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Skydog Sanctuary

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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

2 Donna R.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing wild horse sanctuary! The reuniting of Goliath, Red Lady, and the subsequent birth of their foal, Bodhi is particularly heartwarming.
Keeping up with the goings on at both locations is part of my daily routine.
Skydog is to be commended on doing more than their part to preserve America’s wild horses’ freedom!

2 horseandman

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We first learned of Skydog Sanctuary when they were in the process of saving, READ, a mustang in an urgent situation whose very dramatic photo showed a large crevice in his face where his halter had been embedded.
Since then, we have assisted Skydog in rescuing several mustangs including Dream, the starved mustang mare, Sarge, the mustang with curable cancer, the 3 BLM donkeys in a kill pen... with over 80 horses in their care, Skydog has many, many rescue stories.
All of the equines in the care of Skydog have all treatments needed for ultimate health, there is a farrier on staff and vets on the ready - but mostly, the horses live in vital health because they are free to roam in family groups on the 9000 acre ranch.
My favorite aspect of Skydog is their tenacity in trying to reunite mustang family members. This is an extremely difficult task, but they do it. Amazing.
--I've been on their premises, and I can vouch for the ethical nature of all present, the cleanliness and beauty of the facilities.
Top notch.