RETURN TO FREEDOM INC

Rating: 3.75 stars   8 reviews 239

Issues: Animals

Location: 4115 Jalama Rd Lompoc CA 93436 USA

Mission: THE ORGANIZATION PROVIDES A HOME FOR ANIMALS THAT MAY OTHERWISE BE SLAUGHTERED, ABUSED, OR LEFT TO ROAM WITHOUT FOOD OR WATER. THE FOCUS OF THE ORGANIZATION IS WILD HORSE RESCUE AND SANCTUARY, EDUCATION, AND PRESERVATION OF DIVERSE NATURAL HERD GROUPS.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Return To Freedom is an amazing organization providing not just sanctuary to more than 300 horses and but also working to help preserve the right for existing populations to live in the wild. They protect, educate and advocate so that we all, not just wildlife, benefit. We all benefit as well future generations from their conservation efforts. They deserve and need our support.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

We were introduced to Return to Freedom in 2010. My husband and I drove to California from Washington State to "check it out." We were amazed by all the work Neda and her staff have done ( and continue to do ) to insure that these wild horses have the best care possible. Although being on a fixed income, we decided that their mission is so important that we have become monthly donors. It is money well spent and gives us a warm feeling that we are helping in some small way. Kudos to RTF and we thank them for their dedication to this cause.

"A man that don't love a horse, there is something the matter with him." ~~~ Will Rogers
"You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too
late." ~~~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see it get the positive attention it deserves.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 3 stars  

This is probably a very good organization. I called last year (2012), personally talked with a gal, and charged my donation on my Master Card. Return to Freedom never recorded my donation and, thus, never took the donation.

Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

I gave a donation last year over ($100) and never received a receipt or a thank you. I will never donate to this organization again.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The heart of Neda DeMayo (founder of RTF) is as large as the acreage upon which hundreds of wild horses and burros now live free in Lompoc, CA. Understanding the social dynamics of wild horses, Return To Freedom has a policy of keeping intact the herds it rescues. RTF allows the horses to maintain their natural lifestyle and social behaviors while safely managing their population with non-hormonal and reversible contraception to the mares. Return To Freedom diligently works to educate others in order to stop the rapid removal of a living part of our national heritage. This sanctuary serves as a beautiful model for the care and preservation of America's wild horses and burros, demonstrating the absolute necessity to respect and cherish nature!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visiting this sanctuary transforms an individual from the inside out and fills the soul with the very "thing" that makes you want to give back and help make a difference...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase its public awareness & support !!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

through a photography workshop

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Wow, look at how the administrative expenses have jumped from '07 to '09. Neda DeMayo being compensated $57,000 for realizing a life long dream while consuming 6.14% of total expenses is way too much. To realize a life long dream most would sacrifice much. Appears Ned DeMayo started something to bleed the hearts of interested persons and then choose to bleed their wallets once there appeared the opportunity.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fiscal responsibilty to donors is questionable

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

reduce administrative expenses. CEO is overcompensated based on amount of revenue

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

A wonderful equine rescue and sanctuary dedicated to the preservation of America's wild horses and burros. They have great outreach to the community and other wild horse organizations. They have saved the lives of hundreds of horses, educate the public and preserve valuable wild horse gene pools.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching their progress in saving horses.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep going.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their enthusiasm for what they do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Intelligent, caring and pleasant.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save all the displaced wild horses and burros.

Ways to make it better...

Always great experience.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The BLM's continued refusal to follow the law as stated in the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Everyone should visit their website or the sanctuary itself.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is a wonderful organization! They continue to work very hard to not only take care of and preserve the wild horses in their care, but as advocates of the few still remaining wild horses and burros in our country

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the horses they have rescued and the work that they do to try and protect those horses and burros that are still in the wild.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope I could do as good a job as Neda DeMayo. I would also hope to expand the ranch to allow more horses to be rescued.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

spending time with the wild horses in captivity. I've been around horses all my life and had never seen a real herd- stallions, mares, foals- all living harmoniously together. Beautiful!!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated and hard working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a lasting change that would benefit people many years from now.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

that the general public is not aware of how threatened the still free roaming wild horses are.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I can't wait to go back and visit the ranch again.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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