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Guidelines to Adopt or Foster Llamas

Note: Although this page references "llamas," we are getting more and more alpacas into rescues.
There is no difference in how we handle them.

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. If you are interested in adopting or fostering SWLR llamas, download the required forms; then fax to 575 585-8922, or mail the completed forms to SWLR at the address above.
If you're new to llamas and wonder what you'd be getting into, read Laura's article "So You Think You Want Llamas."
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  1. Contact SWLR to discuss your interests.
  2. Review the Facility Requirements and Required Llama Care documents.
  3. Locate and talk with a llama veterinarian in your area.
  4. Print and send to SWLR the Adoption Application and Adoption Agreement (available in Adoption/Foster packet).
  5. An SWLR representative will contact you to arrange a facility check. Download the facilities checklist here. 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.)
  6. Pay the adoption fee and take your llama home!


We are in dire 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.