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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: OUR MISSION To Rescue at risk mustangs and burros from across America As well as providing a home and freedom for these horses we aim to increase public awareness of the mustang issues, showcase herd dynamics, and the general and historical value of America's wild horses through media and social networks. Skydog Ranch hopes to show that wild horses can co-exist on the open range in ecological balance with many species of wildlife, and demonstrate how to best manage land to increase carrying capacity and reverse range degradation. We also aim for Skydog Sanctuary to be a place of peace and healing for our volunteers in both Oregon and California who are able to come and spend time with the wild ones in nature and be around these beautiful rescued horses.

Results: To date, Skydog cares for 90+ mustangs and burros saved from killpens, auctions and dire situations who now run free in family groups on our 9000 acres ranch in Oregon or our two ranches in CA.

Target demographics: Wild mustangs & burros or formerly wild mustangs who are in dire situations, kill pens or auction yards.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 60+ threatened mustangs to find safety and life - either on our ranch or paid for bail/transportation/medical services for mustangs to go to known alternative rescues.

Geographic areas served: Prineville, OR, Malibu, CA and Mariposa, CA.

Programs: Skydog Ranch employs people in recovery who are actively working 12 step programs as well as military veterans as we believe that they and the horses form a unique bond, both having come from situations that tested them emotionally and physically.

Community Stories

491 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Clare and what this sanctuary does for wild horses. If half the world had hearts like Clare we would all be so much better off! Thank you Skydog for continuously loving and caring for the American Mustangs!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

It has been one of the greatest joys to support this non-profit and their team. Thank you for all that you do to protect wild mustangs.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great sanctuary, working very hard to keep the mustang families together!

Sheri A.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog is a Rescue and sanctuary for our wild mustangs. Skydog is providing them sanctuary where they can live as free roaming families. After being ripped away from their wild families these special horses are given a second chance to roam wild and free in the safety of a protected sanctuary. Sometimes they are adopted horses that just couldn't assimilate into domestic life and sometimes when God shines his light , Skydog has been able to reunite wild families (using photos from the wild before capture) that were separated and moved across several states. There are SO MANY incredible stories to follow. They also serve our community in education and preservation of our wild horses. Please support them.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The work that Clare and her crew do to save one of America’s biggest icons of days gone by is amazing. I had been following them for some time and then experienced a tragedy in my life and thru Clare and their sponsorship program, have been able to have help in healing. I thank her for not only saving the beautiful mustangs, but helping heal a sisters broken heart. Much Love Clare! Kismet~ Wendy and Outlaw

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Donor

Rating: 5

Thank god there are people like this who care and are doing something about the awful situation these iconic animals face at the hands of a heartless greedy and soulless government that only wants the land for endless cattle.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I knew nothing of the wild Mustangs until January of 2020. Channel 7 news had an article about Picasso. I was hooked. I then accidentally found Skydog sanctuary. The videos show the horses jumping off the trailer to their freedom. Claire keeps us updated everyday with some new pictures videos and story’s about the horses rescued from kill pens, feedlots. In so many cases the horses are depressed sad and have given up. Her team takes the horses to Bend Equine Center for the best vet care. We cry with her when a horse passes on and we cried happy tears when Dreamy was brought back to her former self. Seeing everything the sanctuary does for the horses and then seeing them running wild and free as they should be warms my heart. Claire will also tell you how to get involved in passing the SAFE ACT 3355 so that the American Mustang can not be sent to Canada and Mexico for slaughter..Claire and her team are hands on and I am thankful I found her sanctuary. My dream is to volunteer at Skydog.

1 Chrissy E.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing people doing amazing things for our wild horses. Skydog does everything in their power to give these mustangs what was taken from them: Freedom, Family, Peace, and Happiness. What could be a greater gift than that?

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog Sanctuary is AMAZING!!! With no reservations I can honestly say that it is the best I have seen in my 65 years. ❤️

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Donor

Rating: 5

I recently found Skydog Sanctuary. Clare and her team are dedicated and knowledgeable to these majestic creatures. Her passion to preserve the wild mustangs is evident. They are well cared for and that is clearly evident as you look through the before and after photos of some of the horribly mistreated mustangs that she has rescued and nursed back to health. I am so impressed by what this rescue has done that I have become a monthly donor as well contributing to fund raisers to transport the animals to Skydog.

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited Skydog and saw the beautiful grounds the Mustang's have to run and be free on. Their never ending care for the horses is unbelievable, checking on the herds every day to be sure they are all OK, the time they put in feeding them in the winter when the snow is here, making sure all springs are running for drinking water every day, constant medical care for any horse who needs it etc, etc is what Skydog does every day... They care for their horses better than any other rescue I have been to. Skydog will always supersede any situation that needs to be tackled and come out on top! Freedom, roaming the hills and running wild, health and unconditional love for the horse is Skydog!

Shirli K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This wonderful place! Skydog reunites families, and gives back the freedom to these mustangs... the freedom lost during the brutal helicopter roundups. I cant say enough good things about Clare and her Skydog Sanctuary!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Skydog do amazing work saving this country’s beautiful wild mustangs and raising awareness about the terrible conditions these horses are subjected to. The BLM and the roundups need to be stopped and skydog is leading the way ❤️

Jill V.2

Donor

Rating: 5

If I could give 100 stars I would! I’ve been following and donating to this incredible sanctuary for nearly two years now. I am not aware of any other mustang sanctuary like SkyDog. What is happening to these angelic wild horses is an absolute tragedy. I am forever grateful for Clare & her team for their continued efforts to bring their stories to light, to rescue the ones that everyone else has given up on and to reunite families who have been separated by these cruel roundups. Thank you to the entire Skydog crew!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing Organization and Sanctuary. The people are so dedicated to the animals 24/7. They are an open book on what takes place from the everyday activities to the next rescue. You feel as if you are right there with them physically. I follow them daily. We share the happiness, excitement, sadness and disbelief at times.
If you are not yet a Skydog member, part of this family, go to their website and take a look, please.
I guarantee you, YOU will be the next person joining us.
God Speed

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this Sanctuary. They help many horses. I follow them daily. I get the good,the bad,and the ugly. They exist to make life better for all horses. They’ve pulled mustangs out of kill pens,and other horrible holding pen living conditions.The horses get their freedom back. The light in their eyes return.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love what SkyDog does for the wild horses.
Love what SkyDog does for me.
I so look forward to seeing Claires posts.
Thankyou.

kireesah

Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog is amazing. I am so grateful to be able to participate here in their mission, that is so close to my heart. Keep up the wonderful work Skydog. Thank you Patreon for making this platform available for this worthy community. from Jojo, with blessings from JD and Velvet.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely adore Skydog Sanctuary. What they have done/do for mustangs is spectacular!! I found them a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. They post so much information about their rescues, trips to the BLM, traveling to get the horses to Skydog and arrivals. They also post very informative videos of how they care for their large, wild herd. I always learn new things, which I love!! They add so much joy to my life & I get to live vicariously through them, until I can get another horse :). When I die, I want to be reincarnated and come back as a mustang that lives at Skydog!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog Sanctuary is the most magical place and an amazing organisation! They are totally committed to America’s mustangs, especially horses with special needs and older horses that are overlooked by adopters. I’ve seen starving horses and those shut down by their traumatic experiences, come back to health and life under the care of Clare and her fantastic team. Skydog understands how wild horses live, seeing especially the importance of family bonds. They work tirelessly to reunite families and bonded friends wherever they can - there is nothing more beautiful than seeing the joy of these reunions of America’s iconic mustangs, running wild and free on Skydog’s 9,000 acres. In a field where there are so many rescues and advocates, Skydog keeps true to its mission, working actively with other rescues to benefit as many horses as they can. I’m proud to support them.

Laura B.16

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so excited to be in support of an amazing nonprofit. The work Skydog Sanctuary is beyond amazing. Bringing horse families back together warms my heart.
Thank you Skydog Sanctuary...

Carrie Lynn B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent work by Skydog to protect and save our wild horses. They are all such wonderful people, and their hard work shows in the care the horses receive. Most importantly, they allow the horses to be wild on their ranch.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There aren't words enough to express how wonderful Skydog is. Their generosity, their commitment to the mustangs of our nation is beyond belief. They work so hard to make sure our wild horses, who often end up in slaughter pens through no fault of their own, have a safe space to continue being wild horses. They expect nothing of these horses in return. To be able to visit and interact with the horses is also an amazing thing. I'm proud to be a Patreon for Skydog and will continue to do so as long as I possibly can, because these wonderful horses need advocates like Clare and her team.

Janine B.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Love watching these folks work and rescue horses to set them free again! Warms my heart they are looking out for the mustangs and donkeys.

Paula C.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work they do, in just saving mustangs, and other four legged creatures, they bring families back together. The see herd animals captured to give their land over to the ranchers, they have brought horses and donkeys into their land to live like they should be. And care for them to keep their health up. searching through the BLM corrals or even at auctions for horses being sent south to Mexico to meet a fate they should not. To bring them to one of her two campuses and bring them back to health and giving them a new lease on life. Each have their own personality that we learn through Clara's posts. from Cassidy the little hinney who thinks he's the biggest horse there is. Or Bert and Ernie, donkeys so close to death but found the will to fight and get well and living the California life. Or reuniting Horse groups to bring the family back together. One of the top posts I watch out for.

Michelle W.18

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful rescue who does so much to advocate for our wild horses. They do great work. Please support them as I do.

Lori Thompson P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Skydog helps our wild mustangs and burros when the BLM lets them down. Skydog is working to keep the wild mustangs and burros out of the government holding facilities,which are prisons to these majestic animals. Skydog is very transparent and focused on their mission.
I have learned so much from this group and I can't say enough great stuff about them!

Donor

Rating: 5

I came upon the name Skydog one day as I was scrolling. I liked the name so clicked on the site. I was amazed at the work and the horses. I followed for about a year, every morning I couldn't wait to see Skydog. I decided I wanted to be part of this beautiful Sanctuary and started donating. I truly feel it's one of the best donations of my life!

Grada D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Beautiful charity that I’m proud to support
Love their stories watching horses being given back their freedom and lives and seeing them reunited with family bands from their wild days ❤️

Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog is an incredible organization that has captured the hearts of many through their efforts to provide a soft landing for wild horses and reconnect deeply bonded families. Claire and the Skydog team are the real deal angels on earth. I am a proud donor!

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization. Working tirelessly toward their mission of rescuing and advocating for our wild horses. The well being, health and safety of their rescues is paramount to them. I also appreciate their transparency in how they spend the funds they receive and how they are accomplishing their goals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wild mustangs are being driven off the land they’ve roamed for centuries, rounded up and killed needlessly. Skydog is an amazing sanctuary for so many of these horses. They have beautiful land for them to roam and are the best guardians and caretakers. They manage their mission with the utmost sensitivity and care and always with the best interests of each horse at heart. I was fortunate to visit their expansive ranch in Oregon and met the founder and one of the horses I sponsor. It is a magical and majestic place, fitting for the horses who live there. The folks who run it are so amazing, knowledgeable and incredibly loving towards the horses and animals in their care. Skydog is my favorite non-profit.

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Angie38

Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog is the most amazing rescue, and doing important work with our wild horses and burros. They help save mustangs from kill pens and others in dire situations, and have worked to rescue and reunite whole families or horses rounded up by the BLM. Without them, dozens and dozens of wild horses and burros would have ended up in the slaughter pipeline, or continue to be held in terrible, abusive situations. Watching the videos of reunited herds of horses, or a horse that has been rescued from abuse and cruelty is breathtaking and what we need to see in this world where so often we are besieged from all sides by negativity, division and anger. I gladly support them monthly, and will always continue to do so. Their work is so important, so relevant and profoundly needed.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog Sanctuary is an amazing place that has provided a safe landing and rescue to dozens of at-risk mustangs, donkeys and horses. These horses through no fault of their own often wind up in kill pens, waiting to be shipped to slaughter. They have also worked tirelessly to reunite wild horse families separated through cruel roundups. Skydog has stepped in to rescue terribly abused horses who have lived through so much cruelty at the hands of humans they are mentally and physically fragile and cannot be around people. All these horses are welcomed to Skydog with gentle understanding, where nothing more is asked of them. They are allowed to be wild again, to live among herds and heal with time, love and care. They are my favorite sanctuary and there is nothing more wonderful than to see the stories of horses who are allowed to be wild again, to live their lives free and safe. I donate to them monthly and so happy to do so. There's nothing like seeing these animals running free and back to their glory.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a huge fan of Pine Nut wild horses. When our beloved Sampson and 4 generations of his family were trapped by the BLM Skydog stepped in and save them. Maestro and Chief were two other horses that I have fallen in love with and Skydog has taken them as well. Chief was injuried and could have been pts by the BLM and Skydog saved him. This awesome sanctuary is the best of the best. I support them each month. Every little bit helps them help more of our wild horses.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I give a donation once or twice a month to help this great sanctuary. I found this group when Maestro was taken from the wild and I was worried and Skydog took him in and gave him his life back.
Then when Sampson and his family were trapped and sent to BLM I prayed and cried for God to let Skydog be able to help these wild horses who mean a great deal to me. Skydog took Sampson and his family into their sanctuary. God answered my prayers and Skydog was there to help them live a life as wild horses. Skydog has taken in many wild horses or horses that wanted to be free, horses out of kill pens, abused, suffering. To me this is the BEST of the BEST. I look forward to update and I hope one day to see these beloved horses but Claire keeps us all in the loop.

Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog Sanctuary is a spectacular organization!! I highly recommend supporting their work.
They work tirelessly to:
- provide sanctuary for wild mustangs and burros.

- advocate for the humane management of wild mustang and burro herds

- educate citizens about wild mustang and burro needs and current happenings

- educate politicians about the well-intended but faulty systems that have been put in place to care for the herds.

- form coalitions with other sanctuaries, individuals, and organizations to promote the welfare of mustangs and burros who have lost their freedom and advocate for change in the care and management of our wild herds.

The defining element of Skydog isn't what they do; others do the same things they do. Their defining mark is HOW they go about pursuing their passion for the Wild Mustangs and Burros. Skydog sanctuary runs on LOVE and RESPECT, always choosing to think the best about people and organizations, treating even their harshest critics and bullies with the respect and dignity they wish would be shown to them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog does so many wonderful things for wild horses, my favorite of which is reuniting families. Seeing the bonds that these horses have with one another motivated me to reach out to my representatives to encourage support of legislation to help stop the awful roundups that happen far too frequently.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful charity with a tremendous sense of responsibility, love and care for the rescued horses and donors. I have nothing than the utmost respect for the truly incredible work Clare and her team are doing for those horses and to send out a signal to BLM and their horrible roundups!

Dawn G.3

Donor

Rating: 5

It's 2021 and I am still here, a member since 2017. Donor, volunteering and sponsor. Increasing my Sponsorship as income allows, increasing my capacity when I can, and always donating when I can whenever they ask for it.

Words fail me in describing this charity. The selflessness, the devotion, the dedication, & compassion from the founder to the volunteers is overwhelming. The mission of saving as many American Mustangs as possible carries beyond just the one's that land at Skydog.

I have seen the ranches operate first hand, and met the teams that run them. They are dedicated, knowledgeable, and compassionate as well as skilled. In unprecedented times, the team continues to operate, saving as many souls as possible while still maintaining the integrity of the mission and standards of those already in their care.

In the years I have been associated with Skydog, I have seen heartbreaks and miracles. I have seen dedication, devotion, compassion, and love. I have seen the founder, Clare Staples, educate people, fight-not just for the residences of Skydog, but ALL Mustangs, Donkeys, and equine hybrids. This proves its not just empty platitudes but a full on mission to save as many as possible, regardless of whether they end up at Skydog or somewhere else where they will be loved and cared for. The value you receive is immeasurable in knowing you are helping to save these beautiful souls.

If you want to know where the money goes, look at the horses, donkeys, and other residences. Look at the care, the food, and the animals. See the stories posted that include behind the scenes like teeth care, and hoof cleaning. Look at the powerful stories and before and after pictures of so many that have arrived in terrible shape and now are healthy, happy, and living their best lives.

Proud sponsor, donor, patron, volunteer, and devoted fan of Skydog for life. -D M Gallagher

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Donor

Rating: 5

Words fail me in describing this charity. The selflessness, the devotion, the dedication, & compassion from the founder to the volunteers is overwhelming. The mission of saving as many American Mustangs as possible carries beyond just the one's that land at Skydog.

I have followed the organization since 2017, growing as it grows. I went from silent lurker, to random advice, to donating, volunteering, and now sponsoring. I finally visited both ranches before lockdown in March of 2020.

To see the horses in person brought tears to my eyes. They truly roam free with endless fields in areas so large, you cannot see the fences. The staff and volunteers are respectful, diligent, and observant. They know the animals and they are the first to know when something is amiss. There is no extravagance at either ranch, everything is truly put towards the care of the residents.

Everyone I encountered on my visits made me so proud I am a sponsor. All were knowledgeable of each of the animals as well as skilled in their jobs and tasks. To actually see everything in person was truly the highlight of my year and a dream since I first learned Skydog existed.

The horses themselves looked healthy and carefree. Some approached out of curiosity and others kept their distance. The staff did their jobs so thoroughly and efficiently that you know it was all routine. (My day job is all about efficiency and streamlining so I am very skilled at recognizing it elsewhere).

In the years I have been associated with Skydog, I have seen heartbreaks and miracles. I have seen dedication, devotion, compassion, and love. I have seen the founder, Clare Staples, educate people, fight-not just for the residences of Skydog, but ALL Mustangs, Donkeys, and equine hybrids. This proves its not just empty platitudes but a full on mission to save as many as possible, regardless of whether they end up at Skydog or somewhere else where they will be loved and cared for.

The value you receive is immeasurable in knowing you are helping to save these beautiful souls. To see inspiration forming in the next generation as they become aware of Skydog, its mission, and want to be a part of it, through educational programs and youth ambassadors programs Clare established or through parents association. My son is already thinking about how to change things politically to assist in the mission, and he is 16.

If you want to know where the money goes, look at the horses, donkeys, and other residences. Look at the care, the food, and the animals. See the stories posted that include behind the scenes like teeth care, and hoof cleaning. Look at the powerful stories and before and after pictures of so many that have arrived in terrible shape and now are healthy, happy, and living their best lives.

I included a picture of me meeting my first sponsored mustang, Butler at the Oregon ranch as well as a photo of one of the herds. The other photo is my son at the Malibu ranch falling in love with Firecracker (a senior mule) and two of the donkeys, Frankie and Johnny. There stories are worth knowing, as are so many others.

Proud sponsor, donor, patron, volunteer, and devoted fan of Skydog for life. -D M Gallagher

Renegadefriend

Donor

Rating: 5

There are so many animals in need and it can be daunting to choose which organizations to support, because we want to help all of them. Skydog is uniquely special in their efforts to save our historic and endangered wild Mustangs from brutal extinction. Clare Staples and her team tirelessly work to help the most vulnerable and noble horses reunite with their family members and live the rest of their lives true to their nature in a beautiful setting. Not only do they rescue and care for these majestic horses, but they continue to advocate and raise awareness for the plight of the wild mustang. This organization is effective and full of people with huge hearts. It is an honor to support their on-going mission and please consider helping Skydog and the wild horses.

Donor

Rating: 5

There is nothing more pure or beautiful than seeing Clare and her team relentlessly working to save the beautiful mustangs tragically stripped of their freedom. Skydog is an inspiring force. ❤

Donor

Rating: 5

skydog is such an incredible, beautiful place for our treasured wild horses to land and live out the rest of their lives:
in safety. in good health. in comfort. as close to the wild as possible.
i love and honor what clare and her crew do so much.

Donor

Rating: 5

A couple of years ago I saw a horse on Instagram and that led me to Skydog, I love all the saves that Skydog is directly involved with in bringing horses and burros to any of their sanctuaries. I have admired horses and outstanding people all of my life and Skydog is the perfect meld of these two. I will support their work as long as needed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few years ago I saw a reunion story between a rescued wild mustang names Goliath and his lead mare Red Lady. From this beautiful story I learned about the plight of our American Wild Mustangs. I have always loved horses from afar but I had no idea that our government was destroying our herds for the profit of big ranchers. Skydog Sanctuary has become my lifeline to the mustang world but it has also become a lifeline to some of these rounded up mustangs. They have even begun to partner with other mustang sanctuaries in order to rescue even more. Their mission is a noble one.

Donor

Rating: 5

The are the most honest and hard working facility I have ever had the pleasure of supporting.

Sarkik Kulakli

Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog Sanctuary is a light in the darkness. At a time when wild horses and burros are being abused, imprisoned, and killed by the federal bureau that is mandated to protect them, Skydog offers hope and refuge. As the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) aggressively engages in eradicating wild equines from western public lands, the Skydogs are aggressively engaged in rescuing them. They pull the animals from the pipeline thru which the animals are funneled to kill pens and slaughter houses. They save them from neglect and misery in the BLM’s holding system. The Skydogs restore their health, reunite friends & family, and return their freedom. The horses and burros live essentially free with love, respect, protection, and minimal human intervention on thousands of acres of beautiful, natural habitat in Oregon and California.

The dedicated effort that founder Clare Staples makes to document their arrivals, releases, and daily lives is commendable. On social media, donors and followers can watch the progress of the horses and burros, witness the healing of their bodies and spirits, see the top-level care they receive. We can share the joy of their antics and feel the depth of their relationships while receiving an excellent education on wild equines. Skydog Sanctuary offers a number of ways to support their efforts from sponsoring resident horses and burros to campaigns for protecting horses in general (e.g. The SAFE Act of 2021). As much as they would love to, they can’t save all of them, but they save as many as they can. They cooperate with other sanctuaries to help save even more. It is a labor of love that requires dauntingly hard work, compassion, and commitment, which the Skydogs give in abundance to right a terrible wrong.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed this nonprofit for quite some time. They always have the wild horses best interest at heart & they go above & beyond! And the best part is, they work with the other sanctuaries & do not make it a competition. Their work is truly about the horses!

Donor

Rating: 5

Clare and the crew at Skydog show incredible love and compassion for the beautiful animals they save.

Candace R.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog is doing the work I believe is so necessary in this day and age in helping to keep American wild horses safe and still wild. Our society and government has wronged these magnificent animals by prioritizing cattle farmers over keeping the wild horses free on public lands. They should be protected and admired, not rounded up to be sold or killed because some rancher didn't want them around his cattle. These are families, not just 'herds', and have been here longer than any of us. Skydog rescues as many of these rounded up horses as they can and give them back their freedom on their sanctuary. But more than that, they try to find family groups so the horses can continue to live with the same horse herd/family they were with in the wild. These are not 'dumb beasts'; they feel fear, sadness, and loneliness just like we do, as well as happiness and love for each other. Skydog restores what the BLM is destroying as best they can with their limited resources. Their stories about the horses they save touches people world wide. They are needed and so crucial to the future of the American wild horses.

Elaine F.2

Donor

Rating: 5

The most caring and ethical non profit I have dealt with. I give whatever I can monthly and more if needed to rescue the wild horses from BLM capture and adoptions that are ill conceived. Clare and her team are consistently vigilant in their support of Skydog’s mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate monthly to Skydog Sanctuary for Wild Horses thru Patreon. I also donate whenever she comes across some special horses that need our help. My dollars are efficiently spent and with extraordinary compassion! Clare and her team care so deeply for wild mustangs & burros. She keeps us connected thru Patreon, Facebook and Instagram regularly. We get to see our donations put to work with awesome transparency! Often I dream I could start my life young again, and do what Clare does at Skydog. What an organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

The work Skydog does for the mustangs that have been let down by their humans is amazing! Getting families reunited and allowing them to live their lives in freedom once again! I love following the journeys of these beautiful animals!

Donor

Rating: 5

Keep up the amazing work, Skydog! By supporting you, I feel like a part of something great.

Kit J.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog Sanctuary is an amazing horse rescue, primarily rescuing and educating the public about America's Mustangs. They do great work!! I have learned a lot and I am inspired by what they are doing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog Sanctuary is a great organization!! There has been so much bad news for American Mustangs but Skydog is doing so much to help! I love their mission to help those in need, to reunite families and raise awareness of the issues around these amazing horses. They are extremely knowledgeable about the horses and the issues. Their social media posts are always the highlight of my day. It is wonderful to see their great work and get to admire and learn about the horses that way!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love horses! Not in the sense of I want to jump on a horse and ride one, nor do I like sports or entertainment that use horses, what I am truly impressed with are Wild Horses galloping across the open plains of America's west. So, while I was living on the West Coast (Oregon), I started to research where I might see such splendor of Wild American Horses and that is when I first became aware of the injustices these majestic animals endure at the hands of our Government. Being in Oregon, I learned of Skydog Sanctuary and how Claire Staples saved many Wild Horses that were once free, but were violently hunted down by helicopters, separated from their families and imprisoned on substandard ranges or worse sent to slaughter. Claire is a brave woman that will fight tooth and nail to save as many of these once free and proud Horses from a life of misery and release them back onto the wild of the sanctuary. She works diligently with many other knowledgeable people to reunite horses with family and friends. Claire is very generous on her public platforms sharing photos, videos, stories and information about the horses. I am very appreciative of Claire and all the Skydog folks that have helped provide a safe, dignified, free, healthy and loving home for our America Wild Horses and Burros.

Donor

Rating: 5

I started out sponsoring one of Skydogs rescues last year and was taken by their love and dedication to helping these abused horses whom many are mustangs ripped from their land and separated from their families. I believe so strongly in them that I now sponsor 3 mustangs.

Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog is transparent, dedicated and flexible. Rescue can get so petty ,backbiting and negative and Skydog partners and powers w other sanctuaries and rescue organizations who le ignoring the negativity which can be so depressing. They as an organization are as noble as the horses they save.

Lynda F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Skydog sanctuary has been a balm to my heart during these tumultuous times. I see these magnificent horses in a stable, secure and healthy environment with acres and acres of land to roam freely after being traumatized in one way or another. And Claire, OMG, she is the most articulate and caring of "rescuers". I can't say enough about her humanity toward the horses, the BLM, and other rescue sites. This is a wonderful organization with wonderful people and beautiful rescued horse.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Skydog for a few years and this Organization goes above and beyond for the Wild Horses. Please consider becoming a Patron and helping an American Icon and symbol of freedom to survive.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was born and raised a city girl but have always had a love for horses. As a senior adult I found many HMA sites on Facebook, revealing to the public the American Mustang and I fell in love with them. My very first two favorite stallions are Blue and Samson ,his son, whose Home Range is Sand Wash Basin. Unfortunately by watching these sites I also got introduced to the BLM and their Round Ups removing our beautiful wild horses from their home ranges and breaking up there family bands. Unfortunately one of my two favorite stallions fell into captivity not by a round up but he and part of his family were baited and trapped and turned over to the BLM. Thankfully there are also rescues and sanctuaries that have saved a small percentage, in the big scheme of things, of those rounded up over the years with thousands still located in holding sites. My favorite horse rescue and sanctuary is Skydog Sanctuary. I have supported this sanctuary for a couple years now and Skydog was able to rescue and give sanctuary to Samson and his family at Skydog in Oregon. I so miss seeing him on the open range with his dad Blue but I have found solice and comfort in know that he is safe and free to roam with his family at Skydog. Clare Staples and her team of dedicated horse lovers do a wonderful job of protecting and representing the Wild Mustangs and burros too. They go above and beyond with every rescue they take in and they also do their best to restore family bands. Thank You and well done Skydog Sanctuary.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Skydog! They bring the stories of the rescued horses and burros to life. To see the anxiety in their eyes replaced with peace and joy makes my heart happy. Thank you, Clare and the Skydog team

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing and wonderful sanctuary. Worth every donated penny and more

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is not an overstatement to say that Skydog is life changing. While they create safe havens for mustangs and burros (and they do this thoughtfully and safely), they also create an online community who work together to support and cheer Skydog on, in addition to learning how to advocate for wild horses. We have all become better individuals through the education and inspiration provided by Skydog. They are selfless, generous and wise - teaching through example and literally changing the world, one animal and one follower at a time.

Donor

Rating: 5

The work Skydog does rescuing mustangs, and donkeys, and healing their spirits,and giving them back freedom to run is so wonderful. Their dedication to finding family bands that were separated during round ups. I know my donations are being used wisely.

Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog Sanctuary does so much good for our horses. Being an avid horse lover my heart often breaks at the news of how cruelly our horses are treated, rounded up and then held by our BLM. Skydog comes to the rescue of these victims, saves them and provides lovely homes in huge open natural pasture settings.
Skydog saves horses, and saves my own heart from living in this world that is often less than kind to our wildlife. I look forward to following and supporting this wonderful organization ….. their posts and videos give me faith and hope.
Kay Minnoch

Donor

Rating: 5

Skydog is a beautiful sanctuary for horses and burros stripped of their freedom in horrific ways, left to be sent to slaughter or worse. Compassion and the utmost care is given to these animals that have endured the loss of their families and faced fear and uncertainty. Clare and her team fight through the politics and evil to provide a safe and healthy environment for these deserving creatures. With the horrific roundups occurring which will destroy an iconic symbol of the American west, Skydog is such a special place and critical for the preservation of the American horse.

Vr4457087

Donor

Rating: 5

I proudly support Skydog. I am a sponsor to Faith, a beautiful wild mustang who experienced injuries to her face and eye before Skydog rescued her. She is now a proud, free and regal Wild Mustang living at Oregon Skydog. I could not be prouder to be associated with this nonprofit!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Skydog by a friend and fell in love with the story of Goliath and Red Lady. I have always supported the plight of America’s wild horses so I started following Skydog on social media. The work they do to educate people on these amazing wild horses in addition to their rescue work won me over. My daughter and granddaughter surprised me with a visit to Malibu for my birthday last year. Meeting these majestic horses at Skydog gave me hope for their future. Starving mustangs rescued from slaughter by Skydog like Dream standing proudly overlooking another mare’s new born foal Star gave me hope for all wild horses. The Skydog team has so much passion for their mission. It was a beautiful experience watching them and listening to the story of each horse. Being in their presence with the horses at Skydog was one of the best days of my life. It also allowed me to teach my granddaughter the importance of fighting and caring for these great American heroes our wild mustangs. I am now a proud sponsor of a beautiful mare Faith who runs free at Skydog Oregon. When I saw her for the first time her face was badly battered and spirit broken and it made my heart hurt but I knew she was just a trailer ride away to healing and freedom at Skydog. I start everyday with Skydog on social media and I have shared their work with several friends who have joined me in supporting this amazing non-profit who does amazing work every day. I am blessed to be a Patron for Skydog and I will continue to support them and spread the word to others. Thank you Skydog!

Donor

Rating: 5

Clare and her team at Skydog make you feel like you a part of their mission and horse family, not just a donor. She constantly keeps us updated on the joy and tears of the world of rescue and the plight of each individual horse and burro she is able to save. I look forward everyday to seeing her posts, photos and videos. It is a reminder that there are still good people out there doing their part in making the world better.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I live near Skydog Malibu and am an avid horse lover. I had learned of Skydog and Clare's incredible dedication and efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and allow wild horses and burros to stay wild at her sanctuaries and I began to follow them on social media. The individual stories of these animals and the abuse and neglect they've endured are always shared and when you donate to Skydog you feel connected to each and every one of them, your not just a donor. Clare consistently provides updates and information as well as full transparency of her organization and is quick to respond in a timely manner when you contact her. However, I am most appreciative of the opportunity Clare and her staff had provided me to visit Skydog and meet the horse I sponsored. When my sponsored horse got sick, Clare reached out to me immediately and allowed me to visit her and her filly one last time before she passed away. It was truly a bittersweet experience, which Clare and her staff did not have to afford me with their busy schedule but, one which I will never forget. I am forever grateful for the work they do on behalf of horses and burros and highly recommend getting to know them and their tireless efforts to save as many as they can! Please support Skydog!!