Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Announcing the arrival of 7 Spanish Mustang mares and their foals to Arizona

Green Valley, AZ, July 29, 2014 – Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is thrilled to announce
the arrival of seven mares and their babies to Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary. These majestic icons were in grave danger of going to slaughter, but were saved as part of a collaborative grass roots rescue mission by the Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF). 
 
"Equine Voices is honored to be part of WFLF’s Monero Mustang Rescue Mission, a nationwide effort under the Wild for Life Foundation Safe Haven Rescue Partnership program,” says Karen Pomroy, founder and executive director of Equine Voices.  By helping to save these imperiled horses’ lives, we will also be helping to build awareness for the need to protect America’s wild horses from roundups and slaughter.” 


 "We are proud to collaborate with Equine Voices as an official WFLF Safe Haven Rescue Partner,” says Katia Louise, filmmaker, founder and president of the Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF).  “It’s an honor to welcome these Spanish Mustang mares and foals who will have this wonderful opportunity to heal through their transitional stay at Equine Voices.”  The foals, ages six weeks to three months in age, will build strength over the next 2-3 months in preparation of their final journey with their mothers to WFLF’s Wild Horse Sanctuary program in California.



The Wild for Life Foundation recently launched the WFLF Monero-Mustang Rescue Mission, a large scale emergency operation established to help save over 130 Wild Horses.  The Monero herd members are direct descendents of America’s most historic Mustangs; Spanish horses, Indian ponies and early Calvary mounts that once roamed the western region of the U.S. in great numbers, but are now under extreme threat of extinction. They had lost their protected rangeland homes in New Mexico and became at risk of barbaric slaughter.

These mares and foals together with approximately twenty other Mustangs have been positively identified as the El Rito Spanish Mustangs; descendants of the Spanish horses brought to the Americas by Juan de Onate in the 1500's. These rare blood line Mustangs were part of the Monero Mustang conservation program founded by WFLF’s Wild Horse Conservation Manager Sandi Claypoole. This special conservation program was established for their protection after they had narrowly escaped government eradication.  

The WFLF Monero Mustangs Rescue Mission is a grass roots effort to save the lives of these endangered Mustangs. Donations in support of this effort are helping to provide feed, medical care, transport and safe haven placement for these survivors; to assure they will never be subject to roundup or slaughter again. Volunteer rescue team members have been working around the clock to truck in hay and water on a daily basis to keep them fed.  The last of the herd members are being evacuated out of the temporary shelters in New Mexico where they had received emergency refuge. 

"With wild mustang herds across the west vanishing, the importance of protecting and preserving them, and providing the public the opportunity to view and experience wild mustangs in their natural environment is essential to the history and the future of our Nation," adds Ms. Louise. "WFLF is poised to welcome these special rare breed Spanish Mustangs to its California sanctuary program where they will soon join the Red Rock Herd of sacred Navajo Mustangs.”  

Collaborative support and donations go a long way in helping to save and care for rescue horses in need.  Community members have helped to pay for hay, veterinary medical care and transport, but continued in-kind support and donations are needed to see this mission through.  The ASPCA and Best Friends Animal Society made generous donations to help with hay, transport and veterinary care.
  
The last of the Spanish Mustangs will be arriving to WFLF in California  over the next few months. Community members are encouraged to help by sponsoring a Mustang in need. Donations will help keep their hay supplies replenished and pay for needed vet care. Through monthly gifts and one-time donations supporters can help save lives and secure ongoing quality care for these special beings.   100% of each donation goes directly to help the horses, and helps to assure that these vulnerable imperiled horses will never be at risk again.



WFLF partnered with the Monero Mustangs in April 2014, and has since successfully placed the majority of these imperiled horses into new sanctuary habitats.  "Horses heal our hearts and they can heal the lands” adds Katia Louise. “As ambassadors for the horse nation these wild horses are helping to educate and show the world that the re-introduction of horses to America’s rangelands, in truth can rejuvenate the environment.”

Craig Downer, BOD Wild for Life Foundation, wildlife ecologist, and author of “The Wild Horse Conspiracy” points out that wild horses are a big benefit to the ecosystem. They help to create that very important soil substance known as Humus...which makes the soils more nutrient-rich, adhesive and more retentive to water. This aids greatly in increasing the moisture of soils and elevating the water tables. The manure of wild horses builds the soils and disperses the intact seeds of many species to a much greater degree than cattle and sheep. Wild free-roaming horses also greatly reduce the possibility of catastrophic fires which can sterilize the soils and destroy its seed banks.” 

About The Wild For Life Foundation: Founded in 2008, the Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a 501 (c)(3) U.S. registered tax exempt nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving equines through rescue, sanctuary and education.  The WFLF has been at the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide safe harbor for at risk animals, providing the space, natural habitat and quality of care which they deserve.  WFLF and its wild horse preservation initiative serve as an educational platform for the protection and preservation of America’s imperiled wild horses and burros. The WFLF provides community enrichment through charitable equine assisted learning activities to aid youth and adults in building positive life skills.  To find out more about Wild for Life Foundation, please visit us on Facebook or our websites at www.wildforlifefoundation.org , www.LifetimeEquineRefuge.org, www.SavingAmericasHorses.org Federal ID No. 26-3052458


About Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary: Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization accredited under the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries for adhering to the true mission of providing safe haven and humane care for abused animals. Equine Voices is exemplary in their work to help pregnant mares cruelly exploited for urine collection, used in the manufacturing of Premarin. Not only does Equine Voices rescue the horses that are victims of this ruthless industry and the cast-off foals created by the process, but they also work to educate the public and members of the medical community about the source of these estrogen-replacement drugs and the cruelty inherent in procuring them.  Equine Voices is a voice for all horses and other equines who cannot speak for themselves, and works to end their senseless abuse, suffering and slaughter. On the web- http://www.equinevoices.org/horses/



Media Contacts:

Wild For Life Foundation
Kate Dudley

Phone: 310.439.9817

Equine Voices
Karen Pomroy
Karen@equinevoices.org
520-398-2814

Friday, July 11, 2014

Wild Horse Expert and Conservationist, Sandi Claypool, joins Wild For Life Foundation as the new Wild Horse Conservation Manager in California



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wild Horse Expert and Conservationist, Sandi Claypool, joins Wild For Life Foundation as a new Wild Horse Sanctuary Manager in California

July 12, 2014 - The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is pleased to announce that Sandi Claypool will
be joining the WFLF Sanctuary Program Team as a new on site Wild Horse Manager.
Sandi Claypool is the founder of Monero Mustangs of New Mexico.  She has dedicated her work to keeping the genetic pool of the original Spanish El Rito Mustang alive. As an educator, Sandi will aim to bring a wealth of knowledge to our wild horse educational program, about the treasure of this regal and adaptive band of vanishing 'El Rito' Spanish that helped build the west.  “Our American Mustang has impacted every race and every culture in the building of our Nation. These iconic living legends helped fight our battles, conquer and build settlements in our Nation, deliver our mail, transport doctors to the sick, transported supplies, and fought in our nations wars on all sides, says Ms Claypool.  “The symbol of freedom they represent during turbulent times is a great healer of broken hearts.”

Referred to by many as the Spanish horses, these Mustangs trace their lineage back to the reintroduction of equines to North America by the Spaniards in the 1500's.  These majestic icons now need homes after narrowly escaping government eradication.

Just recently the Monero Mustangs lost their freedom and their homes on the open rangelands in New Mexico and were in grave danger of going to slaughter. The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) launched a special rescue mission to assist the Monero Mustangs in April, in effort to save these majestic Mustangs and because of YOU, and every single friend who has sent in donations this large scale emergency rescue mission is nearly complete. “It’s so important in these times of great need to band together, to partner and collaborate,” says Katia Louise. “We’ve got to stick together, especially when the going gets tough, and do everything possible to help each other on behalf of the horses in need.”  

Wild For Life Foundation launched the WFLF Monero Mustang Rescue and Recovery Mission to save the
lives of these majestic individual horses, and also to assure that the Monero Mustang legacy will live on. "With wild mustang herds across the west vanishing, the importance of protecting and preserving them, and providing the public the opportunity to view and experience wild mustangs in their natural environment is essential to the history and the future of our Nation," adds Ms. Louise.

Since late 2013, WFLF has rescued and placed approximately 180 wild Mustangs, including approximately 140 Monero Mustangs, and 40 Navajo Mustangs, including 21 orphaned foals (ages 1-6 months old), and several pregnant mares who all had lost their freedom and their homes in New Mexico. The baby horses had been orphaned as a result of the roundups and slaughter, which the vast majority of American people oppose. 

"The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF), a nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic horses through rescue, sanctuary, and education, is developing a permanent public benefit sanctuary where horses and people are partners in healing," said WFLF's founder Katia Louise. WFLF will be re-homing 50-60 of these rescued Spanish and Navajo Mustangs, and give them a permanent natural habitat sanctuary within 30-60 minutes of San Diego.  Sandi and the last couple groups of Spanish horses are due to arrive in California sometime later this month.

Donations to WFLF's 'Seeds of Life' fundraising program will support its sanctuary program which will make a meaningful difference in the lives of both people and animals.  And through monthly gifts of $10 or more, Lifeline Legacy Members can help secure permanent quality care and habitats for these victimized animals. Monthly giving is the easiest way to support WFLF's lifesaving mission. Each monthly gift helps to provide a consistent, reliable income stream that allows the rescue and sanctuary team to tackle whatever case may come through the door, and helps to assure that these vulnerable victimized horses will never be at risk of mistreatment again!

The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a U.S. registered tax exempt 501 (c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to protecting America's equines through rescue, rehabilitation, education and sanctuary. The WFLF provides programs to promote community enrichment, including wild horse preserves, equine wellness activities and robust equine assisted programs for active duty military, veterans and their families, as well as disadvantaged youth and others in need. We save the lives of homeless, mistreated and slaughter bound horses whose healing hearts enhance the lives of people.  Federal ID Number: 26-3052458

Visit WFLF: www.WildForLifeFoundation.org
Email
Phone: 310.439.9817

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sanctuary Land Needed for Historic and Rare Horses


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


July 11, 2014,  North County San Diego- Wanted: At least 100 acres for lease or to buy, well-fenced with rolling hills and trees for shade and weather protection, water well access and grazing opportunities. 
Its purpose? To serve as a sanctuary for some of America's most historic and rare horses -
rescued Spanish and Navajo Mustangs recently saved after losing the land they lived on. Referred to by many as the Spanish horses, these Mustangs trace their lineage back to the reintroduction of equines to North America by the Spaniards in the 1500's.  These majestic icons now need homes after narrowly escaping government eradication.

"The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF), a nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic horses through rescue, sanctuary, and education, aims to provide a permanent public benefit sanctuary where horses and people are partners in healing," said WFLF's founder Katia Louise. The goal is to re-home 50-60 rescued Spanish and Navajo Mustangs in need, and give them a permanent natural habitat sanctuary within 30-60 minutes of San Diego.  

"With wild mustang herds across the west vanishing, the importance of protecting and preserving them, and providing the public the opportunity to view and experience wild mustangs in their natural environment is essential to the history and the future of our Nation," adds Ms. Louise.  
Since late 2013, WFLF has rescued approx 180 wild Mustangs, including approx 140 Monero Mustangs, and 40 Navajo Mustangs, including 21 orphaned foals (ages 1-6 months old), and several pregnant mares who all had lost their freedom and their homes in New Mexico. The baby horses had been orphaned as a result of the roundups and slaughter, which the vast majority of American people oppose. Two of the youngest most fragile foals were brought to Bonsall, CA, and have since been lovingly fostered by Linda Harris, Director of Ambassadors for Compassion.  

Volunteer emergency rescue team members began trucking in water and hay on a daily basis to over 100 imperiled Monero Mustangs in March this year, and began re-homing them into safe natural habitats in Arizona, Colorado, and Texas.  Thanks to an overwhelming outpouring of assistance from supporters, wild horse enthusiasts, and meaningful grants from the ASPCA, and Best Friends Animal Society, WFLF rescue team members have been able to provide essential veterinary medical care, hay, transport and housing for many Navajo and Spanish Mustangs in need.  

The WFLF seeks to secure appropriate natural habitat through sanctuary land acquisition in North San Diego county where these last few rare Spanish Mustangs can be permanently safe along with the Red Rock herd of Navajo Mustangs.
These horses are direct descendents of America's most historic Mustangs; Spanish horses, Indian ponies and early Calvary mounts that once roamed the western region of the U.S. in great numbers, but are now under extreme threat of extinction.  WFLF has managed to keep the small group rare breed Spanish horses together but they are not out of danger yet.  

The charity is preparing to bring these Spanish horses to California to be part of a sanctuary eco-conservation program under its charter. "Time is of the essence to permanently secure this vital land so we can assure a forever safe home for these and other imperiled and homeless victims," said Katia Louise.  WFLF seeks this land to be held in perpetuity for the horses and assure that these and other imperiled horses will never be at risk of slaughter again.

They are part of our history, yet the wild horses of today continue to battle for their rightful
place on their Native lands. Their unique adaptability and hardiness cannot be replicated in domestic breeding situations yet these indigenous horses are teetering on extinction due to their capture and removal by government agencies. And, America's wild horses cannot be reproduced once they are gone.

America's wild horses are denied their North American indigenous roots by U.S. government agencies that have instead labeled them as an "exotic, feral and invasive species" as a means to justify their removal from the range-lands. However, horses in truth have been found to boost biodiversity.  In fact conservationists in several parts of the world have been studying the re-introduction of wild equines to the range-lands as a way to restore the natural environment and wildlife. For example, the Tarpan wild horses have been successfully returned to the landscapes in both Britain and the Oostvaardersplassen of the Netherlands. Wild horses are scientifically recognized for bringing light grazing and natural fertilization benefits to the lands where they roam. Their restoration to the range-lands has truly helped the return of a wider variety of plants and invertebrates. "These majestic icons heal our hearts and they can heal the lands," says Katia Louise.

The Wild For Life Foundation has been working to secure permanent sanctuary land but recent efforts have not yet been fruitful. The charity is under deadline to secure sanctuary space for the last of the Navajo and Spanish Mustang herd members - even if short-term - which would allow more time to secure permanent acquisition.

"Ideally, all that's needed is something near North County San Diego where visitors and community members can benefit, take part and give back," said Ms. Louise. At minimum, they want about 100 acres, although the more the better so the horses have room to roam and to reduce the need for supplemental feed.  The charity is receiving pledges and grants toward costs as they continue to raise the balance of funds needed for acquisition and improvements.

Donations to WFLF's 'Seeds of Life' fundraising program will support this sustainable sanctuary expansion and make a meaningful difference in the lives of both people and animals.  

The sanctuary expansion is fitting for the Wild For Life Foundation, which has been at the forefront of international efforts to prevent animal cruelty, and to provide the urgently needed quality care which these victimized animals deserve.  WFLF also promotes equine assisted learning and therapy activities to aid youth, active duty military and veterans, and others in need. The wild horse observation program at the sanctuary will serve as an educational platform for the conservation and protection of Mustangs and burros who have been removed from the wild.  

As a recognized leader in animal welfare, the new sanctuary is vital for Wild For Life Foundation to respond adequately to the rapid pace growth in the number of animals and people it serves. The additional space, dedicated care areas and special facilities are needed to better provide for the animals in need. More significantly, the new sanctuary would enable WFLF to enhance the quality of its programs for for both people and  horses. "Ultimately and most importantly the new sanctuary would allow us to improve our ability to properly care for and rehabilitate more rescued animals and assure them of forever safe harbor," said Ms. Louise. 

Through monthly gifts of $10 or more, WFLF Lifeline Legacy Members help secure permanent quality care and habitats for these victimized animals. Monthly giving is the easiest way to support WFLF's lifesaving mission. Each monthly gift helps to provides a consistent, reliable income stream that allows the all volunteer rescue team to tackle whatever case may come through their doors, and assure that these vulnerable victimized horses will never be at risk of mistreatment again!  

Katia Louise is the Founder and President and volunteer Executive Director of the Wild for Life Foundation.  Ms Louise, Lakota Sioux descent, is a lifelong horsewoman and experienced equestrian with a background in emergency and crisis support, equine rescue, wild horse preservation and equine assisted learning programs.
  
The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a U.S. registered tax exempt 501 (c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to the prevention of animal cruelty through rescue, rehabilitation, education and sanctuary. The WFLF promotes community enrichment through animal friendly - nature based programming for active duty military, veterans and their families, as well as disadvantaged youth and others in need. We save the lives of homeless, equines and canines whose healing hearts enhance the lives of people.  Federal ID Number: 26-3052458

To learn more visit the website at www.WildForLifeFoundation.org

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