Welcome to Land O’ Lakes Rescue Petting Farm
Founded by Donna & Barry Smith in July of 2009, we are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned, abused, neglected, and otherwise unwanted animals. We provide a home where the animals regain their health and find joy in life. The setting here at the farm is very therapeutic for not only the animals , but a place of healing for the adults and children who visit. Something magical happens when a child or adult meets these animals. Come and see for yourself.
A small group of dedicated volunteers help out with chores, special events, fundraising, communications and social media.
Land O” lakes Rescue Petting Farm is operated on donations. Any donations we receive goes right back to the rescue and care of the animals at Land O” lakes Rescue Petting Farm. Running the farm is a labor of love for us, and we are here working with the animals 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It is hard work, but it is rewarding work. Knowing that we are making a difference in the life of animals and the visitors to our rescue petting farm makes our job worth it.
– Donna & Barry Smith
Every Animal Has a Story
Working with the animals is one of the most rewarding parts of operating a rescue farm. It is the animals that keep us going during the tough times. They all have their own personalities, and each has their own unique story. For example, just looking at Harney, one of our horses, brings a smile to our face. Harney was once attacked by a wildcat in North Dakota.
Every time you touched his back he would flip up backwards. Deemed unfit or useful, on his way to be turned into meat, Harney came to live at the farm. With the love and caring and training received at Land O’ Lakes Rescue Farm he is now a gentle horse.
Sandy and her mate Charlie were left on a field to die before being rescued. Charlie’s harness was on so tight that it caused an infection. Some of his teeth had to also be removed. These lamas were very timid and it was hard to get close to them. Interaction with visitors to the farm has helped them overcome their natural fears of people.