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  • Jill Starr

Taming Wild Heart

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

We are dedicated to saving wild and domestic horses from abuse, neglect and slaughter. Once rescued and brought to our Lancaster, California training and adoption facility the horses are assessed for adoption potential by our highly skilled team of trainers. If the horses pass the muster they will get more training, if needed, and then the perfect home will be sought for them. Certain rescued horses are deemed un-adoptable for a variety of reasons, such as age, disposition, confirmation, or history of abuse. Those deserving horses will live out their natural lives at our beautiful wilderness sanctuary called Wild Horse Canyon, located in Caliente, California.

Some of our rescued horses have the opportunity to give back to those who supported their freedom from suffering by being involved in our Horsemanship programs such as Wild Horse Boot Camp - a "boots on the ground" wild horse gentling workshop and Women's Wild Horse Empowerment Journey - a retreat for women offering an experience with wild horses, yoga, meditation, and a whole lotta fun!

Lifesavers has always been a leader in the fight to end horse slaughter as well as other types of inhumane treatment of horses. We continue to support lobby and legislative efforts by legal advocates that submit bills into Congress to create laws that will protect American horses from being neglected, abused, and sent to slaughter.

In October of 2018, Lifesavers opened its very own Thrift and Gift Shop at Wild Horse Canyon Sanctuary in Caliente, California. It is called "The Wild Horse Thrift and Gift". The store carries new and gently used items of rustic, ranch, equine, vintage, antique, and homemade character. Nestled in the foothills of the lower Sierra's, Wild Horse Canyon is becoming a destination for visitors from near and far who are interested in viewing Wild Horses and spending time in a rugged, but accessible natural environment. Day visitors may schedule a tour, and weekenders may book our Wild Horse Lodge through Airbnb.

All the activities that Lifesavers offers to the public are designed to raise funds for the continued rescue and care of wild and domestic horses. Currently Lifesavers has 400 horses under its daily care. The horses are also supported by donations from the general public either online or by mail, grants from private foundations, and bequests from donors who so thoughtfully left Lifesavers in their wills and trusts.

Your ongoing support helps us continue our lifesaving mission and programs. Please enjoy our website. Thank you.

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