The SELR mission
is to protect
the quality of life and improve the well being of abused, neglected,
unwanted and behaviorally unmanageable llamas through prevention,
education, intervention, placement and lifelong care. SELR is
a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization incorporated in North Carolina.
In situations where the owners are not able to
keep or maintain their llamas, SELR takes them in and ultimately
finds new homes for them. Funded entirely by private donations
and adoption fees, SELR assists new llama owners by providing
basic care information and connecting them with local "mentors"
who are able to provide assistance on a more personal level.
In cases of abuse or neglect by
llama owners, SELR assists local law enforcement and
animal control authorities toward the best interest of the
animals, which may result in SELR taking possession and
placing the llamas in a new home. We also work closely
with Indian Creek Llama Sanctuary to ensure that those
animals who require lifelong medical care are afforded the
attention they need.
When SELR gains possession of animals, they are vetted,
trained, gelded if male and placed in pre-screened
adoptive homes. Females are placed with a non-breeding
contract. All adopted llamas are checked periodically by
SELR mentors and peer review. We hope you'll help us save
these wonderful llamas that so deserve our respect and
A note in regards to aggression
: SELR has experience rehabilitating
llamas that have been labeled with Berserk Male Syndrome or Aberrant
Behavior Syndrome, as well as llamas that are fearful or have
been mishandled or overhandled early in life and now exhibit aggressive
tendencies or other unwelcome behaviors. If you have a llama or
alpaca with behavior problems, SELR may be able to provide some
assistance in determining the extent to which the behavior can
be modified. Please contact your closest Adoption
to discuss your individual situation. We recommend
our website’s article, Dangerous
Behaviors In Llamas
by SELR co-founder Alvin Bean, for more
in-depth descriptions of llama behaviors.