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
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.
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...
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.
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 ..
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.
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.
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!
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.
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%