Ellie the cowWritten by Temple Kinyon

How does a cow named Ellie who is surviving in a Las Vegas dog pound end up living the ultimate farm life? Through Barn Buddies Rescue, of course.

Sharon and Glenn Linsenbardt started the non-profit in 2012, but their mission has been around since 1961 with the inception of their parent organization, The Las Vegas Farm. “We provide the best quality of life for abandoned farm animals,” said Farmer Sharon. “We don’t breed or butcher, so we’re really full. I’d love more adult volunteers to help us out. I’ll teach anything to anyone who wants to learn.”

All revenue from visitors and events goes to provide shelter, food, and veterinary care for the animals, which include cows like Ellie, goats, pigs, peacocks, bunnies, and a snuggly corn snake. You can visit them weekends from 9:00 AM until dusk at 7222 West Grand Teton Drive. Be sure to check out The Farm Fall Harvest Festival the last three weekends in October.

Interested in how you can help? Contact Farmer Sharon at 702.982.8000, or barnbuddiesrescue.org for more details.