Return to Freedom

The Return to Freedom (RTF) American Wild Horse Sanctuary is dedicated to wild horse preservation by protecting 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.

Return to Freedom, founded in 1997 by Neda DeMayo, operates a 300-acre ranch in California owned by the DeMayo family and cares for nearly 400 horses.

“America’s Wild Horses are fighting their last stand. Competition for our natural resources continues to threaten our wilderness areas and wildlife species. These horses are interwoven into the very fabric of what is America. What threatens them threatens us all. I support the pioneering and innovative efforts of Return to Freedom and I urge you to do the same.”
—Robert Redford

“The Government spends over 60 million dollars of American taxpayers’ hard-earned money each year to round up wild horses and remove them from public lands owned by all Americans. Sadly, it’s left to people like you who care enough to help the horses. Wild horses can’t lobby Congress or speak for themselves. Please join us in caring for them by supporting Return to Freedom.” — Carole King, songwriter

“Return to Freedom’s pioneering model represents a breakthrough in the humane and effective management of wild horses, allowing them to express the social organization and behaviors common to the species, without fear of uncontrolled reproduction.” — Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, Science & Conservation Center

“The wild horses that Ms. DeMayo is committed to preserving are indeed our country’s own horse and National treasure. I write to you in support of Return to Freedom and urge you to help us in our efforts to preserve wild horses and educate the public about this most significant equine treasure.” — John Fusco, screenwriter, Hidalgo, Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron

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