Monday, August 14, 2017

Rally to Help Rescue Horses and Burros

These are the faces of the innocent rescue horses and burros that need your support today!

The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF), an all volunteer nonprofit charity is rallying support to help rescue horses and burros in immediate need. If you have wanted to help, but have put it off, NOW’S THE TIME! These animals come to us traumatized, shattered, desperate and betrayed. With us they find love, safety, compassion, dignity, trust, hope and a new beginning. And at WFLF rescue is just the beginning of our committed dedication to ensure they will never be subject to cruelty or suffering again.

Here's what we need:
Our immediate objective is to raise crucial funds in the total amount of $45,000. $25,000 of which will directly pay to replenish critical hay supplies through the fall.  At WFLF no donation amount is too small. Join our $5 a month club to help throw some hay our way!  Every bail of hay makes a difference. We also need to replenish our emergency rescue  services fund which pays for essential equine rescue expenses including hoof care, animal housing, veterinary care, medical supplies and so on. These animals are counting on us to raise these funds and it costs us an average of $10,000 a month to pay these expenses.  We need your immediate help to rally this crucial support for the next two months  And like most other charity rescue organizations we are also in need of compassionate and reliable volunteers! 

As a rescue, you never know when the next emergency is going to strike and that's why we maximize each and every resource. We operate on a strict budget conserving every dollar. Since founding in 2008, our efficiency ratio has averaged 98-100% which means nearly 100% of  the funds we receive for our lifesaving mission goes straight to the horses served through our rescue and sanctuary program. This is how we continue to ensure each and every animal receives the quality care they need. Donations made to our lifesaving mission pay for their most essential expenses including the cost to house and purchase feed, veterinary medical care and supplies, hoof care and transport. 
98% Efficiency RatioA combination of our successful placement program together with adequate reserves, space and resources plus strong continued funding is what enables us to accept new arrivals and save more lives. However new intakes must be reduced when times are lean. Between the nonstop stream of medical emergencies in dealing with incoming cruelty victims including roundup and slaughter survivors, it's a constant challenge to make funding ends meet. But every life saved is a miracle and we count these blessings every day. And sometimes the unexpected happens, like an extreme spike in medical costs, or a natural disaster hits, or a shift in revenue resources - these things can quickly lead to a crisis situation when reserves have been tapped. It takes a village to run a successful rescue and sanctuary program - these animals cannot help themselves. They count on all of us to keep them safe.

Meet MorningStar, she is one of the two dozen plus, orphan Mustang foals that we saved  during the highly contested U.S. government Navajo roundups. She was just 4 weeks old when her mother was chased down by ATV's out on the open range. She was amongst the first 21 orphan foals we evacuated to safety, but for MorningStar, her internal injuries and the trauma she experienced was far more devastating then anyone imagined.

Shortly after arriving to our orphan foal center MorningStar's body shut down. She was rushed to the hospital by our loving team of volunteer rescue professionals and she was admitted onsite. Her story went viral within hours. MorningStar spent the next 17 days in the ICU at the local veterinary hospital. Too weak to stand or prop herself up for the first several days, she eventually gained enough strength to lay her little hooves forward just long enough to gain nourishment from special foal feed and milk-replacer supplements which were provided to her on the hour. MorningStar's rescue and recovery story touched the lives of animal and horse lovers around the world and helped to bring exposure and needed awareness toward increased protection of this historic native species from the brutal and violent roundup and slaughter activities.

This is MorningStar today. She is thriving and full of spunk and life. She and her  best friend Hope, another orphan foal have grown up together. And, if they could articulate words, we believe they would say, "life is good, thank you for saving us!"

But they would also tell you that their needs are urgent, and real and need to be met every day. Without continued meaningful financial support from caring and compassionate people like you, and the tireless volunteer work our grassroots rescue team puts in 7 days a week, day and night, these precious animals would face a sad and uncertain future. Please help us to keep them safe with a donation in any amount today. Please click here to donate.

Istas, Sunfire and Nakita are members of WFLF's Red Rock herd - they are also roundup and slaughter survivors. Sunfire is a handsome paint gelding, Nakita is a beautiful speckled apricot roan Mustang and Istas is her beautiful daughter, (a pure white mule). They, together with 17 other young fillies and colts were saved by WFLF. Several of them arrived pregnant, injured and thin. They have since recovered, had their foals, and they reside amongst other resident refugees under our equine sanctuary program. Sunfire, Nakita and Istas, together with their herd had been captured during the highly contested U.S government Navajo roundups where thousands of sacred indigenous horses and burros were chased down and removed from their native rangeland homes by BLM/BIA rangers, and then shipped straight to slaughter.  Their stories of hope, survival, healing and forgiveness are a true testament to their strength, courage, their will to live and ability to do so in peace and harmony in nature and with people. Their successful rescue and continued aftercare speaks volumes for the kind humanitarians who've stepped up in times of need to support our lifesaving mission over the last ten years. We thank you!

Mariachi, a victimized quarter horse paint stallion was rescued together with
two Arabian mares. All three were victims of starvation and neglect. They were surrendered by their previous owner who had fallen onto hard times and had no means to feed or care for them. WFLF welcomed all three of the extremely emaciated horses into our rescue and recovery program. Mariachi had also suffered a serious injury which his prior owner had sadly completely neglected. We paid for his needed veterinary surgery and medical care. Mariachi fully recovered from starvation and emerged into a stunning stallion, however during his transformation we had him gelded, but he is no longer rideable due to his previous injury that had been neglected so long. Mariachi has since reunited with his socially bonded mares and they are living out their lives together under our sanctuary program, but their continued care, health and safety is only made possible through continued kind donations from people like you.  Please help Mariachi and other horses in dire need like him, by sharing and donating if you can.

Marley with a new leash on life!Meet Marley, a standard woolley donkey, and victim of neglect, abuse and abandonment. We received an urgent plea from local animal services for his intake assistance. They had impounded Marley at the county shelter where he was placed on the euthanasia list due to severe gaping wounds which spanned across his body, all four legs and his face. We took Marley in and provided him with urgently needed veterinary medical care and surgery. Marley has since fully recovered physically but has permanent wounds from trauma in his past. Marley continues to heal and he receives lots of daily tender loving care under the protection of our sanctuary program where he resides with other rescued donkeys.

CarmelMeet Carmel, an off track Thoroughbred racehorse saved from the seedy underground slaughter pipeline in CA. She and her best friend Giselle were discovered thin, frightened and about to illegally ship for gruesome slaughter. Carmel's previous owner took home $40,000 in winnings from her last race where she bobbled out of the gate and hit the track rail, but she kept running and won. The bobble injury resulted in the end to her racing career and she was sadly dumped on a kill lot. However WFLF has provided Carmel with the layup and recovery time she needed to heal, together with rehabilitation therapy but it has taken years. She is finally able to enjoy her turnout time with her best friend and fellow rescue mates without soreness. For Carmel a second chance of life means the peace and safety of sanctuary where she is free from the risk of brutal slaughter. 

Mariachi, Marley, Carmel, MorningStar, Sunfire, Nakita and Istas serve as equine Ambassadors to WFLF's equine programs. Their transformation stories serve to inspire and educate the public about the need to properly care for and protect horses and burros from slaughter and other forms of cruelty.

Caring for horses and burros taking money - a lot of money! And we're extremely thankful for each and every dollar donated over the years - with your support we have saved and provided aid and safe harbor for 100's of horses and burros, and have placed many more into new loving homes. We can't do this charitable work without you! Every donation counts and can make a huge difference in the lives of these precious innocent animals.

They need your help today! Time is of the essence to raise crucial funds for their continued loving care. Please help us keep them fed and safe.

Tax deductible donations are accepted online and by mail. Please click to give or donate by mail today to the address below. With thanks and much love the horses and burros.

Katia and MiaYours for the animals,
Katia Louise
Volunteer Executive Director Wild For Life Foundation

PS- You can give your contribution special meaning by helping to sponsor a horse in need, or you can help by taking part in our adoption or foster program. Even if you don't have a barn at home you can adopt a burro or even a wild Mustang through our symbolic adoption program.

About the Wild For Life Foundation:

Now in our 10th year, the Wild for Life Foundation has a well established track record of compliance with all relevant laws and regulations. Our Board of Directors consists of 100%

Celebrating 10 years
volunteers who contribute their time, money and resources to benefit the Mission of the Wild for Life Foundation. WFLF is committed to being in compliance with all operational policies, as well as relevant State and Federal laws and regulations in order to protect its mission, its beneficiaries, its assets and to honor donor/ grantor intent. The WFLF considers program measurement a proud companion to the transparency that has earned our non-profit foundation the prestigious Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency year after year. Fully Vetted by GlobalGiving's rigorous due diligence process since 2012, GlobalGiving has ranked Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) at the highest level. WFLF is a U.S. registered 501 (c)(3), all volunteer nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving America's equines through rescue, sanctuary and humane education. Federal ID No 26-3052458

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