Do you ever find yourself dumbstruck at the disconnect most of us humans have for the plight of farm animals?
We will gladly share our homes and shower our love and money on a select few finicky felines and precious pups… and yet the vast majority of animals on this planet are bred into existence purely for profit. To be imprisoned in factory farms until they reach the age (and weight) at which it is most profitable for them to be slaughtered for food.
Today’s conversation is about finding a safe forever home for some of the most abused animals on our planet.
My guest is, Tamala Lester, Founding Director of The Barnyard Sanctuary.
In the past 12 years as a 501c3 nonprofit, The Barnyard Sanctuary has rescued over 3500 farm animals in need and is currently home to over 300 cows, horses, donkeys, mules, sheep, goats, alpacas, pot bellies, farm hogs, water buffalo, emus, peacocks and other assorted birds.
The Barnyard Sanctuary rescues Farm Animals and acts as a catalyst for change, to inspire compassion for all beings.
Right now, the sanctuary is seeking support to help them continue to impact the lives of so many animals in need. Their existing farm lease is up and that makes this the perfect time to not only move to a new forever farm, but also to finally set all their wonderful expansion plans in motion.
In this conversation Tamala and I discuss how it all began, the urgent need to move and of course the exciting plans for the future. Plus some glorious insights into the individuals that call The Barnyard Sanctuary home!
In this conversation we cover:
- Tamala’s dream to start an animal rescue and how it all began back in 2010.
- The importance of sharing the vegan message compassionately with people who need help rehoming animals or who might be looking to start a sanctuary.
- What Tamala wish she knew prior to taking on such a huge responsibility.
- Life lessons from interacting with the animal residents who are thinking, feeling individuals in their own right.
- The urgent need to relocate The Barnyard Sanctuary and its residents to a new forever farm.
- Relocating to a new farm, is just the beginning! We discuss some of Tamala’s plans for the entire community, plus specific plans to help disabled veterans, school children, college students and displaced housewives. This part of our chat blew my mind – I am so inspired!
- How YOU can help make this AMAZING goal a reality.
The vision Tamala painted of the future forever farm and the huge impact it will have on the whole community was my favourite part of that wonderful conversation.
The pieces seem to fit together so well. I imagined seperate, struggling, neglected parts of a community coming together to form a thriving compassionate whole. A place of learning, loving and contributing.
Importantly this is a strategy to ensure the lives of hundreds of farm animals and the initiatives that also support hundreds of humans is no longer dependant on fundraising and instead has a stable base to flourish from.
To connect with Tamala and learn more about how you can support The Barnyard Sanctuary please head to barnyardsanctuary.org I will also have you linked up in the show notes below.
Connect with The Barnyard Sanctuary via the website, https://barnyardsanctuary.org
That’s it for this week in Healthification.
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