Return to Freedom is a non-profit wild horse sanctuary founded in 1997 by Neda DeMayo, and is the realization of her life-long dream: to protect the freedom and natural lifestyle of America’s free ranging wild horses.
Return To Freedom is dedicated to preserving 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 provides a safe haven to nearly 200 wild horses and burros Recognizing that wild horses live in tightly bonded herd groups, Return to Freedom became the first sanctuary with a focus on rescuing entire family bands. Designed to be a model program, we implement alternative and minimally intrusive management philosophies.
Return to Freedom’s educational programs facilitate a direct experience with nature and animals through non-intrusive, sensitive observation. Through direct contact with the natural world, we hope to inspire a deep reverence for the communities and family groups that exist in nature. Our programs were created with the intent that, for things to change, a new human being must emerge. It is our hope that policy changes and legislation that have the best interest of wildlife species and natural habitats in mind will be supported through re-education.
The American Wild Horse of Today is a re-introduced native wildlife species, represented by diverse biological groups each with their own genetic and historical significance. Whether they come from Spanish ancestry, cavalry horses, draft herds or others, America’s Wild Horses have evolved over the years and become one of our nation’s most treasured resources. Return to Freedom is a virtual Living History Conservancy, managing various herds according to their geographic origins.
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Return to Freedom – P.O. Box 926 – Lompoc, CA 93438
Tel: (805) 737-9246
Fax: (805) 800-0868
For information on programs, scheduled events, or visits to the Sanctuary as well as general inquiries, please email us
Return to Freedom is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Tax ID number 06-1484961. For information about Return to Freedom’s income and expenses, and to view a pie chart of our budget, please visit Charity Navigator.