Wild for Life Foundation is expanding its sanctuary programs and facilities in conjunction with its animal assisted learning programs so we can save more lives. In the year 2012, WFLF began development of our vision for the new millennium, the western regional equine preserve plan comprised of natural habitat preserves, captive wildlife and companion animal sanctuaries. Phase One of WFLF's master plan includes the acquisition of equine land in Southern California where the mild climate, lush vegetation and rolling hills of California's rural back country acres are the perfect setting for an animal sanctuary and nature discovery center. The innovative and well seeded program will become a national model where animals and people are partners in healing and therapeutic relationships.
Since our beginning in 2008, the number of animals coming into our program has grown exponentially, from just a few animals annually to more than one hundred each year. While Wild For Life Foundation’s skilled staff has met the challenge and the organization has been able to grow in a fiscally sound manner, the current facilities are proving inadequate to keep up with this exploding demand. Yet demand continues to grow for our lifesaving equine and canine programs and our life-enhancing youth and adult programs and community service projects. While this is a good problem to have, we recognize that we must expand to continue to meet this growing community need with quality programs and services.
The new Sanctuary Center will serve as an eco-friendly wellness and education center where programs will be tailored not only for the public at large, but for veterans and disadvantaged children from across the country who come to Wild For Life to heal, enhance life skills and to develop new skills in animal rescue, rehabilitation and animal assisted learning. Through this initiative, the Wild For Life Foundation will be able to more efficiently meet the increased demands for expanded education and grow the next generation of compassionate animal rescue and rehabilitators that will work in California and across the country.
The Wild for Life Foundation’s diverse educational and wellness activities are inherent in building compassion and positive life skills which foster symbiotic environmental stewardship through a healing partnership with animals. WFLF’s wild horse preservation component serves as an educational platform for the conservation and protection of wildlife through the provision of sanctuary and preserves for wild horses and burros who have been captured from the wild.
The new Sanctuary Center will enable WFLF to provide urgent lifesaving services to a greater population of at risk animals. The Center will become home to many needy equines and canines , including at risk wild horses needing emergency rescue as well as permanent sanctuary placement.
The sanctuary center will provide expanded facilities for provision of onsite veterinary medical care. Equine and canine rehabilitation facilities will enable the full healing of rescued animals while enhancing and sustaining operation growth. The successful placement of rehabilitated companion animals will in turn serve the community through animal therapy programs and adoption services.
As an internationally recognized leader in animal welfare, the new Center is vital for Wild For Life Foundation to respond adequately to the rapid pace in growth in the numbers of animals and humans that we serve. Wild For Life Foundation needs the additional space, dedicated care areas and special facilities this Sanctuary Center would provide. More significantly, the new Sanctuary Center would allow us to improve the quality of our education and specialist training programs for our volunteers, new rehabilitators, interns and staff members as well as for the public. Ultimately and most importantly the new Sanctuary Center would enable Wild For Life Foundation to improve our ability to properly care for and rehabilitate more rescued animals and assure them of forever safe harbor.
Project Team Members:
Katia Louise, D.Arts/D.A., WFLF President, Founder, Executive Director
Linda Harris, M.A. Education, Youth Programs, Special Ed, AFC President, WFLF Ambassador
Ken Wahl, Honorary Chairman of the Board, Equine Therapy Aiding Veterans, Golden Globe Winner
Bing Bush, Jr., Equine Law Attorney, WFLF BOD
Lisa Jacobson, DVM, Equine Practitioner and Chiropractor, WFLD BOD
Craig Downer, Wildlife Ecologist, Wild Horse Expert, WFLF BOD
Elder Daniel Ramos, FCSW, DCFS LA County, Youth and Adult Rehabilitation
Robert Pliskin, LSW, Dual Certified EAGALA Professional
Julie Caramante, CertifiedAnimal Cruelty Investigator, WFLF BOD
Nancy Stanley, Veterinary Technician, Animal Therapy Canine Unit
Cheryl Casati, Equestrian International Instructor, ABRS TC, Retired U.S. Air Force, WFLF BOD
Kyle Brown, B.A., RT, Recreation Administration in Therapeutic Activities, Canine Rehab
There is no minimum amount for contributions made directly to the Wild for Life Foundation to help support this lifesaving community enrichment project.
The new Sanctuary Center will be a community project that reflects the commitment of private individuals and corporations to the prevention of animal cruelty, preserving America’s wild and domestic equines, enhancing the lives of people, and sustaining natural ecosystems. Wild For Life Foundation will make sure this community effort is on display in highly visible donor recognition areas at the new Center. With a Seeds of Life donation to the Wild For Life Foundation, you can serve as a key partner in this momentous Sanctuary Center. Every individual or corporation that makes a donation at one or more of the ‘Seeds of Life’ levels is given the title of ‘Founding Patron’ and the opportunity to be recognized on site at the Centerpiece Recognition Wall.
Click on the link for “Seeds of Life Founding Patrons’ Circle” to join our luminous list of donors and learn more about our prestigious sponsorship opportunities.
Inquire to learn more about company sponsorship and specific naming opportunities. Contact WFLF by phone 310.439.9817 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations to the Wild for Life Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law. Federal ID No. 26-3052458
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