WFLF's Navajo Horse Rescue and Recovery Mission

Navajo Nation, NM - Sept. 20, 2013 - Rescue team members of WFLF's Navajo Horse Rescue and Recovery Mission are working behind the scenes daily in effort to rescue, recover and evacuate the captured Navajo horses and burros whose lives are at risk. Wild horses and burros are being taken from their Native homes in the highly contested Navajo roundups which the vast majority of  Navajo people oppose.  Just recently, a group of  3 - 5 month old foals were found after being taken away from their mothers, which have reportedly been shipped to slaughter.

 "We are dealing with a crisis situation, " says Katia Louise, President WFLF. "It's a tragedy. People are getting hurt and horses are dying."  Under threat of arrest, the Dine' (Navajo) horse owners are seeing their sacred horses and burros being 'run to death'; chased down by Navajo roundup rangers on ATV's." 

In testament to their public OPPOSITION to the wild horse roundups and slaughter, the Nahooka' Dine' (Navajo Elders and Medicine People) unanimously passed a resolution stating, "We strongly urge the Navajo Nation and U.S. Government, Bureau of Indian Affairs, DOI, USDA, to stop the desecration and destruction of the Diné Way of Life and Spiritual Foundation by recklessly promoting and supporting the roundup and mass execution of our relative, the horse."

Calls, emails and donations have begun to come in on behalf of this lifesaving effort. Partnering Rescue Organization and Individual Adoption applications for the orphaned Navajo foals can be requested by email at

Donations to help with immediate vet and hay needs can be made at:

The Navajo Horse Rescue and Recovery Mission is providing the rescue, evacuation and placement services for these foals and other horses and burros saved from the Navajo roundups to insure they will never be subject to roundup or slaughter again. WFLF has partnered with local animal services to organize the rescue and help bring in support for the immediate needs of the surviving orphaned foals.

"We are grateful to WFLF's Safe Haven Rescue Team Members, and the collaborating rescues including Harmony Horseworks, and the many volunteers who are helping to get the word out on behalf of the Navajo horses in need," added Katia Louise.

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Contact: The Wild for Life Foundation