All Friends Animal Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 nonprofit animal sanctuary for abused, homeless, and neglected farmed animals in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was founded in May 2019 by Tara Pike-Nordstrom. The sanctuary, which is just about one mile from the Las Vegas strip, has over two acres and 50 rescued animals, including chickens (both hens and roosters), cows, ducks, goats, pigs, turkeys, turtles, and a tortoise. While the sanctuary is a closed sanctuary, they do take appointments for tours. The sanctuary runs purely off of volunteers and donations from the public.
The All Friends Animal Sanctuary’s overall mission is to rescue and provide lifelong homes to animals in danger of being slaughtered, neglected, and/or mistreated. The sanctuary seeks to provide love and respect for “all friends”: All animals who need sanctuary to live out their lives in peace and freedom from exploitation. The sanctuary makes it a goal to show that even in an entertainment and tourist driven city like Las Vegas, there is compassion and hope for those who need it.
All Friends Animal Sanctuary was started in May of 2019 when the founder, Tara Pike-Nordstrom, learned about a momma cow and baby cow (Mae & Holly), who were in need of rescue. After rescuing the cows, Tara thought it would be selfish to keep them to herself, so she decided to start a sanctuary so she could share the joy of nonhuman love and friendship with her community. Tara had been rescuing animals, including pigs, goats, and chickens, since 2014, so when she decided to officially start a 501c3 non-profit in 2019, she instantly had a large family of fur and feathers to share with the community.
Tara Pike-Nordstrom is the founder of All Friends Animal Sanctuary. Tara was born and raised in Las Vegas, and after graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she was appointed as the coordinator of sustainability at the university. She has been vegan for over ten years.