4/4 baxter is looking for volunteers for two fundraising projects:
1) Adopt a llama packet w/certificate & cuddle toy or llama wool item.
Would anyone want to start a program similar to the adopt a llama program on this Australian website? I make a certificate but am not very talented at it and a cuddle toy would be a great addition.
2) Small bags of llama beans to make compost tea.
The Olympic Peninsula Llama/Alpaca Rescue sells compost bean bags as a fundraiser. Rondi sent me some info on how they make the bags. Would anyone want to have a compost bean bag program for fundraising? or just to promote the benefits of llama/alpaca manure?
Note that the Australian website also has compost bean tea bags. Does anyone have experience with this?
4/6 L'illette is helping a local gal find a home for her alpaca and asked about a guy who told the gal his alpaca rescue would take her. Is he for real or looking for a free alpaca for lunch. Update: Owner of alpaca said she spent an hour with them, they’re going to take her LGD as guard for the lambs they raise for meat, and a chiropractor in Burson is taking the alpaca. They’re picking up the alpaca tomorrow, so L'illette will "at least be able to get a feel for the folks involved, ask some questions, maybe schedule a visit. Would be SO cool if we could enlist a foster farm, or at least a temp holding station of some sort. I don’t have anything like that up here."
4/6 L'illette asked about the protocol for republishing articles in the Calpaca newsletter.
4/9 Susi wrote that a man near Big Timber, MT is looking for 2 llamas to train/use as packers. She asked him if he would be interested in rescue llamas and he is. Are there any looking for homes and jobs as packers nearby, Montana or possibly Northern Wyoming?
4/9 baxter reported that we've had a couple of births from the Jefferson or Clayton rescues. One was a premie (Shoo Fly) and she had a close call a couple of weeks ago. Meds & TLC & vet calls seems to have done what was needed but it was a close call. Shoo Fly is still small for her age & not as energetic as Niquita who is a month older. Shoo Fly & Niquita are constantly playing together. Volunteers and I spent most of March doing training & rearranging corrals to accommodate these very skittish llamas. A shearing / farm day is scheduled for next week so she has been scrambling to work enough with the llamas to calm them down at least and to train at least the youngsters.
4/16 27 llamas at baxter's were sheared, CD-T, plus ivermectin, and some toenails done. Many of these were the skittish herd from Jefferson, CO. She started at dawn getting things ready with lead ropes, haltering some, catching them all in a confined area. 5 volunteers plus 2 shearers (Susan Leslie & Anna Reese), worked all day to take care of the herd plus the old ones that are residents here. The volunteers were Ellen Jackson (board member), her sister June (long time volunteer), plus two other friends and baxter. While all are tired, it was an extremely good day as all llamas were at least barrel sheared and there were no major issues. A few llamas would not tolerate toenail trimming. So that will be another day after some training. Whew.
Saved for another day is to organize the record keeping (health records, registry), deal with the bags of wool, and put away all the gear that was used. Most of the wool is too matted to be useful as many of these llamas had never been sheared.
4/20 baxter suggested a new fundraising project that would be llama/alpaca blank greeting cards. Anyone interested in taking on this fundraising project? It would mean collecting great pictures, print the cards somehow, be willing to mail out sets of cards, etc. Could be done on a donation basis. She knows collectively we have some great pictures.
4/20 baxter and Ellen are looking for donations for items to sell or raffle at a 3-weekend booth at a folk music festival. Items are needed by May 17th.
4/22 Lynda reported that she "had a wonderful time at the RMLA Conference. It was not as expected by me as it was members only so I don't think anyone took any brochures. We made $113 by raffling off an artistic llama from Betsy Bell and donations $100 from Mr. and Mrs. Rivera - very generous. Also we got several buckets and some low end halters from Mary (last name escapes me now). Anyone needed small feeding buckets?
"I learned a lot from Dr. Rob Callan and the US Forest and Agriculture management folks and got to bond with some friends and learn about some of the RMLA activities.
"I will send the $113 out this week to Baxter and anyone wanting buckets for their rescues come help yourselves - they are stored here (for now I guess)
"I hope two folks I talked to will adopt llamas - there were some candidates that were there. 50 people were in attendance."
4/25 The Board is considering raising the adoption fee to $250 to match SELR. Current fee is $150 with fees adjusted with approval for special circumstances such as a group or special needs. Rehomes are without fees. Input anyone? Lynda thinks that big of a jump seems high. Susi suggested $250 for the first, $200 for the second, third, etc. Cheryl agrees with Lynda and thinks $50 at a time is a better route. Nina suggested keeping the fee in line with other rescue organizations and added that the fee can be taken as a tax donation. Additionally, the fee could be broken down: $150 adoption fee, $50 vaccination fee, $50 gelding fee or $150 adoption fee+ $100 vet fee…if you want to break it out. But a $250 adoption fee should suffice, or “covers vaccinations, gelding, training, vet fees. Scott agrees with Nina that $250, or at least $200, is not at all unreasonable considering the costs associated with rescue. Lately, the llama supply vs. demand ratio has been getting increasingly favorable as well. That said, he wouldn't be opposed to flexibility in the fee for various reasons such as taking in special needs llamas. Susi thinks you have to balance the goal of finding adopters with an attractive price that is not too low and not too high. How is the adoption success rate at NELR? Kim thinks $250 is more than fair. There’s a line between not wanting to discourage adoptions and ensuring an adopter has the funds to maintain proper care or seek medical attention when needed. If someone doesn’t have $250 in savings, chances are they don’t have money saved up for proper care either (harsh but true 99% of the time). Kay noted that it would be easier for those in Texas if the fees matched SELR.