Columbia, NJ – October 21, 2022 – Today, The Barnyard Sanctuary was named a finalist among Animal Welfare organizations in the Land Rover ‘Defender Service Awards’. The Columbia, NJ charitable organization was recognized for its work in rescue and rehabilitation of farm animals that are displaced, abused, or whose caregivers are experiencing hardships. As a finalist, The Barnyard Sanctuary will receive $5,000 from the presenting sponsor, CHASE.

Inspired by endless acts of service across the U.S. and Canada from extraordinary citizens, Land Rover launched the ‘Defender Service Awards’ last year to celebrate U.S. and Canadian-based charitable organizations that are making a positive impact in their local community. To honor the legacy of Defender vehicles aiding organizations who serve their communities, Land Rover will award a specially outfitted Land Rover Defender 130 SUV to the five winning organizations, one from each of the five categories, based on Public Vote, to help further their charitable efforts, plus $25,000 from the category sponsor.

Public voting opens October 21, 2022, through November 6, 2022 on The winners for all five categories will be announced on November 12, at Destination Defender, a weekend celebration of the Defender lifestyle located in the New York Hudson Valley. For more information about Destination Defender, please visit

“Our sincere gratitude goes out to the over 800 charitable organizations who submitted entries for this year’s Defender Service Awards.” said Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “The twenty-five finalists captured a special spirit of service which is part of the fabric of our brand. We look forward to sharing the finalists’ entries with the public and wish them luck.”

“We’re so thrilled for this honor and for the chance to give farm animals the recognition they deserve,” said Tamala Lester, Founder and President of The Barnyard Sanctuary.  “Farm animals suffer the most in our society which is why I decided to help them.  This award is a way of bringing more attention to the fact that farm animals are animals too and deserve our love and protection just like our pets.” 

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