Madison County’s Shalom Y’all Creates Sanctuary, Place for Rehabilitation for Area Pigs

Dogs and cats usually come to mind when thinking of rescue shelters, but at Shalom Y’all, a non-profit animal sanctuary, the focus is on a different animal. 

In Colbert, Georgia, 64 pigs have found a safe place to live and mingle without fear of harm.

Shalom Y’all, a pig sanctuary in Madison County, serves as a venue for pig rescues, rehabilitation and adoptions. (Photo/Ben Pattavina)

Kat Lombardi and her husband opened the sanctuary in 2020 for the purpose of rehabilitating displaced, neglected and abused pigs.

“And even with the number of pigs that we have here, everyone gets seen and loved on every day,” Lombardi said. 

Shalom Y’all, a pig sanctuary in Madison County, serves as a venue for pig rescues, rehabilitation and adoptions. (Photo/Ben Pattavina)

While some see pigs as food on a plate, Shalom Y’all hopes to quell those notions.

“What many people may not realize is that pigs, like Mr. Big back (there), are actually some of the smartest animals on this planet,” Lombardi said.

Shalom Y’all, a pig sanctuary in Madison County, serves as a venue for pig rescues, rehabilitation and adoptions. (Photo/Ben Pattavina)

According to the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, pigs can have abstract thoughts, dream and even follow commands. Lombardi said they are also highly sociable animals that can capture peoples’ hearts.

“Pigs will teach you about compassion, and I think that’s something that everybody could open themselves up to,” she said.

Shalom Y’all, a pig sanctuary in Madison County, serves as a venue for pig rescues, rehabilitation and adoptions. (Photo/Ben Pattavina)

As the sanctuary continues to grow, so has Lombardi’s ambition. She is working on developing an on-site medical building to help keep the pigs happy and healthy.

Ben Pattavina is a senior majoring in journalism at the University of Georgia.

 

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