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 over 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 more than
    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 operate our Lifetime Equine Refuge and Safe Haven network program in more than 10 cities. Our wild horse rescue and conservation team re-homed more than 200 wild Mustangs this year. 
  • We opened our new 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.
    Many of the imperiled Mustangs we rescued over the last year have successful been placed in our ‘Back to the Wild” wild horse sanctuary program. WFLF’s wild horse conservation and nature program has become the last natural habitat sanctuary for these rare wild horses, including wild Spanish Mustangs whom are among the rarest and most threatened wild horse species in the country. 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' Centerpiece Founding Patrons' Circle where prominent community members and businesses 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 in response to the growing need of veterans and at-risk youth, and others in need. Healing Hearts 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 aid children, at-risk youth, active duty military and veterans through equine assisted learning and psychotherapy that improves life skills, builds self respect, and heals 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 will 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. Information on bookings and venues will soon be announced. Fans and collaborating organizations will be able to take part and help drive the success of the showings through word-of-mouth, social media and ticket pre-sales. 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 will soon 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 Rocky Lynne Randall - professional equine specialist and entertainer, Cheryl Casati - Master Trainer and Equestrian Professional, and Wild Horse Expert and Conservationist, Sandi Claypool.
  • We partnered with several other well respected animal rescue groups including the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, the Landsberg Foundation, the Onyx and Breezy Foundation, Ambassadors for Compassion and others who have generously given their support to our lifesaving missions.  
  • 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 over 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,


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)

A New Beginning for some of America's most Historic Imperiled Wild Horses

We’re not saying good bye!  In fact we refuse to say good bye to this iconic and rare historic band of wild horses that once roamed freely across America’s public range-lands. Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is instead saying hello and welcome to our family. It’s a new beginning and a fresh lease on life for over 100 imperiled Mustangs.  

More than 140 Mustangs 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.  This special herd of wild horses had come to be known as the Monero Mustangs, direct descendents 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 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, by Sandi Claypool and her late mother Ila Bromberg.  

This rare herd lived peacefully for years on a 5,000 acre ranch in New Mexico where many people from around the world were able to experience their majesty through the Monero Mustang’s successful eco-tourism and conservation program.  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. 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 safe sanctuary home due to conflicting special
interests regarding land use, 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. But then I got a call from Katia Louise at the Wild For Life Foundation. She was the only person that stepped up to help.  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 nearly this entire herd of majestic wild horses, including provision of their needed hay, veterinary care, housing and transport. The ASPCA, and Best Friends Animal Society has also generously contributed to this important mission.  “But this rescue mission is not yet complete,” says Katia.  “It has taken several months to save and restore over 125 of these majestic herd members to new safe haven natural habitat homes, including over 45 rare Spanish Mustangs and several new born foals which are continuing to arrive at our California sanctuary facilities.”  

These incoming wild horses are the last of the renowned Monero Mustangs. They are the rare breed, 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.

“Our resources have been tapped by the necessary emergency rescue costs including blood tests for Coggins, Health certificates and travel permits 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 during 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 band of this majestic herd who will soon be united with their family 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.” 

These Monero Spanish Mustangs are being placed into WFLF’s fully equipped equestrian ranch in Temecula, CA with a large multi-acre open space natural habitat and full rehab facilities. It's a transitional facility for incoming Mustangs under Wild For Life Foundation's Wild Horse sanctuary expansion project. 

To support the completion of this monumental rescue mission give directly to the Wild for Life Foundation charity: http://www.wildforlifefoundation.org/wflfmonero.html

Or support WFLF Hay Drive to feed these and other victimized horses in need: http://wildforlifefoundation.org/haydrive.html

To sponsor or learn more about WFLF’s sanctuary expansion project visit: http://www.wildforlifefoundation.org/serenitysanctuary.html

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On behalf of the countless horses in need across the country, we extend our most heartfelt thanks for your kind support.

With gratitude,
The Wild For Life Foundation
Saving America’s Horses

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. The WFLF also provides robust equine assisted programs for active duty military, veterans and their families, as well as disadvantaged youth and others in need. We save the lives of homeless, abused and slaughter bound horses whose healing hearts enhance the lives of people.  Federal ID Number: 26-3052458

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Riverside, CA 92508

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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: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hay-drive-to-aid-starved-and-homeless-horses/x/8613232#home/share 

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