Friday, March 31, 2017

Wild For Life Foundation - Saving America's Horses Winter Storm Update March 2017

March 31, 2017, Riverside, CA –  Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) - Saving America's Horses Winter Storm Update 
After a nearly seven-year drought, the weather pendulum turned the other direction this winter season with unrelenting torrential rains unleashed from the tropics pounding WFLF’s Anza-Borrego, California facilities with a series of extreme winter storms. By Jan 27, 2017 the season Anza’s rain total had already exceeded 12.5” followed by potentially the biggest storm in 12 years which crashed into Southern California in February bringing heavy rain, high winds, and mud slides prompting evacuations, blocking roads, downing trees and knocking out power.  “The biggest storm in February hit us with over 8 inches of rain in less than 48 hours,” said WFLF vice president Jay Coskie. Winds whipped across Southern California with gusts of 50 mph to 80 mph and knocked down multiple power lines leaving more than 135,000 customers with no power. The extreme storms have prompted rescues and injuries from flooding and toppled trees. Authorities say hundreds of trees and power lines have been downed, according to the AP.

It’s been one heck of an extreme storm season for WFLF’s Lifetime Equine Refuge this winter. So big that our educational programming had to pause for several months due to extreme damage, power outages, washed out roads and access ways, as announced by the management team. Never fear, WFLF’s educational programming has resumed but as always, patience has been the key for the safety the equine residents through these trying times.

Safety is the first concern for WFLF’s family of equines, visitors and staff. Therefore WFLF management had requested for only specific operational staff comes to Lifetime Equine Refuge and that all tours to the facilities canceled until further notice. “Persistent heavy rains, flash flooding, high winds, mud slides and debris flows wreaked havoc on our operations which resulted in permanent damage to key sections of our facilities including layup, feed and training areas,” said director Katia Louise.  WFLF crews have been working around the clock fighting conditions and clearing debris and mud for months now.  "We have been chasing the needed repairs days and night. There is only so much we can do," Louise added.

“Those of us in remote areas have had to make due on our own. There were even many times when members of operational staff could not get to us.” Local roads and the access roads within WFLF’s facilities were washed out completely. Whole sections of WFLF’s facility were cut off – one side from the other.  “Conditions were such that we hand shoveled mud in the pouring rain oftentimes through the night, hand filling in washed out flood ways with rocks, firewood and whatever we could get our hands on so that we could maintain access for continued provision of care for our family of equines horses in the stable areas on the other side of the ranch.”
Life-threatening flooding walloped Southern California – RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA – PHOTO: Massive water flow on a driveway bridge. Image via Kevin C. Related: Man's Body Found In Rainbow Creek Near Temecula; Recovery Efforts Resume For Reportedly Missing Child. Multiple rounds of heavy rain and mountain snow have slammed into California – Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

“Numerous National Weather Service warnings came one after the other with sudden on slots of high wind gusts of up to 80 mph, thunderstorms, snow, torrential rains and flooding our facility where the grounds were already saturated just below the side of steep slopes where canyons runoffs create a perfect recipe for mudslides," WFLF vice president Jay Coskie said. The National Weather Service urged residents to take immediate precautions to protect themselves and their property. “These heavy rainfalls have had a hard time absorbing into the soil and with each passing storm we’ve experienced mounting incidents of flooding, mudslides and debris flow,” added director, Katia Louise. The waves of torrential rain on the steep mountain slope which continue straight up from our facility have caused continued wash outs with surface and debris flow which have inundated the low-water crossings and river gulches created by the pockets of dangerous, swift-water stretches." Mountains and foothills in particular get dumped on as confirmed by Kathy Hoxsie, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Mountains are all oriented perfectly to help squeeze out, very effectively, the moisture."

Multiple natural slides made travel extremely dangerous during the storms, if not impossible, over the mountain roads and hampered the efforts of road crews. Hazardous flooding and mud issues and slides have affected the entire state. Meteorologists reports have confirmed the record siege of storms have virtually wiped out the long-term drought conditions across California. "This facility will never be the same," said director Katia Louise.

"We are pleased to report that all the horses fared through the ordeal without any injuries, but we are not out of the dark and need support in covering losses and costs for damages resulting from these relentless winter storms." The good news is that we are now able to safely relocate remainder our equines residents as needed, but financial support is needed to help pay for transport costs. Nearly three months have been lost and the need for urgent funds is more crucial than ever. 

Wild For Life Foundation is a 501 (c)3 organization that can offer tax deductions for your financial support. We rely 100% on donor support to provide the many services to America's horses and burros. From donations of hay, equipment, to general operational funds, the contributions of our donors are essential to sustain our successful work. Our budget is small and well managed. We streamline our expenses and focus on making equine care our top priority. Our all volunteer board and management team keep us providing some of the best equine rescue, sanctuary and educational programming in the U.S.

Donations can be made in any amount and are greatly appreciated.
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Wild For Life
19510 Van Buren Blvd, #F3236
Riverside, CA 92508

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

WE ARE THE NAME WE CARRY - SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES


March 17, 2017, Riverside, CA - "WE ARE THE NAME WE CARRY" - Call to ACTION Advocacy  Campaign with HONOR AND INTEGRITY from SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES.

At SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES we are the name we carry. We embrace integrity and see our
mission to save, protect, defend and preserve our equine family as a sacred trust.

Chief Spiritual Leader, Daniel "Eagle Warrior" Ramos, Choctaw Muskogee Yamassee Nation has said to me, ""When the Great Spirit gives you one of the Sacred's to take care of, you have a obligation and responsibility to do just that. In our culture, when you are given Sacreds to carry our obligation and responsibility is not for our selves but the Sacred Medicine we carry and take care of, in a "good way". When you carry the Sacredness with all of your Being and Breath of Life you BECOME ONE with that SACRED, AHO MiTAKUYE OYSIN!""

"Saving America's Horses" is the name that was brought to us through the spirit of the horse Nation."  said Katia Louise, filmmaker, SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES: A NATION BETRAYED. "Our four-legged relatives, the horse Nation have carried us as people through history. And we have come to a place in time when they need us to carry them," 

SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES "WE ARE THE NAME WE CARRY" is a Call to Action on a personal level to walk in the path of justice and integrity for America's horses, to exercise courage as we take care of those who are weaker, and to carry your own name in honor of the clear and unwavering principals of integrity.

Through SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES, we're fighting against the destructive efforts by the Bureau of Land Management to exterminate the last of America’s wild horses and burros in the wild. And, were fighting to save thousands of wild and domestic equines who are systemically mistreated, removed, and transported across federal borders for human consumption abroad. 

We're vigorously working to save, protect, preserve, defend and provide for abused, neglected, abandoned and slaughter bound wild and domestic equines, and educate the public, in effort to raise compassion and improve the standards of protection for America’s equine populations as a whole.

Help us make a win for America's horses and fight against malicious acts that impugn the ethical and moral standards that SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES fights every day to uphold. 



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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Victory - preliminary court ruling for horses saved from slaughter

March 15, 2017 - Riverside, CA - The court ruled in WFLF's favor today during a preliminary hearing. After considering substantial documentation the court found today that the Wild For Life Foundation will likely prevail in a civil matter and therefore denied a motion brought by opposition in what is believed by WFLF to be a retaliatory action.

The Wild For Life Foundation had previously filed a complaint seeking judicial relief for Defamation, Trespass and Harassment, Breach of Contract, and Interference with Economic Advantage as efforts to resolve these issues without resorting to court proved futile.

WFLF has reserved its rights for legal relief, including damages related to this matter. (Case No.: MCC1700082, Riverside Superior Court.)

Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) is a non-profit, animal protection and rescue organization that focuses primarily on saving, protecting, preserving and defending wild and domestic horses and burros from roundups, slaughter and general abuse.

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Wild For Life Foundation
Phone: 310.439.9817


Thursday, March 9, 2017

CALL TO ACTION - Protection for Animal Cruelty Victims

March 9, 2017 Riverside, CA - Urgent CALL TO ACTION - Protect innocent victimized animals from cruelty!

The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) is calling on all humanitarians, animal lovers and caring and compassionate members of the horse and burro communities to unite and stand strong against any acts of harm which threaten innocent animal victims' health, safety and future welfare. One way to do this is by supporting WFLF's Legal Protection and Defense Fund.


Tax deductible donations can be made securely online or by mail and will instantly help to serve justice for neglect and cruelty victims.

The picture of the foal to the right was taken during his rescue. It demonstrates the suffering of helpless creatures surrendered to WFLF prior to their arrival. This little foal was part of a large group of dire need Mustangs that had been stranded on a feedlot where there was no running water and no hay. This little colt had reportedly languished, pinned beneath a fence post, trapped since birth and in severe distress. The surrendering owner came to us pleading for help, and WFLF saved them all.

WFLF provided urgent aid including hay and transport to facilitate the evacuation of approximately 100 herd members to new safe harbor. At the surrendering owner's urgent request and assistance WFLF later accepted this little foal and the last of the surrendered Mustangs into its wild horse rescue and recovery program in California.  These incoming horses later completed their recovery thanks to the ongoing rescue and sanctuary services provided at WFLF's expense.


Your donation to WFLF's legal fund will help to assure legal relief and protection for the innocent animals served by WFLF while we keep our focus and efforts on the continuum of care and ongoing lifesaving protective work for animals that WFLF and its Saving America's Horses program conducts every day of the year. 








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