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Sponsorship is a great way to get more personally involved with a llama that needs your help. Perhaps you aren't ready or able to take a llama home, but one of them has already stolen your heart. Or maybe you just like to have a bit more say about where your donation dollars are spent.

At the SWLR Sanctuary, we have several llamas who are not yet ready for adoption because of health or other issues. In some cases, a llama may be considered "special needs," requiring additional time in the facility or needing medications or other treatments.

You can help! Your donation can be earmarked for any of these llamas and will contribute directly to the care of that animal. You'll also receive an "autographed" picture and a Sponsorship Certificate for your llama, and we'll let you know about "your" llama's progress.

See the Sponsorship page for details.

On January 25, five llamas were voluntarily surrendered to SWLR through the Moffat County Sheriff's Office in Northwest Colorado. Thanks to diligent care and attention by Deputy Gary Nichols, the llamas were removed from inadequate care before too many serious health problems arose. The primary issues with these llamas are behavioral as the result of dangerous housing conditions and trauma related to severe neglect other than feed.

The five llamas include an adult female, her three-year-old son, and three intact males. The female and her son have been living in a small, unsafe pen since the time of his birth, with access to a small space inside an equally unsafe storage shed. The three intact adult males were in a small field with barbed wire fencing in poor repair and without shelter. At the time of rescue, water was being provided inconsistently in unheated buckets. Hay was being fed but was within one bale of being gone with no money available to buy more. Corn meant for geese was also being fed. All five llamas were slightly overweight and all had toenails that were seriously overgrown but not yet to the point of causing visible lameness. It is estimated that none of the llamas is older than seven years old, with the one three-year-old born on location being the only one whose age it known (he will actually turn three on July 4, 2014).

None of the llamas has received handling, shearing, toenail trimming or veterinary care in at least the last two years - most likely longer than that. Only the female, purchased as an adult, has ever been haltered or led. None of the llamas had names and all exhibited extreme fear when approached to within 10 feet by a human.


Moonglow is a tri-colored classic light wool female whose ear tips were frozen off at birth. She has poor muscle tone due to tight living quarters and no exercise. Like the entire herd, she is extremely nervous and frightened by human closeness or contact. However, she can be haltered by a handler experienced with abused/neglected llamas, using time, care and patience. Once haltered, she leads easily and sweetly.


Starshine is the nearly three-year-old, light-medium wool, black and white offspring of Moonglow. This llama is more curious about humans than afraid of them and seems to have a sweet personality, but has had no handling nor halter training of any kind, and reacts as one would expect an untrained cria to react, with the added complication of being full grown and strong. He has never been apart from his mother. He is fat and has poor muscle tone due to tight quarters and no exercise.


Comet is a black and white, classic light wool intact male terrified of humans, over three years of age and with no experience being handled. His left ear is split in half. He and Kobi spent many years fighting seriously, and were doing so constantly throughout the rescue until they could be separated (by that time, Comet was bleeding from the nose and mouth, but has since healed). It is suspected by looking at his markings, that he might also be an offspring of Moonglow, or at least share the same sire as Starshine. Underneath his neglect-related issues, it appears that Comet's basic personality is calm and sweet.


Rudi is a reddish-brown, light wool intact male terrified of humans, over three years of age and with no experience being handled. He seems to be able to avoid fights, and is currently successfully being housed with Comet, with females nearby, without any fighting between the two of them. Rudi seems malleable and gentle in spite of his lack of experience with humans and no halter or other kind of training.


Kobe is a black, classic light wool intact male terrified of and aggressive toward humans if cornered, over three years of age and with no experience being handled. He is also highly aggressive toward other llamas. It's hard to determine at this point how much of his behavior is intact-male related and how much can be attributed to his basic personality.


Rocky was purchased as a "mistake" at a private auction. The buyers took a while to decide if they could keep him or not. By the time they decided not he had been left at the auction for too long without food or water. When he was picked up by SWLR, the pen had nothing in it but him. He drank a ton when he arrived at our sanctuary. He has been vetted, castrated and had his teeth trimmed. He is most likely retired. Rocky is a sweet older fella.


I came from a ranch with my herdmate, Carmelita, where the owner died. I give kisses.

I am called Mrs. Jones after the song "Me and Mrs Jones" 'cause I am such a love bug, especially for Darry. He adored me from the minute we met. I'd never been handled or touched and didn't know what it was like to have human contact, but I grew to adore him as well. I'd see him coming toward my pasture and I would run to him and every time he would sing "Me and Mrs. Jones" to me.