Return to Freedom

Return to Freedom is a non-profit wild horse sanctuary founded in 1997 by Neda DeMayo, and is the realization of her life-long dream: to protect the freedom and natural lifestyle of America’s free ranging wild horses.

Our Mission: Return To Freedom is dedicated to preserving the freedom, diversity and habitat of America’s wild horses through sanctuary, education and conservation, while enriching the human spirit through direct experience with the natural world.

Sanctuary
Return to Freedom provides a safe haven to nearly 200 wild horses and burros Recognizing that wild horses live in tightly bonded herd groups, Return to Freedom became the first sanctuary with a focus on rescuing entire family bands. Designed to be a model program, we implement alternative and minimally intrusive management philosophies.

Education
Return to Freedom’s educational programs facilitate a direct experience with nature and animals through non-intrusive, sensitive observation. Through direct contact with the natural world, we hope to inspire a deep reverence for the communities and family groups that exist in nature. Our programs were created with the intent that, for things to change, a new human being must emerge. It is our hope that policy changes and legislation that have the best interest of wildlife species and natural habitats in mind will be supported through re-education.

In April 2002, DreamWorks chose Return to Freedom as the permanent home for Spirit, the Kiger Mustang that served as the model for the animated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Here Spirit spends his days exploring large pastures and enjoying new friends. We are delighted to create a new home for Spirit where he can continue to thrive and inspire our visitors to preserve the heritage of these wonderful animals.

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Link: Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary

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