The Barnyard Sanctuary

is creating a synergistic rescue community for farm animals and humans
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We feel that anyone who donates to make a difference in the lives of farm animals and people, should share in all we have to offer, as the size of one's donation does not always reflect the true generosity of the person giving the gift. 

For those of you going on this journey with us, we would like to offer:

- an open invitation to visit us and the incredible 700 residents who call us home (simply send us an email to schedule a private date at [email protected])

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About The Barnyard Sanctuary

The Barnyard Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity located in Columbia, NJ. Our tax ID# is 27-1730954. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

It was just 8 years ago that I founded The Barnyard Sanctuary, with the simple goal of helping people who needed to rehome their pet farm animals. Initially, we were taking in farm animals whose owners experienced illness, financial difficulties, zoning issues and loss of their homes due to foreclosures or divorce. However, as the word got out, local animal control officers, the NJ SPCA and other authorities turned to us to help with their farm animal cases. It was then that we learned about the world of farm animal cruelty. Our eyes were opened… our hearts were broken… and we became advocates for the animals and living a plant based, cruelty free lifestyle.

Since opening our doors, we have saved the lives of over 3,000 farm animals! Today, approximately 700 farm animals call us home. It is amazing what we have been able to accomplish in just a short period of time. As I look back, what surprises me the most is how this experience has impacted me in so many ways that it’s hard to describe. Who knew that it would be more than animals whose lives would be changed? It is this journey that shapes our vision of the future.

Our current location is a rental property of 15 acres, and while it has allowed us to do great things, we have continued to actively search for a FOREVER FARM to call our own. We have found the perfect location just 4 miles from where we are now! It is a 153-acre farm, which not only will allow us to provide sanctuary for more farm animals that are in desperate need, but will also allow us to become a self sustaining, working organic farm.

What is so great about the new location, is it will allow us to significantly cut our current overhead expenses and run with greater efficiency. For example, hay is one of our largest expenses. With the new property, we will be able provide fields for animals to graze almost year around and store excess hay for the winter. While we make do with what we have now, we know we could do so much better. Our existing water supply and electrical service is totally insufficient for our current needs- this will be rectified once we are able to relocate. Our new forever farm already has a house and 2 apartments, which will provide residences for multiple onsite management personnel, making a safer, supervised haven for our residents. It even features 4 large ponds, a huge dairy barn, fencing, multiple outbuildings, storage shed and workshop. The possibilities are endless!

Once we settle in, we will also start a program to provide a safe living environment for displaced housewives and their children and pets, where they can learn new trades, offering training in retail sales at our farm stand/store, office management, animal care, gardening/farming and so much more, subsequently helping them to find a job so they start fresh. We will also help bees, butterflies and others on the endangered species list by creating a habitat for them, and will partner with local schools on plant-based food education programs for school children. We plan to build a vegan, organic hydroponic vertical greenhouse which will employ war veterans, and provide the public with free vegan cooking lessons. This property offers us the opportunity to do so much more! In addition to saving more farm animals, it will also help us to strengthen our community and help more people in need.

Our first step is for us is to purchase the property, make necessary building repairs and install fencing, in preparation for the move. Then, we will be able to bring our residents to their new home.

We are ready to take the leap but WE NEED YOU to help bring it all to life! We would love to have your financial and moral support in these endeavors. Deep down inside, we ALL want to make a difference in the world we live in. Not everyone gets a chance to be a part of doing something different and life changing. We hope you agree and will come on this journey with us, by following us on social media and becoming a monthly donor to support our work.

Thank you for reading this,

Tamala Lester, Founder
The Barnyard Sanctuary

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Once we reach $24,000, we will have the rest of our monthly budget covered! This will allow us to devote our time to taking care of our animals and acquiring the new farm!
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