8/1 A man with goats from northern CA called Llama Linda looking for a guard llama. No one with a candidate was close enough to help.
8/4 Lynda Liptak has 3 sound healthy females in Albuquerque looking for a home.
8/4 Joy Pedroni has a couple of homes looking for females or geldings.
8/4 Nina Pedersen has many people looking for guards in Northern CA, Bay Area.
8/6 Lynda reported about a stray male found in Colorado. The rescuer says he is well behaved and she got him gelded, shots, teeth, and toes done on August 29. She would like to find him a home - he is ready to be moved now. She very generously covered his vet bills. He sounds like an excellent llama.
8/11 baxter would like to find a way for SWLR to have an 800 number that could be forwarded to others as needed. Nina noted that 800 numbers were for the time when everyone had landlines and the owner of the number is charged for every call. May be more efficient to have a voice mail that states “press 1 if…, Press 2 if you need immediate call back within 24 hours regarding a rescue”, “ press 3, if…” , if this is a life threatening emergency contact your local sheriff or animal control, etc. Then have some one monitor lines.
8/11 Lynda had kept in contact with a woman in New Mexico about two loose llamas- male and female who are difficult to catch. She was trying to get them into her yard but it is not all fenced. She sent several pictures and said the female was ready to be picked up and had a rope on her neck. Lynda went out to assess the situation and try to pick up the female. But when she got there the llama was loose and would not be corralled. The male was tied with three feet of wire to the back of a trailer and could not reach water, had no food, and was standing in pallets having to defecate there. He was wearing a loose horse halter with an attached 25' or 30' rope. He was living with several small piglets and some very large pigs among a lot of trash and food waste. Lynda decided to go onto the property and untie the 3' wire, remove the horse halter,and gave him a new llama halter and retied the rope (about 1/2" thick) to (a loose-ish square knot). The intent was that if the owners returned within a day they could take care of him properly with the new halter. She gave her business card to their friend and neighbor. If they did not return, the llama would likely loosen the knot enough to become free. She gave him water (there was none) and grain in a bucket. He was very underweight.
8/14 Help with fostering, etc. is needed in New Mexico near the Oklahoma border. Let Pat know if you can help.
8/15 A man in Colorado needs to surrender 8 llamas and 5 alpacas due to drought causing a lack of grazing and he is concerned about feeding them. His sister sent pictures to Lynda.
8/15 A couple in Colorado would like to adopt llamas and are getting their facility ready. They are interested in the three Denkali llamas at Lynda's in Albuquerque who need a home. A facility check has been arranged.
8/16 baxter reported that SWLR has earned a $25.91 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation from activity between April 1 and June 30,2018. Susan suggested that we also look into iGive.
8/16 From Olympic Peninsula Llama/Alpaca Rescue:
A mother llama and her baby have been abandoned in Wilamette Valley, OR and need to be rescued. No rescues are returning her calls.
Sherri Tallmon responded that she spoke to the lady and someone is coming to get them.
8/18 Pat summarized the active rescues in progress:
1 Male 1 Female
Loose trying to contain for pick up
Awaiting transport to new home in Texas
6 females 6 males All Classics
Owner transporting today to Cheryl's in Ruidoso NM for sorting.
Will be available for adoption soon
Lynda had previously received pictures of the llamas before Pat took on the job.
8/19 9 of the 12 New Mexico llamas have arrived safe at Tulstansell Ranch in Ruidoso. 3 females escaped over the fence and will be picked up later.
8/19 baxter summarized her situations:
11 foster llamas here.
All are sheared, vaccinated. Some still need more toenail trimming as it was pretty traumatic for the real old ones. Youngster that came in is healed. Parker is still nursing. 3 females that came with him are in need of training and it is undetermined if they are pregnant.
Gus, the gelding from a retired goat farm, is a sweetheart but has some unusual behavior (rushing to greet people). He likes visitors who bring carrots. His behavior has improved with being around other llamas as he was a lone guard for 13 years or more.
There was a scare with one of the old dairy farm llamas, Zoe. She did not get up on her own. I propped her with hay bales, gave her lots of water, & later she rallied. That was last week. I expect her to be 23 plus years old. She is thin and does not gain weight even with equine senior supplement.
The other old llamas here are doing OK. Epona, the last of Betsy Bell's llamas, manages to get around quite well considering her age. Roxy, from one of our La Luz canyon rescues, has downed pasterns and a crooked leg but manages to come up and down the hill daily. Her toenails need clipping often as she does not walk a lot. I try to trim them every few months. Big Sister came in grossly overweight and is looking better.
A sprinkler runs a couple of times a day and baby pools are out for them as well as lots of shade trees and a breeze most of the time. Supplements daily along with hay in addition to pasture.
Current on all checks for reimbursement or expenses. Current on all required state, federal reporting. Almost caught up with treasurer quarterly reports. New llamas have been added to registry. Some updates still pending on registry. Answered emails sent to and sent to folks that could help. Usually 10 or so a month. Responded to some facebook messages and sent info to folks that could help. Reviewed some proposed updates to the website. Nothing finalized.
Answered requests for info from two potential sources of donations.
8/21 baxter told us about previously taking some rescue llamas to the fair where she solicited people interested in adopting or fostering llamas or helping in other ways. Other things done at fairs include:
* blank coloring pages with llamas on them for the kids ( printed from the sites such as:
* a list of info on llamas written for kids/parents that also included "what do you do with a llama"
* demonstration of needle felting with wool available & supplies to try felting (Sandy would be felting llama shaped ornaments as a demo)
* aprons & tote bags for sale that had a llama printed on them (I bought plain ones and ironed on photos)
* bags of llama beans with sheets that tell the NPK info. We also collected donations for the beans to help the local park fund as well as SWLR.
* kibble or baby carrots for the kids to feed the llamas (with instruction first of course)
* farm banner that had farm name and "foster farm for Southwest Llama Rescue, Inc" on it
* brochures / business cards /
* camera & sign up with email for where to send the digital photos
* alforja on a llama with halter/lead for folks to walk around and also take their own pictures
* large tri fold display (36") with llama pictures & captions about their rescue, some photos of volunteers & activities with llamas. The display was tied to a leg of the canopy to keep it from blowing away.
* llama stuffed toys for sale that I bought from Douglas Toy company
* Is Your Mama a Llama books for sale that I bought wholesale
* raffle of a toy llama
* raffle of a "lunch with llama walk"
* packets of llama shaped cookies for gifts for a donation (volunteer made the cookies)
* shearing demo
8/29 Lynda was featured in a KRQE TV report about beloved Colorado llamas struggling to adjust to new New Mexico life.
8/30 baxter is looking for someone with a large trailer to help with the transport of llamas or alpacas out of Colorado.
8/31 Barbara Welch, Karen Conyngham and Nancy Viviani sent some halters, a few leads, lactation herbs and some miscellaneous equipment to SWLR. Baxter sent them a letter and an email.
8/31 L'illette still has lots of folks wanting guardian llamas in NE CA. Nina reminded us that she also has lots of requests for guard llamas in the Sonoma/Napa CA area.