Animal related

Wild Horse Freedom Federation

  • Pinehurst, TX
  • www.wildhorsefreedomfederation.org

Mission Statement

Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) advances the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to ensure the safety, welfare and lawful disposition of free roaming wild horses and burros.

Main Programs

  1. Legal
  2. Investigations
  3. Education
  4. Research
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Throughout the United States

ruling year

2012

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

R.T. Fitch

Keywords

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Horse; burro; mustang; preservation; protection

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Also Known As

WHFF

EIN

45-2526314

 Number

2439612182

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Putting people between wild equines and extinction.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Legal

WHFF funds legal actions to not only stop individual wild equine stampedes that are found to be violating the law but to, also, work towards setting the legal hook that will stop the unlawful removal of protected wild equines from their rightful land.

Category

Animal Protection & Welfare

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 2

Investigations

WHFF, along with the Equine Welfare Alliance, is aligned with a team of acredited under cover investigators who monitor the clandestine activities of not only kill buyers of the slaughter trade but also the actions, movement and dealings circulating around the activities of federal agencies as it applies to captive wild equines in transportation and holding.

Category

Animal Protection & Welfare

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 3

Education

Members of the WHFF travel to equine conferences, press opportunities (at their own expense) and sit on boards of other organizations so as to bring the plight of the American equine, both domestic and wild, to the forefront of the public's consciousness.

Category

Animal Protection & Welfare

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 4

Research

WHFF funds the research of a team of noted animal law attorneys who review legal documentation that is used by federal, state and local agencies to justify the removal, harassment and the auction or sale of wild equines.  Findings gleaned from such research is then forwarded to WHFF's Board of Directors, with recommendations, so that the Board can move to protect the equines in question through the most expeditious measures.Also, WHFF dispatches agents to the field in an effort to attempt an accounting of the number of wild equines in a disputed area, evaluate the condition of the range land and to document the pressure put upon the environment by other species.

Category

Animal Protection & Welfare

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$0.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Bring together a consortia of collective expertise and experience of the nation’s leading equine welfare advocates and organizations.

    Act decisively and swiftly when the welfare of the American Wild Horses and Burros are threatened through legislation, litigation or commercial misrepresentation.

    Proactively pursue legal action against entities that pose either a current or potential threat to the safety and welfare of American Wild Horses and Burros.

    Endeavor to put concerned people and the advocacy between Wild Equids and extinction.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Wild Horse Freedom Federation, through research and investigations, released evidence exposing a Bureau of Land Management’s wild horse long-term holding contractor selling wild horses to an alleged “kill buyer” where the horses most likely went to slaughter.

    Wild Horse Freedom Federation uncovered evidence purporting to show the contractor selling at least 34 federally protected wild horses.

    *****
    Thanks to the behind the scenes work of the investigators from Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF), in conjunction with Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA), evidence was supplied to federal investigators and a known kill buyer, Dorian Ayache, has been indicted.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Throughout the United States

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

WHFF is funded through private contributions.  Donors may contribute to one of five programs (Legal, Investigation, Research, Education, Social Networking) or to help cover daily administrative costs such as postage, thank you's, etc. WHFF has NO paid employees; therefore, all funds will go to helping the wild horses and burros. You may visit our website for more information: www.wildhorsefreedomfederation.org or call 1-800-974-3684.

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Wild Horse Freedom Federation
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

R.T. Fitch

BIO

R.T. Fitch is a jack-of-all-trades. In the past, he has worked with whales, dolphins, sea lions, and penguins at Sea Life Park in Hawaii.

First introduced to horses by his wife, Terry, his fondness for all things equine has become an obsession. They spent several years in Brazil where they met Terry’s current equine companion, Apache.

Once back in the U.S. with Apache, their herd of rescued horses grew as they donated their time to support equine rescue efforts in Texas and Louisiana. The highlight of their rescue career came during the equine rescue efforts after hurricanes Katrina and Rita as outlined in Kye Mortensen’s book, Horses of the Storm.

An outspoken equine welfare advocate R.T. is the co-founder and President of the Wild Horse Freedom Federation and the author of the much acclaimed book “Straight from the Horse’s Heart: A Spiritual Ride through Love, Loss and Hope“. He and Terry live on a small farm outside of Houston Texas where they care for and enjoy their rescued horses, German Shepherd, cats, Koi and resident deer.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

R.T. Fitch

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