NAVAJO HORSES RESCUE AND RECOVERY MISSION
The WFLF organized the Navajo Horses Rescue and Recovery Mission in effort to save the lives of these and other majestic and sacred wild horses and burros who have been victimized by the highly contested U.S. government funded Navajo roundups.
In late 2013, twenty four orphan Navajo foals were rescued by Wild for Life Foundation’s Lifetime Equine Refuge. The foals had been discovered in a life threatening situation after being rounded up from their Native homeland on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. The foals ranging in ages from 2 - 6 months were orphaned during the roundups after losing their mothers to slaughter.
Volunteer rescue members from the Wild for Life Foundation’s Navajo Rescue and Recovery Mission have placed their lives on hold to rescue, recover, evacuate and provide ongoing vital care for these survivors; to aid in their recovery and to assure they will never be subject to roundup or slaughter again.
Katia Louise, founder and president of the Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF), a 501 (c)3 nonprofit charity, organized the rescue mission. The foals were transported together out of New Mexico under the Wild for Life Foundation where the weakest and smallest foals have received continued medical care, plenty of milk replacer, feed, hay and lots of TLC.
"This is just the beginning for these orphaned foals," says Katia Louise. "It's going to take months and perhaps years for most of these little ones to heal, build their strength up and overcome the physical injuries and emotional trauma they sustained during the roundups." The foals are being placed over time, some into WFLF’s own facilities, some into WFLF accredited save havens, and others at specially approved rescues and sanctuaries at various locations across the US. Once placed, their progress will be closely monitored and if needed they will be returned safely to WFLF’s Lifetime Equine Refuge.
Funds are being raised to pay for needed ongoing vet medical care/ supplies, feed, farrier and hay and shelter. Donations are welcome through the Wild for Life Foundation and are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law. Federal ID No. 26-3052458
About the Navajo Roundups:
The actual number of horses residing on the Navajo reservation is uncertain,as there has been no census, and reports are considerably varied. Horses are labeled as “invasive species” by the livestock industry as a means to justify their removal from the rangelands. However, in other parts of the world such as the United Kingdom, where conservation grazing is practiced, wild horse herds are being successfully restored to the woodlands and pastures to restore the lands.
Approximately 1,600 horses and burros were swept away from their Native homes as a result of the recent Navajo Nation roundups and they were reportedly shipped for slaughter.
In a recent turn of events the widely contested Navajo roundups have been temporarily suspended by Navajo President Ben Shelly under pressure from his own people including the Nahooka’ Dine’ (Navajo Elders and Medicine People), together with the Wild for Life Foundation, and the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife, an organization founded by Gov. Richardson andactor, director and conservationist Robert Redford. The foundation is working to stop the slaughter of horses, including actively fighting efforts to reopen horse slaughterhouses in the United States.
“These sacred and majestic horses heal our hearts and they can heal the lands,” adds Katia Louise. “As Ambassadors for the horse nation, these 17 surviving foals through WFLF will be helping to educate and show the world that the re-introduction of horses to rangelands, in truth can rejuvenate the environment.”
The Navajo Horse Rescue and Recovery Mission (NHRRM) is an onging effort to rescue and re-home these at risk horse, burros and foals and assure that they will never be subject to roundup or slaughter again.
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