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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: We vigorously work to save, protect and preserve abused, neglected, displaced and slaughter bound wild and domestic equines, and educate to raise compassion and improve the standards of protection for America’s equine populations as a whole. We protect the lives of rare and historic wild equines as part of the natural ecosystem and educate people about the need for their preservation in the wild.

Results: The WFLF conducts undercover investigations, exposes cruelty, and holds equine abusers to account. We’ve saved hundreds of horses and burros from neglect and slaughter, and freed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) captured wild horses and burros to forever sanctuary; we’ve turned up the heat on the insidious trade of horse meat; and have inspired more Americans to make cruelty-free choices. We’ve investigated and documented the illegal and fraudulent sale of equines for slaughter, and the very real possibility of their extinction in the wild, and we've brought these findings, substantiated facts, well-researched, shocking statistics to the public through educational and inspirational documentary film, multimedia social action tools, go-to resources and exposure through international news publications and syndicated news globally. Our international Saving America’s Horses Initiative continues to be a powerful game changer in the movement to save, protect and preserve America’s horses and burros.

Target demographics: wild and domestic equines, wildlife, environment

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2014 -2015 we conducted emergency rescue deployments in several states across the Nation, saving horses from starvation, slaughter, abuse and displacement. We saved over 250 hundred wild horses who had fallen victim to brutal government sanctioned roundups and to America's cruel slaughter pipeline. We continue to save, care for and preserve wild and domestic horses and burros under our rescue and sanctuary program.

Geographic areas served: Nationally, U.S.

Programs: Lifesaving care, enrichment, protection and preservation for wild and domestic horses and burros in need through rescue, recovery, sanctuary and humane education

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jacqueline Osborn

Donor

Rating: 5

It’s HUGE job to find the monies to feed, house and take proper veterinary care of these sweet horses and donkeys.
Yet, the Wild for Life Foundation continues to work tirelessly to support the health and welfare of their equine family.
Founder, Katia Louise and her small team of volunteers, with their dedication and perseverance have forged onward to create and maintain a "forever" home for the equines.

I donate a small amount every month, it’s what I can do to help. Small contributions add up and help in a big way. They really need it --- and it goes without saying, it’s so appreciated.
In this photo, you can see the darlin' little donkey, Daphne wanting to thank me for coming to visit. :)

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Donor

Rating: 5

The work that Wild for Life Foundation does on the behalf of horses and humanity is beyond honorable ---it is sacred!
My husband and I were fortunate enough to visit Wild For Life's Wild Horse Rescue and Sanctuary in Anza, California last year . We so enjoyed our personal, behind-the-scenes tour with The Founder and Executive Director of WFLF, the dedicated Katia Louise.
What an incredible endeavor WFLF has undertaken as they to continue to serve their mission to help starved, injured, abused and abandoned horses.

And what a location to make this dream a reality! This 25-acre ranch now serves as the safe and peaceful refuge for WFLF's Emergency Equine Rescue Mission. There we witnessed firsthand and were impressed with the care, commitment and compassion with which these rescued slaughter-bound Mustangs, end-of-the line Navajo ponies and other precious pet domestic equines now enjoy.
Being with these blessed horses is humbling...and being able to help them is an honor.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Wild For Life Foundation (hereafter "WFLF") is a highly effective and exemplary nonprofit that saves, protects and provides a safe haven for abused, neglected, displaced, and slaughter-bound equines and burros. It has saved the lives of literally hundreds of these animals. Additionally, the WFLF's all volunteer staff works with law enforcement agencies to conduct undercover investigations that expose animal cruelty and gather irrefutable evidence that assist in filing criminal charges against equine abusers and killers.

The WFLF is led by Katia Louise, President and Founder. Under her leadership, the WFLF leverages donations and resources so that their highest impact is made in caring for abused and abandoned equines and burros. Ms. Louise precisely measures and gladly shares the results of the WFLF's programs. Consequently, she and her dedicated Board of Directors have earned the prestigious GuideStar Exchange Platinum Participant Seal Of Approval for the organization. I exhort everyone to donate to the WFLF so that its lifesaving mission may continue and become evermore efficacious.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a co-founder and lifelong animal lover, I am proud to be a part of this organization and the mission it serves. I must express my gratitude for the unwavering dedication to my fellow board members who also volunteer their time and services on behalf of our cause, and also to all our all volunteer staff and the many generous donors who support our work. I have pledged my endless support to rescue and protect these animals, the magnificent horse…... who have no voice to fight for their right to exist on this earth. They are absolutely helpless to the plight in which they find themselves, those who are abandoned, abused, starved or for headed for slaughter. I am grateful to our dedicated animal care professionals and educational staff who selflessly adhere to a duty which involves making incredible personal sacrifices, who put the welfare of the horses and burros they harbor before all else. I know firsthand the dedication it takes, the hard work it takes, the long hours it takes and the focus it takes to remain steadfast and dauntless in the loving for and caring of these horses and burros. The sanctuary keepers are volunteers who perform all of these tasks and more, without receiving a salary. In fact an average of 98-99% of funds donated go directly to charitable programming. This is an organization build on integrity, that accomplishes its goals with honesty, compassion and love for the animals its serves. If you want to make a difference for animals in need, Wild for Life Foundation is a charity you can trust to get that job done.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Although I live in Hawaii and am not able to directly participate at the sanctuary, I am very interested in the protection of all wildlife especially horses. Wild For Life Foundation is doing great work and should be strongly supported for the survival and benefit of horses.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working in the trenches with Katia Louise at the EQUUS Film Festival is NYC. Prior to that, for the last several years, I’ve been a member of her organization – Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF). Anyone interested in equines will know her name, but for the uninformed, Katia wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning documentary:
“Saving America’s Horses – A Nation Betrayed”.

Katia is a woman on a mission: driven, intelligent, articulate, resourceful, focused, passionate, gracious, and, humble. She worked tirelessly around the clock, doing the work of three people, and multi-tasking with a whirlwind of energy that was both inspiring and empowering. And through it all, didn’t once complain about a fractured ankle, which occurred a week before the festival!

As the movie title implies, this powerful film exposes the brutal reality of the racing industry, where young, healthy horses end up in Mexico and Canada through a black market pipeline destined for slaughter.

And if things couldn’t get sleazier and more corrupt, enter the BLM (Bureau of Land Management – agency of the U.S. Government). The BLM paints a misleading picture to protect wild equines, but tragically does the complete opposite. Through fraudulent claims and seething deception, their primary agenda is to remove and exterminate 45,000 horses and burrows for the sole purpose of creating additional land for livestock (cattle) grazing.

I’ve never been to Katia’s equine sanctuary in California, but that’s going to change real soon! Unlike many other non-profits where key executives get rich, Wild For Life Foundation is an organization run with integrity and transparency.

I’m proud and honored to be affiliated with Katia Louise, and will continue as a team member until America’s horses (and burrows) are safe, protected, and out of harm’s way.

I urge everyone to watch the film, and offer your generous support.

http://www.savingamericashorses.org/synopsis.html









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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last November, I had the pleasure of working in the trenches with Katia Louise at the
EQUUS Film Festival NYC. Prior to that, for the last several years, I’ve been a member of her organization – Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF). Anyone interested in equines will know her name, but for the uninformed, Katia wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning documentary: “Saving America’s Horses – A Nation Betrayed”.

Katia is a woman on a mission: driven, intelligent, articulate, resourceful, focused, passionate, and gracious. She worked tirelessly around the clock, doing the work of three people, and multi-tasking with a whirlwind of energy that was both inspiring and empowering. And through it all, didn’t once complain about a fractured ankle, which occurred a week before the festival!

As the movie title implies, this powerful film exposes the brutal reality of the racing industry, where young, healthy horses end up in Mexico and Canada through a black market pipeline destined for slaughter.

And if things couldn’t get sleazier and more corrupt, enter the BLM (Bureau of Land Management – agency of the U.S. Government). Ironically, the BLM paints a misleading picture to protect wild equines, but does the complete opposite. Through fraudulent claims and seething deception, their primary agenda is to remove and exterminate 45,000 horses and burrows for the sole purpose of creating additional land for livestock (cattle) grazing.

I’ve never been to Katia’s equine sanctuary in California, but that’s going to change real soon! Unlike many other non-profits where key executives get rich, Wild For Life Foundation is an organization run with integrity and transparency.

I’m proud and honored to be affiliated with Katia Louise, and will continue as a team member until America’s horses (and burrows) are safe, protected, and out of harm’s way.

I urge everyone to watch the film, and offer your generous support.

http://www.savingamericashorses.org/synopsis.html

2 Anna C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I heard of these Relatives, and the journey they have been through, I asked permission to come out and drum/sing to them, for their continued "healing." When I arrived, I was taken to the corrals where the horses, burros and even a couple of goats resided. They looked at me with curious eyes:-) As I started to drum and sing, they started to engage their heart beats to the heart beat of the drum! Their interaction was so beautiful! I could feel their love:-) Some even bobbed their heads up & down to the beat!
Just before moving out of state, I asked if I could come and visit the Relatives one more time. To honor their Spirits with the drum. They received me with open hearts once again:-) I even received a blessing from one of the horses, as it breathed Earth onto my drum:-)
The Caretakers for these amazing animals are the most dedicated individuals that I have ever met! With every ounce of their being, 24/7 they give 100% of themselves to the well-being of these Relatives. Making sure that these animals' needs are met before their own! These Relative "animals" receive so much care, and so much love, it was such a beautiful site to witness. May Creator continue to Bless you, bless the animals. May you ALL never be "without." Aho Mitakuye Oyasin....All my Relations

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I loved visiting the horses at Wild For Life Foundation rescue and sanctuary. They are so well cared for and much loved. I was overwhelmed by their friendliness and sweetness. So many of them had so much trust. I believe this is because Katia , the founder, is pouring her whole heart and soul into giving these guys a good life. Katia and her team love them dearly and they can feel it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a professional in animal welfare and rescue, I'm a longtime donor to this charity and a supporter of the mission they serve. They do excellent work and make a huge difference for countless horses in need. I've volunteered my time and services on numerous occasions over the years both at special events and onsite at their rescue and sanctuary facilities and I'm always impressed by their integrity, kindness, respect and professionalism . The animals are happy, healthy, loved and well cared for, and the facilities are clean, organized and peaceful. Their educational program is invaluable to the public and this crucial cause. I applaud them on every level. I highly recommend this organization and will continue to support their important work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been with Saving Americas Horses since the beginning. I am so proud of Katia Louise for her undying devotion to the magnificent horses and Burrows that are being slaughtered needlessly for meat.
If there was ever a more deserving charity, this is it. Please help by donating whatever you can to keep this fight alive and to keep the horses safe.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known Katia Louise for many many years. Her dream was to make sure that all the horses that were being tortured would be saved , and she set out to do this !
Katia worked day and night, sometimes skipping meals , to produce and direct her film, "Saving America's Horses".
I am proud to say that I was very involved in the very beginning of this film and became assistant producer , as I believe in my heart that this is a great mission and we all must get the word out to stop this horrific slaughter of
horses and burrows , which are being killed for no other reason then to produce disgusting horse meat which is being eaten in European countries as a delicacy.
Every penny that is donated to Wildlife For Life foundation, will help reach our goal to save and rescue these majestic animals.
Please help!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Wild For Life Foundation does an immense amount of good for all kinds of equids be they horses or burros, wild or domesticated. I have visited their facilities and can attest to their honest and full efforts to rescue and provide for those equids who are most in jeopardy. It does my heart good to see these saved animals. These are highly evolved beings who deserve our respect and caring. In today's world that the so-called "modern" or "progressive" so-called "civilized" lifestyle is overwhelming, too many people are being caught up in a gigantic, artificial "machine" of humans' creation, a machine that is utterly ruining the age-old and wise life home, or ecosystem, that interdepends. The equids are such an amazingly important component of this world ecosystem and we must see that this world be restored so that they can resume their rightful place and role, niche and purpose upon this Earth. As advanced beings, they are true healers and restorers ... both to individuals and to ecosystems, and the two are interbound. WFLF gets this important truth and shares the vision. We can realize this by making the needed sacrifices and proceeding to realize our vision of horses, people, and all the Rest of Interdependent Life together. For this and numerous other reasons, please support the Wild For Life Foundation.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

When I first got there to help, I was a bit shocked to see over 80 horses on a 10 acre lot. They were being fed only two flakes of hay per day per horse, a bare subsistence amount. I have been around horses for most of my life, and in the first few day realized Katia knew very little about wild horses. The pens were dangerous in the extreme, with horses so hungry and close together that they fought constantly, and there was high risk of getting seriously injured. In addition I was told that in order to work there I would have to sign both non-disclosure and confidentiality contracts, I was not to talk to anyone outside the compound, nor was I to leave for any reason. My food and other necessities would be brought to me as needed. Sandi Claypool, who was owner of Monero Mustangs, had brought around 50 horses there as her pasture had been lost. She stayed there for around a year, and was usually the only one there to feed and water closer to 100 horses, while she had a broken shoulderblade, which Katia refused to have treated, saying she didn't have to time to take care of her injury. . Not once did I See Katia use any grant money for the horses, instead she told Sandi that she would take all her horses and equipment to help her pay for feed and water, and forced her, under extreme duress, to sign over everything she owned, or she was told she would never leave there. I heard the conversation over my cell phone, and am a direct witness to her false imprisonment and coercion argument with Katia's husband. Her husband also assaulted Ms Claypool, although she is almost 70 years old. This is all I have as a witness, and will go to court with this information when I am needed to testify. Katia also raised funds for moving the Monero Mustang herd, when she also had a grant for the same, and indeed used very little money to move the horses, which were finally relocated by Ms Claypool at her own expense. That to me seem fraudulent in the extreme. Add to this the fact she has no one on her board of directors, (try to get hold of any of them), makes unilateral decisions while consulting no one, and has also defrauded Elk Park Veterinary clinic by refusing to pay them from the grant money specifically set aside for vet bills. Payment is still owing. I resent seeing elderly women being physically and emotionally abused on a daily basis, but I was a direct witness to some of it

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The indominatable, unshakable, unsinkable Katia Louise. A powerhouse of tireless and determined energy. A rare spirit driven by passion and heart . Not given to bestowing flattery or undeserved credit I find there are not enough superlatives that can fully describe this lady who I have had the honor to know for over fifteen years. With laser focus and resolute purpose she stepped up to the plate and never looked back, exposing the plight of wild and domestic horses on their way to slaughter in the shocking expose Saving America’s Horses – A Nation Betrayed. Sickened by the dire straights in which these animals found themselves, an inspiration was born as she filmed, directed and produced the documentary, and Katia went on and founded the The Wild for Life Foundation. Through her efforts horses and burrors on the brink of death through slaughter, starvation or abandonment; downtrodden, sick, disabled and dejected they were brought into safe haven. Katia and the Wild for Life Foundation rescues these at risk, disabled and special needs horses and burros who rehabilitate and live out their lives in peace, health, harmony and safety. Katia is known for her lifesaving work in the non-profit community and has cooperated with numerous rescue groups nationwide. Serving as ambassadors for the important work of Saving America’s Horses, these animals will provide hope and healing through programs in development to offer the ultimate connection between equines and humans. Horses have shaped mankind's history and it is our duty to preserve and protect their rights as the magnificent and sentient creatures they are. And to that Katia Louise rises to the challenge of this most sacred moral responsibility as her life’s mission. With guts and grace.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will start with saying .....when I am on the ranch it is a very special feeling beyond words, just to know all of these magnificent animals have been rescued and have a safe and caring haven to live their lives. What more could we ask for than to see to it these horses & burros have proper nourishment and safety from harms way.
Katia the Founder of WFLF has devoted her life to this foundation and I commend her for all her work, dedication, strength and courage to accomplish this endeavor.
When I witness the mustangs lift their heads up high and seem to prance across the field to greet the other horses... it is what dreams are made of...

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5


I have known Katia Louise and the Wild For Life Foundation now for over six (6) years. As an equine advocate, contributor, fund raiser, and rescuer for years, I have learned that it is best to give to organizations that one is familiar with. The Wild For Life Foundation is one of those organizations I have total confidence in supporting. Through her Foundation, Katia's commitment to the welfare of horses and burros, wild and domestic who's lives have fallen into uncertainty, has been immeasurable. When a society faces economic and social uncertainty, the welfare of horses is the first casualty. And those organizations dedicated to their welfare face insurmountable obstacles in remaining a viable source of safety for our closest allies who have participated without fail to the human narration. Many historians have theorized that our civilizations have such strong foundations because horses were the legs upon which we built them. It is a moral responsibility for us to insure that those rescues with the kind of integrity and commitment as displayed by the Wild For Life Foundation, remain vital, intact, and able to care for every animal who enters their gates. If everyone had the compassion and tenacious will exhibited by Katia Louise and the Wild For Life Foundation, we would never have to worry with our tears about these beloved companions who have been greater than the wings of our souls; they are the very definition of our indomitable spirit as a nation and I salute Ms. Louise and her associates for their tireless efforts.

2 Venice L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I fostered for Wild For Life Foundation , and they took great care of the horses they made sure they had plenty of hay and supplements for me to feed and excersize. When ever i had a issue with one of there horses they were there to make sure everything was ok they all got good vet care and farrier work . Katia was always concerned how they were doing in there training . Katia and her team were very professional and caring for there horses. I never had a issue with them one of the best run rescues i have worked with ............ The name of my ranch i run is www.listonstables.com i have run this ranch for 24 yrs ..

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a fundraising consultant, I can say The Wild For Life Foundation is the best-run nonprofit organization I have ever worked with. Led by Foundress and President Katia Louise, she works tirelessly to provide emergency and transitional housing as well as primary care to abused, neglected, injured and homeless horses and other animals. I strongly urge everyone to donate as much as their means allow to The Wild For Life Foundation!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wild For Life Foundation is an amazing organization. They work tirelessly to not only provide exceptional care of and protection for wild and domestic horses and burros in their care, but they are dedicated to helping to preserve wild horses and burros so they can continue to live in the wild for generations to come. I stand with this organization and support their work 100%

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Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization. Wonderful, warm and kind to animals and to people. They spent an amazing amount of time with us when we went to tour the facilities. Extremely attentive, knowledgeable, inspirational and willing to educate long before we mentioned donating our support!