And sometimes those changes affect the animals with which we share our lives. Because llamas are typically long-lived and also because they are a relatively large herd animal and not something people keep in their backyards, they're likely to be affected by changes in the circumstances of their owner's lives.
Relocation, divorce, illness, job loss, and even death of an owner or their spouse all result in the surrender of llamas to SELR. It isn't always about the abused llamas and the animals which for one reason or another are not cared for. Often we are charged with the responsibility of finding homes for much loved members of the family and we take that responsibility very seriously.
If you currently own one or more llamas or alpacas and you have determined that for whatever reason you can no longer care for them, please contact the Adoption Coordinator closest to your location. The surrender process is an easy one. We will ask that you provide as much information as possible regarding the animal and a signed surrender contract. We request if at all possible, that all intact males be gelded previous to intake.
Once an animal is surrendered to SELR, we are legally responsible for the animal from that point forward. Typically, a surrendered animal will be relocated to a foster farm where they can be evaluated. Upon intake, we will typically run fecals and treat as necessary, clip toenails, and if necessary, trim fighting teeth and shear them. Their picture and associated information will be listed on the SELR website and an Adoption Coordinator assigned. Unless otherwise negotiated, the name of the surrendering party is not revealed.
If for some reason the llama is physically compromised, often we will coordinate with Indian Creek Llama Sanctuary to admit the animal to their facility rather than offer them Llamas for Adoption . We ask all our friends and sponsors to support ICLS through generous donations as they have no other mechanism to support their endeavors. They provide a wonderful service for these animals who otherwise would have nowhere to go.