My name is “Pacer” and I have been a resident of the StillPointe Llama Sanctuary for about six years.
My Dad, “Barney” and I were taken in by the sanctuary when the people who had originally rescued us lost most of their property to a flood and could no longer keep all their llamas. Before we went to our first rescuers, we had been left in a field for several years, with no human interaction and only occasional supplemental feed and water.
We were quite a challenge to the folks who rescued us as we didn’t have a clue how to act around people and were terrified every time anyone tried to do anything with us – - haltering, foot trims, etc. We bit and kicked with very little provocation. We continued that behavior as we were transported to StillPointe and for the first couple of years we lived there.
With a great deal of patience and consistent training from the StillPointe staff, I have become an exemplary citizen! (Barney, my dad, on the other hand is still a pretty unpredictable guy, but he’s really getting better.)
Anyway, a lot of my progress occurred because I was adopted by a young girl to use as a 4H llama. For a couple of years she spent lots of time with me teaching me to ride in a truck, do obstacle courses, wear a pack, attend fairs and be a Public Relations llama. Unfortunately for me, she decided not to do any of that anymore and simply left my life.
The good news is, now I am eligible for the Adopt-A-Llama program, which is a really great thing! I can be supported by people who want to help feed me and my friends, but can’t have me on their own property. I can stay here at StillPointe and be loved and handled by the staff as well as play with all the other llamas here.
Thank you for helping me to live a good, well-cared-for life!