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Charity & Environment / MacLennan alpacas are settling in

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We are delighted to share some information on how our baby alpacas are settling in into their new home at Barefoot Barns where they will become therapy animals.

Barefoot Barns have updated us that our beautiful girl Primrose and boys Pluto and Felix are still having a settling in period, just so that they can find their own place in the pecking order amongst other alpacas on the farm. Barefoot Barns have an impressive flock of 17 alpacas and there are more on the way due to a successful breeding programme.

Even though alpacas gifted by MacLennan are not quite ready for work yet, they are fitting in well. Visitors especially like our boy Felix as he is so tiny.

They are undergoing special training to become therapy animals to work with children and adults with disabilities, adults with dementia, mental health difficulties and adults and children in hospices.

charity work alpacas
charity work alpacas
charity work alpacas

Training is a gentle affair, putting head collars on and off so that they get used to being handled and the feel of the collar, then they go onto a lead and they try and “walk” them which can be a mixed outcome at the moment. Once they will be 100% happy and behaving, they will be used for therapy.

Therapy involves service users meeting and greeting the animals, hand feeding and walking them.

So far Barefoot Barns have assisted James’s Place - a provider for adults with learning difficulties and additional needs, they have three sites that have been assisted at. Naomi House and Jacks Place which is a children’s hospice, Barefoot Barns have been privileged to provide assistance there.

The animals have also visited local schools in Wiltshire and have been involved with various charitable activities. We have also had service users visiting Barefoot Barns to spend time with all of the animals. So far Primrose, Pluto and Felix are fast becoming favourites with visitors.

One of MacLennan offices is located on a farm with many animals, including alpacas. When three new alpacas were born, at six months old they were gifted to a charity Barefoot Barns in Firsdown near Salisbury in Wiltshire.

Photos provided by Barefoot Barns

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Baby alpaca

Getting to know MacLennan – we care!

Even though a huge amount of our business is in and around London, and a great many of our staff are London based, MacLennan headquarters are located on an idyllic mini-farm in the countryside. We work from converted barns which were earmarked for demolition for new houses 20 years ago but were rescued by Ian & Linda MacLennan and converted and conserved for use as our offices. Company director Ian MacLennan is passionate in regard to animals and the environment. Our little farm is filled with rescued chickens and includes Alpacas some of which are being bred to work as petting animals for children and adults with difficulties. We keep peacocks, geese, and until recently Donkeys and Goats. Ian is a beekeeper and we have thousands of honey bees in hives at the farm. The farm is landscaped to provide the right environment for bees and wildlife generally. Ian is also a keen scuba diver and a sea-loving sailor so sees first-hand the effects of plastic on our shores and the oceans so our Environmental goals are an utmost priority, shaping everyday decisions at MacLennan.
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