Season 02 – Episode 03 – The Gentle Barn’s Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner



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We have a special dual guest episode as we’re joined for season 2, episode 3 of the “5 Things That Changed Your Life” podcast with wife/husband duo, Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner. Ellie is the founder and Jay the co-founder of the national nonprofit organization, The Gentle Barn.

Ellie and Jay discuss:

  1. Mr. Olaf and a supermarket’s rotisserie
  2. Rescuing Scout (Jay’s first GB rescue)
  3. Finding a goat; The start of Ellie’s dream
  4. How we think we’re saving the animals when they’re actually saving us
  5. Animal communication and Ellie learning to embrace her gifts
  6. Disgruntled volunteers, betrayal, and the biggest lessons learned
  7. Going national and realizing that a Gentle Barn in every state is possible
  8. Having children and running a rescue… Not the easiest thing to do

The Gentle Barn (www.gentlebarn.org) is a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1999 as a safe haven and place of recovery for severely abused animals. The Gentle Barn offers their unique philosophy of rehabilitating animals and connecting their stories of survival and healing to the personal experiences of inner city, at-risk and special needs children who have suffered physical, mental or emotional trauma. By interacting with The Gentle Barn’s approximate one hundred and eighty animals and taking a hands-on role in their welfare, those who participate in the programs at The Gentle Barn learn empathy, trust and forgiveness. The Gentle Barn’s mission is simple: “Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and Our Planet.”

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5 Things That Changed Your Life is a 12-episode multi-season podcast where guests share 5 stories, events, or experiences that had an impact on their lives. Hosted by Loren Kling.

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