Yellowstone Llamas is actively involved in "llama rescue" and has welcomed rescue animals joining the ranks of our pack llamas.
The llama and alpaca community has been raising, breeding, selling, showing, shearing, packing and simply enjoying camelids for a few decades now. The economy has had upswings and downswings over the years, breeders and owners have come and gone. Through it all, the llama and alpaca markets have slowly but steadily declined. One of the sad results is that there are more and more animals in need of "rescuing" one way or another. Be it from neglect and abuse or simply from situations where owners cannot take care of the animals anymore.
There is a surplus of llamas (and alpacas) in this country. This fact needs to be acknowledged and addressed. While there is a number of reasons why people give up their animals, this imbalance of continued production and a more and more saturated market is certainly one of the reasons llamas find themselves in the "unwanted" corner. And a message needs to go out to potential llama owners that "rescue llamas" are not inferior to "other" llamas. These animals may simply find themselves in a rescue situation because they are the wrong color or size for the latest fad or their owners discarded them for other personal reasons. A relatively small percentage of llamas needing rescue is due to severe cases of neglect and abuse.
Yellowstone Llamas is actively working to enhance the lives of "rescue llamas" by volunteering at rescue operations, by adopting rescue llamas and integrating them into our pack trip operation, and by supporting non-profit rescue facilities such as the Southwest Llama Rescue, Inc.
During the largest animal rescue operation ever conducted at a sanctuary, we participated in saving and transporting hundreds of llamas all over the country to new homes. The now defunct Large Animal Sanctuary in Northern Montana dangerously and in many cases fatally neglected over 1000 animals, over 700 of which were llamas - the largest llama herd in North America! In the process, Yellowstone Llamas adopted 4 males. Otis, Teddy and Nahani have since joined the ranks of our packers and have roamed Yellowstone's backcountry with us, while Pikuni, the little llama in the hay, is allowed to enjoy his life without working.
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