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Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), volunteer based animal welfare organization. Cross Creek was established in 2009 to ensure quality care and treatment of alpacas and other animals through intervention, education and outreach.
Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue was founded by Sharon Bond and Jacklyn Glover who started with rescuing horses in 2003. Then in 2007, they began to rescue alpacas. There are very few animal rescues dedicated to the saving of alpacas but the need exists. Too often gelded males, older females and otherwise unwanted alpacas are passed from farm to farm, or they are put down for little or no reason other than they are a burden to the current owner.
Cross Creek will provide education and information about alpacas while working with Alpaca Owners and Breeders to create additional markets for their fiber and cost effective ways of processing it to ensure a market for our U.S. alpaca. Alpacas produce one of the world’s finest, most luxurious and valuable fibers that exist today; soft as cashmere, warmer, lighter and stronger than wool. Alpaca is easier and less expensive to process than sheep’s wool due to its lack of lanolin. It produces a higher yield of clean fiber after processing: 87-95% versus 43-76% for wool.
Goals and Objectives
Our major goal for the organization is to provide education about alpacas and other animals as well as offer adoption services. The organization aims to accomplish this by:
- Educating the community around us on respect and care for alpacas and other animals.
- Developing relationships with local 4H organizations.
- Working with local colleges on education and awareness.
- Developing an adoption and fostering program.
The Chakana (or Inca Cross, Chakana) symbolizes for Inca mythology what is known as the Tree of Life. The hole through the centre of the cross is the Axis by means of which the shaman ( spiritual leader) transits the cosmic vault to the other levels. The three levels of existence are Hana Pacha (upper world inhabited by the superior gods), Kay Pacha, (the world of our everyday existence) and Ucu or Urin Pacha ( the underworld inhabited by spirits of the dead.
The cross has 12 points and legend has it that these points represent the following sayings, affirmations and life points, I live, I work, I love the underworld, the current world, the upper world, The cougar, The Eagle, The snake, Don’t Lie, Don’t Cheat, Don’t Steal.
The four flat sides represent the elements Water, Air, Earth & Fire.
The dot is symbolic of the alpaca and the blue outline symbolizes “protection.”