April 30, 2010
I first became familiar with All Mosta Ranch Montana “AMR” when it was located in Plains, Montana. I visited the ranch & became intrigued with the critters & what Kate was doing. Since I have pasture land & she has lots of critters I offered her the use of the pastures. I’m glad she took me up on that because 1. we became friends 2. I’ve been given the privilege of fostering some of her special needs critters. While Kate was living in Plains she received a call about a llama that had been lying by the side of the road in 90 degree heat for a week. He had broken bones that had started to heal, a twisted spine with crooked legs & as my friend said, “he looks like a character out of a Dr Seuss book”. After he had healed & proven that he wanted to live, I begged Kate to let him recuperate @ my place since the land was more level than @ AMR. She agreed! I loved to watch Louis as Kate had named him & Sir Louis as I called him because he was so regal & gentle. With his crooked legs he couldn’t move fast so after a while, I was able to turn him loose in my yard. When he was ready, he would walk back to the gate to go in with his buddies. Motley, another llama - who came to me with a broken hip that was healing & Snaps, Motley’s cria that she surprised us with after she had been here awhile. I went on-line & read everything I could so I would know what to do with him, but as with anything, there are so many opinions out there that I was almost afraid to do anything with him. But because Kate had seen me with animals, she encouraged me to do what came naturally. & now I have a wonderful almost 4 year old who loves to go on hikes with me. Motley’s hip has healed & she loves to go also. But I have the most fun with them taking them to the parades in Plains & educating people that llamas do NOT spit 24/7. The first parade all we heard was, ‘Look out. That llama will spit on you.’ Now we seldom hear it & people like watching Snaps interact with the crowd. He is a goodwill ambassador for llamas! I am so grateful to AMR for allowing the llamas to stay with me when AMR relocated to Marion, MT. With my physical disabilities (a form of Muscular Dystrophy) it is a blessing to have these llamas who will pack my water, a snack, or whatever so that I can spend some time enjoying God’s creation. AMR also let me foster some chickens when we had an infestation of grasshoppers. The parts I like about AMR are Kate’s willingness to work with those with special needs - the sometimes forgotten ones. Her outreach programs for her community. Her desire to help critters in need - knowing that she can’t help them all. & her desire to find forever homes for those critters. If you are a farm animal lover but do not have the ability to take on the responsibility of one of those critters, consider helping out AMR. If you have the desire, the fortitude, the area needed for a critter, consider adopting an animal(s) available @ AMR.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
willingness to work with me to find a perfect match
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Client Served & foster care animals.