Lamas (llamas and alpacas) are typically surrendered due to lifestyle changes. This can be due to a divorce, health issues, job loss and occasionally the death of the lama owner. Prior to the intake of the animal, an evaluation is done to determine if the lama has any behavioral issues. ABS (Aberrant Behavior Syndrome), though rare, may be a possibility with a lama. Most lamas surrendered, however, are well behaved and halter trained.Upon intake, the animals are updated on vaccinations by a licensed veterinarian. If necessary, fighting teeth will be blunted and gelding will also take place by the veterinarian. Untrained animals are halter trained and an evaluation will be done to determine if the animal has guardian capabilities with sheep and/or goats. Occasionally an animal will show an interest in packing, at that time packing training will be undertaken with that animal.
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Prior to placing an animal with an adoptive home, an evaluation must be completed. This would ensure that the lama(s) will have adequate space, shelter, feed, veterinary care and the adopter requesting the animal is wanting a lama for the right reasons. Steps are taken to ensure the animal is not being adopted impulsively and once placed are hopefully placed permanently. AZLR also provides mentorship throughout the lama’s life time either with an AZLR volunteer or AZLR will find a person with knowledge of lama care. This includes toenail trimming, handler training and shearing.
Adoption Fee Schedule
All llamas will have current vaccinations, be halter trained, and gelded if male. Several adoption options are available. Please inquire about the fees.
The fostering process is much like the adoption process but the animal(s) are still available for adoption. The foster caretaker must pass the evaluation and is responsible for shelter, space and feed. However, should the foster caretaker wish to adopt the lama(s), then, after a period of time of fostering, a discount is given on the adoption fee.
So, why would one adopt or foster a lama? Well, they are multi-talented animals, for one! Their fiber can be used to be spun into a luxurious yarn that can then be used for knitting, weaving, crocheting, tatting and other needle arts. Unspun the fiber makes a beautiful felted material. Llama beans are wonderful for the garden. Tired of carrying all that weight on your backpack trips to the high country? Why not train your new friend to carry the load? Llamas, because of their soft padded feet, are environmentally friendly and do not cause damage to terrain. They also have “neat” droppings so you don’t have to worry about a mess a much larger horse would leave behind. Have a stressful job and need to wind down? A llama is the perfect therapist! Due to their quiet persona and zen-like nature, just being around a llama is enough to erase the stress of the day! It’s just unfortunate that everyone isn’t lucky enough to have a llama in their life!