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On February 4, 2010 -- four years ago today -- the dust settled on one of the deadliest wild horse roundups in U.S. history.

From December 28, 2009 to February 4, 2010, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) stampeded some 2,000 wild horses -- pregnant mares, tiny foals, elderly horses among them -- with helicopters in Nevada's pristine Black Rock Desert. 

1,922 wild horses were captured. Well over 200 died as a direct result of the roundup, or from the conditions of captivity that followed. Dozens more were injured, and over 40 heavily pregnant mares spontaneously aborted shortly after the roundup. Countless foals were among the dead and severely injured. 

After the roundup, the captured horses -- once noble and free - were dispersed to holding facilities, where they disappeared from public view. An untold number were sold by the BLM to a known kill buyer, Tom Davis. We shudder to think of what these horses endured before meeting their final, horrific end. 

But a small group of Calico captives -- just over 100 in all -- found a different fate with Return to Freedom, the founding organization of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

In honor of the nearly 2,000 Calico horses who lost their freedom and families ...  the two things that matter most to wild horses ... would you make a donation to help care for these rescues?

Among these horses are General, a band stallion, and his son True, pictured at left. Their rescue was a small offer of restitution to horses who had lost everything, but for Return to Freedom, it was a massive lifetime commitment.

Today, Return to Freedom’s Calico horses have a new life in California. There they play and live their lives with their herd group, much like the life they once knew. It was a gift beyond measure – but one that certainly has a cost. 

For Return to Freedom, that cost is over $10,000 each month in hay alone!

When these horses were terrified, injured and alone in the BLM's holding pens, Return to Freedom was there. Will you be there now to help Return to Freedom care for the Calico 100?

Please make a donation today.

If you would like to do more, and become a monthly sponsor of one of the Calico horses at Return to Freedom, please click here to meet some of the horses in need of a sponsor. 

Thank you for all that you do for our cherished wild horses and burros.

- The AWHPC Team

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The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is dedicated to preserving American wild horses and burros in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage.