How it works
By sponsoring a mustang or burro you can ensure that your chosen horse will be supported, and Skydog can become home to many more of them still in danger.
Annual sponsorship for a horse or burro 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 request updates on the horse or burro you choose where we can send you pictures by email or text to see how they are doing and see footage made just for you. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how your sponsored horse is doing.
Or sponsor your horse or burro through Patreon so that you also can view exclusive video and photographs of behind-the-scenes at Skydog, find out about things that are happening soon and follow rescues as they happen.
SPONSOr REDFORD AND EASTWOOD
Redford and Eastwood are our two most recent rescued mustangs. These two boys were bought at a sale authority adoption event and almost immediately dumped at a killpen. Their mark up - from 25 dollars to 750 each is criminal and needs to end.
These boys are unhandled and wild but gentle and curious. It is our hope to get them gentled so that someone will step up for them and give them a forever home. Nothing would make us happier than for these two boys to have their own person but they will be with us until that miracle happens and we would love them to be sponsored. They are young, most likely around 3, and as soon as we can we will shave their brands to find out what HMA they came from.
These two horses came closer than any others we saved to actually being on the slaughter truck leaving for Mexico !!!!!!! at the very last second they were moved out of the ship pen and marked SAFE/SOLD to Skydog thanks to you all xxx
Louisa was a killpen save rescued on Christmas Eve. She was sent to us numerous times during the day and suddenly the thought of her standing in that killpen at Christmas seemed to touch all of us. 2019 is our big push to get the SAFE Act passed so we had already voted to do a couple more saves to raise awareness and get people motivated to take action. We posted her photos not thinking anyone would respond much due to it being Christmas Eve but somehow she seemed to embody the true spirit of the holidays and we were so overwhelmed with the response and generosity that we were also able to bail her friend Star.
Due to her having been starved and being so skinny Jon and I travelled to Texas to get her ourselves so that we could oversee every part of the haul and make sure she was doing well. Although she was skinny she wasn’t weak and seemed so thrilled to jump on our trailer to freedom. She has had so much energy and fight since arriving to Malibu she amazes everyone who meets her. We adore her and are so grateful to all the people who stepped up at Christmas to get her home to us. Louisa is named after my mother who passed away Christmas day and her rescue is forever dedicated to my wonderful mummy who gave me such a love of horses and was so proud of all we have achieved in helping so many of them.
Braveheart was a horse we had been asked to take for months but didn’t have space for him. This gelding is a 15 year old New Mexico mustang born in BLM holding. He was adopted and gentled but then ended up in Arizona with an older gentleman who really couldn’t care for him properly. We were told he was in a tiny pipe corral which shrank in size every time this destructive and traumatized mustang would smash a panel trying to get out. He stood in this tiny square pen without shade or shelter for years and years, they emptied his water into his pen so he got continual abscesses in his hooves, and a horse chewed his tail off through the pipe stall. He was said to be destructive, spooky and dangerous. But we took him in.
Braveheart had to spend a little time in our barn while his feet healed up and we got him a little more food to give him the strength to join one of our herds. While there he met and bonded with one of our other horses named Ripley. They became best friends and now are turned out together with a herd of eleven other wild mustangs living their best life. We are so grateful to everyone who donated to help us bring him to us.
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.
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 of a trailer to the kill pen or make that trip to Canada.
THERE ARE OVER 90 HORSES AND 29 DONKEYS HERE AT SKYDOG WHO ALL NEED SPONSORSHIP.
Click on any of the photos to read their stories and find out more them.