Wild Horse Expert and Conservationist, Sandi Claypool, joins Wild For Life Foundation as the new Wild Horse Conservation Manager in California



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wild Horse Expert and Conservationist, Sandi Claypool, joins Wild For Life Foundation as the new Wild Horse Conservation Manager in California

July 12, 2014 - The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is pleased to announce that Sandi Claypool will
be joining the WFLF Sanctuary Program Team as the new on site Wild Horse Conservation Manager.
Sandi Claypool is a wild horse expert and the founder of Monero Mustangs of New Mexico.  She has dedicated her life to keeping the genetic pool of the original Spanish El Rito Mustang alive. As an educator, Sandi will bring a wealth of knowledge to our wild horse educational program, about the treasure of this regal and adaptive band of vanishing 'El Rito' Spanish that helped build the west.  “Our American Mustang has impacted every race and every culture in the building of our Nation. These iconic living legends helped fight our battles, conquer and build settlements in our Nation, deliver our mail, transport doctors to the sick, transported supplies, and fought in our nations wars on all sides, says Ms Claypool.  “The symbol of freedom they represent during turbulent times is a great healer of broken hearts.”

Referred to by many as the Spanish horses, these Mustangs trace their lineage back to the reintroduction of equines to North America by the Spaniards in the 1500's.  These majestic icons now need homes after narrowly escaping government eradication.

Just recently the Monero Mustangs lost their freedom and their homes on the open rangelands in New Mexico and were in grave danger of going to slaughter. The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) partnered with Monero Mustangs in April, in effort to save these majestic Mustangs and because of YOU, and every single friend who has sent in donations this large scale emergency rescue mission is nearly complete. “It’s so important in these times of great need to band together, to partner and collaborate,” says Katia Louise. “We’ve got to stick together, especially when the going gets tough, and do everything possible to help each other on behalf of the horses in need.”  

Wild For Life Foundation launched the WFLF Monero Mustang Rescue and Recovery Mission to save the
lives of these majestic individual horses, and also to assure that the Monero Mustang legacy will live on. "With wild mustang herds across the west vanishing, the importance of protecting and preserving them, and providing the public the opportunity to view and experience wild mustangs in their natural environment is essential to the history and the future of our Nation," adds Ms. Louise.

Since late 2013, WFLF has rescued and placed more than 180 wild Mustangs, including approximately 140 Monero Mustangs, and 40 Navajo Mustangs, including 21 orphaned foals (ages 1-6 months old), and several pregnant mares who all had lost their freedom and their homes in New Mexico. The baby horses had been orphaned as a result of the roundups and slaughter, which the vast majority of American people oppose. 

"The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF), a nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic horses through rescue, sanctuary, and education, is setting up a permanent public benefit sanctuary where horses and people are partners in healing," said WFLF's founder Katia Louise. WFLF will be re-homing 50-60 of these rescued Spanish and Navajo Mustangs, and give them a permanent natural habitat sanctuary within 30-60 minutes of San Diego.  Sandi and the last couple groups of Spanish horses are due to arrive in California sometime later this month.

Donations to WFLF's 'Seeds of Life' fundraising program will support its sustainable sanctuary expansion project which will make a meaningful difference in the lives of both people and animals.  Or, through monthly gifts of $10 or more, Lifeline Legacy Members can help secure permanent quality care and habitats for these victimized animals. Monthly giving is the easiest way to support WFLF's lifesaving mission. Each monthly gift helps to provide a consistent, reliable income stream that allows the rescue and sanctuary team to tackle whatever case may come through the door, and helps to assure that these vulnerable victimized horses will never be at risk of mistreatment again!

The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a U.S. registered tax exempt 501 (c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to protecting America's equines through rescue, rehabilitation, education and sanctuary. The WFLF provides programs with a focus on community enrichment, including wild horse preserves, equine wellness activities and 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, mistreated and slaughter bound horses whose healing hearts enhance the lives of people.  Federal ID Number: 26-3052458

Visit WFLF: www.WildForLifeFoundation.org
Email: info@WildforLifeFoundation.org
Phone: 310.439.9817

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Sanctuary Land Needed for Historic and Rare Horses


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


July 11, 2014,  North County San Diego- Wanted: At least 100 acres for lease or to buy, well-fenced with rolling hills and trees for shade and weather protection, water well access and grazing opportunities. 
Its purpose? To serve as a sanctuary for some of America's most historic and rare horses -
rescued Spanish and Navajo Mustangs recently saved after losing the land they lived on. Referred to by many as the Spanish horses, these Mustangs trace their lineage back to the reintroduction of equines to North America by the Spaniards in the 1500's.  These majestic icons now need homes after narrowly escaping government eradication.

"The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF), a nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic horses through rescue, sanctuary, and education, aims to provide a permanent public benefit sanctuary where horses and people are partners in healing," said WFLF's founder Katia Louise. The goal is to re-home 50-60 rescued Spanish and Navajo Mustangs in need, and give them a permanent natural habitat sanctuary within 30-60 minutes of San Diego.  

"With wild mustang herds across the west vanishing, the importance of protecting and preserving them, and providing the public the opportunity to view and experience wild mustangs in their natural environment is essential to the history and the future of our Nation," adds Ms. Louise.  
Since late 2013, WFLF has rescued more than 180 wild Mustangs, including 140 Monero Mustangs, and 40 Navajo Mustangs, including 21 orphaned foals (ages 1-6 months old), and several pregnant mares who all had lost their freedom and their homes in New Mexico. The baby horses had been orphaned as a result of the roundups and slaughter, which the vast majority of American people oppose. Two of the youngest most fragile foals were brought to Bonsall, CA, and have since been lovingly fostered by Linda Harris, Director of Ambassadors for Compassion.  

Volunteer emergency rescue team members began trucking in water and hay on a daily basis to over 100 imperiled Monero Mustangs in March this year, and at the same time began re-homing them into safe natural habitats in Arizona, Colorado, and Texas.  Thanks to an overwhelming outpouring of assistance from supporters, wild horse enthusiasts, and meaningful grants from Ambassadors For Compassion, the ASPCA, and Best Friends Animal Society, WFLF rescue team members have been able to provide essential veterinary medical care, hay, transport and housing for many Navajo and Spanish Mustangs in need.  

The WFLF seeks to secure appropriate natural habitat through sanctuary land acquisition in North San Diego county where these last few rare Spanish Mustangs can be permanently safe along with the Red Rock herd of Navajo Mustangs.
These horses are 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.  WFLF has managed to keep the small group rare breed Spanish horses together but they are not out of danger yet.  

The charity is preparing to bring these Spanish horses to California to be part of a sanctuary eco-conservation program under its charter. "Time is of the essence to permanently secure this vital land so we can assure a forever safe home for these and other imperiled and homeless victims," said Katia Louise.  WFLF seeks this land to be held in perpetuity for the horses and assure that these and other imperiled horses will never be at risk of slaughter again.

They are part of our history, yet the wild horses of today continue to battle for their rightful
place on their Native lands. Their unique adaptability and hardiness cannot be replicated in domestic breeding situations yet these indigenous horses are teetering on extinction due to their capture and removal by government agencies. And, America's wild horses cannot be reproduced once they are gone.

America's wild horses are denied their North American indigenous roots by U.S. government agencies that have instead labeled them as an "exotic, feral and invasive species" as a means to justify their removal from the range-lands. However, horses in truth have been found to boost biodiversity.  In fact conservationists in several parts of the world have been studying the re-introduction of wild equines to the range-lands as a way to restore the natural environment and wildlife. For example, the Tarpan wild horses have been successfully returned to the landscapes in both Britain and the Oostvaardersplassen of the Netherlands. Wild horses are scientifically recognized for bringing light grazing and natural fertilization benefits to the lands where they roam. Their restoration to the range-lands has truly helped the return of a wider variety of plants and invertebrates. "These majestic icons heal our hearts and they can heal the lands," says Katia Louise.

The Wild For Life Foundation has been working to secure permanent sanctuary land but recent efforts have not yet been fruitful. The charity is under deadline to secure sanctuary space for the last of the Navajo and Spanish Mustang herd members - even if short-term - which would allow more time to secure permanent acquisition.

"Ideally, all that's needed is something near North County San Diego where visitors and community members can benefit, take part and give back," said Ms. Louise. At minimum, they want about 100 acres, although the more the better so the horses have room to roam and to reduce the need for supplemental feed.  The charity is receiving pledges and grants toward costs as they continue to raise the balance of funds needed for acquisition and improvements.

Donations to WFLF's 'Seeds of Life' fundraising program will support this sustainable sanctuary expansion and make a meaningful difference in the lives of both people and animals.  

The sanctuary expansion is fitting for the Wild For Life Foundation, which has been at the forefront of international efforts to prevent animal cruelty, and to provide the urgently needed quality care which these victimized animals deserve.  WFLF also offers equine assisted learning and therapy activities to aid youth, active duty military and veterans, and others in need. The wild horse observation program at the sanctuary will serve as an educational platform for the conservation and protection of Mustangs and burros who have been removed from the wild.  

As a recognized leader in animal welfare, the new sanctuary is vital for Wild For Life Foundation to respond adequately to the rapid pace growth in the number of animals and people it serves. The additional space, dedicated care areas and special facilities are needed to better provide for the animals in need. More significantly, the new sanctuary would enable WFLF to enhance the quality of its programs for for both people and  horses. "Ultimately and most importantly the new sanctuary would allow us to improve our ability to properly care for and rehabilitate more rescued animals and assure them of forever safe harbor," said Ms. Louise. 

Through monthly gifts of $10 or more, WFLF Lifeline Legacy Members help secure permanent quality care and habitats for these victimized animals. Monthly giving is the easiest way to support WFLF's lifesaving mission. Each monthly gift helps to provides a consistent, reliable income stream that allows the all volunteer rescue team to tackle whatever case may come through their doors, and assure that these vulnerable victimized horses will never be at risk of mistreatment again! 

Katia Louise is the Founder and President and volunteer Executive Director of the Wild for Life Foundation.  Ms Louise, Lakota Sioux descent, is a lifelong horsewoman and experienced equestrian with a background in emergency and crisis support, equine rescue, wild horse preservation and equine assisted learning programs.
  
The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a U.S. registered tax exempt 501 (c)3 nonprofit charity dedicated to the prevention of animal cruelty through rescue, rehabilitation, education and sanctuary. The WFLF provides community enrichment through animal friendly - nature based programming for active duty military, veterans and their families, as well as disadvantaged youth and others in need. We save the lives of homeless, equines and canines whose healing hearts enhance the lives of people.  Federal ID Number: 26-3052458

To learn more visit the website at www.WildForLifeFoundation.org

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June 14, 2014 Update: WFLF Monero-Mustang Rescue Mission

We are over the moon with gratitude for your support in helping to make the WFLF MoneroMustang Rescue Mission a success. Just recently more than 100 Mustangs lost their freedom and their homes on the open rangelands in New Mexico and were in grave danger of going to slaughter. However, you are the village that is turning this sad story of broken hearts and life threatening turmoil into new beginnings with new safe forever homes for these very special Mustangs. But, as we celebrate each success of this multiphase rescue effort it is with urgency that we make this plea for your continued support so we can save the last 40 herd members, including two dozen rare breed Spanish Mustangs. It is imperative that placement and transport for the last few groups of Mustangs is completed as soon as possible. Because of you, we have been able to secure appropriate natural habitat placement for 72 of the Mustangs, with 60 of them recently evacuated to their new forever homes. But the challenge to secure placement continues as we scramble to cover the rest of the expenses including the crucial need of funds to replenish vital hay supplies.

To support this effort donate: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=3ZRRBK6W3BULG


The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) partnered with Monero Mustangs in April, in effort to save more than 100 Mustangs and because of YOU, and every single friend who has sent in donations this large scale emergency rescue mission is nearly complete. The mass showing of support over the last several weeks has enabled us make this very special rescue possible. But time is of the essence for these last few groups of Mustangs.

These distressed horses need us now more than ever to keep our promise so that they will never be at risk of roundup or slaughter again. Through YOUR kind and generous support, WFLF is in the final process of securing new safe pastures and natural habitat space for the last remaining Mustangs.

Together, we have saved hundreds of horses from being butchered alive - but 'rescue' is just the beginning of a long, dedicated endeavor to provide the best quality of life for these distressed victims. While we realize that not all horses can be saved, our commitment is to do our utmost for all incoming animals. Please consider making a gift to support these horses today.

We thank every single person who has touched this rescue mission...and these majestic horses. Our village pulled together and is saving these horses' lives, including several unborn foals! We extend many heartfelt thanks to you, for your generosity. Please share this message and let's see if we can cover these crucial rescue costs! Thank you on behalf of the 100+ Mustangs who will soon all have a second chance...Because of you!

Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saving-Americas-Horses/91817751967
http://www.wildforlifefoundation.org/wflfmonero.html

Make a monthly pledge for 33 Cents a day: http://wildforlifefoundation.org/lifelinelegacy.html

Donate any amount: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=3ZRRBK6W3BULG

Bingo Helps to Feed Rescued Mustangs


Success! Many thanks to everyone who came out in support of WFLF’s Bingo fundraiser last night! It was a packed house! The goal to raise funds to purchase hay to feed the rescued Navajo Mustangs and foals in WFLF’s Sanctuary program, was a success. Great fun was had by all who attended and awareness was raised for the need to protect and preserve America’s horses.

Celebrities who attended include Kate Linder of “The Young and the Restless”, celebrity sports host,

Heather S Michaels and international award winning filmmaker, Katia Louise, amongst others who made appearances on behalf of benefiting the Wild For Life Foundation charity mission to save horses' lives.

The success of the fundraiser will feed 20 Mustangs for approx 2 weeks, which helps a lot, but more support is needed to help feed and save more horses. “We are looking to rally twenty-five hundred horse loving people who are generously willing to donate $10 monthly to help off-set the cost of food, medical care and housing for rescue horses,” says Katia Louise, filmmaker Saving America’s Horses. “Monthly giving is the easiest way to support the lifesaving mission of Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF). Your monthly gifts provide a consistent, reliable lifeline stream that allows WFLF to tackle whatever case comes through their doors.” Lifeline Legacy Circle Members can be anonymous or receive recognition. Either way this kind and loyal group of individuals and families help assure that victimized equines will never be mistreated, roundup up or at risk of slaughter again!

Join the circle by making a monthly pledge today!
http://www.wildforlifefoundation.org/lifelinelegacy.html

Learn more about WFLF: www.WildForLifeFoundation.org
Like WFLF on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WildforLifeFoundation

Please share to help raise more support for horses in need. Thank you!

BINGO to FEED HUNGRY RESCUE HORSES!!

BINGO to FEED HUNGRY RESCUE HORSES!! Wild for Life Foundation is excited and looking forward
to A Night of BINGO on June 10th! Funds raised will help feed victimized wild horses that have been saved from roundups and slaughter. Thank you! Please share!
If you will be in the LA area on June 10th... Come on out to a full-filled night to benefit Wild For Life Foundation's lifesaving equine rescue and recovery program.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 10th, 7PM
WHERE: Viva Cantina, Burbank, CA
10 ROUNDS of BINGO with fabulous PRIZES!
Meet Celebrity Caller, Heather Michaels and International award winning filmmaker of SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES, Katia Louise
Full Menu and Bar
Suggested donation $20
Reservations: BrownPaperTickets.com
Search term: Viva Cantina, or
bingoboy@bingoboyinc.com

Proceeds to benefit the Wild For Life Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic horses and burros though rescue, rehabilitation, education and sanctuary.
Learn more:
www.WildForLifeFoundation.org

BREAKING: California auctioneer charged for sending horse to slaughter



June 6, 2014, California auctioneer charged for sending horse to slaughter.
Madera County Sherriff and KPIX Channel 5 News reports auctioneer Billy Ray Brown Jr., was arrested and charged in a case involving professional rodeo horses and CA auction records traced to a slaughterhouse in Canada.
Many California (CA) residents are shocked by the news which broke yesterday on the heels of an
investigation probing into the illegal CA trade of horses for slaughter. “It’s been going on for years”, states Katia Louise, Wild For Life Foundation President, Director, Saving America’s Horses. “CA horses through no fault of their own, wind up at these auction houses where known kill-buyers seek to meet their quota as driven by the foreign market for horsemeat.  Once designated as food animals most protections under the humane laws no longer apply to them. The records of their sale(s) are conveniently lost or somehow unavailable, making it next to impossible to trace their torturous journey through the slaughter pipeline.  
The average American doesn’t realize that America's wild and domestic horses and burros are being sold in a seedy underground market for their meat at auction and shipped to slaughter in Mexico and Canada for human consumption abroad. Polls indicate of those Americans who are aware, 80% are opposed to these insidious activities.
The 1998 CA 'Prohibition on Slaughter of Horses and Sale of Horsemeat for Human Consumption' prohibits any person from possessing, transferring, receiving or holding any horse, pony, burro or mule with intent to kill it or have it killed, where the person knows or should know that any part of the animal will be used for human consumption, and provides that a violation constitutes a felony offense.  “But horses are virtually being laundered through auction, trade and backyard barn sales, adds Ms Louise.  “The total lack of enforcement is fueled by an absence of appropriated funds which enables the transfer and transport of equines without regulatory inspections or paper trails.”  Yesterday’s summer camp ponies, today’s racehorses and tomorrow’s family pet ponies whose boarding contracts go unpaid, are disappearing across CA state borders into neighboring states where no protective laws exist.
Just last month, the 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill was approved by the Senate with defunding language intact, which prohibits federally required inspections of horse slaughter facilities in the United States. Without funding for USDA inspections of horsemeat, horse slaughter plants cannot re-open in the U.S. However, there are no federal laws prohibiting the sale or transport of horses across federal borders to be slaughtered outside of the states.
Due to the absence of this federal protection, over 100,000 American horses are shipped across federal borders to slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada each year. What most people don't realize is that 92% of the horses sent to slaughter are sound, young and healthy. These are among America’s finest and brightest horses; champion show horses, Thoroughbred racehorses, professional rodeo horses and even wild horses taken from their native lands.
What can people do to help the horses?
Get the true facts and help raise awareness. Support Wild For Life Foundation and other reputable anti-slaughter equine rescues and sanctuaries.  Ask your state representatives to support the currently pending federal legislation; HR 1094 and SB 541, (the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013), which would prohibit the sale or transport of equines and equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for human consumption.  Talk to others in your local horse communities and encourage them to implement protective measures to keep horses from being sold, given away or auctioned for slaughter.  Enforceable safety provisions can help assure their horses' safety and welfare for the lifetime of each horse.

Learn more and share: www.SavingAmericasHorses.org
http://www.lifetimeequinerefuge.org/adoption.html
Watch Saving America's Horses trailer: http://youtu.be/7Qb68DTz5RQ

Read the June 5th article about the arrest of the CA auctioneer: http://tinyurl.com/lvbbgj5

BINGO to Benefit Horses! - Save the Date!

Bingo Boy brings BINGO to Benefit HORSES!
Tuesday, June  10th,  7PM
Viva Cantina, 900 Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA


With Celebrity Caller
Heather Michaels

10 ROUNDS of BINGO with Fabulous PRIZES!

Meet SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES filmmaker, KATIA LOUISE

Hosted by BINGO BOY and Bingo Hostess ROXY WOOD!

Full Menu and Bar

Suggested Donation $20

For Reservations Visit:
Brown Paper Tickets.com
Search term “Viva Cantina” or
Email bingoboy@bingoboyinc.com

www.bingoboyinc.com    www.wildforlifefoundation.org