SELR has all sorts of opportunities open.
The adoption coordinator position is a very important role in
our organization. If you haven't already, please review all of
the information available on our website. To clarify, SELR is
run strictly by volunteers. There are no paid positions, although
SELR covers a number of expenses.
As a coordinator for the rescue, probably the most important
things are tenacity and creativity to be honest. A coordinator
is signed up to both our general volunteer chat as well as coordinator
chat for advice and support - you may know a number of folks that
are already on these. There is also a coordinator manual that
is available for download and marketing collateral to aid you.
Coordinators also must undergo their own facility check and
be approved by a representative of SELR as well as a foster/adoption
approval if applicable in order to participate.
People in your area will be contacting you concerning surrendering
their llamas as well as desire for adoption and fostering. I will
quickly go over what each can entail - still long, please bear
after a phone interview with the interested party, they will need
to fill out surrender paperwork located on the site and send it
in to you or have it available at pick up. You are not necessarily
the one that does transport, but you would be in charge of its
coordination from point A to point B. The llamas surrendered to
us are evaluated medically and behaviorally, any issues found
addressed, males are gelded and fighting teeth cut, shearing if
necessary, toes trimmed and fecals performed. Both transport mileage
and any veterinary costs are covered by SELR, by turning receipts
into our treasurer. IN addition, the "point B" would
also be coordinated through this position. This is where utilizing
personal networks within the llama community and organizations
as well as our chat groups available will help tremendously. We
try to get the surrendering farms to get much of this done, but
sometimes it's just not possible especially with the economy the
way it is. It is important to try to get as much information as
possible so as not to be caught with your pants down when pick
up time arrives!
Photos (or two) of the surrendered llama and a synopses of his/her
personality to put on the website if there is not an immediate
adopter at hand. We have restructured our "Animals for Adoption"
page so that it is easy for all Coordinators to post their own
photos and bios of animals that are ready to be adopted. You will
be walked through how to do this.
There is also an application concerning fostering and adoption
found on the site for download if they are new to SELR. What is
included in the adventure is a facility check that is performed
before transport to the new home. This too does not necessarily
have to be done by you, but someone who you find trustworthy to
fill out the forms - there have been times I don't "fail"
a farm, but give them pointers for what needs to be improved upon
and they let me know when they are ready and how things are progressing.
It is important to keep a good folder system to revisit potential
farms, interested volunteers you scare up etc. Many people end
up setting up a separate email account to keep a tight folder
hierarchy instead of mixing SELR communications with other business.
Then comes the fun stuff.
Helping people connect with their new fuzzy family members. Some
of the things a "new" llama comes with is a local mentor
in place, a Caring for Llamas book, securing a camelid (ideally)
vet, halter, lead and a starter health record of the stuff that
has been performed on their llama by SELR. Unless the llama is
to act as a guard (and the new adopter understands the limits
of a guard llama), we will not adopt out a single llama to folks
without other llamas. We do offer a discount of $25 for the second
and third llamas to make it a bit more attractive. The coordinator
reviews what they have in foster, upcoming surrenders and other
llamas fostered by other SELR members and coordinates transport.
Llamas that are fostered will need updates and possible visits
to make sure the llamas are doing ok and if there is fodder to
update their website synopses. Adoption homes are visited on a
yearly basis. Again, keeping contact with each home may help you
in placing other llamas that come into SELR. They too are invited
to join volunteer chat.
Coordinators also do a great
deal of creative marketing (the newsletter and website
are always at your disposal) through the llama community and beyond.
Being a Adoption Coordinator is not easy work, but very, very
rewarding. It can be a very involved position when things get
cooking. Fall always seems to bring in both surrenders as well
as adoptive interests.
Lastly, if you are still feeling brave after the general overview,
we have some questions for you:
What experience do you have
Do you have llamas now?
How long have you had them?
What do you do with them? (i.e.
fiber, show, hike, pasture candy)
Do you have a trailer and
are you willing to aid with transport?
If not, do you have any established
contacts who would help transport?
Do you have the room/facilities
to foster llamas yourself?
Are you a member of any llama
or equine group that could be leveraged to establish foster and
Of course, if the answer is no to any or all of the above, it
still does not disqualify you to become a volunteer with SELR.
We do strongly encourage everyone to become a member of Camelid
groups and organizations for the knowledge and experience within
the lama industry as well as, the networking that is accomplished.
All volunteers work together in our common goal from all over
the country so having a mentor (or three) along with our SELR
chat groups will be there for you as mentioned previously.
I will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and
thank you again for your interest in working with SELR!
SOUTHEAST LLAMA RESCUE