LIFESAVERS WILD HORSE RESCUE

We are dedicated to saving wild and domestic horses from abuse, neglect and slaughter.  Once rescued and brought to our Lancaster, California training and adoption facility the horses are assessed for adooption potential by our highly skilled team of trainers.  If the horses pass the muster they will get more training, if needed, and then the perfect home will be sought for them.  Certain rescued horses are deemed un-adoptable for a variety of reasons, such as age, disposition, confirmation, or history of abuse. Those deserving horses will live out their natural lives at our beautiful wilderness sanctuary called Wild Horse Canyon, located in Caliente, California.

Some of our rescued horses have the opportunity to give back to those who supported their freedom from suffering by being involved in our Horsemanship programs such as Wild Horse Boot Camp – a “boots on the ground” wild horse gentling workshop and Women’s Wild Horse Empowerment Journey – a retreat for women offering an experience with wild horses, yoga, meditation, and a whole lotta fun!

Lifesavers has always been a leader in the fight to end horse slaughter as well as other types of inhumane treatment of horses. We continue to support lobby and legislative efforts by legal advocates that submit bills into Congress to create laws that will protect American horses from being neglected, abused, and sent to slaughter.

In October of 2018, Lifesavers opened its very own Thrift and Gift Shop at Wild Horse Canyon Sanctuary in Caliente, California.  It is called “The Wild Horse Thrift and Gift”.  The store carries new and gently used items of  rustic, ranch, equine, vintage, antique, and homemade character.  Nestled in the foothills of the lower Sierra’s, Wild Horse Canyon is becoming a destination for visitors from near and far who are interested in viewing Wild Horses and spending time in a rugged, but accessible natural environment.  Day visitors may schedule a tour, and weekenders may book our Wild Horse Lodge through Airbnb.

All the activities that Lifesavers offers to the public are designed to raise funds for the continued rescue and care of wild and domestic horses.  Currently Lifesavers has 400 horses under its daily care.  The horses are also supported by donations from the general public either online or by mail, grants from private foundations, and bequests from donors who so thoughtfully left Lifesavers in their wills and trusts.

Your ongoing support helps us continue our lifesaving mission and programs.  Please enjoy our website.  Thank you.

FROM THE DEVIL’S GARDEN —- STRAIGHT TO HEAVENLY SANCTUARY!

Update: 2/1/19

We have released 4 Devil’s Garden horses, so far, to our Wild Horse Canyon Sanctuary. Here is a short video.


1000 Wild Horses are already being rounded up. Hundreds of them could be sold for slaughter!

Read what we are doing to save 10 innocent wild horses from a cruel – heartless round-up by the U.S. Forest Service…

Update:  November 20, 2018 – We are still working on fencing a property that will be the home for 10 older horses from the devastating roundup.  We should be ready to take the horses by mid December. Please help us with the cost of fencing, transportation, and ongoing care. We will take in 10 of the older former stallions, gelded by the Forest Service, that have spent their entire lives thus far living a natural life in a herd with their mates and off spring.  They have  been rounded up, separated from their families, processed, gelded, branded, corralled, and denied their God given freedom to live the life of wild horses.  We will give them peace and freedom so they can live the rest of their lives safely at Wild Horse Canyon.

WE HAVE TO SAVE AMERICA’S WILD HORSES

I know you have seen photos like this before – and it breaks your heart. But we cannot stop fighting to save them no matter how much it hurts!

I took this photo about 12 years ago at a Nevada roundup. It was painful to watch as these horses ran for their lives only to end up trapped with no way out. That was the end of normal for these wild horses. From the trap, they were separated from their family bands, trailered to other locations, processed, freeze branded, separated again, and the rest is unknown. Did any of them get adopted? Did any end up at a sanctuary? And, how many ultimately went to slaughter?

I’ve been fighting for the horses for 22 years now. And it seems we are losing the battle – but I refuse to surrender the war. The various government agencies mandated to manage and protect our wild horses on the range are failing miserably and the precious wild ones are paying a deadly price for it.

I want to share a simple idea with you about how we can take just a minute to try to keep our wild horses from being rounded up and sent to slaughter. Please continue to read…

GIVING THANKS BY JILL STARR


This December, the last month of 2018 is when I reflect on all that I am grateful for and the blessings that were received throughout the year. I have so many to thank, and so much to be thankful for and I know exactly where I to start…

With you, one of the most important people in my life and the lives of the horses. You have given us the breath of life that keeps our lifesaving work alive. Through your continued support, you make it possible for Lifesavers to feed and care for the 400+ horses at our Lancaster, California Training and Adoption Facility, and our Wild Horse Canyon Sanctuary in Caliente, California.

Your support may have been a generous donation or grant, or it may have been signing a petition to stop horse slaughter, or it might be that you are one of our valuable volunteers or staff members, perhaps you shared your knowledge and news of Lifesavers to others, or maybe you prayed for the well being of the horses – anyway you helped us…

You Helped Us.  Read More…

WE’RE RUNNING TO YOU FOR HELP!

This time of year is always hard on us. Donations fall off but our expenses don’t so we have to ask more often and we have to be honestly urgent in asking for help!  With over 400 horses under our care our expenses are enormous. We need $40,000 each month just to feed our hungry horses, not to even mention all other costs of running two rescue facilities.

Lifesavers is making plans to create an additional form of income that doesn’t depend on donations so that when donations seasonally drop, we won’t be in a pickle.  But those kinds of plans require funds to invest and certainly we don’t have that right now. When we do, when our funds come back up and we believe in our hearts that they will, then we will go forward with a plan of at least partial sustainability.

They keep saying that the economy is booming, but we don’t feel it yet. We are still struggling.  Please, please, reach into your heart and make a donation now to help us through this down time. The horses depend on your gifts of love.  Any amount is a blessing to us.

Thank you!

Please enjoy this video featuring Def Leppard drummer, Rick Allen, and his wife Lauren when they came out to our ranch to work with a wild horse!