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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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.

Programs: In 2014 the organization provided a safe haven to over 400 wild horses and burros, provided education tours and clinics throughout the year and continued to preserve several rare and distinct bloodlines at our california sanctuary.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 3

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.

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3

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

3 Matthew kuhn

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

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2 wetarez

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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