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Northeast Llama Rescue was started by Wes and Darcy Laraway of Middleburgh, NY.

Several years ago they rescued their first llama out of a tiny horse pen. Since that day, Northeast Llama Rescue has helped dozens of Camelids from several different states.
The primary mission of Northeast Llama Rescue is to educate owners on how to properly care for their animals.

We also offer assistance with a traveling chute to shear, worm, and trim toenails on hard to handle animals. A 'TRUE REPUTABLE BREEDER" should help out the llama down the road that is not being cared for by owners that understand the needs of llamas.

If you know of a llama owner who is no longer able to care for their animals, there is help available. Members of Northeast Llama Rescue will adopt any unwanted animals. Rescue animals will be relocated to farms of members for training and necessary vet work.

If a llama is able to be rehabilitated, he will be available after a careful screening process. All rescues are placed in homes with a contract that says they shall be provided for and can not be sold. In the event a rescue animal becomes unwanted, the llama MUST be returned to Northeast Llama Rescue.

If you share our philosophy and love for the animals, you are more than welcome to join us! There are lots of llamas that need a person to love.

We also rescue farm animals, and are licensed wildlife rehabilitators.

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Friday, November 9, 2007


Revenge. Not really a word in my vocabulary. I do occasionally hold a grudge but hey...who doesn't. I try to forgive and forget. I try not to get even. I try to forgive people that do horrible things to animals....but my day started out with a quest for revenge.....a quest to get even, an attempt to get even. With Darcy gone to her teaching conference, my morning routine has changed quite a bit this week. It always used to revolve around the kennel, the barn and my personal hygiene before running (usually late) to get to school before my students. This morning as I trudged to the kitchen to make coffee, I got that funny feeling I was being watched (again). Only this time it wouldn't be one of my fawns....

I tried to shrug it off as nothing. I started looking out of the windows ...struggling to see as much as the sun was struggling to reach me with its rays. Then I saw it, I was shocked, in disbelief and outraged all in the same split second. I will never forget the is burnt in to the center of my brain. Yeah, you figured it out THE COYOTE.

Just one, the same one that used to frolic around my pasture with my sheep in between eating them. The same one that used to sit and watch me drive my Clydesdales at 2 am under the outdoor riding arena lights. My former friend turned killer....the coyote that most likely killed my fawns. He was about to get taught a lesson. I normally don't have a problem with predators. I actually like them and would rehabilitate them if needed. This lone wolf had crossed the line. He was sitting 75 foot in front of the barn. Right smack in the middle of my barnyard. In his glory, watching the activities of sleeping animals waking up all over the 200 foot long aisle of my barn. Besides for the geese, that were unusually quite and the lack of deer in the pasture, it was relatively normal..... Kind of like the way I look when we go to dinner at the Grand Buffet. This meant war, he had crossed the line when he killed the deer. Now to violate the sanctuary of the inner barnyard, I made the 1 second decision ....

As the kids lay in bed, sipping their "warm juice" chocolate milk, I ran to the bedroom, unlocked the gun safe and got the biggest rifle I own. Now I don't want to give you the impression that I am John Wayne. I own 3 guns, a 22, a 20 gauge shotgun and a 30/30 rifle. We bought the gun safe when one of our students was killed while screwing around with a gun. With 3 kids of our own under 11, we needed one. Back to the story, I grabbed the rifle and one shell. A beautiful, brass shell that would show that coyote how it feels to be hunted. I really should have grabbed a couple of shells because I am really not a very good shot but around kill with one bullet.

I snuck like a lion through the savanna grass onto my front porch. This was an easy shot. He was a sitting duck...I mean coyote. I hadn't ever shot this rifle before but I wasn't worried...I got the coyote in the middle of the was time for revenge.....good night buddy and good riddance. I was shaking like it was my own life and family I was protecting. I held my breath and gently squeezed the trigger....

BOOM !!!!!! I listened to the echo through the mountains. I heard the kids screaming and jumping out of their beds to see what I was destroying. The rifle kicked back and cut my eyebrow, I knew instantly that it would swell up and be black and blue. I knew I had got him and couldn't look away from the train wreck I was about to see. By this point a huge cloud of dust exploded around the coyote, as he jumped to his feet and started trotting up the pasture towards the woods. I am really surprised that I didn't scare him to death.

I ran back to my bedroom and grabbed another shell. I wasn't going to be the laughing stock of every man in Middleburgh. I made it back to the porch, Just as the coyote stopped,the darndest thing. He looked towards the farm, almost like he was sorry that I missed. It could have been he felt sorry for me and was contemplating tossing himself on the end of the gun barrel so I could get my revenge. With the percision of a SWAT Team sharp shooter, I slid another cartridge into the gun.

Got him in my scope and pulled the trigger for the second lethal time. It was a long shot but I was capable of making it.....I could . I look back now, if I had a grenade launcher I probably couldn't have killed him but I tried. I hope that he thinks twice about messing with me or my animals again. Next time he might not be so lucky. I have to get home and do chores. Wes

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Northeast Llama Rescue by Wes Laraway

The Northeast Llama Rescue was started by Wes and Darcy Laraway several years ago after they rescued their first llama out of a tiny horse pen. Since that day, the Northeast Llama Rescue has helped dozens of animals in 5 states. The primary mission of Northeast Llama Rescue is to educate owners on how to care for their animals properly. We also offer assistance with a traveling chute to shear, worm and trim toenails on hard to handle animals. If owners get "tired" of the daily maintenance of their herds, members of the Northeast Llama Rescue will adopt or buy, if possible, any unwanted animals. Rescue animals go to the farms or members of the organization.

The Northeast Llama Rescue does not wish to compete with other rescue organizations, although any llama or alpaca is welcome. We need to cooperate to help ALL camelids, not just registered or "nice-looking" ones. Everyone has the right to breed and sell llamas, but a true reputable breeder will "help out" the llama down the road that is not being cared for, regardless of its age, sex or conformation.

Our last rescue came from Central New York. A farm had purchased 9 animals from a Midwest auction. Four of the animals had died from natural causes....starvation? The owner had health problems and no longer wanted the animals. After several other concerned people failed to negotiate their sale, I eventually called and within five minutes we had agreed on a price and the deal was done. The next night, Wes Laraway, Kim Scheurerman and P.J. Wagner went to pick up the animals. The owner informed us that the llamas were wild and could not be handled. Within five minutes all were calmly caught, on lead ropes and in the trailer, with us using a wand and some TEAM Training techniques. The owner thought I was the "llama whisperer" because I got those llamas to do things in five minutes that she couldn't do in a year. She unfortunately knew nothing about handling llamas.

Three hours later, we were back into quarantine at Red Maple Farm starting "damage control". The animals were immediately wormed, fed fresh hay and grain, and watered. All were body scored under three by sight and by feeling through their wool. This hands-on inspection revealed barbed wire that needed to be cut out of the fiber. We decided NOT to shear because it was too late in the year and they were too thin.

Another concern was an ingrown halter. One of the best ways to remove ingrown halters is to undo the buckle(s) and cut the nose band with sharp toenail clippers on each side of the nose. Then gradually, over time, the remaining pieces will fall out. With application of an antibiotic cream, any wounds from the ingrown halter will heal quickly. In this particular case, the halter came out of the nose and was added to the "wall of shame" in our barn (along with the barbed wire and ear tags still on them from the auction they were purchased from). The blood stream stopped within fifteen minutes and now, after a month, we can tell that scarring will be minimal. Please tell everyone you know that owns camelids, NEVER leave a halter on a llama! Even in a week, with wet conditions, a halter can embed itself in a llama's nose.

My biggest concern was the 10 month old female that was exposed to her father. If bred, we decided to abort the unborn cria for the safety and well-being of the young female. None of these five animals were over the age of three years. All of them, over the following months, would need intense care and proper nutrition. The animals were all updated on health requirements and gelded. All of these animals would need training before they could go up for adoption.

New problems continuously arose. Two weeks after they arrived, one of the females surprised us with a weak, constipated fourteen pound male cria. Within hours I knew it wasn't "normal" so mom and baby were moved to a quarantine pen in the barn. The decision was made to supplement the cria with goat colostrum and give him an enema. Although the cria was walking, he continued to strain to relieve himself. Around the clock surveillance did not reveal any nursing or defecation. At two days old, I found very small maggots between the cria's toes and by his umbilical cord. After consulting my vet again, the cria got a bath and dried out in the heated office before going back to mom in the barn. My vet explained that crias born on rainy days must be completely dry or flies will lay eggs in moist areas of umbilical fluid. I've never heard of this problem before but I know now to check my newborn crias for maggots every day. After five days of constant care, we lost "Trooper"....I guess it was not meant to be, but we tried.

The rest of the animals are doing well today. Concerned individuals found them, bought them and will protect them. Today is actually a special day, because the vet did fecals on them and all five of them are parasite free and can join our llama herd. After training and further rehabilitation, by Spring 2001 this group of animals will be available for adoption to carefully approved homes. All animals sold or placed by Northeast Llama Rescue will be adopted with a legal contract. The contract states that if the llama ever becomes unwanted or is not cared for properly, the animal will return to Red Maple Farm for a full refund. I used to think I could save every unwanted llama in the world...I know that I can't . It is too great an undertaking for one farm to rescue all the unwanted camelids out there. For this reason, several other farms have joined in the effort with Red Maple Farm to pool resources and save neglected and unwanted camelids.

Any farm that shares our philosophy that every llama deserves a life with proper care is welcome to join us. We are people who genuinely love all llamas and want to make a difference one llama at a time. Eventually we will print an educational brochure to hand out at events with member farms listed. Don't just tell people that you love your llamas; show people by making a difference and actually save one. Always quarantine new animals for at least one month while getting wormings, vaccines and nutritional needs in order. Always do a fecal exam and consult your vet about when new animals should go out with the herd. Geld all males and most of all BE PATIENT. Llamas are very forgiving animals and will learn to love and trust again with gentle care and training.