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Olympic Peninsula Alpaca Rescue

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12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Rondi Church S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Year 1- 7 alpacas rescuedYear 2- 15 alpacas rescuedYear 3- 15 alpacas rescuedYear 4- 20 alpacas rescuedYear 5- 28 alpacas rescued2019 first 5 months, 75 alpacas rescued...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The passion for the well-being of animals is evident within this organization! Always an advocate for alpacas and llamas in need and willing to go great length to assist where they can.

Love that they go beyond what they can do themselves and encourage the involvement by volunteers and are inclusive if children. They participate in 4-H and other groups in furthering to educate people about camelids and their needs. Through education they are encouraging the best practices in caring for these animals and hopefully that education serves to empower others to improve the lives of alpacas and llamas ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Way back in the stone age (circa 94) the Navy transferred us up to WA. We bought a place on Camano Island and daily, would see 200+ alpacas and immediately fell in love.

Flash forward to Port Angeles (post retirement) and we found Olympic Peninsula Alpaca Rescue...Rondi and Greg trained us and took us in to their family. Along the way, we adopted "The Lost Boys", 4 wonderful Huacaya geldings that continue to make us smile. As an addition, we also have a home for Danny Boy...a beautiful dark red Suri ... intact, ie: not gelded. He's a handful at times, but is also the first to feed and come up to you and say "HI".

This year, we expanded into helping with the 4H volunteers and watching these young leaders grow!! What an amazing group! Kids and critters...it don't get much better!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My family has always shared a love for animals and helping those in need. About a year ago, we found an alpaca on craigslist for sale, and scooped him up! Honestly, we knew nothing about camelids at that point, and quickly learned that they need other alpacas. We learned about the Olympic Peninsula Alpaca Rescue and reached out to them to adopt. We found a beautiful white gelding and brought him home, and followed with a reddish brown spitfire early this summer. After adopting Ewok I became involved as a volunteer at the rescue, and have developed a wonderful relationship with the dedicated people who work so hard to give these animals good homes and great care. Rhondi and Greg have taught me so much and have been wonderful to teach me everything I want to know about alpacas. Today, I am the Vice President of the board, and am never turning back!!! The rescue is my haven, and our alpacas are my passion!

Kat M.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few years back, my husband moved to the Port Angeles area. We had bought a 5 acre piece of land with a home, chicken coop with yard, barn and fenced in fields. We bought some chickens but we wanted some Alpaca's (2) So my husband did some research on the internet. He found Olympic Peninsula Alpaca Rescue made an appointment to talk and see the Alpaca's. Rondi introduced us to the lost boys.(4 alpacas) I only wanted 2 But my husband and I fell in love and adopted all 4 of the lost boys. Since then we have been working with Rondi and the Alpaca rescue. Rescuing Alpaca's from California, Idaho, Oregon. Some of the females were/are pregnant. We brought/bring them back into good health with donations, volunteers and support from the community. We love watching them run and play in the fields at the rescue. Once they are healthy. The rescue will put them up for adoption Then we will see them off to there forever homes with check-ins. This is what this Nonprofit rescue does. Olympic Peninsula Alpaca Rescue YOU are amazing!!!!

Tani C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Couldn’t have two people more dedicated and selfless giving everything to help the beloved creatures.

The community 4H programs they have started, helping youth focus on positive activities not only helps the Alpacas but leads young people in a positive direction in life, and possibly saves some.

The dedication is amazing as I have seen it from inside the field from the beginning first hand.

Bravo to the brave and kind who give so much love.

Greg W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with the rescue three years. They have rescued 107 alpacas and adopted out 48.

Beau Damon R.

Donor

Rating: 5

My business works closely with Olympic Peninsula Alpaca Rescue. I could not do what they do. The amount of work they put in... Its not just physical it’s emotional... Many of these animals have suffered... The working them back to health and the ups and downs of that journey... It’s amazing to watch but it involves so much.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

10/10/2019 I first met Rondi with Olympic Peninsula Alpaca and Llama Rescue when I joined forces with the remarkable Gina of Moonrise Alpaca Shearing. The rescue had just taken in 60+ alpaca from a terrible situation. The animals were dirty, thin and grossly negligent in maintenance. Provisions were immediately made to rectify the mistreatments these animals had endured. There were shorn, toes trimmed, teeth filed, and nutritional needs satisfied.

I then saw the OPAL 4-H club at a county fair! I’m a firm believer that a few of the most effective methods to enforce change is through education and youth involvement.

This organization takes their mission of advocating and caring for animals in need very seriously. They are transparent in their motives and it’s easy to see through the many success stories that they are putting donations to use for the welfare of the animals.

I was inspired to get involved through the foster program. I took in two of the previously mentioned alpaca rescued from Idaho. When they arrived on my farm they were unrecognizable! They were no longer crusty, skinny and fearful. Instead they were clean, healthy and confident! Thank you for letting us be a part of your cause and thank you for letting us ADOOPT our two very special boys ❤️

Amanda A.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the Olympic Peninsula Alpaca Rescue for almost exactly a year. I am constantly impressed by the amount of time, energy and money that owners Rondi and Greg put into the rescue. They care deeply for every single animal, and can tell you the name, story and personality of each alpaca - even when we had close to 100 of them! Rondi and Greg never stop making improvements and in the 12 months that I have been volunteering I have seen so many positive changes made on a shoestring budget. They are dedicated to education and 4H programs and give back to the community in so many ways. Mostly importantly, the rescued animals thrive in this beautiful, loving environment. My Thursday volunteer day is the best day of my week... by far! I love this place.

1 Rachael W.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful, reputable, and caring rescue.
Highly recommend!!