The Gentle Barn Nashville

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Dudley’s Legacy

In 2015, The Gentle Barn was contacted by a friend of a cattle rancher, near Nashville, about a young cow, who had lost a foot and was in need of help. The Gentle Barn stepped in and orchestrated the very complicated recovery of this animal, who touched many lives. Through multiple operations, months of rehabilitation, and the successful fitting of a prosthesis, this young, courageous cow became known to the world as Dudley.
Dudley inspired the creation of The Gentle Barn Tennessee, which began on a leased 12 acres in Knoxville. When Dudley came home to The Gentle Barn, he mesmerized the world with his joyfulness and playfulness. When Dudley unfortunately passed away, we received thousands of letters from people around the world who were inspired by Dudley. Because of Dudley, many people learned to love animals more, to see their intelligence and make more gentle choices.
Dudley never got to move with his family to a forever home in Tennessee. The lease is up at our Knoxville property and we’re bursting at the seams. Now, after much searching, The Gentle Barn is ready to purchase a wonderful property outside Nashville. It is just under 40 acres, which will allow us to save more animals, reach a larger community, heal more children and open many more hearts.

There has never been a time when we needed your support more. We have much work to do to secure the new property—and not much time. We need to raise $600,000 by June 25th in order to make this purchase happen—and that’s just the beginning. Once we’re moved in, we must build some fences and update the barns to get them ready for our animals. When the dust settles, we will plant a tree in Dudley’s memory and finally lay his ashes to rest. Forever more, The Gentle Barn Nashville will be Dudley’s legacy and the miraculous work we will do there will honor his memory.


Please be a part of Dudley’s legacy and help us bring his family home.

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Thanks to an amazing angel donor, we are now just $40,000 away from hitting our goal!

This is the time to donate—every dollar counts!

There are also wonderful naming opportunities for sponsorships as low as $1,250. We are so excited to begin serving Middle Tennessee with our programs to heal more children and open more hearts. Please help us reach our goal!
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Will you be our angel and help us get to $250,000 today?
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Please help us reach $200,000 today!

Aren't you tired of all the violence?!

We create peace for animals AND people. There has never been a more important time to help us create more healing for all of us! Your continued sharing and donating enables us to connect people to the light inside them! Let's reach our goal today, we cannot do it without you!

Ellie & Jay
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We are steadily making our way to purchase our property in Nashville, to save way more animals, heal way more children, and open way more hearts.

Here are some exciting ways to participate, put your business or loved ones name on a barn, and know you helped save animals:

$100k put a name on our cow barn

$50k put a name on our cow or horse pasture barn

$20k put a name on our cow or horse paddock

$10k put a name on our cow, horse, or pig pasture

$2,500 put a name on one of our cow or horse stalls

$1,250 put a name on a bench overlooking the lake

With your contribution you will be creating a legacy for Dudley, for The Gentle Barn, and for whoever you name at our Nashville location.

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We cannot do this without you.

Deepest gratitude,

Ellie and Jay
The Gentle Barn
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