A leader in the fight to save wild horses, Barbara Clarke, has died, Nov. 30, 2016


Return to Freedom is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Barbara Clarke, co-founder and managing director of DreamCatcher Wild Horses & Burro Sanctuary, on Nov. 22.

Clarke was a kindred spirit to RTF. She shared our belief in the value of creating humane sanctuaries both as a safe haven for wild horses and as places

November 30th, 2016|

Comments About Wild Horse Fertility Control

About fertility control:
Unfortunately, decades of propaganda have scapegoated our wild horses and burros as the “biggest concern” on the range by livestock ranchers even while the ranges are ravaged by mining, fracking and drought, livestock ranchers continue to point the finger at the wild horse who is outnumbered by millions of privately owned livestock. While our wild

May 23rd, 2016|

In Fond Memory of Friend and Conservationist Jay Kirkpatrick

Dear Friends,

We are sad to share the news that our dear friend and colleague Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, the founder of The Science and Conservation Center, passed away earlier this week from a brief but serious illness.

Jay was a dedicated pioneer in the field of humane wildlife management and provided leadership to so many of us

December 18th, 2015|

Buchanan Demands Answers in Illegal Slaughter of 1,800 Horses


Nov 10, 2015 Press Release

Dept. of Interior Ignored Federal Law, horses ended up in Mexican Slaughterhouse

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, sent a letter today to the Secretary of the Interior demanding to know how 1,800 American horses ended up being butchered at a Mexican slaughterhouse in violation of federal law.
The slaughtered horses were

November 17th, 2015|

Baby Burro Born- Can you Name Her?

August 21, 2015

It really doesn’t get any cuter! New baby burro born at the sanctuary last Friday! This beyond adorable little girl joins the Black Mountain Burro Herd who arrived at the Sanctuary last month after they were rounded up in Arizona.
Droughts across the west are forcing wild horses and burros to wander over boundaries

August 21st, 2015|

Response to Sulphur Springs Elder Stallions

# 3907 , # 5378 AND # 5422

I have received an outpouring of concern from members of the public regarding these senior Sulphur Springs Stallions captured during the roundup on February 27, 2015. We are working on solutions for these magnificent warriors but the best solution is to return them to their home on the

April 14th, 2015|

RTF Founder Neda DeMayo delivers address at press conference to save wild horses

I joined Actress Wendie Malick and Congressman Grijalva at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Palomino Valley Holding Facility where 2,000 wild horses currently live in large corrals. Wendie and I accompanied the Congressman on a tour of the facility. There was a good turnout of advocates and media; local advocates felt revitalized by the event. It meant a lot to them that the Congressman and Wendie Malick traveled out to what is Ground Zero for captured wild horses. Some of RTF’s loyal donors came out from Sacramento to support, as well, so a shout out to Jaime and Larry Beuitler!

September 7th, 2013|

Founder’s Blog: New Mexico Slaughterhouse Opens

“Horses have been our companions, fought battles with us, worked by our side from sun-up to sun-down. They have never abandoned us and we will not abandon them now. We will not have their blood on our hands.” —Neda DeMayo, Founder of Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary

July 1st, 2013|

This Father’s Day, We Honor All Fathers

(whether they have 2 legs or 4)

I am writing today with a heart that is full of admiration and love for one who helped build the foundation of Return to Freedom, one whose grace, courage, and leadership renews my appreciation for those majestic stallions that are the patriarchs of their herd. I am writing from the heart of a daughter who stands in awe of her father. 

June 20th, 2013|

Meeting Chief Bald Eagle

In early April 2013, I travelled to South Dakota to visit with Chief David Bald Eagle, Chief of the Minikoju Band of the Cheyenne River Tribe Lakota Indians and the First Chief of the United Indigenous Nations of The Americas. We were warmly welcomed into his home surrounded by his family and his herd of 45 or so horses.

April 18th, 2013|