Guidelines to Adopt or Foster Llamas
Note: Although this page references "llamas," we are getting more and more alpacas into the rescue.
There is no difference in how we handle them.
Contact SWLR to discuss your interests.
Locate and talk with a llama veterinarian in your area.
Print the Adoption Application and Adoption Agreement (available in Adoption/Foster packet).
or mail the completed forms to: SWLR,184 Hoofbeat Trail, Kerrville, TX 78028
An SWLR representative will contact you to arrange a facility check. Download the facilities checklist. Transportation issues may also be discussed at this time. (That is sometimes the most logistically difficult to arrange. If you can provide transport, please let us know.)
Pay the adoption fee and take your llama home!
We are in need of new foster homes in all our SWLR states. We also need sanctuaries for those llamas that are unadoptable due to age, health or behavioral issues. If you can help, please contact us! To foster a llama (or at least two if you don't already have llamas), the process is the same as for adoption, except you don't have to pay an adoption fee.
When llamas come into the care of SWLR, they are given a health check, vaccinated, dewormed, shorn, and toenails cut. Some intact males are gelded. The llamas then go to one of our SWLR volunteer ranches where they are prepared for adoption into pre-screened homes.
Llamas/alpacas are usually available in New Mexico but that can vary. It is sporadic when the llamas or alpacas become available. SWLR can transport but it is for an additional donation. SWLR does not adopt out single lamas unless you already have one or more. You can ask for females or geldings but not intact males. SWLR does not adopt intact males into homes that may have females as there is a non-breeding contract. SWLR does not specify which sex and it is based on which llamas have lived together as a herd (female and gelding), (females) (geldings). SWLR does not adopt out male crias with their mom. SWLR does not adopt out pregnant females. SWLR does have elderly llamas but no one wants them so they are usually retained and in need of a sponsor.
If an adoptee can no longer care for their SWLR llama, the llama must be returned to the care of SWLR.
All SWLR llamas are placed with a non-breeding contract. Prior to placement, the adoptee must meet SWLR requirements and submit the adoptee forms. A ranch check will be done by a SWLR member.
The adoption fee is $275 for the initial llama or alpaca. (Contact your Adoption Coordinator for special circumstances regarding fees.)
Llamas are very strongly herd oriented, and they often develop close friendships with other lamas. Whenever possible, we try to adopt out llamas in their "family" groups. We have been known to make exceptions, but unless you already have one or more llamas, we never adopt one out or send it to foster care by itself.