There's a new star in town. While "Ferdinand" opened in theaters nation-wide Friday, a rescued calf has been basking in the limelight at The Gentle Barn. The organization, in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox and Zevia, adopted the baby bull and named him in honor of the new animated film. As the movie delivers a message of courage and compassion, the real-life Ferdinand joins the family of animal ambassadors at The Gentle Barn in an effort to teach children to have kindness and compassion for all living beings.
The Gentle Barn, a six-acre sanctuary on Sierra Highway, has rescued over 170 animals that have been abused or neglected and that are too old, sick, lame, or scared to be adopted into homes. Once rehabilitated, the animals - including horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, llamas, peacocks, emus, cats and dogs - can offer hope, inspiration and healing to children with similar stories.
You can visit Ferdinand and welcome the young star at The Gentle Barn, and even contribute to his care by being a sponsor. You also can dedicate a personalized cork to be added to his tree, where he sits and smells the flowers just as the fictional Ferdinand did. Visit www.gentlebarn.org for hours, tickets, opportunities to support their work and more information.
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