Salt River Wild Horse Mngmt Group

$28,300 of $100k goal

Raised by 424 people in 20 months
Simone Netherlands  SCOTTSDALE, AZ

Important *** This is the official funding site for the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, inc, an Arizona 501 (C) (3) non-profit horse welfare organization.

The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group has fought and continues to fight for the lasting protection for the iconic Salt River wild horses in their habitat in the Tonto National Forest.

(FYI currently there is also a SRWHMG Gofundme page specified for the increase in reward money for the Salt River wild horse killer.)

After the U.S. Forest Service published a July 31, 2015 notice of intent to roundup and annihalate this iconic wild horse herd, the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group organized effective public media campaigns and filed a lawsuit and sought an injunction to stop the roundup to save these beloved  horses from becoming history.  This Gofundme page was opened at that time as the need arose for help from the public.  

As a result of the publicity campaigns and public pressure as well as our negotiations, the US Forest Service announced a postponement of the roundup for 120 days on August 18th. The SRWHMG then dropped the lawsuit in order to work with the Forest Service. By the end of the 120 days, the Forest Service listened to the voice of the public and rescinded the notice to impound the Salt River wild horses.

Negotiations between the SRWHMG and the Forest Service and the Agriculture Department and legislators for their future management and protection are ongoing. 

We cannot let them become history. We need to be prepared for all we have to do and we need your help to do so!

Your contributions will help us: 

-Fight for the preservation and permanent  protection of the wild horses through education campaigns, media and promotional materials. 

-Fund the rescue and rehabilitation of fatally injured Salt River wild horses.

-Continue to improve the road safety by repairing, and replacing barbless fences and gates to keep the horses off the roads and working with the DOT.

-Pay for peer reviewed scientists to perform an environmental assesment, if donations allow.  ($15,000)

-Pay the high legal bills we have incurred fighting the annihilation of our Salt River horses. Our lawsuit can be refiled should the FS make the wrong decision in the future. ($17,000)

-Continue our DNA research and monotoring of the Salt River wild horses.

-Continue to improve safety hazards  for the horses and people alike, such as the removal  of miles of downed old barbed wire, cleaning the river of aluminum cans, fishing line etc.

-Fund our humane immuno-contraception program which is the basis of protection for the horses. If we can give some of the older mares a break from having babies as well as give the younger mares some years to mature before having babies then the herd will get to a 0% growthrate (which means birthrate equals deathrate) which might be acceptable to all stakeholders as well as the US Forest Service. 

Members of the Salt River Management Group have closely monitored and protected the Salt River wild horses for almost 20 years.  Our goals for the future include a Wild Worse Welcome Center and a Wild Horse Injury Center.  No member of the SRWHMG gets paid, so 100% of your donation goes towards the protection of the horses.

We cannot and will not let this historic and cherished herd be destroyed. Thank you for giving these horses the powerful voice of the public.  

Don't let them become history!

Gratefully yours, 
Simone Netherlands, President
Salt River Wild Horse Management Group.


This is baby Diamond and his mom Sapphire.
Diamond would not have survived a roundup as he had just been born. Diamond is now learning the ins and outs of what it means to be a salt river wild horse. 
We fight so that they may live their lives wild and free.


Your donation is tax deductable. We are truly grateful for your support.
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Update 5
Posted by Simone Netherlands
6 months ago
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Reward Offered, Help From Public Sought in Salt River Wild Horse Shooting.

The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot three Salt River wild horses in the Tonto National Forest on Friday. At least one horse – a beautiful 6-month foal named Kai – died, and two other young members of the same band have been observed alive, but appear to have a small bullet wound.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Schill lawfirm have also added to the reward, making the total 8000 dollars as of October 26th. “The coward who shot these innocent and beloved horses deserves to be brought to justice,” said Simone Netherlands, President of the SRWHMG. “We’re asking the public for help to raise funds to increase the reward to encourage the two people who were with him to come forward, they can make some money and they can make a difference.”

Members of the public who want to help can add to the reward under this Gofundme page and designate it “Reward for wild horse killer”, or can also go to the gofundme page especially set up for this reward.
Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group at 480-868-9301 or the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office at 602-876-1011.
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Update 4
Posted by Simone Netherlands
7 months ago
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We would like to thank you for your continued support. As of late the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group also had to make a stand for our national wild horses who are stuck in holding facilities, as the BLM advisory board had recommended to euthanize the "un-adoptable ones". We held a rally in front of the Arizona BLM office and received much news coverage for the issue. The BLM was quick to state that they will not accept the recommendation of euthanasia, although roundups are continuing all over the country. All we ask for is more fair treatment of the last remaining wild horses and burros and humane on the range management. After all, these are OUR public lands.

Our three rescued Salt River babies are doing really well. Our fencing projects are moving along and we are continuously trying to make a dent in the pollution on the Salt River.
No one in the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group gets paid, so your donations go directly towards vet bills, feed bills, fencing repair, materials for our field team and our public education campaigns.
You can also assign your donation to go towards sponsoring either Diamond, Pacman , Rosco or April. We are not financed by anyone but you, the public, who saved the Salt River wild horses. Any amount helps, thank you,
the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group.
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Update 3
Posted by Simone Netherlands
16 months ago
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YOU helped make a difference in 2015! Thanks to public pressure and negotiations with the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, the US Forest Service has rescinded the notice to impound and remove the Salt River wild horses! This means no roundup of the Salt River wild horses anytime soon, but much work remains to be done towards their permanent protection.

Negotiations between the SRWHMG and the Forest Service for their management and protection are ongoing. Our public education campaigns are ongoing as well as our public safety improvement projects.

We cannot let them become history. We need to be prepared for all we have to do and we need your help to do so! Please consider a donation towards our continual fight for to protect the horses.
May they always be, wild and free
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Update 2
Posted by Simone Netherlands
19 months ago
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Thank you for your support. With your help we will be able to continue our education campaign, our community and media outreach as well as our lawsuit and negotiations to secure lasting protection for the Salt River Wild Horses, in their rightful habitat, in the Tonto National Forest.

We cannot let them become history.

Gratefully yours,
The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group
Simone Netherlands, President
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Teresa Bonelli
16 months ago
3
3

Me complace saber que sus caballos estan a su cuidado muy bien protegidos ,,,los nuestros en Argentina se mandan muertos para comida de los chinos.

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Karen Hartwig Rathke
16 months ago
3
3

Time is getting close. Can man please keep the history of the horses?

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Karin Hauenstein
20 months ago
3
3

So thankful that this group is being so very effective in advocating for these horses! The progress they have made recently is amazing! I am a nationally recognized advocate for horses who has known Simone Netherlands in her advocacy for years and can personally vouch for her ethics and the group's stellar reputation. Real advocacy for horses, dedicated boots on the ground and effective networking for so many years so far surpasses some of the menial efforts shown by some "Johnny-Come-Lately" organizations who don't even specifically focus on horses and are looking to pad their heavy administration budgets. I will give to this campaign again and again!

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Alisha Rachkoskie
20 months ago
3
3

These are directories of the people we need to be calling: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/directory.html

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Christine Haswell Antaya
20 months ago
3
3

My heart soars knowing the efforts behind this amazing cause. It's a battle but one very much worth fighting! Every sleepless minute of it!

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Karen Hartwig Rathke
16 months ago
1
1

The news stated a group is appealing the new decision that was made?

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Toni Smith-Cassar
20 months ago
1
1

Please help, there is enough compassion to go around to help the horses and humans a like but this GoFundMe page is about the horses, it does not mean we don't also care about the people around us. I also trust that this is going to the support of the horses and not to anyone personal gain. I am sure as a 501C, they have good records.

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MamaLynn MamaGee
20 months ago
1
1

I'm in support of this campaign but in my own crisis at this point in life. I wish you all the success & I'll try to drop a 50 ($50.00) into the kitty as my show of support from Canada. Give me a couple of months & I'll try to work it into the budget.

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Deb Bulger
20 months ago
1
1

Saving the Salt River Wild Horses saves the lives of many future generations of wild horses, burros and other wildlife ahead. Don't you want your children to grow up and have the privilege to float down the river and see these magnificent creatures in their environment they belong in? Get your family, friends, co-workers, churches, everyone you know involved. This is American History of the Wild West that needs to be secured and protected. Act Now! Contact the POTUS and congress to deem these animals wild and protected. Thank You!!!

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Christina Thompson
20 months ago
1
1

CONTINUED PRAYERS FOR ''ACT OF GOD'' Amen... for THE SALT RIVER WILD HORSE SANCTUARY, to manifest and be made legal at the Salt River ! We Believe. in Jesus name. Amen

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Sandee Duncan
20 months ago
1
1

Happy to be able to help in some small way and look forward to continued success in keeping our wild horses FREE !

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Leslie Brekke
20 months ago
1
1

So pleased to see positive progress to save these horses!

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$28,300 of $100k goal

Raised by 424 people in 20 months
Created August 6, 2015
Simone Netherlands  
SN
$100
Sandra Nesbit
1 month ago
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$1,000
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$60
Anonymous
5 months ago (Monthly Donation)
FW
$100
Frances Ann Walker
5 months ago
BW
$25
BONNIE & BILL Walsh
5 months ago
JF
$25
Jayne Foreman
5 months ago

How feasible is it to have some security camera system in place? If they are visible and notices saying areas are monitored 24 hours with video surveillance, would in itself deter criminal activity for fear of being caught on camera? Just put them in a few strategic places but have notices in many places.

$50
Anonymous
6 months ago
KP
$250
Kimberly Piazza
6 months ago

Please apply my donation to the reward fund. Let's get the brutal killer!

$60
Anonymous
6 months ago (Monthly Donation)
Teresa Bonelli
16 months ago
3
3

Me complace saber que sus caballos estan a su cuidado muy bien protegidos ,,,los nuestros en Argentina se mandan muertos para comida de los chinos.

+ Read More
Karen Hartwig Rathke
16 months ago
3
3

Time is getting close. Can man please keep the history of the horses?

+ Read More
Karin Hauenstein
20 months ago
3
3

So thankful that this group is being so very effective in advocating for these horses! The progress they have made recently is amazing! I am a nationally recognized advocate for horses who has known Simone Netherlands in her advocacy for years and can personally vouch for her ethics and the group's stellar reputation. Real advocacy for horses, dedicated boots on the ground and effective networking for so many years so far surpasses some of the menial efforts shown by some "Johnny-Come-Lately" organizations who don't even specifically focus on horses and are looking to pad their heavy administration budgets. I will give to this campaign again and again!

+ Read More
Alisha Rachkoskie
20 months ago
3
3

These are directories of the people we need to be calling: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/directory.html

+ Read More
Christine Haswell Antaya
20 months ago
3
3

My heart soars knowing the efforts behind this amazing cause. It's a battle but one very much worth fighting! Every sleepless minute of it!

+ Read More
Karen Hartwig Rathke
16 months ago
1
1

The news stated a group is appealing the new decision that was made?

+ Read More
Toni Smith-Cassar
20 months ago
1
1

Please help, there is enough compassion to go around to help the horses and humans a like but this GoFundMe page is about the horses, it does not mean we don't also care about the people around us. I also trust that this is going to the support of the horses and not to anyone personal gain. I am sure as a 501C, they have good records.

+ Read More
MamaLynn MamaGee
20 months ago
1
1

I'm in support of this campaign but in my own crisis at this point in life. I wish you all the success & I'll try to drop a 50 ($50.00) into the kitty as my show of support from Canada. Give me a couple of months & I'll try to work it into the budget.

+ Read More
Deb Bulger
20 months ago
1
1

Saving the Salt River Wild Horses saves the lives of many future generations of wild horses, burros and other wildlife ahead. Don't you want your children to grow up and have the privilege to float down the river and see these magnificent creatures in their environment they belong in? Get your family, friends, co-workers, churches, everyone you know involved. This is American History of the Wild West that needs to be secured and protected. Act Now! Contact the POTUS and congress to deem these animals wild and protected. Thank You!!!

+ Read More
Christina Thompson
20 months ago
1
1

CONTINUED PRAYERS FOR ''ACT OF GOD'' Amen... for THE SALT RIVER WILD HORSE SANCTUARY, to manifest and be made legal at the Salt River ! We Believe. in Jesus name. Amen

+ Read More
Sandee Duncan
20 months ago
1
1

Happy to be able to help in some small way and look forward to continued success in keeping our wild horses FREE !

+ Read More
Leslie Brekke
20 months ago
1
1

So pleased to see positive progress to save these horses!

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