Wild For Life Foundation Launches Wild Burro Rescue and Recovery Mission



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
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Kate Dudley PR
Email: kate@katedudley.com
Phone: 310.439.9817

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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 since been lovingly calling her Gloria,” said Rocky Randall, WFLF Sanctuary Development Officer.  “This little mare is just so sweet and we wanted to pay a special tribute to our dear friend, Gloria Greer who had passed away on the day of Aiyana’s rescue.”   

“My dear friend Gloria was the kindest, sweetest, most loving person I’ve ever known,” said Mrs. (Jackie) Gene Autry, Grand Ambassador and Spokesperson for WFLF's Saving America's Horses and Give Horses Hope Program.  Philanthropist, lifelong horse lover and iconic Coachella Valley journalist, Gloria Greer, died at her Palm Desert home after a long battle with cancer. She was 87.  Gloria believed true success is measured by giving back to those less fortunate. 

“We have established a surgery fund for Gloria's lifesaving surgery to remove the severe abdominal hernia that is compromising her life,” said Jay Coskie, VP WFLF.   Gloria’s hernia requires major surgery and will be expensive.

Tax deductible donations to the Wild For Life Foundation need to be raised quickly so that Gloria’s vital surgery can be scheduled as soon as possible.

The estimate for Gloria’s entire lifesaving procedure including her pre-op ultra sound is $6000. “The goal is to raise the full amount before the end of the year so that we can schedule her critical surgery for January,” added Ms. Louise.  The first $500 is needed right away to pay for Gloria’s ultrasound. 

Will you help us give Gloria 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 Gloria. Help us help Gloria 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
The Wild For Life Foundation

Contributions may also be sent by mail to the Wild For Life Foundation, 39373 Bahrman Rd, Anza, CA 92539.  

Saving America's Horses is the multimedia educational division under the Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF), 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

Restoring Hope for America's Horses - And Keeping the Goodwill Going



Restoring Hope for America’s Horses
2015 – A Year of Lifesaving Success and Healing

It’s been an amazing year of recovery and healing for animals at the Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF).  We set out to ‘Give Horses Hope in 2015’ and we’re celebrating success! Your unwavering support for our lifesaving rescue program and our powerful educational program continues to help us save hundreds of lives every year.  The animals are counting on us to continue to deliver and we thank you for helping to make that possible.
Here are a few highlights of some of the biggest accomplishments that the WFLF has achieved over the past year with YOUR support. 

  • WFLF provided for the urgent needs of numerous horses and burros found in life threatening situations, including wild horses and burros that have been brutally rounded up and removed from their homelands, slaughter bound equines, starved, injured, neglected, abused and abandoned equines.  We’ve rescued, placed and accepted into our sanctuary over two hundred wild Mustangs, including orphan foals just weeks old and pregnant mares that we found in life threatening danger. 
  • Through WFLF’s Emergency Equine Rescue Mission we’ve been able to save over seventy five sacred Navajo horses and burros and we have provided them with needed primary care and permanent safe harbor under WFLF’s Wild Horse Rescue and Sanctuary Program.
  • We provided truck loads of quality nutritional hay and grains, urgently needed veterinary medical care, farrier care, transport, and safe haven sanctuary facilities for numerous
    slaughter-bound Mustangs that had recently lost their free-grazing land.  And, we facilitated the relocation and re-homing of many of these Mustangs to new sanctuary range-lands. In addition, we welcomed over a dozen of these wild Mustangs into WFLF’s Wild Horse Sanctuary where they will continue receiving primary care and will be able to live out their lives in peace, without ever being at risk of roundup or slaughter again.
  • We conducted deployments of our Emergency Equine Rescue Services in several states across the Nation, saving horses from starvation, slaughter, abuse and displacement. We set up two additional satellite wild horse recovery centers through WFLF’s Lifetime Equine Refuge for the urgent intake and recovery of imperiled Mustangs that need medical care and emergency safe harbor.  We’ve continued to conduct our Lifetime Equine Refuge Safe Haven network and satellite program in more than 10 cities across the nation. Together with our accredited supporters and partners, we’ve provided direct care to victimized equines in more than eight states Nationwide.
  • We preserved, protected and re-homed over 125 rare historic wild horses that came into WFLF’s Rescue and Sanctuary Program from across America.
  • Through WFLF’s Operation Thoroughbred, we saved more at-risk Thoroughbreds over the last year that had been bred for racing.  Sadly these majestic icons had been virtually discarded with nowhere to go.  We’ve given these victims a second chance at life through WFLF’s Rehabilitation and Sanctuary program. 
  • In March of this year we welcomed Mrs. (Jackie) Gene Autry as Grand Ambassador and
    Spokesperson for WFLF’s Saving America's Horses and Give Horses Hope Program
    .  Mrs. Autry's compassionate and powerful voice provides influential support for the protection of America's horses from unspeakable slaughter and other forms of equine cruelty. 
     
  • In May of this year we welcomed the DJ & T Foundation to our luminous Founding Patrons Circle.  With gratitude it has been our honor to recognize the DJ & T Foundation through WFLF’s Seeds of Life Program.  The DJ & T Foundation’s generous and crucial support has been instrumental in the lifesaving work we have been able to accomplish this year.  
  •  In July we welcomed WFLF’s Grand Ambassador and Spokesperson, Mrs. (Jackie) Gene Autry to our luminous Founding Patrons Circle. Mrs. Autry stepped-up her support in monumental fashion for WFLF’s mission to save, protect and preserve America’s horses by helping to seed the Foundation’s crucial Land Acquisition Project. 
  • We welcomed over 20,000 new fans to our Saving America's Horses social action media page on Facebook this year.  These compassionate and dedicated fans have made a huge difference in the lives of animal victims by sharing WFLF’s Multi-Media Educational materials and information, and by giving in support of our missions.
  • ·         In December we welcomed Mrs. (Jackie) Gene Autry as Grand Ambassador for SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES, the movie. Mrs. Autry has pledged her support to help us expand the audience for this monumental documentary film. 

Click here to see more highlights


·         As part of our Year End Giving Program we invite you to help us keep the our important mission work  going by making a donation to help us feed and care for horses in need this winter. Will you help us save desperate horses in need today? Your tax deductible gift, no matter the amount will help make it possible for us to save more lives and provide vital aid to horses and burros in need through this holiday season.

In the coming months, we’ll keep you updated with more details about 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 share our sincere appreciation for all who’ve made our tremendous work for horses and burros 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 continued progress we can achieve together in the times ahead.

With blessings and gratitude, on behalf of the horses,
Sincerely,
Katia Louise
Katia Louise, Founder, President, Executive Director
The Wild For Life Foundation
Director, SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES