During 2015 we have been more than a little overwhelmed with new animals, several deaths and injuries and a lack of volunteer help. Therefore we have written no newsletters, taken part in only a couple of small events and generally fallen way behind on our communication with the “outside world”. We are picking up the pieces and attempting to fill in the gaps so that we can spend more time taking care of our responsibility to stay in touch with those of you who have helped us over the years.
Briefly, here is where we are: the barn is built and usable, but needs gutters, wiring and lights, staining/painting throughout and on the exterior. There is an ongoing GoFundMe account http://www.gofundme.com/iucb4c still available to take donations if you’d like to help out with the expenses. We will be doing a great deal of the work ourselves. We intend to put together more work parties, but hesitate to ask for volunteers during the nasty weather. November 28th we had a wonderful day with a 4H group from Belfair, WA led by Mendy Harlow. They managed to get all the shelters cleaned of old hay and poo and helped to put some Quonset shelters into better shape for winter. We were so impressed with the hard work and focus those young people (and their parents) exhibited! We’re very grateful!
Heading into the New Year we will continue our work for and love of the llamas and other critters we care for. We will also do our best to be more visible for their sake.
We wish you all a warm and loving Holiday Season and invite you to keep thinking of us and following our progress. Without your help we could not continue this work.
Blessings and Namaste!
Chela, Mark and the Llamas of StillPointe
This past year we have rescued /retired/rehabilitated a number and variety of animals. Now the population of critters is at the “bursting at the seams” stage. Although we have found homes for some, most of them stay with us. The majority of individuals is llama , but we have 5 alpacas, 5 goats, 2 sheep, 4 Guinea hens, 1 Standard Poodle, 1 Kowakian Monkey Lizard disguised as a mixed breed dog and 4 very distinguished cats ranging in age from 2 years to 17 years.
We have also sent a few of these friends over the Rainbow Bridge, some of their own volition, some we had to help. Losing them is the hardest part of this kind of work, but it is also the kindest thing in many situations.
We are gifted with a family of ravens, some beautiful owls, bald eagles, deer, so many squirrels we can’t keep track and such a variety of wild birds that we have to keep going to the “Birds of Washington” book to try to identify them! Then there are the raccoons….yes, they are cute, but since they dearly love to kill chickens and other smallish things we try to keep them away. For some reason the llamas apparently don’t consider them a danger so they ignore them. We hear coyotes almost every night and the llamas DO keep them at bay with alarm calls.
There have been some nasty wind and rain storms so far this winter, causing a few trees to fall – miraculously none did any damage – so that makes more firewood available for anyone who wants to come get some (hint, hint)!
We’re still renting a barn and pasture space just up the road where we keep new members of the population initially, and some of the animals who have health and/or behavior issues and need to be among a smaller group. That space is overfull right now so when our barn on the bigger property is finished we’ll be able to shuffle some around and still give them the type of care and attention required.
We now have a Go Fund Me account (http://www.gofundme.com/iucb4c) to help us finish building the long-awaited barn. Do take a look!
Lastly, but most important … we thank our VOLUNTEERS. There is absolutely no way we could continue this work if it were not for them: Kathryn, Michael, Lissa, Haley, Will, Emily, Ben, Katie, Kelly, Adam …..
AND a big HURRAY and HUGS to all those who have donated to us financially and with in-kind donations! We truly love you all! We are eternally grateful and wish you
blessings of the season and a most wonderful new year.
We’re working hard on getting our barn completed by the New Year. To help us do that we are bringing back a new rendition of a program that has helped us greatly in the past: 400 for $10
Here is our request:
A donation of just $10, from each of 400 people for a total of $4000.00! Do it for yourself as a tax deductible donation, and then do it in someone else’s name as a holiday gift! They’ll receive a thank you card and you and they will be mentioned in our next Newsletter.