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Posted 11/21/2011 4:36pm by Mona.

Gratitude is such an important word.  In November here in the U.S., many people ponder what they’re grateful for ~ it’s Thanksgiving time after all.   Dan and I like to remind ourselves daily of the things we’re grateful for.  When you’re feeling down and out, one way to make you feel better is take a deep breath, and think of the happy and good things in your life.

We are fortunate enough to say we can care for our alpacas.  I know not all people can, usually through circumstances beyond their control.  The stories are many and they are all sad.   These stories will continue, I’m afraid to say.  Yes I realize it’s not limited to the alpaca world.

Every time I hear of another alpaca farm in need of assistance, my heart sinks for the animals.  But my spirits are lifted when I remind myself of the kind souls out there who work so tirelessly to aid these animals, which in turn helps their human caretakers. 

Let us not forget the people who do this necessary work ~ taking in these alpacas, assess them for medical issues, keeping them warm and fed, until they may possibly be re-homed.   These people, made up of individual farms and large organizations, are truly angels on earth in my eyes. 

One such individual is Linda Lachanski, home of Pic-A-Paca Dreams Farm and Alpaca911 rescue, located in upstate New York.    She has started up and coordinates a coast to coast network of alpaca farms willing to help out.  And how can you help?  You can sign up in the database!  List your name and location, and how you can help.  Any type of help is appreciated.  Perhaps you can offer to trailer alpacas a short distance, or provide gas money for those trailering, or donate a few bales of hay or a bag of pellets.  Perhaps you can take in a few alpacas or know of someone who can, even if for only a short time.  If you are listed on the database, Linda will know whom to contact for assistance.  What is needed the most are foster homes and permanent homes.  Monetary donations are always graciously accepted if one cannot donate time or already has a full barn.  Our country is large, the need is great and continuous, and certainly just one person cannot do it all.

Linda needs your help everyone!  Let’s pass along good karma!  Please visit the Alpaca911 group:


Posted 1/31/2011 9:44am by Mona.

My heart both aches and yet rejoices.  I have heard that by the end of today, all of the remaining llamas at the Montana Large Animal Sanctuary will have been evacuated.  (In fact, all of the animals will have been evacuated.)  Today was the deadline given for the rescue workers on site to leave the property.  The llamas are en route to, or have arrived at, their foster home destinations for proper care and feeding, rehabilitation and training, and eventual re-homing to forever homes.   There is even a group leaving in a critical care trailer with one of the workers, Gayle, who has so eloquently described this very sad journey of an animal sanctuary that was everything but sanctuary.

I have been there in spirit and prayer, hearing the screams of the llamas in my head for a few months now.  I am not strong enough a person to be there in person, to witness this scene of unimaginable tragedy.  I cannot express my gratitude enough for those people involved in rescue, this rescue in particular, this, the largest animal rescue in our country’s history. 

The really hard part begins now.  The wonderful people who have taken in the llamas for foster care are working so hard to restore these animals to health, and to give back to them a sense of trust for their human caretakers.

Once again, I list a few websites if you are able to donate to the care of these llamas.  Please note on your paypal donation or check ‘Montana Rescue.’





Thank you all for reading.  ~ Mona

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Posted 1/10/2011 10:58am by Mona.

The situation regarding the llamas in Montana is dire. Llamas are dying daily.  There are 2 rescue groups working together, Northeast Llama Rescue and Southeast Llama rescue, to get a group of 70 - 90 llamas out and into facilities in Indiana, Missouri, and New York, for assessment, re-hab, and re-homing.  Funds are needed immediately to pay the cost of transportation to these facilities.

Please visit the rescue groups' websites and make a donation via paypal to help the Montana Llama rescue emergency. 



Or if sending a check via snail mail:

167 Llama Lane
Middleburgh, NY 12122

678 Mill Creek Rd
Luray, Virginia 22835

Please keep these animals and the rescue workers in your prayers.

Thank you for reading.

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Posted 12/6/2010 8:04am by Mona.

Hi Everyone ~  What follows is an update on the Llama rescue emergency, with contact information of the folks 'on the ground.'  The immediate need is to be sure the llamas are fed, and a fund for this is being set up.  I will post that as soon as I know.  Thank you again for reading. ~ Mona

I am assuming that most folks are by now aware of the current situation at the Montana Sanctuary. They have lost major funding, are deeply in debt and are struggling to support over 1,000 animals. As of Friday, they had about 4 days of hay left. An organization called Animeals is collecting feed/hay and sending a one time transport to them. That will give them another TWO DAYS.
They housed Peruvian cavies, bison, cattle and a number of other smaller animals including goats and sheep. Most all those have been placed as of tomorrow but if you have an interest, please confirm with the appropriate Team captain. There are also 2 camels and I think placement for those is under motion but again you should check.
Right now the short term initiative is on getting food for the animals and of course that includes how to fund that initiative. There is one full time and two part time staff on the property. The llamas are ranging over 700 acres and the majority of these animals can probably be considered as feral. Equines are housed on a separate property and I really have no info regarding how accessible they are.
Right now (as I understand it) there is no physical infrastructure in place which can be utilized to get the llamas into pens or a series of ever smaller pens like you would do elk and whatnot so they can even be sorted by sex, age or whatever. In order to move them out of state they would need to pass whatever state regulations are in place. The thought is that if we could reduce the herd we obviously reduce the expense of feeding them BUT if you could catch up even 100 this is still a huge manpower issue not to mention expense. Also this place is miles from just about anywhere so getting folks on the ground there is a logistical challenge.
The following teams are now in place and communications should be directed to them. Right now there is a funding mechanism being set up so that any funds collected by other entities can be funneled to a central account which will be used to disperse and account for all funds moving in/out. More will be forthcoming in regards to how to access that channel when it becomes available (probably tomorrow) and I am sure that other organizations which plan to organize fundraising initiatives will make that known. Many are waiting for this central fund to be established so they can get an infrastructure in place.
Here is more detailed info on the infrastructure currently in place regarding support for this endeavor:

Team captains are:

Jerry Finch, Habitat for Horses has final say on placements, but only interacts with the team captains. Otherwise he will be overwhelmed with emails.

Phyllis Ruana- Llamas
Montana Animal Care Association (M.A.C.A.)
P.O.B. 153
Corvallis, MT 59828
501 C-3 non-profit organization

Dave Pauli –wildlife
Senior Director for Wildlife Response
Humane Society of the United States
HSUS Animal Care Centers
Billings, MT 406-255-7161

Susie Coston- Farm
National Shelter Director
Farm Sanctuary
PO Box 150
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
PH: 607-583-2225 x262
FX: 607-583-4472

Jane Heath- Horses
Jane Heath
Executive Director
Montana Horse Sanctuary
Simms, MT

Patty Finch-Funding and solutions beyond the critical placements of as many animals as possible.
GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries)
Short term and long term funding
Coordination with Community Foundation, authorization of expenditures in cooperation with Jerry Finch (no relation)

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Posted 12/4/2010 2:12pm by Mona.

Hello All ~ I have just heard of a large animal rescue that has to close down and is in need of immediate re-homing of 800, yes that is correct ~ 800 ~ llamas, and some other animals.  Linda Lachanski of Alpaca 911 rescue in New York is coordinating this unimaginable event.  Here is the information that I am aware of with contact information for Linda.  She asks to please email as she has been swamped with phone calls.  Thank you for reading and any assistance you can provide, if even in prayer.


This is being passed along for ANYONE looking to adopt or may know of someone looking to adopt other types of animals:
The Montana Large Animal Sanctuary is closing and needs to find homes for the following animals as soon as possible!:
Bison 2
Cattle 35
Goats 25
Sheep 15
PB pigs 7
Llamas 800
Horses at 2 locations total 110
Cavies 15
Emus 12
Camels 2

Please contact me ASAP if you know of anyone interested in helping with this situation.


Linda Lachanski
Pic A Paca Dreams Alpaca Farm
14 Courtney Drive
Delanson, NY
Home of Alpaca911 Rescue



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