Skydog Sanctuary

mustangs matter

aka Skydog Ranch   |   Malibu, CA   |  www.skydogranch.org

Mission

Skydog Ranch is a forever home for wild mustangs who have ended up in horrible and dangerous situations - at kill pens, at auctions, in unloving homes where they have often been starved and neglected. Our biggest, most important mission is to shine a spotlight on these issues and make mustangs a talking point across the US. We want people to know the facts about what is happening to OUR wild horses.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are so proud and grateful to have continued to grow and gain support for the work we do for America's wild horses and burros. We hope to keep adding to America's herd and to keep raising awareness and educating the public around the world to the plight of the American mustang.

Ruling year info

2016

Principal Officer

Clare Staples

Main address

23823 Malibu Road Suite 50 #498

Malibu, CA 90265 USA

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EIN

81-3188893

NTEE code info

Other Services (D60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We need to help the thousands of wild horses who are still sitting in BLM holding pens without adopters. As well as many horses who were adopted out and for no fault of their own have ended up in the slaughter pipeline or separated from their family. There are many horses ending up in appalling situations, due to how cheap BLM mustangs are to purchase, who need our help. There is such a need for sanctuary for these horses and that is why we have dedicated our lives and our property to giving these horses back their freedom, dignity and peace. We have increased our equine advocacy work to include fighting for the SAFE Act to be passed and working with thee BLM to adopt and rehab special needs mustangs who were slated for euthanasia.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Volunteer Program

Come volunteer at one of our ranches and learn how our sanctuary program works.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries 2019

Awards

Most Inspirational Documentary - WILD 2019

EQUUS International Film Festival

Affiliations & memberships

GLOBAL FEDERATION OF ANIMAL SANCTUARIES 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehabilitated

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of wild horses, donkeys, mules rescued and rehabilitated each year since we began. Each animal we bring in is rehabilitated and brought back to physical and mental health + care for life.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As our funding and support has grown our ability to take in more horses and donkeys. This year as well as the 45 who came to Skydog we helped save over 100 from slaughter pipeline to other rescues.

Number of animals vaccinated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have now been able to sign up for a grant to help us with inoculation costs instead of fundraising for the donations which is a huge help.

Number of animals provided with long term care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year we have been able to take in more equines thanks to increasing funds and donations. We now have a total of 145 horses and 45 donkeys in long term care at our sanctuaries.

Number of Facebook followers

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our facebook following has increased enormously each year and has pretty much doubled on instagram and facebook annually. This has been a huge bonus to our fundraising.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our main goals involve giving sanctuary and a life-long home to wild horses who have been deemed untrainable, too wild, have been traumatized or are too old or injured to be easily homed. We also reunite families of wild horses separated during government roundups.
Our secondary goals are for our horses to act as ambassadors for all the other horses still standing in killpens and BLM holding pens to promote them as a breed and to help people understand their unique qualities and incredible teaching abilities.
We also aim to educate, inform and raise awareness for all wild horses still unadopted and shipping to slaughter. We have a large following of horse-loving people whom we have introduced to the American Mustang. We take our horses into schools, Girl Scout troops come visit our educational facility and many varied Childrens' non-profits come meet our horses and learn about what they can do to help.

Our initial goal (besides rescuing horses in dire situations) was to raise awareness and educate through social media. We have to date built a following of 120,000 on Facebook and 85,000 followers on Instagram in a very short time. We also have a solid sponsorship program for our horses as well as a wonderful stream of revenue through Patreon.
We have made an educational documentary about two of our horses which highlight the wild horse issues that surround them. That movie plus two others have been viewed over 20 million through through The Dodo and You Tube. Also we made a documentary called 'Pass the SAFE Act' about the rescue of two horses from a kill pen in Texas to encourage the US House and Senate to pass a bill which would stop American horses shipping to slaughter across our borders.

These numbers hugely surpasses the goals we had made in terms of numbers and raising awareness and it has made us all very proud to have done so much in such a short period of time.

We also focus on educating youth to the plight of the American mustang as children are the future. We believe children can make the most impact in helping these horses stay wild - and hopefully update this broken management system before it is too late.

We have many celebrity and famous supporters which have raised our profile allowing us higher visibility. This allows us to rescue more horses through fundraisers which have been very well supported via our social media presence. Donations doubled from the first year to our second year, and doubled yet again in our third year. And again in our fourth year. And miraculously even in a pandemic doubled again this year.

We have a great and growing team of volunteers who help in all areas of keeping our website current, our social media flowing, our emails and press and PR requests answered.

We also have the benefit of four ranches - all of which provide something different in terms of supporting our animals. We have Ambassador mustangs in LA who are easily accessible to media and PR and visits from various organizations. And we have 9000 acres in Oregon where horses can live wild on large areas where they need very little handling or interference from us.

Last year we helped save over 100 young horses from the slaughter pipeline. As you can see from the above paragraphs, we have succeeded in bringing over 145 equines to our sanctuary over the past four years who were in dire need.

They run free on our properties, but also receive foot care, inoculation and worming when necessary so they truly have the best of both worlds. All of their medical needs are more than met and they receive the best care and food possible. We also have 45 rescued donkeys and mules.

We pride ourselves on our social media outreach and American Mustang education.

In the future, we hope to expand awareness and education through more social media campaigns as well as building an education center for people to visit and have hands-on interaction with the horses.

We also hope to spread our desire to save the wild horse in America in a managed and successful, sustaining protocol. We will be speaking more to our representatives to being lasting change for wild horses of America.

We are also committed to raising awareness about the SAFE Act and making sure this gets passed.
This year 2021 we are launching a concerted PR digital and media campaign to lobby key members of Congress to get this legislation passed.

We are committed to bringing policy changes within the BLM to make sure that horses do not end up in the slaughter pipeline but are also given a better level of care in holding pens. We also plan on reuniting at least one more horse family in 2021 as well as other horses and donkeys in desperate need.

Financials

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Skydog Sanctuary

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Clare Staples

Skydog Sanctuary

Term: 2016 -

Christina Broccoli

Skydog Sanctuary

Arielle Kebbel

Skydog Sanctuary

Jennifer Glassman

Skydog Sanctuary

Janelle Hight

Rachel Hunter

Skydog Sanctuary

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/21/2021

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.