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Come Hug a Cow and Cuddle a Turkey

Rated 4.88 out of 5 from 16 reviews.Santa Clarita, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Ellie Laks & Jay Weiner

4 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

You will get to hug and brush the cows, feed the carrots to the horses, give the pig's tummy rubs, cuddle with a turkey, hold a chicken, spend time with the emu and llama and hear the animals stories of resilience and so much more. Enjoy a beautiful day during The Gentle Barn's open to the public hours Sunday's between 10am-2pm.

There is a gift shop with Gentle Barn merchandise like logo'd t-shirts, mugs, hats, plush animals etc. There is a snack shop that offers delicious plant based snacks and drinks and food for lunch, like Beyond Meat burgers and sausages. There is a wonderful presentation by Ellie (our Founder) about how she started The Gentle Barn in the amphitheater, but most important is lots of time with the animals.

The Gentle Barn is an experience that you won't soon forget!
You will get to hug and brush the cows, feed the carrots to the horses, give the pig's tummy rubs, cuddle with a turkey, hold a chicken, spend time with the emu and llama and hear the animals stories of resilience and so much more. Enjoy a beautiful day during The Gentle Barn's open to the public hours Sunday's between 10am-2pm.

There is a gift shop with Gentle Barn merchandise like logo'd t-shirts, mugs, hats, plush animals etc. Ther…

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Meet your host, Ellie Laks & Jay Weiner

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 16 Reviews
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Ellie and Jay are the Founders of The Gentle Barn founded in 1999, a national organization that is home to hundreds of animals and has hosted over 500,000 visitors. Ellie and Jay both struggled as children and were strengthened and inspired by the love of animals. With their first hand knowledge of the healing power of animals, Ellie and Jay wanted to dedicate the rest of their lives by paying it forward, saving animals and healing people. They love animals so much that they've been vegan for 20yrs and work hard everyday to instill that same passion for nature and animals and the hearts of the people that visit. Ellie and Jay would love to invite you to come experience the healing energy and wonderful animals of The Gentle Barn.
Ellie and Jay are the Founders of The Gentle Barn founded in 1999, a national organization that is home to hundreds of animals and has hosted over 500,000 visitors. Ellie and Jay both struggled as children and were strengthened and inspired by the love of animals. With their first hand knowledge of the healing power of animals, Ellie and Jay wanted to dedicate the rest of their lives by paying it forward, saving animals and healing people. They love animals so much that they've been vegan for 20…
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About the organisation: The Gentle Barn



The Gentle Barn rescues animals from severe abuse and neglect who are too old, sick and/or scared to be adopted into homes. Gentle Barn's mission is "Teaching People kindness and compassion to animals, each other and our planet". It is open to the public on Sundays for guests to hug the cows, give pigs tummy rubs, cuddle turkeys, feed carrots to the horses, hold a chickens and learn their stories.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to The Gentle Barn.
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Where you'll be

The Gentle Barn is located on a beautiful five acre property near Los Angeles, in Santa Clarita, CA. It is an outdoor ranch style location, so dress accordingly, with pants, closed toe shoes and a hat if you choose. There is a covered picnic area with lots of tables and shade for you to eat lunch and take a rest. There are several animal areas to visit and lots of staff and volunteers to help you enjoy your time and learn all about the animals.

Rated 4.88 out of 5 from 16 reviews.

Ivonne
March 2020
My son enjoyed the cows (he is obsessed with them). I loved that there was a volunteer per animal, we got to know about them and the "doesn't like that" part also; so my son could have a safe but super fun visit to the farm.
Josh
February 2020
Great experience. It’s crowded though: think a petting zoo theme park. Volunteers are very knowledgeable and love to share their passion with everyone. The owners are passionate about their operation. Took 30+ minutes to enter since there were hundreds of people but not too crowded once you’re in the park. Well worth the price!
Great experience. It’s crowded though: think a petting zoo theme park. Volunteers are very knowledgeable and love to share their passion with everyone. The owners are passionate ab…
Keri
January 2020
Our family had an absolutely wonderful experience. We had 4 kids (ages 3-9) and 3 adults. And we all left with our hearts full. We really did get to give turkeys hugs, cuddle with goats and cows, laugh at the silly pigs and give them scratches, learn about the animals’ stories, and of course, get lots of cow love. One of our kids is a wheelchair user and she had a very fulfilling experience. We helped her get onto the ground a few times which allowed for even more love to be shared between her and some of the animals. The volunteers were all knowledgeable and friendly. The Gentle Barn is truly wonderful.
Our family had an absolutely wonderful experience. We had 4 kids (ages 3-9) and 3 adults. And we all left with our hearts full. We really did get to give turkeys hugs, cuddle with…
Maria
December 2019
I loved the experience! We tend to not get to close to animals and fearing them, but their the best! and I think it´s very important for children to have this kind of experience.
Whitney
December 2019
Absolutely loved this experience! The only downside is Airbnb showed that only one other person had signed up so I thought there was going to be a very small group but there were probably about 60 people there. Other than that I loved it.
Cariel
November 2019
It was a pleasurable experience. I really love animals but don't have the space and time to care for them. It is nice to be able to go somewhere where you can meet, feed, and hug animals. The story behind many of these animals is past abuse and it is amazing to see them well taken cared of and loved by many people. And it's amazing as well to see many of them living passed the normal age range because of the level of care they receive at the Gentle Barn.
It was a pleasurable experience. I really love animals but don't have the space and time to care for them. It is nice to be able to go somewhere where you can meet, feed, and hug…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

More tips

Out of respect for the animals, we kindly ask that you do not bring any dairy, eggs, meat, poultry, or seafood onto the property. The Gentle Barn is an outdoor farm environment, therefore we strongly recommend all visiting guests wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, a hat, and plenty of sunscreen.