Rescue and Sanctuary Operational Sustainability Policy
Policies and guidelines for the animal capacity are strictly governed through a continuing review of income projections and cost analysis. WFLF's projected growth and expansion of our rescue and sanctuary services is monitored and maintained to ensure financial stability and proper animal care. Through constant management surveillance WFLF strives to respond effectively to needed adjustments in operational activities.
Rescue and sanctuary programs are limited to the scope of facilities available for operations and directly tied to the size and location of our facilities, weather conditions, and the types of horses housed and their respective activities. WFLF maintains a minimum number of stalls and enclosures as necessary to provide shelter for injured, sick or otherwise debilitated horses that need extra husbandry and/or health care. The size and scope of operations are gaged by available core capital funding and strategic program planning.
Variable expenses for WFLF sanctuary operations are influenced by the numbers of animals we serve, as well as the scope of programmatic activities and required animal care providers. These variable expenses are adjusted to comply with changes in yearly revenues. Operational fixed costs as determined by the size and scope of WFLF’s sanctuary facilities are also incorporated into WFLF's operational and strategic plans.
Written feeding protocols with nutritional goals are maintained for individual horses, especially those horses with nutritional challenges. Careful and consistent feeding practices are implemented for maintaining the health and any rehabilitation needs of individual horses. Horses in the care of WFLF’s sanctuary with the highest nutrient requirements include young growing horses, late pregnant or lactating mares, newer arrivals in recovery from starvation and horses with vigorous exercise schedules. Illness, trauma, injury, stress, and other types of sickness in horses are known to impact the nutritional needs and appetites. Depending on the metabolism, caloric expenditures and protein requirements may increase or even decline as compared to healthy horses.
Because horses develop strong social attachments to individual herd mates, the grouping of individual hoses within pens, corrals and pastures is maintained with careful consideration. Horses housed alone in stalls or individual pens are provided with visual contact with other horses at the sanctuary. The selection of horses for cohabitation is carefully managed through ongoing oversight of the gender, age, health, and individual disposition to avoid confrontational and aggressive behaviors such as fighting. All newly arrived horses are quarantined before mixing with resident horses. Before new horses are co-mingled, they are exposed to the group by allowing an across-the-fence acquaintance period. All introductions of new individuals to each other regardless of group size are taken place in daylight hours and under close supervision to avoid unnecessary harm or injury to horses.
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