South East Llama Rescue (SELR)

The SELR mission is to protect the quality of life and improve the well being of abused, neglected, unwanted and behaviorally unmanageable llamas through prevention, education, intervention, placement and lifelong care. SELR is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization incorporated in North Carolina.
In situations where the owners are not able to keep or maintain their llamas, SELR takes them in and ultimately finds new homes for them. Funded entirely by private donations and adoption fees, SELR assists new llama owners by providing basic care information and connecting them with local "mentors" who are able to provide assistance on a more personal level. 

In cases of abuse or neglect by llama owners, SELR assists local law enforcement and animal control authorities toward the best interest of the animals, which may result in SELR taking possession and placing the llamas in a new home. We also work closely with Indian Creek Llama Sanctuary to ensure that those animals who require lifelong medical care are afforded the attention they need.
When SELR gains possession of animals, they are vetted, trained, gelded if male and placed in pre-screened adoptive homes. Females are placed with a non-breeding contract. All adopted llamas are checked periodically by SELR mentors and peer review. We hope you'll help us save these wonderful llamas that so deserve our respect and care.

A note in regards to aggression: SELR has experience rehabilitating llamas that have been labeled with Berserk Male Syndrome or Aberrant Behavior Syndrome, as well as llamas that are fearful or have been mishandled or overhandled early in life and now exhibit aggressive tendencies or other unwelcome behaviors. If you have a llama or alpaca with behavior problems, SELR may be able to provide some assistance in determining the extent to which the behavior can be modified. Please contact your closest Adoption Coordinator to discuss your individual situation. We recommend our website’s article, Dangerous Behaviors In Llamas by SELR co-founder Alvin Bean, for more in-depth descriptions of llama behaviors.

Thank you for considering giving a permanent loving home to a rescued llama (or two)!

Homes must provide:

  •      a minimum of ½ an acre exercise space for 1 or 2 llamas, or a minimum of one acre for every 4 llamas.

  •      maintain a properly fitted halter and lead for each llama

  •      a safe, well maintained fence

  •      shelter from inclement weather

  •      hay and grain

  •      mineral salt

  •      routine care including vaccinations, de-worming, shearing and toe-nail trimming

  •      veterinary care as needed

SELR's adoption fee is $250.00 which includes: 

  •      a properly fitted halter and lead (growing llamas may need new halters eventually)

  •      Caring For Llamas book

  •      gelding for males

  •      ongoing support, information and help through local mentors

SELR does not place solitary llamas, except as guardians for sheep, goats or other appropriate livestock in appropriate situations. 

SELR is committed to the lifelong care of every llama that passes through our gates. Adoptive homes must return llamas to SELR that they no longer want or cannot care for, and must permit periodic inspection of the animals and facilities by a mentor or peer reviewer. If new to llamas, the adopter must find a mentor who will teach them how to shear, trim toenails, give injections, de-worm and help out with emergencies. In many cases, we can find a mentor to help you.

Procedure to Adopt or Foster:

  •      1.Complete the adoption/foster home application form and forward to the appropriate adoption coordinator for your state.

  •      2. Once your form has been received, an adoption coordinator will contact you to discuss the process with you. If there is not one for your area, we will either utilize a SELR volunteer to help a Coordinator in a nearby state conduct the necessary farm check or if necessary, we will forward the information to another rescue organization.

  •      3. A mentor will be appointed for you unless you have one already or are an experienced owner. The mentor will visit to interview you about llama care and inspect your facilities. For new owners, your mentor will be 'your new best friend' as you join the world of llama owners. They will be there to answer your questions and assist with advice as needed.

  •      4. Your adoption coordinator will go over the list of available llamas with you and assist in choosing one that should be agreeable. The SELR web site is a great tool to review available animals although not all animals are pictured on the web site as situations change so rapidly. The majority of SELR llamas are in foster care at various farms across numerous states, although some animals are retained at the surrendering farm until they can be placed. We will attempt to minimize transport requirements as much as possible so it is wise to restrict your search to neighboring states when browsing the SELR web site. 

    For an adoption: Once a llama or alpaca has been chosen and your facilities inspected and approved, transportation will be arranged. On delivery, the final adoption form will be signed with payment of the adoption fee. There is a 30 day refund policy of adoption fee or you may select another animal if for your initial choice doesn't work out for any reason

    For a fostering situation: Once a llama or alpaca has been chosen and your facilities inspected and approved, transportation will be arranged. On delivery, the final fostering form will be signed. From that point, you assume responsibility for day to day care for that animal. SELR is responsible for any major medical expenses that arise, but the Adoption Coordinator (or another SELR representative) should be consulted before action is taken to incur any significant expense. As with adoption, if the animal does not work out for any reason, we arrange transport back to one of our approved facilities and negotiate a replacement if that is desired.

    We actively seek permanent homes for llamas or alpacas housed in foster home situations, but the foster home has right of first refusal if someone expresses an interest in adoption of animals in their care. 

  •      5.Your facilities will be inspected periodically by an agent of SELR while you have an SELR rescue. The facility checklist and llama care checklist will be filled out and signed and kept on file. If the facility does not pass inspection, the problem list and a plan will be filled out, with a deadline for necessary improvements. A re-inspection will occur on the deadline to ensure the plan has been carried out. If the plan has not been completed, but progress has been made, the inspecting agent may grant an extension, documenting the circumstances and new deadline. If the facility cannot be maintained appropriately, the llamas will be removed and returned to intake. 

    Please complete the following information and mail it (via the postal service) to the adoption coordinator for your area. We will contact you as soon as your application has been processed. Your information and privacy will be respected and will not be provided to ANYONE except in reference to lama or alpaca rescue.

Updated April 05, 2013