About Us


My name is Tamala Lester and I started The Barnyard Sanctuary in 2010.  After giving up a successful career in the construction industry, I pursued my passion and began working with animals.  After years of learning, I decided to follow my dreams and start my own rescue to help animals that needed it most. Since farm animals are among the most abused beings on the planet, The Barnyard Sanctuary was born.

The animals and their stories teach us so much about life and have a pivotal role to play in inspiring a better future for us all.  We see a future where all animals are protected and respected, and humans live in harmony with each other and the natural world. While this vision may seem ambitious, it is not impossible. We can achieve this by working together and taking meaningful action toward a more compassionate and sustainable world. 

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We rescue farm animals who are abandoned or abused and provide them with care and shelter.


We educate people on the proper care of their farm animals and how to live a life of compassion.


We provide a voice for farm animals and fight for their right to live with respect and dignity.


“I, a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made.”

A.E. Housman, Last Poems

The Plight of Farm Animals

Farm animals are among the most abused beings on the planet due to demand for cheap meat, lack of legal protection as well as societal attitudes towards animals.  Helping them is important because they feel pain, suffering and emotional distress just like we do.  As conscious beings, they deserve to be treated with respect and compassion.

By supporting organizations that work to improve the lives of farm animals, you can help to reduce their suffering and promote more ethical treatment of animals. Below are some resources to help explain the issues further.

Learning about the ways in which animals are impacted by human activities can help us to recognize the ways in which we contribute to their suffering, and to take steps to mitigate these impacts.

Whether through education, personal experience, or exposure to the stories and experiences of animals, we can deepen our connection to the natural world and cultivate a greater sense of empathy and compassion towards all living beings.

Help Inspire Compassion for Farm Animals Today!