How it works
By sponsoring a mustang you can ensure that your chosen horse will be supported, and Skydog can become home to many more Mustangs in danger.
Annual sponsorship for a horse of your choice is 100 dollars a month and for that you can visit us and meet the horse you are sponsoring and spend some time hanging out with them, taking photographs and asking questions of our staff.
You can also elect weekly updates on the horse you choose, where you will receive pictures by email or text to see how they are doing.
Beautiful Dream is sadly the worst example of the terrible places a once wild horse can end up. She was found starved and neglected and when we were asked to take her in we didn't hesitate. We couldn't. Ultimately there are some horses we cannot say no to and Dream was one of them. For all the risks involved in taking on such a badly starved and emaciated horse it was all worth it to see her recovering every day.
She is currently at our sanctuary in Malibu where she will most likely live out the rest of her life. She is being re-fed following the UC Davis re-feeding plan for starved horses and she is through the most dangers time period of the first 5-7 days and is thriving and getting stronger every single day. We would love her to have her own sponsor who can come visit her or get regular updates on her progress. As a senior horse her care is sure to be more intensive and costly so it would be amazing to have some help as we will take care of her forever to make sure she never again ends up in bad hands.
When we said YES to taking Goliath, a 26 year old band stallion who had been rounded up by the BLM last fall, little did we know it would lead to our finding and also reuniting him with his lead mare Red Lady and their baby Bodhi being born at Skydog Oregon. That then led us to being asked to take two other band stallions from the same roundup, so Maestro and Champ, as we named him, came to Skydog also.
Champ is just an incredibly handsome palomino horse with a long forelock over his eyes and a gentleness and beauty we love. We wish he had never been rounded up but he deserves the space he has with us and is in love with a new mare called Kat. They spend their days quietly grazing and happily getting to know each other. We are making inquiries to find his family who he was rounded up with and we hope to locate at least his lead mare.
Champ is named after Champion the Wonder Horse a television show our founder Clare Staples watched as a child. She saved this special name for many years to give to the horse who fit this name and Champ is truly worthy of his new name and new life.
Skydog were told about an emergency in Louisiana for a 15 year old horse called Cisco who was about to ship from a kill pen there to slaughter. We wanted to rescue a horse to promote the SAFE Act as we are so close to pushing it to a vote. We asked for help and got it and were able to send a hauler to Louisiana to rescue Cisco.
When she got there she found out there was a second mustang there who also needed immediate help and we said YES. Feather was not fundraised for as there was no time so it would be incredible if somebody were able to step up and Sponsor him. He is gaining weight and the wounds on his face are healing as he finishes quarantine at our Oregon sanctuary with his new best friend Cisco. He is the sweetest boy and has won the hearts of many as he continues to regain strength.
This heavenly hunk 17 hands of mustang muscle was found starved and neglected running down Klamath Falls highway in Oregon. He is a Nevada Mustang and quite the most phenomenal horse to see around the landscape of Skydog Oregon. He was brought back to health and although he is still snatchy around food after having been starved there are no other negative side effects to his sad fate. He has been with us a year now and runs with a mixed herd that includes Montana and Butler. They are the most incredible sight on the horizon with a dozen different mixes of golden shades from palominos to duns to 50 shades of bay this is a head turning herd. And Sundance is the leader and impossible to miss. He is friendly enough and will take grain from your hand but would rather be left to roam the 5000 acre upper ranch with his band. You can sponsor him for 100 dollars a month and come visit him in his natural home x
When we were rescuing our beautiful LOVE from a killpen in Waco Texas we had to send a hauler to go and get her and there was room in the trailer for another horse. We searched through the killpen photographs but there were no other mustangs that needed saving. But we saw Cassidy. The photograph showed this mini hinny standing there trying to be brave amongst a lot of big horses he didn't know. We couldn't help it. We had to save him.
For a while he was best friends with ZZ our Zonkey and they were inseparable until we turned the entire herd of saved donkeys out and suddenly Cassidy decided he had more in common with the mustangs and joined Jagger's herd complete with two girlfriends of his own. He is now counted as a horse not a donkey he is that sure of himself and nobody argues with Cassidy especially not us xxxxx
Butler is a chocolate palomino mustang, named after Gerard Butler, whom we saved at Eugene auction. The only thing they listed about him was that he had been used as a packhorse and the several photos that came with him show him healthy and well taken care of so we don't understand why he ended up at auction with a kill buyer being the only other person bidding on him. Butler is a sweet and loving horse who is really enjoying his freedom and new friends on the ranch.
It is hard to believe that anybody knowingly sends a loyal and good horse to auction knowing the fate that most probably befalls them. We try as much as possible to catch mustangs at auction where they often sell for as little as two hundred dollars to kill buyers who then immediately list them on their sites between 400 to up to 1200 dollars to cash in on them or if they can't they just ship them straight to slaughter and sell them by the pound for their meat for people in Europe and Asia to eat. Luckily Butler never had to see the inside to a trailer to the kill pen or make that trip to Canada.
THERE ARE 63 HORSES HERE AT SKYDOG AS WELL AS 9 DONKEYS WHO ALL NEED SPONSORSHIP - THIS IS A LIST OF MUSTANGS AT SKYDOG SANCTUARY AND YOU CAN GO AND SEE THEM AND THEIR STORIES ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THEM