It's been quite some time since we updated this page and hope to be able to make it a routine since so much happens here at the Sanctuary. In the meantime we want everyone to know that
Proud Member of
The Fight for Freedom
Our American Mustangs
In 2005, we were introduced to our first mustangs through an adoption center sponsored by BLM. The love for them was immediate. The raw, fearless love of life that they displayed was unlike any domestic horse I had ever had.
Over the next few years we worked as volunteers with BLM to help find homes for the horses they were gathering, provided transportation of adopted horses, and mentored new adopters. Little did I know the reality of what I was doing, and how, as I grew in experience, I would come to detest BLM/FWS, and the DOI specifically for what they were doing to our heritage; to the horses that should be allowed to roam free and them taking that away.
I soon found that not only was BLM sliding gathered horses they considered "3 Strikes' out the back door and down the slaughter pipeline, but so was the US Fish & Wild Service (FWS), and the Nevada Dept of Agriculture (NDA). Only the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was to be held accountable by theWild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971
FWS and NDA were not. They were gathering our wild ones as fast as they could and shipping them to the most horrific death an animal can suffer.
Some advocates may disagree with my observations and statements, and that's alright because it takes all of our perspectives, experiences, and hard work to come together for the same main objective - saving our wild ones.
In 2006, a team of us began an investigation into the Sheldon Horses that were granted freedom on the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge. But, management disagreed and continued to gather these majestic animals that came from Remount Stock that carried our military into battle. We found that hundreds were being shipped out, and the last would be gathered and sent to slaughter had we not gotten a stay. (read article) Nonetheless, when we refocused on saving the wild horses who were being rounded up and taken off protected land managed by BLM, FWS gathered the last of the Sheldon horses and sent them to slaughter. Only a handful remain today. We are fortunate to have at least one of them here at the ranch.
The Fight for Freedom is a daily, ongoing battle for many of us who are trying to save our heritage.
There are many great organizations out there on the front lines who work tirelessly to end this devastation, and I will add links to each and every one of them for recognition. But, it is you, the American people, that need to make your voices heard. The Trump Administration released its budget request to Congress for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and it literally places the lives of over 90,000 wild horses and burros in jeopardy. We can't let that happen.
We are proud to say that we have 17 beautiful wild horses that roam our property without fear of being gathered and murdered, as well as 7 domestics, and Jack - our wonderful longear addition. Unfortunately, we only have 63 acres which limits how many equine we can give refuge to or our lives would be blessed with a lot more.
Visit these sites, stay up with news releases, sign petitions, and make your voice heard. Let's not let the government wipe out what is ours - our wild horses and burros!!
American Wild Horse Campaign
Wild Horse Freedom Federation
The Cloud Foundation
Wild Horse War Room (a lot of first hand information from those on the ground)
Keep up the fight - our wild one's lives depend on you!
We are a long term retirement sanctuary for both wild and domestic horses. Many of our equine residents are senior citizens that range from early 20's to nearly 35 years of age. Others have disabilities that prevent them from being ridden and deemed unplaceable. Quite a few are mustangs that have been turned out and are allowed to roam in as natural a setting as possible. These horses have come from abused, neglected, abandoned, seized, slaughter-bound, and owner surrendered situations. It is our mission to allow them to live their lives out in a safe and peaceful environment, euthanizing only when quality of life no longer exists.
We believe that every animal has a right to life so we do not euthanize to control but allow these horses to roam freely and live out their lives in a safe and peaceful environment. It is our mission to help as many as we can, and although we may not have room at the ranch, we continue to network and work with several other organizations in rescuing, placing, fostering, and transporting both dogs & horses. We believe that working together with other rescues and rescue organizations opens up more possibilities to assure animals are given a better chance to that wonderful life.
Additionally, we believe that America’s wild horses have a right to remain wild and free. However, each year thousands of wild horses continue to be removed from their indigenous environment and relocated off public lands with nowhere to go in the private sector. Whispering Winds Animal Sanctuary maintains that, whenever possible, bonded horses will be allowed to stay together. We believe this will allow them the ability to live out their lives roaming free on the sanctuary and allow them to carry on their heritage.
We rely solely on donations to run this sanctuary and are not government funded in any way. We have no administration or board member fees or costs as volunteers supply this help. All donations go directly to the horses!
Funding - We are ever so grateful for one time donations, scheduled monthly donations or the sponsorship of a specific horse. Donations may be made on our "Make A Donation!" page through Pay Pal or a credit card. You may also mail checks to our address:
Whispering Winds Animal Sanctuary
PO Box 187, Roby, TX 79543.
- Volunteering - We need people (skilled and unskilled in horse care) who can assist in the care of horses and the upkeep of their facilities.
- Donating supplies - We have an ongoing need for good quality hay, supplements, Equine Senior, medical supplies, etc
OTHER WAYS TO HELP
Whispering Winds Animal Sanctuary * PO Box 187 / 584 State Hwy 70 S, Roby, TX 79543 (541) 530-0417