Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is dedicated to elevating life and healing through the prevention of cruelty to animals. WFLF is a federally registered grassroots volunteer based nonprofit charity established for the prevention of cruelty to animals with a focus on animal welfare and the protection of wildlife. Among our greatest concerns are imperiled wild horses and burros, abused, neglected and slaughter bound wild and domestic equines, and inadequate standards of protection for America’s equine population as a whole. WFLF works in conjunction with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. WFLF is dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic equines through rescue, rehabilitation, education and sanctuary. The WFLF promotes the conservation of wild horses on their Native lands and the preservation of natural ecosystems and wildlife. We strive to provide programs with a focus on community enrichment equine wellness activities, including robust equine assisted programming which inherently benefits disadvantaged youth, veterans and others in need. We save the lives of homeless, starved and slaughter bound horses whose healing hearts enhance the lives of people. The WFLF is achieving these goals through operating animal rescue, sanctuary, education and wellness programs that foster symbiotic environmental stewardship and healing partnerships with animals.
Wild for Life Foundation’s vision is for the people of the world to nurture, preserve and promote a compassionate human-animal bond by giving back to the animals and the environment which all life depends. Through the Wild for Life Foundation’s diverse educational and wellness activities we seek to build compassion and positive life skills through healing relationships with animals.
With human encroachment on natural habitats a constant feature of our modern world, Wild For Life Foundation is the first and oftentimes the only place injured, orphaned and homeless equines can be taken. Wild For Life Foundation provides rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and sanctuary for at risk wild and domestic equines in need. At Wild For Life Foundation these vulnerable victims receive a high standard of individualized care based on nationally recognized best practices and protocols for equine sanctuary and rehabilitation. Wild For Life Foundation delivers an important public service by providing a place where orphaned, distressed, injured, or displaced horses and burros get a second chance at life and are able to thrive in natural habitats.
In 2012, we began development of our vision for the new millennium, the western regional animal sanctuary and preserve plan comprised of natural habitat preserves, rescued captive wildlife and companion animal sanctuaries. Through this project we seek to save more lives and further educate and engage the public through the development of land trusts and sanctuary land acquisition held in perpetuity for the protection and preservation of threatened and endangered animals in need.
The Wild for Life Foundation endeavors to provide engaging programs built on healing and trust that connect people, animals and nature. From animal rescue, sanctuary and wild horse preserves, to therapeutic activities, the arts and sciences and a variety of equine learning programs, we strive to engage in these many opportunities and encourage individuals, students, organizations and philanthropic business programs to partner with us through positive community service projects that integrate culture and the arts with humane values that elevate conscience and inspire compassion.
Wild For Life Foundation began through the hard work and through the vision of its founder, Katia Louise. Katia began what became her life’s work of animal rescue and rehabilitation when she started saving injured and distressed wildlife as a young girl. Katia saw that many wild and domestic animals suffered and died after encounters with humans and that many could be saved and, with help, given a second chance at life or under the right circumstance, returned to the wild. While holding down a full-time job as a youth educator for the school district and in the community college system, Katia began rescuing orphaned and injured wildlife and companion animals. As Katia found with some of the animals, not all could not be released due to the nature of their injuries or other factors, but they could live peaceful healthy lives in a sanctuary setting.
Katia had always visioned creating a philanthropic safehaven with needed natural space in which to house and care for animals in need of rehabilitation or permanent sanctuary. WFLF was the outcome of Katia's passionate altruism and decision to pursue her lifelong charitable passion for animal rescue and rehabilitation, and her commitment not to turn a blind eye to animals in need. In 2008 Katia founded the Wild for Life Foundation and immediately began saving the lives of slaughter bound wild and domestic horses that she had discovered during her investigations into California’s seedy underground slaughter pipeline.
Initially the organization was based out of Katia and her husband's home and financially supported by her husband and her individual work as an artist and teacher. With the growing support of caring individual donors and her husband's continued devoted support, Katia went on to save hundreds of horses and burros, and other animals from life threatening situations over the coming years.
The demand for WFLF's services increased so rapidly that by 2010 operations were moved from their home to a modest Riverside Country ranch site they leased to serve the needs of WFLF. Indeed the number of animals coming into WFLF’s program had grown exponentially, from just a few animals annually to more than one hundred each year. Over time several multi-acre satellite facilities have been added to meet the growing needs of the animals we serve. WFLF’s primary base of rescue and sanctuary facilities have primarily been located in Riverside County, at properties which WFLF has leased or which have been provided lease-free through the generosity of our founder and our devoted supporters.
Through Katia’s excellence in leadership, dedicated hard work and with the assistance and support of many generous individuals, the accomplishments of the Wild For Life Foundation and the success of its mission have been unsurpassed.
With a continued focus on conserving resources and in effort to operate in the most effective and efficient manner possible WFLF has consolidated its rescue and sanctuary program to one main sanctuary site located in the Temecula area of CA. Our goal is to be able to purchase our own land and facilites so they will serve the horses in perpuity. WFLF continues to save and help needy animals form Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino and surrounding counties, and occasionally other parts of California as well. We also provide rescue and sanctuary services on a national basis to wild and domestic equines in need.
Although licensed and heavily regulated by state and federal agencies, the Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) does not receive any government funding. The Wild for Life Foundation is supported solely by donations from caring individuals, businesses and private foundations.
At WFLF, rescue is just the beginning of a long, dedicated commitment to provide the best quality of life for victimized, injured and unreleasable animals in need. WFLF rescues and cares for animals and wildlife, including endangered and at-risk species. We believe that all animals — rare or common, regardless of species — are deserving of our care, attention, and respect.
The Wild For Life Foundation implements high standards and best practices in all animal care which ties directly to our rescue and sanctuary success. We see rescuing at-risk and victimized animals as a sacred trust. By serving these animals through a gentle, soothing rescue and rehabilitation process we enable those who have arrived injured and in-shock to heal and thrive in calm and safe environments.
Animals are intelligent, sentient individuals. We ask that our supporters never use the words “get rid of” when discussing the re-homing or placement of an animal that is need of a new home. “Getting rid of” implies that the animal has no worth, or is just a commodity rather than an intelligent sentient being. Animals should never be discarded, abandoned or mistreated in anyway. We also ask our supporters to refer to them as “he/she” or who/whom, or “them/they,” or by species. The words “it” or “thing” are never used to refer to an animal, and “who” is used rather than “that.” We ask that if you do not know the gender, choose one: “he” or “she.” Even if your gender choice is wrong, it is more respectful than “it.” . This is an important way of demonstrating the respect we ask others to afford all animals.
WFLF does not open all of its rescue and sanctuary facilities to the public as our primary purpose is to benefit animals in need. We do not subject animals who have recently arrived or who are receiving or in need of medical care or who are in recovery to the stress of public display. Nor do we keep Wild Animals in captivity for the purpose of subjecting them to the stress of display.
WFLF does however open designated equine, farm and domestic animal sanctuary facilities for private tours on a seasonal basis during specific times. Private tours of designated sanctuary areas can be scheduled during these times by appointment only. WFLF additionally offers educational, wellness and therapeutic programming for the purpose of benefitting animals. These program activities are inherent in building compassion and positive life skills which foster symbiotic environmental stewardship through a healing partnership with animals.