Lifetime Equine Refuge - Saving America's Horses Winter Storm Update

March 31, 2017, Riverside, CA –  Lifetime Equine Refuge - 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 Anza-Borrego equine rescue facility had to close 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

Federal ID No: 26-3052458
www.WildForLifeFoundation.org

CALL TO ACTION: Protect Animal Cruelty Victims from Perpetrators of Malicious Harm

CALL TO ACTION: Protect Animal Cruelty Victims from Perpetrators of Malicious Harm

March 9, 2017 Riverside, CA - Urgent CALL TO ACTION - Keep innocent victimized animals out of the clutches of cruelty and neglect perpetrators!

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 malicious acts of harm which threaten innocent animal victims' health, safety and future welfare 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 whose very lives are under threat right now.

Cinco, pictured here just after his rescue, shows you the state these help  less creatures were discovered in by WFLF. There were approximately 150 stranded Mustangs crammed together on a feedlot where there was no running water and no hay. Cinco, a newborn foal languished, pinned beneath a fence post , trapped since birth and in severe distress.

Cinco and the last of the surrendered survivors have fully recovered and are thriving as a result of WFLF's rescue and sanctuary mission - thanks to you - BUT NOW HIS FUTURE MAY BE AT RISK AGAIN!





We need you now, more than ever, to be sure that justice is served ... to be sure that animals like
poor Cinco won't be stripped away from his safe and loving home, so he won't EVER have to suffer or be threatened by threats of harm again.

Make no mistake - this is a battle for the very existence of animal welfare and rights of our community as a people to save and protect them. Any donation you make will be used to fight this urgent, precedent-setting legal battle and to support the ongoing lifesaving protective work for animals that WFLF and its Saving America's Horses program conducts every day of the year. 

Approximately 150 slaughter bound Mustangs crammed together on a feedlot where there was no running water and no hay. The surrendering owner came to us pleading for help, and we saved them all.

And now the previous owner; the one responsible for their sad faces and uncertain future, has summoned US to court in effort to get these last few thriving survivors back. And they're demanding money from WFLF in "an amount to punish" us and "set an example"!

Punish US? What about justice for Cinco and his long-suffering family? That's what you can bring about today.

Please rush your tax-deductible donation today to WFLF's Legal Protection & Defense Fund. Ensure that justice will be served for animals like Cinco, who have no one but us to speak on their behalf.

Donate

BY MAIL:
Wild for Life Foundation
Atten: Justice for Horses
19510 Van Buren Blvd, Ste F3236
Riverside, CA 92508

Contributions to Wild for Life Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Federal ID No. 26-3052458

Vindication for Wild For Life Foundation and its Equine Protection and Rescue Program

UPDATE: FEB 4, 2017

On January 19, 2017, in response to false reports and allegations against Wild for Life Foundation, Sgt. Huennekens of the Riverside County Animal Care and Control promptly inspected the horses in the care and custody of Wild for Life Foundation and issued the following statement. "All of the animals are in good weight. The paint horse with the bad knee came to the rescue several years ago in its present condition and is on previcox for any discomfort. The dark bay horse shown, in the photographs was in excellent condition with no signs of any health issues. All of the pens the horses are kept in are in good condition and are of adequate size. The horse with the large hernia was bright, alert, and appeared to be in otherwise good condition. Case closed, Sgt. Huennekens."  

The UNFOUNDED allegations of animal abuse and neglect against the Wild for Life Foundation, by a party hoping to gain control of the charity, directly threaten the very health, welfare and future of the innocent rescue horses and burros the Wild for Life Foundation so dutifully serves. 

“We are not sure why they are doing all this, but we do know one thing for sure,” stated WFLF President and Founder, Katia Louise. “What they are doing is 100% contrary to the  safety, wellbeing and future of the very animals that WFLF serves to protect.”


In just nine years, the Wild For Life Foundation has built a solid reputation based on integrity and compassion with its extraordinary work in advocacy and hands-on care for animals in desperate need of help. The successful WFLF rescue and sanctuary program specializes in the lifesaving and rehabilitation of wild and domestic equines and provides a safe home and haven, for animals in need.



As a charity, WFLF relies solely on tax deductible contributions, and counts on your continued care and compassion to help us to protect and be there for our equine family.

www.wildforlifefoundation.org

The Wild For Life Foundation (or WFLF) is a non-profit, animal protection and rescue organization that focuses primarily on the rescue and rehabilitation of wild and domestic horses and burros from roundups, slaughter and general abuse.  WFLF is a federally registered grassroots volunteer based nonprofit charity established for the prevention of cruelty to animals with a focus on animal welfare and the protection of wildlife. We vigorously work to save, protect and preserve abused, neglected, displaced and slaughter bound wild and domestic equines, and educate to raise compassion and improve the standards of protection for America’s equine populations as a whole. 
Federal ID No. 26-3052458

Circle the Wagons to help WFLF Save and Protect America's Rescue Horses and Burros

EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION:

Jan 31, 201, Riverside, CA - The severe and relentless rains and flooding of these past few weeks in Southern California have put Wild For Life Foundation’s Family of America’s Rescue Horses and Burros in Dire Need of Your Help.

A series of winter storms slammed our equine rescue facilities with torrential rain, flooding, and mud barreling through, washing out internal rescue access ways and leaving our the grounds saturated with ditches over 6' deep and up to 6' wide at the home of the Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF), and peaceful harbor rescue and sanctuary for over 75 horses and burros. 

Our all volunteer rescue team members have been digging trenches through mud and debris for days to drain pooling water, from the most recent onslaught of intense sustained, pouring rain, coupled with hail and snow which has left us crippled and in need of urgent disaster relief. 

The washed out roads have made the delivery of hay and feed very difficult. Our facilities have been hit hard with extensive storm damage. Urgent financial support is needed to clean up and get back to regular business.  



In just nine years, the Wild For Life Foundation has built a solid reputation based on integrity and compassion with its extraordinary work in advocacy and hands-on care for animals in desperate need of help. The successful WFLF rescue and sanctuary program specializes in the lifesaving and rehabilitation of wild and domestic equines and provides a safe home and haven, for animals in need.


The Wild for Life Foundation counts on your care and compassion to help us to protect and be there for our equine family, our needs are immediate —PLEASE give today. Donations can be made online, by mail or by wire transfer.

Contact:
Wild For Life Foundation
19510 Van Buren Blvd, #F3236
Riverside, CA 92508
Phone: 310.439.9817


Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a federally registered grassroots volunteer based nonprofit charity established for the prevention of cruelty to animals with a focus on animal welfare and the protection of wildlife. Among our greatest concerns are imperiled wild horses and burros, abused, neglected and slaughter bound wild and domestic equines, and inadequate standards of protection for America’s equine population as a whole. We vigorously work to save, protect and preserve abused, neglected, displaced and slaughter bound wild and domestic equines, and educate to raise compassion and improve the standards of protection for America’s equine populations as a whole. Federal ID No. 26-3052458

Mustangs run free after narrowly escaping slaughter

This is a group of Mustang arrivals to Wild For Life Foundation's Lifetime equine Refuge sanctuary program - WFLF MMRM circa 2014. These Mustangs, including three pregnant mares had lost their safe and peaceful home in NM when their former rescue/ sanctuary org lost its gratis lease, and had no other means to save them. If not saved through the WFLF MMRM, approximately 150 horses, whose lives were in imminent danger, would have shipped to slaughter.

This was their first time to run free after being rescued out of a feedlot and narrowly escaping slaughter. Three healthy baby foals (two fillies and a colt) were born within a couple weeks of their arrival to California at one of WFLF's wild horse sanctuary facilities. They have since grown into healthy happy youngsters.

Some of these Mustangs had been featured in Wild For Life Foundation's international award winning documentary film, Saving America's Horses: A Nation Betrayed which was released bi-coastally to theaters in 2012.

Approximately 100 members of the herd were transported out of NM and placed in sanctuary homes in several other states.
The last few remaining herd members were accepted into WFLF's family of rescued wild horses. 


Learn more: http://www.wildforlifefoundation.org/wflfmonero.html

The history of WFLF Monero-Mustang Rescue Mission

The history of WFLF Monero-Mustang Rescue Mission -
In early 2014 the Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) received a desperate plea of life and death urgency from the founder of Monero Mustangs, a New Mexico (NM) nonprofit organization (NPO) for emergency rescue assistance. Sadly the MM's entire herd of horses found themselves stranded in deserted feedlots without access to water or hay. Without the resources to house, feed and care for them, the Monero Mustangs (MM), a then failed/defunct NPO, was on the verge of losing its horses’ lives to unspeakable gruesome slaughter.

The WFLF Monero-Mustang Rescue Mission (WFLF MMRM) was launched by the Wild For Life Foundation as crisis intervention to save the MM horses lives and a means for providing emergency aid and helping to facilitate the urgent need for relocation and placement of these at risk horses. As an equine rescue and protection organization, an indisputable RESCUE NEED must be well established and plead by anyone seeking WFLF rescue assistance prior to the acceptance of their equines into WFLF’s program.

WFLF raised funds and utilized these resources to provide vital lifesaving equine rescue services and supplies to  meet the demands of this urgent RESCUE NEED.

In or about April of 2014, WFLF began providing emergency financial aid toward the direct care, feeding, transport and placement of these horses. Over the time it became evident that MM had been breeding their rescue horses and they had approximately 150 horses whose lives were in imminent life threatening danger.  WFLF additionally facilitated the placement of the majority of these horses into new 3rd third party homes.

As documented, MM, the surrendering owner, in fact made an urgent plea in writing to the Wild For Life Foundation to rescue and take in approximately 50 horses whose lives were said to be in imminent danger, and that MM had no other means to save them.

WFLF has paid for ongoing expenses related to the care and custody for the MM surrendered RESCUE NEED horses, which included unadoptable, pregnant and nursing foals, unborn foals, colts, fillies, senior horses, malnourished and injured mares, geldings and stallions, whom began arriving to WFLF facilities in September, 2014.

In or about mid June of 2015, WFLF transferred approximately thirty three of these horses for direct placement into a 3rd party sanctuary in Northern California, and thereafter officially concluded the WFLF MMRM.


Contrary to the rumors which have been made about the Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF), in truth WFLF has extended sincere compassion, benevolence and good will toward Monero Mustangs and its founder. Sadly WFLF’s mission to save, protect, preserve and defend America’s at risk wild and domestic equines and WFLF’s successful mission to aid and assist MM’s RESCUED NEED horses have been met with disregard and disrespect by MM and its founder.

Additionally, for the record, WFLF was eventually forced to officially terminate its relationship with MM due to numerous egregious violations to WFLF policies which serve to protect America’s at risk equines from harm.

To date, WFLF continues to provide ongoing care and custody for 15 of the MM surrendered RESCUE NEED horses which have at all times remained under the legal ownership, title, care and custody of WFLF since first accepted by WFLF.

Learn more: http://www.wildforlifefoundation.org/wflfmonero.html

Riverside County Animal Care and Control confirms that ALL animals are in good weight, in excellent condition


UPDATE January 21, 2017- 
On January 17, 2017, and in response to false reports of  purported animal cruelty and neglect against Wild for Life Foundation, the Riverside County Animal Care and Control (RCDAC) promptly inspected the horses in the care and custody of Wild for Life Foundation. Sgt. Huennekens' report states, “All of the animals are in good weight, …appear bright, alert, and in excellent condition with no signs of any health issues. All of the pens the horses are kept in are in good condition and are of adequate size.”  RDAC has confirmed that ALL reports made regarding any possible concerns over the proper care of animals by the Wild For Life Foundation are UNFOUNDED.

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