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.
Shari is the contact person who works on finding and placing the alpacas in their new forever homes. Her duties also include the daily job of running the farm. We currently have 22 alpacas, 1 llama, 4 horses, 2 mini horses, 3 dogs and 1 cats (all rescues). We are non-paid volunteers.
- We do not receive grants or any financial support from major companies. All feed, medical, travel expenses and farm improvements come from private and adoption donations.
- When CCAR takes on a rescue, we are there for the long haul, getting to know the animals, so that we can best meet the request made by future homes and (most importantly to us), make sure the animals that are buddied up or related go to their new homes together.
- Our desire is to build relationships with the people that adopt, to make them feel a part of the alpaca community and lead them into a lifestyle full of fun and relaxation with a future full of luxurious fiber. A private Facebook group has been set up for them for the sharing of ideas, questions/answers, pictures and stories. Mentors are set up as needed and are on the Group site to help answer any questions or concerns that are brought up.
- The animals that we care for here at Cross Creek, come in with special needs. Some we can eventually adopt out and some will stay to live out their days.
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.
About Our Logo
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.”