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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue, Inc. is to foster compassion and responsibility for Alpacas and other animals through rescue, intervention, education and outreach. We will continue to help the North American alpaca industry grow and improve by promoting the value of non breeding alpacas for their fiber. We are a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, foster care and placement of alpacas in need.

Results: Since starting in 2009 we have been directly responsible for the rescue and re homing of upwards of 500 alpacas and other animals to date.

Target demographics: Alpacas and other animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 300 alpacas and other animals

Geographic areas served: Tenino Washington. We have been networking all over the US

Programs: Alpaca rescue and re homing. Sanctuary for animals that can't be re homed. Adoption, volunteer, sponsor and foster opportunities available.

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Their care and love for these animals is apparent. The volunteers are wonderful and informative!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cross creek is a beautiful property that takes great care of rescue alpacas. Shari is one of the most knowledgeable people in the alpaca world and I feel I learn many things everytime I go out there!

2 Theresa D.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are new fosters for Cross Creek and we couldn’t be happier! What a wonderful group of dedicated, caring and knowledgeable people. It truly takes a village and this little group does amazing work.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nice place and nice folks doing important work with well cared for alpacas - what more could you ask for? We have been involved with alpacas for almost 30 years and Cross Creek is right up there with the very best when it comes to what these awesome animals need to recover and ultimately flourish at happy new homes.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For many years I have been having a long distance friendship with alpacas waiting for the time when I retired to welcome alpacas to my own retreat ranch. Last year I had this dream of starting a sustainable alpaca refuge/sanctuary by caring for those alpacas who need rescue and support. Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue (CCAR) came up online when I went searching this summer. Lo and behold! My dream exists in part already in CCAR. Such joy and excitement!!! There is this well-established sustainable farm that has been created solely by volunteers, a leadership aspect I had not yet integrated into my dream. My visits and interactions with Shari, Jackie, and the volunteers only reinforce my delight in and longing to learn this healing business. I had the opportunity to do poop patrol (my grandchildren chuckle at that picture in their minds), and watch four alpacas be picked up by their new owners, while having my many questions answered patiently and in good humor by Shari and the volunteers gathered. I look forward to being a volunteer, supporter, and donor as I continue to grow in my relationships with these already rewarding CCAC new friendships. The knowledge of and commitment to animal rescue and kindness to all creatures great and small, provide the essential foundation of sanctuary peace that emanates from CCAC. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Deborah L Adams, October 24, 2020

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great rescue! Their love for the charges in their care is selfless and real. Hang in there and know those of us who cannot do the hard work your rescue does respect your effort.

1 Ryan A.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a great place! They do such amazing work and really put so much love and work into caring for the animals. It's a great place to volunteer.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered here a few times, very caring and have the best interest of the animals in the forefront.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with CCAR for just under a year and its been an honor to work with such an amazing group of people. CCAR focuses on animal welfare and education (which is very apparent after just one visit to the property). They are a great resource for the community and deserve all the support in the world!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing people doing amazing things! Hands down the best people I've ever met working so incredibly hard to make a difference!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful non-profit doing great work! We adopted several alpacas from them and they couldn’t be any better to work with.

1 Susan D.9

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank God for Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue! They are always there when needed to provide safe shelter for those in need.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been nearly 10 years since meeting the founders of this very much needed organization. I've been volunteering for them for a couple of years now, and appreciate the knowledge they strive to provide, as well as their commitment and devotion to all of the critters they have encountered. This non profit is run on a shoe string budget without a penny being wasted. Definitely worth checking out and supporting a very worthy cause.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

This rescue was born out of a passion for making a better life for animals that were once being used to make a profit. This rescue has grown and the passion and dedication they continue to show that animals are special parts of our lives and will bring love and joy. Most of all appreciative of the second chance..They know they are going to be loved and cared for

3 Kimberly P.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family has been volunteering for this rescue for several years. I always feel calmer when I have been out to the rescue. It's a beautiful place and beautiful people that really care. Thank you.

1 Jesseca K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This Alpaca Rescue is absolutely wonderful. I got to go and spend some time there and learn the different stories of some of the alpacas. You can really see how much they love and care for each animal that is there (or was there). I can't wait to go back and learn some more and spend more time there.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at CCAR for several months now and I am continually impressed with the quality of care and compassion for animals, as well as the wealth of information they provide.

1 Heather R.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue for almost two years now and this place is amazing! Everyone involved donates their time and effort and really cares about the animals both at the rescue and in the community. Hundreds of alpacas are now in safe, loving homes because of Cross Creek!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue is an amazing group of people doing great things! The alpacas in their care receive the very best medical treatment, food and love. It's a great place to volunteer.

1 Denise B.4

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the years, I have seen Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue take on seemingly impossible rescues with grit and devotion. I can't think of a more courageous, kind group. So glad I know them.

Jodi O.4

Donor

Rating: 5

As an alpaca owner, I know how important the care and advocacy od these amazing animals is. CC is AMAZING! THANK YOU for all you do.

1 Brandy C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was researching alpacas when I stumbled across Cross Creek on the internet. They are incredibly forthcoming with information and advice. What a fantastic group, even the volunteers are super friendly and informative!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

They do so much good work. I'm so thankful they've taken on this mission.

2 Crystal107

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only do they rescue alpacas in need, they are great community leaders and an asset for other alpaca owners.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4 Aimee R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand what this 2-women alpaca rescue can do and they are Amazing!!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

4 Dawn159

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Fran22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

7 Bev_10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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7

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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4 Gary64

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

4 Barb40

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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3 Diane165

Client Served

Rating: 5

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
Diane

3 Robbin F.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great group! They really want to make this world a better and safer place for the unwanted or unlucky.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got involved with Cross Creek a little over a year ago. I contacted them to find out how I could help. I now have a herd of lovely Girls of my own. I can call anytime to get helpful advise when ever I need to. The love and care they give to these animals is so inspiring.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

We've supported Cross Creek for several years now and saw first hand some of the neglected alpacas they've dealt with. I'm so glad to know they're working to rescue these animals from some horrific situations.

3 Sondra3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I learned about Cross Creek from a mutual friend a few years ago, and am thrilled that someone has taken up the cause of rescuing alpacas in need. As an owner of some 25 alpacas and a retired veterinarian, I have seen the need for their service growing way too much. I support their efforts financially, and try to "spread the word" about Cross Creek, their needs & their services.

4 Leanna K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue goes above and beyond in their efforts to rescue alpacas in need. I foster and help re-home alpacas for them.

4 Royce M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are amazing for everything they do. Currently giving one of their rescues a ride to his new loving home.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

wonderful caring people who have helped re home many alpacas in need. I have worked with them on both the taking in and re homing and could not have asked for more.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I live near Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue and was asked to be on the Board of Directors after getting to know the founders, Shari Bond and Jackie Glover. I greatly admire the work they do every day to care for alpacas that have been abused and neglected. They work tirelessly to find suitable forever homes for the alpacas that need them, and keep the ones that need special care and attention at their ranch. All of the money received goes directly to caring for the alpacas, not to inflated salaries or outrageous administrative expenses.

5 Star H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great place! They are super attentive to their animals, and very happy to share their extensive knowledge with newbies like me.

Review from Guidestar

6 Robyn22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Worked with CCA to find an alpaca. They interviewed me and waited until the right fit was found. What a fantastic group - and great new alpaca added to our family.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Polk County Sheriff's Office in Dallas, Oregon has utilized the Cross Creek Alpaca rescue twice in the last year and a half. The first time we used them was after we seized approximately 180 alpacas from a farm that couldn't care for the animals any longer. Throughout that seizure, the Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue was great to work with and helped re-home the animals. Their expertise and networking ability helped us complete the project in a short period of time which helped keep our costs and resources as low as they could be. They also helped with securing donations to help pay for the care of the animals while they were in our care.

The second time was when we seized many horses, goats and fowl. They were able to assist in re-homing the goats and fowl for us. Again, they competed the project in a short amount of time which kept our expenditures down.

Without them, we wouldn't have been as successful in finding new homes for these animals. They were great to work with and are a great resource to have available when needed.

Lt. Isham
Patrol Commander
Polk County Sheriff's Office

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