When Ellie Laks was seven she started collecting lost and injured animals, much to the irritation of her parents.
They told her that when she was a grown up she could have as many animals as she wanted – but under their roof, the injured birds, frogs and rabbits had to go.
She had a tantrum, and told her parents "You'll see, when I grow up I'll have a huge place full of animals and I'll show the world how beautiful they are".
And that is exactly what she did.
The Gentle Barn takes in and rehabilitates abused and abandoned animals, then brings in troubled kids and teens to share their healing.
Hear Ellie Laks talk about her animal sanctuary on Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan.