Mental Health Month

Now You Can Rent These Dapper Llamas For Your Wedding

And help support an animal therapy program while you're at it.

May is Mental Health Month. Throughout the month we will bring you stories about mental health and the importance of breaking surrounding stigmas, as well as highlighting those who live with related conditions and are advocating awareness.

If you're a bride or groom in the Pacific Northwest area, and you're looking for something to really set your wedding apart, Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas has just the thing.


The non-profit allows people to rent llamas and alpacas for their nuptials.

The animal therapy center has adorable llamas, including Diego, Rojo, and Smokey, and alpacas Napoleon and Jean-Pierre, that are available for hire.

And if you're not planning on getting married, the four-legged friends are also available for birthday parties, corporate events, private parties, and more.

Not only do you end up with some cute companions at your event, you're also helping to support the animal therapy center.

The people behind the faith-based business, mother-daughter duo Shannon Joy and mom Lori Gregory, explain on the Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas website, "Educating your guests about llamas and alpacas, and how ours are beneficial for therapy, is one of our favorite past-times, and these kinds of requests are always appreciated, as all of the income that we receive goes toward supporting our therapy program!"

When the llamas aren't attending weddings and birthdays, they are busy providing volunteer and reduced-cost visitation at children's hospitals, senior communities, rehab facilities, and schools in the Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA area.

Since 2007, the animal therapy team has completed over 1,000 therapeutic visits and made appearances at numerous private events.

Animal therapy is something that has many benefits in terms of mental health, physical health, physical therapy, and even literacy supportUCLA Health research has looked at the effects of animal therapy on those with heart conditions, autism, dementia, anxiety, and animal-assisted interventions. Other studies have shown that therapy involving animals can help those suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). Animal therapy can also help those fighting cancer or depression. 

CRC Health cites that part of the therapy's effectiveness is that the animals are "accepting, non-threatening, and non-judgmental, making it easier for people to open up." Besides llamas, dogs, rabbits, horses, and even dolphins are used as part of the treatment.

When people "rent" the llamas for their parties, it allows the team to continue helping those in need.

Take a look at more adorable photos of the wedding llamas:

(H/T: HuffPost)

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