Water for Wild Horses
Drought across the west continues to challenge resources at the sanctuary and has not spared the hundreds of horses at Return to Freedom.
Return To Freedom provides refuge and care for almost 400 wild horses including 30 burros who have been captured from their ranges.
In February 2015 our water table dropped and all wells stopped producing. Return to Freedom began trucking in water costing $3200.00 a week - this is not sustainable, and will cost the sanctuary $89,000.00 over the next 7 months until rain falls again. We cannot let that happen and we have a solution but need help.
While a nearby ranch has an overflowing spring and they have offered to GIVE the sanctuary 1500 gallons of water per day which will supply 1/3 of our daily water needs to keep the water troughs full and our costs down!
BUT-we do need to continue to buy water ( we use about 5000-6000 gallons of water per day-
All donations go directly into our Water For Wild Horses account.
We have not been idle- We have;
- Relocated 41 of our horses, and will be moving 30 more to a satellite generously made available by RTF supporters
- Created grey water systems at the sanctuary
- Completed grants for water conservation projects and catchment systems which will allow us to contain rainwater in 2016...
- Purchased a 3000 gallon water tank to collect overflowing springwater at a nearby ranch
- Launched a YOUCARING Campaign to purchase a portable water tank on trailer to be able to bring 1500 gallons a day to the ranch ourselves!
But-we need your help !
We have a small team who make sure the horses are fed and cared for each and every day. We want to thank our donors for keeping the troughs full- we need your help to reach beyond our loyal donors. With many people giving alittle we can achieve a lot!
Please help with any size gift you can give a share with others!
Return to Freedom is a 501 C3 non-profit Organization dedicated to protecting the freedom, diversity and habits of America's wild horses and burros while education and enriching the human spirit with direct experience with the natural world to inspire compassion, non-invasive solutions and reverence for nature, animals and resources.
Return to Freedom provides sanctuary, educational programs, national advocacy and conservation.
All donations are sent weekly from Go Fund Me directly to purchase water .
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Thanks to our donors and mother nature things are getting better.
The water truck has allowed us to pick up donated water ourselves reducing our costs from $3200 a week to less than $400 a week for a driver and gas!
It looks like the water level has started to rise a bit and we are replacing the pump in one of our wells costing $1000 for parts and labor.
Relocating horses to the satellite sanctuary in San Luis Obispo has helped reduce feed costs and impact to water use age!
Special thanks to ASPCA and SantaBarbara Foundation for their generous grants to purchase the water truck!
Although we are still bringing in water, we are now able to pick up and haul donated water! Thanks to the generous grants from ASPCA, Santa Barbara Foundation and an anonymous gift from a foundation- our costs have dropped from $3200 a week to $400 a week ( to pay for a driver to pick up and deliver the donated water)! This has now become a more manageable situation!
Although rains have begun, our wells are still not yet replenished. We continue to raise earmarked funds through Go Fund Me and Giving Grid, to help with water delivery and water catchment costs.
We have so many other daily needs to feed the horses and burros and operate the sanctuary we are appreciative to all those that continue to donate and share Water for Wildhorses!
Wow! we are halfway there to meet our matching funds goal to purchase a water truck!
Thank you all who have contributed and /or shared and for all the positive encouraging messages!
Neda DeMayo and the Return to Freedom Staff!
This can save us $50,000 in water expenses from September to December! Any additional funds raised will go into gutters and holding tanks for our water catchment project !
This is a very unusual situation for this area. I have lived nearby for almost 40 years and we've never seen drought like this. Several of the horses have been moved to another location, and it I feel confident we will see rain again soon. Let's pray for rain and help get through the next seven months.
If this is a permanent situation, it would be a lot less costly to move the horses somewhere else. ..or put the horses down if you can't afford to care for them. It doesn't make any sense to keep them in a place where they don't have the resources they need.
Please, DONATE to help save the horses !!!!!
THEY ARE LETTING TO MUCH WATER DRAIN INTO THE OCEAN WATER CONTROL NEEDS TO CHANGE THEIR WAYS !
SAVE THE WILD HORSES