Target: Shari Bond and Jackie Glover of Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue
Goal: Thank nonprofit for rescuing abused and neglected alpacas
In Oregon, dozens of alpacas are dying from starvation. A nonprofit called Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue, founded by Shari Bond and Jackie Glover, is doing its best to assist local law enforcement officers at collecting, caring for, and rehousing abandoned alpacas.
Why are so many alpacas being starved to death? Many people buy alpacas in the United States because they think they can earn a lot of money breeding them. A short while ago, the market was booming – some female alpacas have been sold for as much as $75,000. But the market has imploded.
Alpacas cost a lot to house and feed, and their fiber is now worth less than the cost of housing them. When people buy alpacas thinking that they will earn a lot because of their investment, they often don’t have the financial resources or the willingness to deal with their mistakes. As a result, many alpacas are left to slowly die.
Alpaca rescue is an expensive business. In addition to housing and food, many alpaca victims need medical treatment. Thank Shari Bond and Jackie Glover of Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue for their efforts to save as many of these abused animals as possible.
Dear Shari Bond and Jackie Glover,
Thank you for your ceaseless effort to track down unwanted, neglected, and abused alpacas in your community. Your unflagging energy has helped hundreds of alpacas receive the medical care and attention they need, in addition to finding safe homes and steady food.
No one should buy animals they cannot take care of for the rest of the animal’s life, but unfortunately many people buy alpacas without realizing what kind of invest these animals are. Hurt animals fall on the shoulders of local agencies, many of which operate on tight budgets and have to go into debt assisting these animals. You have helped find or raise funds to provide these animals with what they deserve: happy homes, food, and good health.
Luckily most of the animals you find recover from their emaciated states, but a few are so critically compromised that they are at high risk for dying. This is a particularly severe problem on the West Coast because Washington State and Oregon have the second and third biggest alpaca populations in the United States due to people wanting their fiber and breeding them. The inflated market has caused many people to be unable to handle the financial burden of raising alpacas. Luckily, you and your organization have taken up the slack and for that, we cannot thank you enough. Hundreds of alpacas are in your debt.
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