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LIFESAVERS INC

aka Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue   |   Caliente, CA   |  www.wildhorserescue.org

Mission

Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue Mission Statement: To provide a sanctuary for saving lives. By rescuing wild mustangs and domestic horses, we provide sanctuary from being abused, abandoned, neglected, and ultimately sent to slaughter and instead focus on gentling and adoption.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Ms Jill Starr

Main address

35700 Sand Canyon Road

Caliente, CA 93518 USA

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EIN

95-4631906

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Lifesavers works on saving horses from the slaughter pipeline. Every year 100,000+ horses are sent to slaughter. We look for mustangs and domestic horses that are at feedlots and about to be sent to their deaths and attempt to rescue them. We obviously cannot save every horse out there but those that we are able to save are brought back to our ranch and given a vet check and then they are assessed by our trainers to see if they can be put up for adoption. Those that are not qualified for adoption due to sound issues or too much abuse are released at our Wild Horse Canyon sanctuary where they will live out the rest of their lives running free on our 1000 acres of mountainous freedom.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Rescue

Rescuing horses in jeopardy of heading to slaughter.

Population(s) Served
Adults

we provide lifelong sanctuary for horses that are unable to be adopted

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Combined Federal Campaign 2018

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 rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We rescue horses that are heading to slaughter, usually from feed lots in states outside of CA. They have to be held in quarantine, seen by a vet and then transported to our ranch.

Number of sheltered animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Sanctuary

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

For those horses that are not suitable for adoption due to injury, age or just too much prior abuse our Wild Horse Canyon sanctuary is their new forever home. Over 1000 acres of paradise.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have an adoption agreement and vetting process in order to find lifelong loving homes for our rescued horses. We will always take back a horse if it is not a good fit.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our goals are to save as many horses as we can while still caring for the horses that we have already saved that are up for adoption and those that are at our sanctuary. We currently have over 400 horses.

We have excellent horse trainers that are skilled in natural horsemanship to work with our horses to get them ready for various stages of riding. Some of them are basic groundwork trained and we have some that are in advanced training. As mentioned, those that are not suitable for adoption are released at our sanctuary Wild Horse Canyon.

We hire the best trainers and ranch hands to work with our rescued horses.

What is next is for us to consolidate our operations into one location. Currently, we have our Lancaster ranch and our Wild Horse Canyon properties (about a three-hour drive apart) and we are working on moving all operations to Wild Horse Canyon. That way all of our horses will be at one location and we will not have to operate two different facilities.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LIFESAVERS INC

Board of directors
as of 03/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Shannon Strong


Board co-chair

Suzi Landolphi

Robert Gale

Sharen Nielsen Connelly

Dixie Brewer

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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/11/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/11/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.