I have always been impressed with CCAR's dedication to the animals that are under their care. These folks are tireless in educating the public and taking care of animals that have been abandoned, mistreated or are no longer "sexy" enough for adoption(i.e. blind, mutilated or deformed). I have had the opportunity to visit several times and I am amazed at how much effort and time it takes to keep the animals happy and healthy. This is a labor of love and it is not glamorous work, and still they maintain despite the challenges. Mahatma Gahndi said that the greatness of a nation can be be judged by the way its animals are treated-the work of CCAR is doing much to lift up the level of compassion for critters in need.
I became acquainted with CCAR while taking photos for them. Their devotion to the rescued critters (not just alpacas, but also a few horses, dogs, and cats) is extraordinary. What these two women do with limited resources is amazing, and is literally the difference between life and death for most of these animals.
Cross Creek rescue consistently works hard to ensure appropriate environments for alpacas in need. They are very caring people that go above and beyond to help alpacas and the people involved with them come up with the best solutions for the welfare of the animals.
I have seen first hand what this 2-women alpaca rescue can do and they are Amazing!!
Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue is a wonderful safe haven for abused and neglected alpacas and other animals.
They step up every single time.
They animals they serve are truly in the arms of the angels.
Responsive to the alpacas who need help. They are responsible with the donations they receive. They give good care to the rescued and work hard finding new homes that are good homes. They give updates which allow me to feel more involved.
We have been working with CCAR since 2014. We have helped with shearing and actual rescues, and got our own 2 boys from them. Caring for the alpacas and educating the public are priorities. Each individual alpaca is assessed and given any needed medical attention, then they are matched to a home where they are a good fit. CCAR offers ongoing education and support, and maintain contact with their adopters to ensure all alpacas continue to receive the care they need.
Compassion for alpacas needing help, posting to generate help & donations, responding to replies in a timely fashion - this rescue does it all! Wonderful people to deal with & they put the good of the alpacas above everything!
I became acquainted with Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue in 2013 when they handled a rescue in Polk County, Oregon. I adopted several alpacas from the rescue. It was my first time owning alpacas (although I grew up on a farm). Shari Bond and Jackie Glover worked tirelessly to educate and assist all of the people who adopted alpacas and carefully vetted each home to ensure the alpacas were going to a good place. Since adopting the alpacas, I have continued to voluteer for this organization because of the dedication I have seen and the selfless efforts that go into the care of the animals. This is truly a "grassroots" organization that is not loaded with "administrative staff." I know that when I donate money to this organization--it goes directly to the care of the animals at the rescue. This is an exceptional organization, deeply rooted in the welfare of animals.
I became involved with Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue over two years ago when they were involved with the Polk County Rescue. My husband and I had never owned alpacas, but I grew up on a farm with many different animals so we decided we would apply to rescue some animals. We worked very closely with Shari Bond and she was responsive, helpful and we could tell she absolutely had the best interests of the animals in mind. I started with 2 alpacas and then adopted 2 more and then another 2 from a different rescue situation. Shari Bond and Jackie Glover (the two women who founded Cross Creek), are a fine example of people who truly care for the well being of animals. I am careful with my donations to charities and I have no reservations in supporting this worthwhile organization. 100% of my donation goes to support the animals and their care and/or rescue.
I get to visit the amazing staff of Cross Creek Alpaca rescue regularly as I'm their hoof trimmer for their mini equines. I get to see first hand the work they do for not only their rescue alpacas, but also the rescue equines, cats and dogs. Shari and Jackie are always SO busy building shelters and caring for their charges. They get great volunteers, but most of the work is done by themselves. There are not nearly as many rescue resources for Alpacas as for equines and other animals in need so the cute critters with the big eyes and cute ears are fortunate that Shari and Jackie care about them all so much.
I began volunteering at the rescue in 2010 and have been a regular volunteer ever since. Being raised on a farm, I had a lot of sought after experience raising animals, working on fences and preparing for animals. I think the goal of Cross creek is important and it appealed to me in its uniqueness. I share many core values that both Cross Creek and the founders themselves hold. Shari and Jackie (co-founders) are both very knowledgeable, both find hearted and I have never seen a day when they are not out there giving 110 percent to both the animals and the volunteers helping Cross Creek. I find it inspirational to long term volunteers like myself.
When Cross Creek was first getting started I volunteered to foster a few alpacas. Jackie and Shari came out and spent a day putting an electric fence up so that I would be able to have the animals and keep them safe. This is an acre field so it wasn't a small job. In the beginning, when I was learning what to do, they had a volunteer come out every Saturday to care for the animals and also to help my young neighbor (who was 10 at the time) become involved.
Over the next few years, they hosted this young person, who had many life challenges, and other young teens at their farm once a month. Their goal was not just to get volunteers but to give these young people the satisfaction of working with their hands and a sense of self-esteem. My young friend was definitely influenced by her several years working at Cross Creek and has been proud to have that volunteer work to put on various applications. I'm so glad they gave her this opportunity, even driving 10 miles to come pick her up so she could participate.
Jackie and Shari are so dedicated. Running the nonprofit and the farm is more than a full time job, but they have to hold down other jobs besides just to have an income for their own survival. They are honest, trustworthy, and hardworking people who care about animals AND about people too.
Review from Guidestar
Over the past several years I have had the good fortune to help support the efforts of Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue in several large scale events and many, many more smaller small scale re-homing, relocation, mentoring and teaching events. They are focused, and compassionate in their dealings with alpacas, and yes to a lesser degree llamas, but more importantly remember that more often than not the people involved are struggling with complicated emotional and physical circumstances beyond their control. The human understanding side of the equation is as important as the animal care side of things...something animal "rescue" groups sometimes forget. It has been a pleasure supporting their efforts and I am proud to say they are a part of our community.
This is one of the very few alpaca rescue nonprofits, and they do amazing and badly needed work! I have donated to the cause and will continue to do so.
A couple of years ago, I came across a news story about a large alpaca farm in OR that had hundreds of starving alpacas in need of rescue. It was heartbreaking, and I was moved to learn that there was a small rescue operation desperately trying to find homes for these starving and sick animals. We visited the farm, attended a shearing, and fostered two alpacas, and continue to be impressed with the committment of Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue.
I first became involved with Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue about 6 years ago when my daughter and i went to an alpaca show. I immediately fell in love with them. I contacted CCAR to learn about alpacas, with hopes of acquiring some. My daughter and I went to CCAR to learn more about them. Shari and Jackie came to my home, inspected my fenced in area, and advised me that i'd need some kind of shelter for them. Before I could arrange to get a shelter built, Shari and Jackie came out and built a shelter. Soon after, they brought out my first two alpacas. Because of my age, I didn't want to own them, so I fostered them. Any time I had a problem, all it took was a phone call and they were right there to help. Over the years, I've fostered several alpacas for CCAR. For most of my life I've been involved with animals in one way or another, and I've never dealt with a any rescue group as dedicated, caring and helpful as Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue. Thank you so much Shari and Jackie for trusting me with these amazing creatures and for all the help you've given me since I got my first ones. I'll always be grateful.
Review from Guidestar
Amazing and experience in finding the right homes for the alpacas. We need more people like this one, because they truly care for animals each and everyone of them
We've supported Cross Creek for several years now and have helped with an alpaca rescue/transport. Seeing firsthand the desperate conditions these animals are forced to live in is heartbreaking. We send funds when we can. The need for rescue is often immediate and necessary to save these beautiful animals. . Shari and her group are compassionate and efficient in the methods used to remove & re-home the animals. It's a comfort to know they are here to help! What an amazing thing they do to save Alpacas ...great folks!
Cross Creek Alpacas is an amazing rescue providing a safe haven for abandoned, neglected and abused alpacas. I'm so happy these beautiful animal's have such a wonderful place to call home and the people in charge are great to work with.
What a great group! They really want to make this world a better and safer place for the unwanted or unlucky.