I have never met a more caring and dedicated person than my Uncle Richard. Every day he cares for more than 50 alpacas at his farm in Michigan- some of which were nothing but skin and bones when he first took them in. It is obvious from his interactions with the animals and interactions with guests to the farm, that he loves to care for the animals and that the animals love being cared for by my uncle.
My uncle had just purchased and stacked a year’s worth of hay for the alpacas (literally thousands of dollars in hay, a main food source for the animals) when the hay loft collapsed on Monday, 9-15-14. The hay loft was located inside of the main barn of the farm and spanned the ceiling above all of the enclosures that keep the alpacas safe at night time and during more sensitive times like when they give birth or are sick. My uncle risked his life to get all of the alpacas outside just in the nick of time before the loft collapsed, and now he is left with a barn in shambles.
My uncle tries very hard and always has such a great attitude. It hurts my heart what just happened to his farm. I am a student and can not afford to help him rebuild, so I am posting on GoFundMe.com for your help.
Your donations will go directly to the rebuilding of the hay loft and restoring the animals' night time and feeding enclosures so that they are safe. Please help us rebuild the farm.
This is a picture of my uncle interacting with one of his alpacas. The animals really seem to appreciate his company and care, and they do not even put up a fuss when he does silly things like put his glasses on their heads.
Here is my uncle again, this time with another alpaca resting on his lap in the winter's warm sunshine. Do you notice the smile on both their faces? :)
Here is a baby that Richard helped birth with the momma in the foreground. The mother alpacas are very much so at ease when Uncle Richard scoops up their babies. To me it's a testament to how much they trust him.
When Uncle Richard isn't taking care of the animals, fixing fences, or otherwise caring for the farm, he likes to keep the kids busy with soccer. :)
Any contribution you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for considering to help rebuild the farm.
Donations can be mailed directly to:
Gibraltar Bay Alpacas
8545 Groh Rd
Grosse Ile, Mi. 48138
Please make checks payable to Gibraltar Bay Alpacas
- John Armstrong
- Honour Leigh
- Linda Allen
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