Like Freya, our wild horses and burros need your help

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Freya at our Lompoc, Calif. sanctuary after returning from treatment.

Last month, we shared the story of Freya, our magical and mighty burro, who went missing deep into the brush for just over two terrifying weeks. Every day we had 1-3 staff or volunteers on a constant search and rescue mission to find her. Fence lines were repeatedly checked, and ravines were followed and searched through the thick brush.  

After what felt like an endless two weeks, Freya found her way back to us. She was worse for the wear.

She was disoriented, dehydrated, shocked and had body trauma. She could not move her tail and clumps of her fur were missing. She was severely impacted and could not urinate or defecate on her own. 

From two weeks of frantic searching to two weeks of intensive emergency care,Freya made it out of the woods – barely. Today, she is doing very well but still recovering from some of the nerve damage affecting her tail, and we are keeping a watchful eye over our brave girl. Her fur has grown back healthy and shiny and every day she brightens up.

Freya’s story is a marvel and unique in our 24-year history, except in one regard: It is emblematic of the devotion and quality care Return to Freedom gives all of the animals at the sanctuary. Yet, we cannot do it alone.   

Freya’s life-saving medical treatment cost $17,000. Her generous sponsor has gifted $10,000 towards her bill but we still have $7,000 remaining to meet the cost of her urgent care. Freya, while magical and mighty, is only one of the more than 450 horses and burros we provide a safe haven to at the sanctuary.  

With this many animals to care for, we have to anticipate other medical needs on the horizon! 

And so, with this in mind, we are asking that you participate in the Return to Freedom Veterinary Fund. Please consider a donation today to support quality emergency medical care for another wild one in need.

They need us all… we can’t do this without your help!

They have endured the great loss of being taken from their home on our public lands. Because of your help, access to quality veterinary care is something they have guaranteed under our watch. 

An example of those with needs below:

Spirit turned 26 in May and requires a special diet as he ages, as do over 30 other special needs seniors supported at the sanctuary.
Sundancer was stepped on when he was just one day old. The injury fractured his fetlock and caused a permanent deformity. He now requires a special shoe fitted with wood and epoxy. Photo taken at our Lompoc, Calif., sanctuary.
Sis Sis, one of Chief’s beloved mares, is losing her sight and now requires special care. Due to her vision loss, she must now cock her head (seen here) to use sound to take in her surroundings. Sis Sis resides at our Lompoc, Calif., sanctuary.

Please make a donation to our veterinary and special feed fund