Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Wild For Life Foundation Launches Wild Burro Rescue and Recovery Mission

Riverside, CA - December. 22, 2015 – The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) has issued an Emergency Rescue Resolution to help save and preserve California’s at-risk Wild Burros. Wild burros are being rounded up and removed by from their native homelands in Highgrove, CA by County Officials to prevent them from being hit by cars and trains.  The burros have been drawn to the busy streets where well-meaning residents and drivers have flocked to feed and water them.  It’s been reported that number of burros in the area have already been struck and killed by cars.  More than two dozen wild burros have recently been rounded up and impounded by the local County animal shelter.  Another 10-20 wild burros will soon face the same fate.  
Rescue team members of WFLF's Wild Burro Rescue and Recovery Mission are working behind the scenes in effort to provide lifesaving rescue services and safe harbor for as many wild burros as possible.  "We are dealing with a crisis situation," says Katia Louise, WFLF Executive Director. "It's a tragedy. It’s dangerous for everyone and burros are dying."  Riverside County Animal Services (RCDAS) has defined the situation as an urgent matter.
Charity missions like the ‘WFLF Wild Burro Rescue and Recovery Mission’ help raise awareness and essential funds to aid at-risk wild burros that need urgent care and safe harbor  after losing their freedom, their homes and their families during roundups.

“We are dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic equines through rescue, sanctuary and education,” said Katia Louise.  “Central to WFLF’s Wild Equine Preservation Mission is our commitment to help see that wild equines are able to maintain their natural social structures. Fundamental to the core of WFLF’s equine rescue and sanctuary program is our commitment to assure a forever safe haven habitat for each and every animal that comes through our doors.”
Wild burros are losing their once protected native homes on America’s public lands. As the remaining number of Wild Horses and Burros in the U.S. nears extinction, education and appreciation through the protection and observation of Wild Burros Horses in natural sanctuary environments becomes tantamount to their survival as a species. America’s Wild Equids cannot be reproduced once they are gone.

WFLF’s Wild Horse and Burro Conservation Mission strives to preserve and protect the lives of rare and historic wild equines as part of the natural ecosystem and educate people about the need for the preservation of this threatened native species.  Additionally, through this Mission, rescued wild equines are given an opportunity to heal and thrive in WFLF’s natural habitat sanctuary and recovery center.

Support for WFLF’s Wild Burro Rescue and Recovery Mission can be made in a variety of ways. One can become a donor, sponsor a wild herd, make a contribution toward WFLF’s sanctuary land acquisition project, volunteer, or "take action" through social media by raising awareness.
Donations received by the Wild For Life Foundation are tax deductible and will help support this vital Mission. Click here to make a donation.
The WFLF Wild Burro Rescue and Recovery Mission is dedicated to saving and preserving America's wild burros and assuring their protection from roundups and slaughter through rescue, sanctuary and education.  Wild For Life Foundation is a Federally registered tax exempt charity: ID# 26-3052458.  Donations are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.
For more information visit the WFLF website at www.WildForLifeFoundation.org

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Lifesaving Surgery Fund established for Victimized Horse

This sweet young buckskin dun with sparkle in her eyes and
a heart of gold, just recently found herself ‘impounded’ by a local county animal shelter and in life threatening danger. She had been wandering a remote canyon area in the San Bernardino Mountains, starved, scared and lost. She was placed in a stall next to another mare that had just arrived a couple days before her, but sadly her new found friend was so severely emaciated that the county shelter put her down.  The same fate was not in store for this young foundling though. She was being rescued and taken to safe harbor by the Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) a charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic equines. WFLF’s all volunteer emergency rescue team works around the clock and through the holidays providing lifesaving aid, care and safe harbor for displaced, injured starved and slaughter bound horses and burros in need. 

“We first received a call about a starving horse that needed rescue from one of the local county shelters,” said Katia Louise, WFLF Executive Director.  “Upon further investigation we discovered that there were actually two horses in trouble at the shelter.”  The buckskin dun, the younger of the two, was only four years old and had a severe abdominal hernia. They were both in life threatening danger. WFLF issued an Emergency Rescue Resolution for the evacuation and intake of both horses and WFLF’s 1st Responder Rescue Team leaped into action, but sadly animal control euthanized the older mare before the county’s scheduled release date.  It then became a race against time to save the little four year old whose precious innocent life was hanging in the balance.    

WFLF’s team was the first and only rescue group on the scene the day she became eligible for rescue. “She was thin, weak, hungry and scared,” said Katia Louise.  It had been reported that she had suffered a traumatic injury to her abdomen which resulted in the hernia.   However upon examination by the WFLF veterinary team it was determined that she had been born with this hernia and it had been left untreated by her previous owners. “This is why education about the proper care of horses is so important,” said Ms. Louise.  “It’s not uncommon for a foal to be born with a hernia and when it’s treated early enough the horse can lead a normal life.”  

 “We welcomed the little mare in our American Indian way with a special blessing and ceremony under the Sacred Prayer Tie Tree at WFLF’s Wild Horse and Burro Recovery Center,” said Katia Louise of Lakota Sioux descent.   Because the little dun has so many of the same traits and characteristics of the sacred Navajo Mustangs rescued by WFLF she was given the sacred name, Aiyana which means eternal blossom. 

“We have established a surgery fund for Aiyana's lifesaving surgery to remove the severe abdominal hernia that is compromising her life,” said Jay Coskie, VP WFLF.   Aiyana’s hernia requires major surgery and will be expensive. Tax deductible donations to the Wild For Life Foundation are needed so that Aiyana’s vital surgery can be scheduled when her doctors say the time is right.  

The estimate for Aiyana’s entire lifesaving procedure including her pre-op ultra sound is $6000. “The goal is to raise the full amount ASAP so that we can be ready to schedule her surgery as needed,” added Ms. Louise.  The first $500 is needed right away to pay for Aiyana’s ultrasound.  

Will you help us give Aiyana hope and a second chance at life?  No amount is too small.  Click here to give on line today.
Join us in the spirit of giving this holiday season by giving back to those less fortunate, like dear sweet Aiyana. Help us help Aiyana to finally heal and give her a normal, comfortable, long and happy life

Please forward and share this important message with your friends to show your support.

With our most heartfelt gratitude,
Katia Louise, President, Executive Director
The Wild For Life Foundation

Contributions may also be sent by mail to the Wild For Life Foundation, 19510 Van Buren blvd, #F3236, riverside, CA 92508
The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is  an all volunteer 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic equines through rescue, sanctuary and education. WFLF vigorously works to protect abused, neglected and slaughter bound horses and burros, and improve the standards of protection for America’s equine populations as a whole. Federal ID No. 26-3052458 For more information visit the WFLF website at www.WildForLifeFoundation.org

Friday, December 11, 2015

Jackie, Mrs. Gene Autry Steps-up Support for Mission to Save, Protect and Preserve Wild and Domestic Equines


ANZA, CA,  December 11, 2015 – The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) today announced that (Jackie) Mrs. Gene Autry, Grand Ambassador and Spokesperson for WFLF has stepped-up her support in monumental fashion for WFLF’s mission to save, protect and preserve America’s horses by helping to seed WFLF’s crucial Land Acquisition Project. 

Earlier this year WFLF welcomed Mrs. Autry as a Grand Ambassador and Spokesperson for WFLF’s Saving America's Horses and Give Horses Hope Program.  Mrs. Gene Autry has graciously volunteered her powerful voice, resources and financial assistance to help provide influential support for the protection of America's horses from unspeakable slaughter and roundups.

“The Wild for Life Foundation is an internationally recognized leader in animal welfare and dedicated equine land is vital to WFLF’s mission to respond adequately to the rapid pace in growth in the numbers of victimized equines WFLF serves,” said Mrs. Gene Autry

In effort to help seed WFLF’s Land Acquisition Project in support of its mission, Mrs. Autry recently purchased an eighty eight acre former Thoroughbred farm in Anza, CA.  Mrs. Autry is also helping to repair and restore the property for the benefit of WFLF’s lifesaving Mission.  But timing and momentum is essential. Crucial financial assistance is now sought to help raise the recompensatory funds for WFLF's deeded acquisition of this land.

With human encroachment on natural habitats a constant feature of our modern world, Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) is the first and oftentimes the only place where injured, orphaned and homeless wild and domestic equines can find refuge. At WFLF these vulnerable victims receive a high standard of individualized care based on nationally recognized best practices and protocols for equine sanctuary and rehabilitation. WFLF delivers an important public service by providing a place where distressed, wounded, or displaced horses and burros get a second chance at life and are able to thrive in safe healing habitats.

“WFLF has been working to expand its sanctuary programs and facilities in conjunction with its animal assisted learning programs so we can help more animals,”  said Jay Coskie, Vice President and Co-Founder WFLF.  
Founded in July of 2008 under the leadership of Katia Louise, WFLF launched its vital equine rescue program to save the lives of slaughter bound horses discovered in California's illegal underground pipeline during the making of its acclaimed educational documentary film, SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES. The feature length film went on to win multiple international awards through the festival circuit and after qualifying for the Oscars during its bi-coastal theatrical release in late 2012. With each year since, WFLF has expanded its lifesaving equine rescue and sanctuary program to save more lives.

 “This last year after rescuing approximately 200 imperiled Mustangs out of New Mexico that were bound for slaughter, we set up nurseries for 17+ pregnant Mustangs who have since given birth to their beautiful babies. We've re-homed approximately125 Mustangs to privately held pasture land and natural habitats in four states.  And we’ve provided safe harbor for over seventy five rare and historic wild Spanish and Navajo Mustangs through WFLF’s Wild Horse Sanctuary and Recovery Program.”

At the kind invitation of Mrs. Autry, WFLF is thrilled for the opportunity to relocate its equine rescue facilities and sanctuary headquarters together with over seventy five rescued wild and domestic horses from two former satellite locations to what will soon become WFLF's new Sanctuary Center in Anza. The charity has been leasing its facilities in effort to keep up with the steady stream of animals coming into our program. "In order to assure permanent safe harbor for America's horses it's imperative to have ownership of this land in perpetuity," said Ms. Louise. 
WFLF’s Wild Horse Preservation Program serves as an educational platform for the conservation and protection of wildlife through the provision of sanctuary and preserve land for rare, historic and wild equines found in life threatening danger after being captured from America's public rangelands. Programming also offers human participants a place to heal, enhance life skills and to develop new skills in animal rescue, rehabilitation and animal assisted learning. WFLF’s new Sanctuary Center goal is to offer visitors opportunities to observe and learn from wild horses in safe and natural habitat environments.

Donations made to the Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) are tax deductible. Contributions in any amount can be specified for WFLF's Land Acquisition and can help pay to fully deed the new Sanctuary Center to the WFLF charity in perpetuity. 

About the Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF):

The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity dedicated to elevating life and healing through the prevention of cruelty to animals. WFLF is 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. We vigorously work to protect abused, neglected and slaughter bound equines, and improve the standards of protection for America’s equine populations as a whole. Fundamental to the core of Wild For Life Foundation’s animal rescue and sanctuary mission is our commitment to assure a forever safe haven home/ environment for each and every animal that comes through our doors. Federal ID No. 26-3052458

For more information visit the WFLF website at www.WildForLifeFoundation.org

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