Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The American Mustang - A Gift of Life and Hope

American Mustang Holiday Gift Sponsorships are now available!

Send Love to someone special in your life with a Gift Sponsorship featuring an American Mustang.  Your sponsorship gift will directly aid America's victimized Mustangs.

Find complete details here.   

Who wouldn't love to know that your gift to them is actually a gift of life to a horse that's been starved, brutally rounded up, mistreated or neglected? Your kindness and generosity will help rescued horses under the WFLF Sanctuary program and are in need of crucial support this holiday season. WFLF Holiday Gift Sponsorships are a wonderful way to help a horse in need and brighten the holidays for your loved one.


Your gift will make a difference on multiple levels.  It will help a Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) sanctuary horse in need, and help educate someone you know about the very real problems horses face in today’s world. Your gift recipient will also learn about WFLF’s lifesaving mission and how together we are making a difference in the lives of these and other needy horses for generations to come.

Caring and compassionate people are the lifeblood of WFLF’s mission, and we are very grateful to them, as we could not accomplish this vital lifesaving work without your support. 

Order your American Mustang Gift Sponsorship and make a difference in the life of a horses in need today.

Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity which relies 100% on donations. Our work is only made possible with the generous help from our community of supporters. We thank you for your commitment to our mission to save, protect and preserve America's horses. Contributions may be made payable to Wild for Life Foundation and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Federal ID No. 26-3052458 

19510 Van Buren Blvd, #F3236, Riverside, CA · 310.439.9817
 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WFLF's 2014 "Year of the Horse"

The Wild For Life Foundation is pleased to invite you to enjoy and share WFLF's "YEAR of the HORSE"!
It's an inspiring little video celebrating a magnificent year of equine rescue, sanctuary and education from the Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF). Click here to watch on YouTube:
http://youtu.be/0PrvEU8-9ko

All the horses in this video were rescued from life threatening situations. Sadly they were all facing gruesome slaughter.  Many of them had also been brutally chased down by helicopters and ATV's during roundups, and others were victims of starvation, abuse and neglect.  But thanks to caring and compassionate people like you, we were able to save them all from these horrific cruelties. 

Won’t you open the door to your heart this holiday season to horses in desperate need? Your generous gift will help ensure that this program remains part of the care available to starved, displaced, abused, neglected and slaughter bound wild and domestic horses served by the Wild For Life Foundation. Please consider making a difference in the lives of these victimized animals today. Your donation in any amount will help save lives and is tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.  https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=3ZRRBK6W3BULG

Wild For Life Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity which relies 100% on donations. Our work is only made possible with the generous help from our community of supporters. We thank you for your commitment to our mission to save, protect and preserve America's horses. Contributions may be made payable to Wild for Life Foundation and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Federal ID No. 26-3052458  

To contribute by mail:
Wild for Life Foundation
19510 Van Buren Blvd, #F3236
Riverside, CA 92508

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Giving Thanks and Giving Back


Every donation counts!  Donate Now

JOIN US in Giving Thanks for the honor and privilege to serve America’s majestic horses. They heal our hearts and heal our lands; they make our world whole. We at Saving 's Horses and Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) cherish every moment we spend caring for horses in need, providing for them and saving their lives.
AND, as we rejoice in the season of thanks, we extend our utmost gratitude to everyone who has supported our mission and our efforts to save, protect and preserve victimized horses and burros in need. We could not accomplish our work without your continued kind and generous support!



As you spend time with your loved ones and reflect on all the wonderful moments of the past year, we hope you will take a moment to reflect on the profound work of the Wild For Life Foundation. We encourage you to support the work that we do. The lives that our Rescue and Sanctuary Team has touched and the stories we have shared celebrate the enduring strength of survival, and the power of compassion and faith to heal the heart even in the midst of unimaginable loss.
  • $25     Will help feed orphaned foals and hungry rescue horses
  • $100   Will help pay for needed vaccines
  • $500   Will help provide urgently needed veterinary medical care for rescue horses in need
Won’t you open the door to your heart this holiday season to horses in desperate need? 

Your generous gift will help ensure that this vital program remains part of the care available to starved, displaced, abused, neglected and slaughter bound wild and domestic horses served by the Wild For Life Foundation. 
Please consider making a difference in the lives of these victimized animals today.   


Warmest holiday wishes from our family to yours,
Katia Louise, Founder, President, Volunteer Executive Director
The Wild For Life Foundation

Wild For Life Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity which relies 100% on donations. Our work is only made possible with the generous help from our community of supporters. We thank you for your commitment to our mission to save, protect and preserve America's horses. Contributions may be made payable to Wild for Life Foundation and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Federal ID No. 26-3052458  

To contribute by mail:
Wild for Life Foundation
19510 Van Buren Blvd, #F3236
Riverside, CA 92508

Monday, November 17, 2014

Celebrating Quantum Progress this Season of Thanks and Giving



Celebrating Quantum Progress this Season of Thanks and Giving

 Katia Louise: Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF)

It’s been a transformational year for animals at the Wild For Life Foundation. And we’re celebrating this success based on the individual animals rescued from distress and the compassion and awareness generated by our educational efforts. The animals are counting on us to deliver, and you have made it possible. Here are a few highlights of some of the biggest accomplishments that The WFLF has achieved over the past year with your support.

  • The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) founded the Navajo Horse Rescue and Recovery Mission to
    address and provide for the urgent needs of horses and burros found in life threatening situations due to the Navajo Nation roundups.  Navajo’s sacred Mustangs, including orphan foals just weeks old and pregnant mares are at grave risk of after being captured in New Mexico and Arizona.  It’s been virtually impossible to intercept the pipeline of imperiled Navajo Mustangs impacted by the roundups because these victimized horses are taken directly to Mexico for slaughter within 24 hours of their capture. Through WFLF’s Navajo Horse Rescue and Recovery Mission approx forty of these sacred wild horses have been saved from barbaric slaughter and evacuated to safe harbor under WFLF’s wild horse rescue and sanctuary program.
  • We founded the WFLF Monero-Mustang Rescue Mission as crisis intervention to save approx
    140+ historic wild Mustangs from the risk of going to slaughter.  WFLF’s Wild Horse Sanctuary Program has since provided emergency aid for hay, veterinary medical care and equine transport, and facilitated the relocation and re-homing of this large herd in family bands into private safe haven facilities. Over two dozen of these victimized Mustangs have since been permanently re-homed directly into WFLF’s “Back to the Wild” wild horse sanctuary in California.
  • We conducted deployments of our Equine Rescue team in states across the nation, saving horses from starvation, slaughter, abuse and displacement. 
  • We opened our transitional “Back to the Wild” wild horse sanctuary at WFLF’s Lifetime Equine Refuge in California and continued to expand our Safe Haven Equine network across the nation. Together with our accredited partners, we provided direct care to horses in more than eight states nationwide.
  • WFLF’s expansion of its Wild Horse conservation and nature program, “Back to the Wild” has served to preserve and protect the lives of rare historic wild horses across America. WFLF offers
    positive alternatives which protect and preserve America’s Wild Horses through innovative methods for sanctuary management that include community enrichment and sustainable ecological approaches.
    Most of the primitive Mustang blood lines have been destroyed in America and only exist in small numbers totaling less than 500 nationwide. America’s Wild Horses cannot be reproduced once they are gone. 
  •  WFLF's Lifeline Legacy Circle was established to recognize the most devoted and loyal group of individuals and families who are an invaluable part of Wild for Life Foundation’s lifesaving mission. Lifeline Legacy Members are recognized for helping to secure quality care and habitats for the neediest animals that come into our rescue and sanctuary program. With the monthly support of Lifeline Legacy supporters, we make sure these victimized animals get the medical care, time and attention they need.
  •  WFLF established its 'Seeds of Life' Circle where prominent community members and businesses can contribute in support of the vital capacity building and expansion of WFLF’s lifesaving missions.  
  •  WFLF’s established an ongoing Hay Drive to raise funds to purchase hay and grains to feed starved and homeless rescue horses in need. The ‘WFLF Hay Drive’ has raised awareness, saved and rehabilitated numerous horses, ponies, donkeys and foals that needed urgent care after being discarded and left to die.
  •  The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) expanded its “Healing Hearts” program which provides a multitude of opportunities for horses and people to become partners in healing and therapeutic relationships.  A healing bond is developed through interactions with rescue horses.  The program strives to improve life skills, build self respect, and heal broken hearts. 
  • We partnered with The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes to promote equine assisted learning programs for military veterans and disadvantaged youth.  We are thrilled to work with the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes in support of our new sanctuary expansion project which is aimed to provide programs with a focus on its community enrichment equine wellness activities, and robust equine assisted programs for disadvantaged youth, active duty military, and veterans and their families.
  • We presented “Saving America's Horses” to a full house at the 2014 EAGALA Conference in Texas earlier this year.
  • We partnered with the American Association of Equine Sports Preservation (AAESP) in a combined effort to promote horse preservation, along with equine-assisted programs that help children with autism, military veterans, and other victims of post-traumatic stress disorder. The AAESP sponsored WFLF's Saving America's Horses booth at the 15th Annual EAGALA conference which took place in Mesquite, TX. WFLF’s booth at the conference was visited by numerous conference attendees who were able to engage and learn from our compelling multimedia educational materials.
  • Through WFLF’s Operation Thoroughbred, more risk Thoroughbreds raised for racing were saved, rehabilitated and re-trained over the last year after finding themselves in life threatening situations. WFLF saves and provides care for these abused, starved, neglected and slaughter bound horses that have been virtually discarded by the race industry.  We give them a second chance at life through rehabilitation, adoption, foster care, equine assisted learning and sanctuary. 
  •  WFLF’s “Saving America's Horses” continues to raise awareness and compel people to action. We have made great strides toward launching the first in a series of “Saving America’s Horses” movie showings at theaters and local community venues nationwide. Dates and venues for each showing will be based on booking requests and availability. SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES is a powerful podium with a dynamic reach to animal lovers worldwide. This intelligent exposé reveals how the public has been misled by certain government agencies and special interest groups that run over the laws that are supposed to protect the horses, people and the environment.  "Saving America's Horses: A Nation Betrayed" is an educational documentary film project under WFLF's Humanion Films, created as an social action tool for people who want to engage. Promoting wild horse preservation initiatives – the prevention of equine cruelty – and to support the return of horse and burro populations to the wild and provide lifelong sanctuary for equines in need. SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES is a central tool in a larger grassroots effort focused on saving this indigenous species for the greater good, and supporting the wildlife and natural ecosystems that depend on them now and for generations to come.
  • We helped reinstate a ban on domestic horse slaughter. The U.S. Congress reinstated the defunding language in the Consolidated Appropriations Act (aka the Omnibus Bill). The language effectively bans the slaughtering of horses by preventing the U.S. Department of Agriculture from expending funds to place inspectors in horse slaughter facilitates through the year 2014.  

USDA inspectors are required by federal law for the plants to operate in interstate commerce and effective the defunding language ensures no horse slaughter facilities can open in the United States.  The defunding language had been in effect every year since 2006, but removed in 2013.

  • WFLF established the Village at Saving America's Horses by reaching out to our member base on Facebook.  Village members consist of dedicated Saving America’s Horses fans that support WFLF’s lifesaving missions. By taking part in this instrumental way, Village members make a difference in the lives of countless starved, abused, distressed, and homeless horses by contributing and sharing educational resources on behalf of America’s imperiled horses in need.
  • We’ve made great strides over the last year in our continuing efforts to development WFLF’s western regional equine preserve plan comprised of natural habitat equine preserves and companion animal sanctuaries.  We’re now well into Phase One of WFLF's master plan including sanctuary expansion through acquisition of equine land and facilities where animals and people are partners in healing and therapeutic relationships.  The Wild for Life Foundation’s diverse educational and wellness activities are inherent in building compassion and positive life skills which foster symbiotic environmental stewardship through a healing partnership with animals. WFLF’s wild horse preservation component serves as an educational platform for the conservation and protection of wildlife through the provision of sanctuary and preserves for wild horses and burros who have been captured from the wild. The first of our Eco-friendly wellness and education centers is aimed to offer visitors opportunities to observe and learn from wild horses in natural habitat environments.  Programming also offers participants a place to heal, enhance life skills and to develop new skills in animal rescue, rehabilitation and animal assisted learning.
  • We welcomed new board and staff members to WFLF including Cheryl Casati - Master Trainer and Equestrian Professional, and Wild Horse manager, Sandi Claypool.
  • The kind and generous support from our devoted constituents, combined with collaborative support we received from partnering groups enabled us to provide lifesaving veterinary medical care for approximately 180 needy rescue horses.  We were able to improve and expand our equine programs and facilities.  We were able to purchase a 24’ stock horse trailer and deployed urgent transport for imperiled horses to safety.  We’ve fed hundreds of starved rescue horses from several states across the country.

In the coming months, we’ll keep you updated with more details about each of these victories, and the many others that you’ve helped us to achieve. And, as we celebrate this season of thanks and giving, we would like to give our sincere thanks for all you do to make this incredible progress for horses possible. We invite you to take pride and reflect on all the good that your kind support helps us accomplish for the animals – and the progress we can achieve together in the year ahead.


With blessings and gratitude, on behalf of the horses,

Sincerely,

Katia Louise, Founder, President, Volunteer Executive Director

The Wild For Life Foundation



19510 Van Buren Blvd, Ste F3236

Riverside, CA 92508

Phone: 310.439.9817

(updated 11-18-2014 6:47AM PST)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Say NO to Roundups and Slaughter, Say YES to supporting America's Wild Horses









Dearest Friends and Supporters,
We really need your help to keep rescue horses fed. Please consider making a tax deductible gift to the Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) for needy horses today.

The immediate need to replenish hay supplies is crucial. The goal is to raise $5500 to purchase one truck load of hay by the end of this week. This will feed approximately 75 rescue horses through December.

WFLF has stepped up during very troubling times and taken responsibility for numerous wild and domestic horses victimized by starvation and displacement over the years. If you can, Please give today.

Make a one time donation in any amount :
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=5RPA6V2UK97DG

IF YOU CAN, Pledge to make a monthly donation:
http://www.wildforlifefoundation.org/haydrive.html


Text GIVE 18272 to 80088 to donate $10 to WFLF Hay Drive

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. WFLF is a U.S. registered 501 (c)3 nonprofit charity and relies 100% on donations to do our vital lifesaving work.

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.

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 and natural habitat environments for animals who have been victims of cruelty, starvation and displacement. We also engage in charitable programming to benefit disadvantaged youth and veterans through equine assisted learning and therapy. WFLF’s sanctuary and conservation program protects and preserves America’s majestic and rare wild horses for future generations. WFLF also works with law enforcement officers who seize abused companion animals, but are often times ill-equipped to deal with horses who are in need of round the clock care.

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. Please share to help and give what you can.

Make a one time donation in any amount:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=5RPA6V2UK97DG

Pledge to make a monthly donation, if you can:
http://www.wildforlifefoundation.org/haydrive.html

Text GIVE 18272 to 80088 to donate $10 to WFLF Hay Drive to Help Starved & Homeless Horses

With Gratitude and Blessings,

The Wild For Life Foundation

Monday, November 3, 2014

Rare historic El Rito Spanish Mustangs find a new home in California


Rare historic El Rito Spanish Mustangs find a new home in California

Temecula, CA, November 3, 2014 - Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) welcomes the last family bands of the iconic and rare historic wild horses to its Temecula facility. These Mustangs once roamed freely across America's public range-lands, but had sadly become in grave danger of going to slaughter.

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 government helicopters and ATV's - the trauma and physical suffering caused by these brutal roundups is virtually unspeakable.  These survivors were provided sanctuary under the charter of the Monero Mustangs, a federally registered 501c3 charity founded for the purpose of preserving their unique blood lines and heritage.

The last members of this majestic herd are now safely reunited with their family members in California, including the last group of six mares and their 3-4 month old foals that most recently arrived after a three-month stop over at Equine Voices in Arizona. These mares and foals needed additional time to build strength before completing their full journey to California (CA) under WFLF's wild horse sanctuary program.

These Monero Spanish Mustangs have been placed into WFLF's equestrian ranch in Temecula, CA which features large multi-acre open space natural habitat and rehab facilities. It's a transitional facility for incoming Mustangs under Wild For Life Foundation's Wild Horse sanctuary expansion project.

Many 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. Monero Mustang founders, Sandi Claypool and anthropologist, Ila Broomberg became key speakers in this passionate and compelling documentary film.  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."  The herd of Monero Mustangs had lived peacefully for years on a 5,000 acre ranch in New Mexico where many people visited to experience their majesty through eco-tourism and conservation programs.

There were approximately 150 Mustangs that had recently lost their freedom and their homes on the open range-lands in New Mexico and were in grave danger of going to slaughter, for the second time in their lives.  These wild horses are direct 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.

The Wild For Life Foundation has saved the lives of these majestic horses, and is assuring that the Monero Mustang legacy lives on. Wild horse expert and the founder of Monero Mustangs of New Mexico has now also arrived to CA where she has joined WFLF's Equine Program as the new on site Wild Horse Manager. Through Monero Mustangs, Sandi's worked to help keep the genetic pool of the original Spanish El Rito Mustang alive. As an educator, she will be able to bring a wealth of knowledge to WFLF's wild horse educational program, about the treasure of this regal and adaptive band of vanishing 'El Rito' Spanish that helped build the west. 

The Monero Mustangs had sadly lost their safe sanctuary 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 would take on."    

And that's how the WFLF-Monero Mustang Rescue Mission was born.  It was a matter of life and death urgency and an effort to prevent the most egregious cruelty inflicted upon animals by mankind.   "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. We couldn't do it without you." 

"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 the entire herd of majestic wild horses, including provision of their needed hay, veterinary care, housing and transport,” says Katia.  "It has taken several months to save and restore these majestic herd members to new safe haven natural habitat homes, including pregnant mares and new born foals, the last of which have just recently arrived to our California sanctuary facilities."

The renowned Monero horses have been known as direct and undiluted descendants of the El Rito 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 forever safe and natural habitat where they will never be at risk of roundup or slaughter again.
  
"WFLF resources have been stretched to the limits by the many emergency rescue costs including blood tests for Coggins, Health certificates and travel permits which were required to get them safely out of Mew Mexico," said Ms Louise. Water and hay had to be trucked in daily to keep them fed and healthy during while funds were raised to save them. "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 inclement weather and these factors have all played into this major rescue mission."   
WFLF extends their gratitude to the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society and the Landsberg Foundation for their generous support in helping to make this monumental mission a success. 

Continued support is crucial in order to assure the forever safe harbor of these historic equines.  At WFLF rescue is just the beginning of a long, dedicated endeavor to provide the best quality of life for these vulnerable and displaced victims.  Partnerships are crucial to helping the Wild For Life Foundation serve community enrichment through its multi-layered mission of preserving wildlife, preventing animal cruelty, nature and educational initiatives, and therapeutic animal-human healing.  WFLF saves the lives of homeless, mistreated and slaughter bound horses whose healing hearts enhance the lives of people.  
Since fall of 2013, WFLF has rescued and placed approx 180 wild Mustangs, including approximately 140 Monero Mustangs, 40 Navajo Mustangs, and 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.   
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.

"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. "Wild horses are scientifically recognized for restoring range-lands, boosting biodiversity and helping the return of a wider variety of plants and invertebrates to the lands where they roam. Scientists and conservationists have indeed found that the re-introduction of wild equines to open lands provides a meaningful way to restore and sustain the natural environment and wildlife."    

"The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF), a U.S, registered 501(c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic horses through rescue, sanctuary, and education.  WFLF relies 100% on tax deductible donations to do this lifesaving work.   Federal ID No. 26-3052458

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Wild For Life Foundation
Phone: 310.439.9817