Monday, September 15, 2014

New Beginnings for a group of America's Imperiled Wild Horses

Originally published Sept 15, 2014 (Updated & Corrected Aug 17, 2017)

Temecula, CA, September 15, 2014 – Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) welcomes new rare and historic horses to its sanctuary program. It’s a new beginning and a fresh lease on life for over 100 imperiled Mustangs.  

Approximately 150 Mustangs recently lost their freedom and their homes in New Mexico and were in grave danger of going to slaughter, for the second time in their lives.  This special herd of wild horses had come to be known as the Monero Mustangs, a New Mexico horse rescue. Legend has it that they are descendants 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.

It’s been a long hard road for this herd of imperiled Mustangs that had already been through so much. Many of them first lost their freedom and their families when they were chased down by BLM helicopters and ATV’s – the trauma and physical suffering caused by these brutal roundups is virtually unspeakable.  The herd was provided sanctuary under the  Monero Mustangs, a New Mexico 501c3 charity founded by Sandi Claypool and her late mother Ila Bromberg.

The herd had resided on a large private ranch in New Mexico where many people visited to experience their majesty through eco-tourism.  Some of the herd members appeared in WFLF’s award winning movie, Saving America’s Horses which was partially filmed on location at the Monero Mustangs sanctuary in 2009. Filmmaker, Katia Louise recalls. “It was an honor to witness and film these magnificent living legends thriving in harmony with nature, complimenting the environment and gracing our world with their beauty.”  

Just recently the Monero Mustangs had sadly lost their grazing lease and within a few months the entire herd was in grave danger of going to slaughter.  Monero Mustang founder, Sandi Claypool says, “We hit rock bottom and there was no hope in site. If it wasn’t for Katia and the Wild for Life Foundation, our entire herd would have been brutally butchered alive for their meat.”

Katia is an expert on both the issue of horse slaughter and the plight of America’s wild horses. “When I heard that the Monero Mustangs lives were at stake, and knowing the untold horrors of their would-be fate, I knew we had to take immediate action,” Ms Louise said.  Being a grassroots charity emerged in equine rescue and preservation, Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) works around the clock in the trenches to meet these kinds of challenges on an everyday basis.  “Going in, I knew this would be one of the biggest most challenging rescue missions WFLF could take on.”  This was a matter of life and death urgency and an effort to prevent the most egregious cruelty inflicted upon animals by mankind.  And, on that day, the WFLF-MoneroMustang Rescue Mission was born.  “It’s a leap of faith for humanity and the future of the world we share together with these animals,” Katia added. “Thank heavens for our supporters and their steadfast dedication in support of our work.”

“Thanks to the many kind and generous donations from caring horse lovers who have come together in support of this mission, we have been able to provide emergency rescue services in effort to save this herd of majestic wild horses, including provision of their needed hay, veterinary care, housing and transport. The ASPCA, and Best Friends Animal Society generously contributed in support of this important WFLF mission.  “But this rescue mission is not yet complete,” says Katia.  “It has taken several months to save and restore the first 125 of these majestic herd members to new safe haven natural habitat homes, including over a few dozen rare Spanish Mustangs and several new born foals which are continuing to arrive at our California sanctuary facilities.”  

10 rare and historic Spanish Mustangs are welcomed to WFLF, CA

These incoming wild horses are the last of the Monero Mustangs. Claypool states they are "undiluted descendants of the Spanish horses brought to the Americas by Juan de Onate in and around 1598".  

With your continued support, WFLF will be able provide them with the security of a new safe and natural habitat and help assure that they will never be at risk of roundup or slaughter again.

“Our resources have been stretched to the limits by the necessary emergency rescue costs including transport just to get them safely out of Mew Mexico,” said Ms Louise. “Transporting large numbers of horses across state lines is complicated and costly. Stops must be made so the horses can rest, be watered and fed. Safely transporting horses across the country is limited during the hot summer months and these factors have all played into this major rescue mission.” Water and hay had to be trucked in daily to keep them fed and healthy while funds were raised to save them. 

As the remaining number of Wild Horses in the U.S. nears extinction, education and appreciation through the protection and observation of Wild Horses in sanctuary becomes tantamount to their survival as a species. America’s Wild Horses cannot be reproduced once they are gone.

WFLF relies 100% on tax deductible donations to do this lifesaving work. “Time of the essence. We’re down to the very last family bands of this majestic herd who will soon be united with their herd members in California. Plus six mares and their 3-4 month old foals are now awaiting transport from Equine Voices in Arizona where they had been allowed to build strength for the rest of their journey to their new home under WFLF’s wild horse sanctuary program.” 

WFLF Back to the Wild - Horse Sanctuary, Calif.

The "WFLF Monero Mustangs Rescue Mission" ENDED in June of 2015, at which time WFLF closed its solicitations for donations supporting this mission. 

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Wild For Life Foundation

Phone: 310.439.9817
The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a federally registered tax exempt 501 (c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to protecting and preserving America’s equines through rescue, rehabilitation, education and sanctuary. Federal ID Number: 26-3052458

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

WFLF Kicks it up to aid victimized horses in urgent need

The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) Hay Drive Mission kicks it up to help horses in urgent need. We are rallying support to feed and save starved and homeless horses.  Please take part by visiting our new Hay Drive page at Indiegogo.  Just by visiting you will help to increase exposure for this important mission.  Plus there are easy to use sharing tools right there..  Go to: 

Thank you for supporting this vital lifesaving mission. You make our lifesaving work possible.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Wild For Life Foundation launches Hay Drive to help save starved and homeless horses through the winter

News Alert

September 2014, Los Angeles, CA – The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) issues a stark warning that many equines will suffer starvation through the winter.  Skyrocketing hay prices compounded by drought conditions and neglectful owners who have not provided adequate feed during tough economic times are among the main causes.

Charity missions like the ‘WFLF Hay Drive’ help raise awareness and essential funds, to aid  horses, ponies, donkeys and foals that need urgent care after being starved, neglected, rounded up or discarded and left to die.  A bale of hay can make all the difference!

Katia Louise, WFLF President and Founder said: “Last year the WFLF saw a dramatic increase in the number of starving animals requiring the assistance of our rescue program. In 2013, the WFLF met the needs of a 244% increase in victimized equines over the previous year. Over the last twelve months, WFLF has responded and provided for over 200 neglected, abused and homeless horses who have come through our doors, including 17 pregnant mares and twenty one orphan foals.”  WFLF works around the clock helping horses across the country and is regularly stretched beyond capacity due to the rough economy. As a federally registered 501 (c)3 nonprofit charity, WFLF relies 100% on donations to do their vital lifesaving work. 

“It takes a great deal of hay to bring just one starved horse back to health and even more to feed a large number of homeless rescue horses through the winter, “ added Ms. Louise.  “Hay is the single highest ongoing expense and most crucial lifesaving resource in operating a horse rescue.” Indeed the cost of hay has more than doubled over the past few years and prices are expected to rise again this winter.

“The immediate need to replenish hay supplies is crucial,” Katia said. WFLF has stepped up during very troubling times and taken responsibility for numerous wild and domestic horses victimized by starvation and displacement.” says Ms Louise. “We are facing the upcoming winter without enough funding to purchase sufficient hay.”  

WFLF fed and re-homed more needy horses over the last year than ever before, but it is that time again; to replenish vital hay supplies, and the clock is ticking.  “The success of this Hay Drive will enable WFLF to purchase enough hay to get through winter before the winter prices go up,” Katia said. 
“We’ve committed to saving these horses and we will not fail,” Katia says. “But it is really scary. It’s an ongoing leap of faith.”

Having crucial hay funds is what makes it possible for WFLF to continue its lifesaving work.  “And, without adequate hay supplies, we would be forced to turn away needy starving horses; horses that would have nowhere else to go.”  Horses need this help more than ever.

WFLF provides urgent care, rehabilitation and safe housing to animals who have been victims of cruelty, starvation and displacement.  Every donation is paramount in this vital fundraising goal, whether it’s a $5 or $100.  “It takes all of us to make a difference in the lives of the horses we all share our love for,” says Katia.  “Please share to help and give what you can.” 

 How To Help
1.      Make a donation online at
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3.      Mail a check or money order to:
Wild For Life Foundation
19510 Van Buren Blvd, #F3236
Riverside, CA 92508

Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) is a federally registered 501c3, all volunteer, nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving both wild and domestic equines through rescue, rehabilitation, sanctuary and education; where horses and people are partners in healing.
Federal ID No. 26-3052458

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