1/10 baxter and Ellen Jackson have been working on year-end tax receipt letters. They are requesting that all volunteers let them know if they need one.
1/11 baxter got a phone call about an alpaca herd in Idaho. The caller was grateful that others had stepped up and picked up his herd to take them to Washington state.
1/12 A SWLR volunteer in Teller County, CO emailed to ask if SWLR might help with the cost of gelding an intact male she took in from the local animal control. She is willing to give him a forever home if she can get it done. Lynda suggested it might be appropriate to offer $100 directly to the vet.
1/16 baxter shared this story written by Nina about a rescue:
I wanted to share this story because it is one of the reasons I do llama rescue and it had a happy ending for all.
A few years ago, I was contacted by a woman in Southern California who said she needed assistance placing her male llama. She lived with her young children in a residential area of a Mojave Desert town, and her boyfriend had brought her home this llama. It was in her backyard and she didn’t know how to care for it. She had a few Nigerian goats who immediately were friends with the llama, as well as the children. The backyard was only dirt. She knew enough to get hay for the llama. The woman said she was getting rid of the goats and said she knew the llama should have a better home with its own kind and someone who knew how to care for it.
The history behind the llama was he had lived at a large exotic petting zoo in a pen all his life. For exercise, his owner would tie him behind his tractor and pull him around a field to walk him, then put him back in his pen. The owners were now elderly and closing the petting zoo and selling all the animals to butchers or private owners. The woman’s boyfriend heard of this and got the llama.
The woman was ok with feeding him until I got arrangements in place. I asked that a vet come out and examine him, give vaccinations, and report. Her estimate of his age was 12 but found out he was closer to 17 to 20 years old. He still had his fighting teeth but was gelded. Not shorn and a little thin.
It took several weeks to get arrangements in place. Part of this was the woman had become very attached to the llama and worried where he was going. I couldn’t find a temporary or permanent home for him in Southern California, even Northern California was getting difficult with an older male. I phoned some friends who had a guard llama and medium size flock of Barbados sheep on 7 acres. Explaining the situation, they agreed to take him.
The big day came. I contacted my friend who lived 200 miles north of this woman. She drove down and picked him up, turned around and drove north. I drove south and east, and we rendezvoused with my trailer to meet in a mall parking lot. He was kushed in the trailer and didn’t want to get out. He was scared. It was another long trailer ride back to my ranch and the next day, I took him to his new home on 7 lush green acres of pasture. He had probably never seen green grass or ran free in his life.
Today he co-guards the sheep with the other llama. The sheep will go between one llama and the other. He is truly spoiled with his new owners with great hay, treats of carrots/apples, and llama pellets. He has a shelter out of the rain. He can run free, is not penned up and pulled by a tractor.
This llama's rescuer had a big heart. If it wasn’t for her selflessness, he would still be in a bad situation. I sent her a photo of him with “his” sheep all around him and with the other llama in his new home.
1/19 baxter is looking for someone to help field phone calls to SWLR.
1/19 A woman in Kansas contacted SWLR about a potential give-up of a 9-year old male llama. She's not sure if she is the best foster home for him as her experience is only with alpacas but she did have her fence guy build an additional pasture in case she needs to take him in. She has yet to be in direct contact with the owner.
1/20 Pat reminded us that SWLR charges $150 per llama adopted or surrendered. Any exceptions must be approved by the Executive Board.
1/20 3 22-year old geldings and 1 20-year old female in Washington need a home by February 1. 3 males and 1 female. If a home is not found by then the owner will put them down to make room for boarding new horses. They are healthy, friendly and fairly well cared for. There was a discussion about how difficult it is for older llamas to move to a new home with strange llamas.
UPDATE: Owner has extended the deadline to move them to the end of February. They have been together their entire lives. Placement is urgent.
1/21 One of the New Mexico surrender llamas had a premature cria. Neighbors and Ellen came to help as cria was not nursing. Some bottle feeding w/goat's milk & collostrum. Milked out mom, then a vet visit for both mom & cria. Vet tubed cria with the milk we had saved. Cria required coats each evening & some supplements for a few days. Mom & cria are doing well at this time. Ears have come up on cria and she is active and acting more like a normal cria every day. Mom is named Buttermilk (she is creamy white) and female cria is named Shoo Fly (she is solid black). The herd arrived malnourished to the point that their teeth were worn down from eating sand or hard bark. Another dam in the herd had trouble with her cria and both required a stay at the vet when the dam was at Cheryl's.
1/25 Training begun on the Colorado herd with some of the youngsters. A volunteer with horse training experience is helping with the training.This is a big project as this particular herd is very skittish and known to jump.
1/26 Lynda is coordinating the rescue of a male, female and their one offspring in New Mexico. The owner died and the nephew is having to get rid of them after a horseback rider was thrown upon seeing the llamas. They have been living wild on 200-300 acres for over 5 years while never having been sheared or haltered. They will be coralled next week and Lynda will pick them up.
UPDATE: These llamas have been rehomed.
1/27 Joel Foote is coordinating the Colorado State University Veterinay Teaching School camelid castration clinic on Tuesday, March 19. Cost is $45 for alpacas and $55 for llamas. Contact Joel at firstname.lastname@example.org, my cell phone is 303-748-2308, and the house phone is 303-465-1576 (answering machine).
1/29 baxter is looking for someone to set up an info booth for SWLR at the RMLA Conference on April 20. Lynda quickly agreed to do it. Ideas flew for materials to take for display and handout.
1/31 Pat reported that she received a male from baxter's. He was rescued as a cria in Colorado and is now a yearling. He is there with a yearling from a Colorado herd and they have a home waiting where they will be trained as packers.
Two males from the Ruidoso center are at the Little's where they are being halter and lead trained by ET. They will be paired with two other males and will go to Oklahoma where their family is awaiting their arrival to have a pack string of four.