Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres Team Up to Help Animals

Teen superstar Justin Bieber recently visited Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show and brought with him a gift — a lock of his hair. Ellen had joked on Twitter that she wanted a lock of Justin’s hair for her birthday, and Justin delivered. Ellen immediately set up an eBay auction with the item to benefit one of her favorite animal charities, The Gentle Barn. The auction ended yesterday, with a winning bid of over $40,000.

The Gentle Barn, located north of Los Angeles in Santa Clarita, takes care of over 100 abused and neglected farm animals. The founders believe that children can learn a great deal about compassion and kindness from these gentle creatures. Recently, The Gentle Barn posted a story on their blog about visiting foster children who heard the life story about a horse who had been abandoned repeatedly: “The kids talked about what Prince Charmingís story teaches, and they all agreed that his story teaches that it is OK to trust again, even if we have been hurt before.† I wondered how many foster homes these kids have been in and wondered how many people have given up on them.”

DeGeneres has featured The Gentle Barn on her show and blog many times, generating donations and attention to a great cause. Last May, DeGeneres presented The Gentle Barn with a $50,000 donation from the digital media company Tonic. ” ‘Itís pretty remarkable. Ellen is just so amazing to be supporting us like she is. But on the flipside, the fact that thereís people out there who are willing to pay this kind of money for a piece of hair, I donít know what to say to that,’ said Gentle Barn founder Ellie Laks. (Source: hometownstation.com)

Justin Bieber is no stranger to trying to help animals. Recently he asked his fans to adopt pets from animal shelters instead of buying them from stores.

The Gentle Barn is open to the public on Sundays from 10 am to 2pm for a small donation of five dollars to help take care of the animals. They have an online store where people can purchase items like mugs or clothing to support them.

Image Credit: Kevin Aranibar

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J.L. A.
j A5 years ago

what great yet unplanned way to help charities!

Faith B.
Faith Billingham6 years ago

great article, thanks for sharing :)

jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago

any help is welcome

leanne mcivor
leanne Torio6 years ago

The only celebrities that I have any respect for or would support in any way are the ones that give back to society - that do something for the betterment of others and animals - not just see how much money they can acquire and how many fur coats they can buy to add more to their over consumerism - those are the ones that disgust me!

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson6 years ago

thanks for this post.

Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan6 years ago

We feel proud of you Justin for remembering the poor animals in shelter homes.

Isabel Robson
Isabel Robson6 years ago

Justin is setting a good example, older Celebrities should learn from him!

Julianna D.
Juliana D6 years ago

Hey cool, not a fan of his music- but now I have to have more respect for him!

Carol Reins
Carol Reins6 years ago

Judith, you are so right about Ellen being the spokesperson for Olay..made by Proctor&Gamble that said it would cut down on the Draize method of testing everything on rabbits that are enclosed with heads exposed and eyelids forced open and whatever toxic chemicals they are testing is place in the rabbits eyes...sometimes they break their necks from the pain and removing parts of skin to expose the opening to chemicals, all with no pain meds...I wonder if Queen Latifah knows about the testing...you'd think Ellen would at least have researched a company she is spokesperson for...I mean, she researched the ingredients for her dog food didn't she?

Mirna Judith O.
Mirna Judith O6 years ago

That's grrrrreat!!!!
Thank God we still have people like this in the world!