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Dawn G.3

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Review for Skydog Sanctuary , Malibu, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Skydog Sanctuary , Malibu, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

Role:  Donor