnant! What a face! Find out more about the amazing work the Gentle Barn does, right here.

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Patsy Hayes
524 days ago

I just love how you rescue animals. That is a very big point,do not just save them take care that time to fix them so people will not do horrible things like throw a bag of kittens off bridge. He was caught.Say hey to your Mama. Patsy

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Patsy Hayes
524 days ago

#c882204

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Alexandra
527 days ago

In April 2012 a popular animal sanctuary in Santa Clarita, California took in many severely abused animals from local authorities following an investigation of a now convicted backyard butcher. As quoted by the sanctuary's founder at the time of rescue, the animals were "emaciated, malnourished, scared to death, they have infections, open sores, are infested with parasites, their eyes are infected causing blindness, their noses are runny and they have hacking coughs. They have high fevers..."

Over the past few weeks this sanctuary has been announcing births from some of the sheep rescued in last year's operation. This may bring joy to your hearts, as a lamb born into the safety of sanctuary is always wonderful news, but if you take a moment to research the gestation period of sheep, that joy may not be long-lasting. The gestation period for sheep is 145 days.

These sheep were rescued in April 2012 and started giving birth in January of 2013, which means they were impregnated six months after being brought to sanctuary.

Either this sanctuary is grossly unskilled at detecting the differences between male and female genitalia and, as a result of this ignorance, were not able to separate them at the time of rescue, or they simply allowed these sick and terrified animals to breed.

Evidence of neglect in basic understanding of reproduction and healthcare, or blatant breeding of rescued sheep should bring us all pause.

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UPDATE 2/18/13: The sanctuary in question has responded to inquiries about the birth of the lambs with the following (names redacted):

"(......) policy is to never breed, if we have room for more animals we want to rescue them, not make them. When we rescued the animals from the backyard butcher, (......) was a tiny baby and when he was a couple of months old it was time to neuter him but he was very sick and the vet said we needed to wait to he could get stronger. we were going to separate him from the others but the vet assured us that he was too young to do anything. We neutered him when he was only 4 months old, but apparently he did do something. The babies that he has created will live in peace at (......) with their moms for the rest of their lives and the one male that was born will absolutely be neutered at 8 weeks!"

If this baby was "tiny" at rescue in April and was neutered at four months of age, the surgery would have been in July. The sheep who have been giving birth over the last few weeks would have been impregnated in September - two months after they claim the lamb was neutered. Furthermore, a ram (intact male sheep) does not reach puberty until he is five to seven months old.

It is vital to question and verify everything, especially when the innocent are at risk of neglect or exploitation.

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Michele
546 days ago

Hi Ellen,
U r the nicest person on this planet only coz u care so much and it shows just how much by all the things u do for your people, God Bless you. The reason I am writing, it's be coz I really want ask a favour of u. I have the most lovable mum who by the way is also in awe of all the wonderful things you do and yes how selflessly u do it is what makes her cry and so emotional, however those r purely happy tears. We r Indians living in Qatar for better prospects and I would really be so grateful to u if sometime on your show you cud wish her and my dad a happy anniversary for the 1st of feb, it will be 43yrs and counting. I really don't want his to look like a sad story coz it isn't, her liver is in the 4th stage and so r her kidneys but she is living life like she is the fittest person in the family and that's why I would really like to do something especial for her as she loves you to bits so just to see a smile on her face would mean the world to us all at home. I truely hope you cud do this for me. I will send you a snap too if it would help and also to see for yourself the glow on her face which we pray stays forever. Lastly I want to thank you again for your kindness and humor that u bring to millions,.
From the one who loves you and wishes u and your crew all the best always.
I thank your family too for without their support we never would have been able to witness your sweet smile and loveliness today.
Cheers!
Michele
On Facebook I go as Michele Rodricks my maiden name as I am divorced but then that's another looooooong story.
Love you

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