Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Highgrove Wild Burros Find Sanctuary after Losing their Range-land Homes


Riverside County, CA – March 22, 2016 – The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) today announced the
arrival of nine herd members of the Highgrove Donkeys, including six pregnant Jennies and three babies which had recently been rounded up from their native range-land homes. 

The Wild For Life Foundation and Donkey Land have been working together on a rescue/ sanctuary mission over the last few months to enable the placement of captured/ unreleasable and unadoptable wild donkeys into WFLF’s Wild Burro Preservation and Sanctuary Program. "We are proud to work together with Donkey Land in this rescue/ sanctuary mission,” says Katia Louise, founder and president of the Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF).  “We look forward to a long lasting relationship for the benefit of these and other at risk

wild burros."Sanctuary placement through WFLF will help preserve their vital social and family structure which is so important to their preservation as a species. 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.
"Donkey Land is honored to take part in WFLF’s Wild Burro Preservation and Sanctuary Program on behalf of these nine precious burros we rescued,” says Wendy Petrunio, a director at Donkey Land.  “These nine special burros will be able to reunite with other Highgrove family members that WFLF has rescued after being rounded up. There is nothing better than helping create a happy ending.” 

Just last year WFLF issued an Emergency Rescue Resolution to help save and preserve Southern 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 by the local County animal shelter.  It’s anticipated that more wild burros from the same area will soon be captured. 

Rescue team members of WFLF's Wild Burro Rescue and

Recovery Mission are working around the clock behind the scenes to provide lifesaving 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.

“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.

Support for WFLF’s Wild Burro Program 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, and "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 Sanctuary 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

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