Overrun with Pot Belly Pigs!

On a Thursday edition of the RNJ Morning Program, Tamala Lester, the founding director of the Barnyard Sanctuary in Columbia, stopped by RNJ to share some news with Morning Mike. The biggest news was that of a “pot belly pig epidemic.” Tamala said that Barnyard Sanctuary has been receiving five to ten calls a day from people looking to surrender their pet pigs. It seems that far too many people are duped into believing these pigs will make great household pets; but, when full grown, they can reach 150 pounds or more. They require much more care than people are led to believe.

Right now Barnyard Sanctuary is busy with spring cleanup and they welcome volunteers. If you can help, even for one afternoon, text Tamala at 973-670-4477.

And, if your car needs an oil change, you can help Barnyard Sanctuary. Quality Auto, in Blairstown, will donate $5 for every oil change done during the month of May.

Check out all that’s going on, and how you can get involved. If you are interested in adopting an animal, contact Tamala as well. Visit, or check them out on Facebook and Instagram.