Northwest Las Vegas farm helps rescue ailing animals
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A farm in northwest Las Vegas is unlike many others: Its animals were rescued from horrible situations.
There’s the lone survivor of a group of starving calves that had been abandoned by their owner. And the brown mare, abandoned in the desert with maggot-infested wounds and a cut on her face.
“Every animal here comes from an irresponsible situation,” Barn Buddies Rescue owner Sharon Linsenbardt said. “Otherwise, we wouldn’t have them.”
Linsenbardt, 70, has run the farm since the 1960s and established the Barn Buddies nonprofit five years ago, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported . She takes in abandoned, injured, sick or old farm animals and provides them a safe haven with medical treatment and rehabilitation.
“Horse populations, goat populations, rabbits, geese, donkeys, mules, llamas, cows — you’d be amazed at what is out here that needs our help,” she said.
She rescued a blind white goose from a park where boys had hit him with a stick. A black potbellied pig with wiry hair was rescued from a barbecue pit.
Taking care of the animals is not cheap. Food alone costs more than $7,000 a month.
So, in addition to a suggested $6 donation for admission, visitors can also choose to sponsor an animal. A couple recently began helping pay the costs of taking care of the black potbellied pig, whose nail and tusk trims, along with trims for the other eight pigs, total $1,600 a year.
The farm also sells honey, jams, breads and soups made on-site.
Niki Quiles has been volunteering at the farm for the past six months. She said the facility gives her a respite from a busy work life.
“These animals need so much love, attention and help. It makes all my other problems seem insignificant,” she said.
Linsenbardt said the farm is also a good place for field trips because it teaches children to respect animals.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com