Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

There are so many decisions to make when it comes to taking in a rescue. Sometimes they come to you in a way that you can’t refuse, like when they are left tied to your fence post, left with a note. Sometimes, there is no note. Often, you know the animals name, many times, you get the joy of naming them. Sometimes, you get a call from another rescue that doesn’t have room. Sometimes you get a call from a distraught owner, who just can’t provide anymore. Sometimes you get a call from a medical facility, begging you to claim an animal that needs extensive medical treatment. Sometimes you have a friend who has found an animal that needs someplace to call home.

All of these situations lead to the decisions that wrack the brains of the rescue. Do I have room? Will they be a good fit? Can I help them? Do I have enough to feed them? Can I make this happen? Can I afford this? So many questions whirling around. Questions that don’t always have the answers you would want to hear. Almost always the response to these questions are almost always in the affirmative. I will make it work. I will offer help. I will find a way. I will make the money stretch.

There are so many different ups and downs in this pursuit. So many wonderful success stories. So many heartbreaking situations. So many animals. This is why we do what we do. The animals are the reason. So tomorrow morning, we will wake up and do it all again. We may face the decisions of the day. Do we take in another life? How are we going to make this work today? How are we going to afford this today? But, when all these questions whirl around in your head, you look into those eyes, and see the love and gratefulness there. That makes the difference. That is why we go on for another day.

Meet Melon :)

Melon came to us the way that most do around here, in pure chaos.

A passerby saw Melon with her herd. —-

The passerby called Boulder Animal Control.

Boulder Animal Control called CSU.

CSU called a local vet.

That vet called us.

Then CSU called us.

See, I told you, quick and easy, just like life! Ha!

Melon is an adorable Alpaca who is 7 months old.

Melon was suffering from an exposed tibia due to a neglected injury.

Her leg needed to be amputated 3 inches above the infection.

We drove her up to CSU. They had agreed to perform the surgery for a discounted rate.

Then Melon came to home at the Ranch to recover.

5 days after coming to the Ranch she crawled out of her pen to be with the other Alpacas who are here.

This escape caused internal injuries, so we rushed her back up to CSU

She was there for a month with round the clock care.

They finally gave us the go to bring her home a month ago.

Now she has joined our other Alpacas.

She is happy and healthy and living the dream!

Just another saga here at Lily’s Ranch!