VI Llama & Alpaca Club

                                      Pet Therapy





Llamas make excellent therapy animals because they are intuitive and curious with new people and surroundings. They brighten the day with visits to nursing homes, retirement homes and hospitals. They make everyone smile. They seem to sense the needs of others and are giving and gentle animals.



Residents and patients have their picture taken with the llamas, who by their very own nature make people more comfortable. Their faces light up and they have a very positive impact, remembering the experience for weeks. Some doctors have recommended them for working with the handicapped or mentally challenged children and adults. Patients that have not spoken for months will become quite verbal and they can bring out the personality of the shyest person.



Llamas are very social animals, easy to train. They can be house broken, negotiate rooms, hallways, stairs, elevators, various floor surfaces, and are happy travelling in a van.