Rojo the llama retires after 12 years of dedicated service

Human Interest

Rojo's retirement party was held at Pioneer Courthouse Square

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Portland celebrity held a retirement party Sunday afternoon at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Rojo the llama stepped down from his service as a therapy animal after 12 years of dedicated work.

Rojo first began therapy training when he was just 5-years-old. The beloved therapy animal who underwent his training at the DoveLewis Animal Hospital. That organization hosted Rojo’s retirement party Sunday, which was open to the public.

“It’s been wonderful to have everyone stop by and say hello and say how they have been follow Rojo for so many years on social media,” said Shannon Joy with Mountain Peaks Therapy Llamas. “[I’ve] seen a lot of long-time followers—I call them llama stalkers. It’s pretty emotional, actually. It’s pretty wonderful.”

Rojo lives in Ridgefield with Mountain Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas. His owner Lori says other llamas will be taking over for Rojo as he enters retirement.

Throughout his esteemed career, Rojo made regular visits to schools, hospitals and charity events. He has also participated in many Rose Festival events.

Lori says Rojo loves large crowds but will now have time to relax. While in retirement, he won’t disappear from the community completely—there are still plans in the works to make appearances at Trail Blazers and Pickles games.

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