Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Freiser.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In 2010, I was living in Pine Valley at Horse of the Sun Ranch after rescuing my first horse, Manolo. This was my first introduction to the brutal world of horse and farm animal rescue. Upon returning home from work one afternoon I saw a Wolf sitting in one of the horse corrals. No one could get near him, but we were told that if nobody claims him, that he would be shot since he was roaming around the town of Pine Valley scaring people and their livestock.
So, I agreed to bring him to the vet, get him neutered and try to gain his trust. It turns out that Wolfie is a Wolf-hybrid, part wolf, a part malamute. My relationship with Wolfie, as well as all of the forgotten thoroughbreds off the race-track and the abused and worn-out rodeo horses, laid the foundation for my ultimate dream: to create a sanctuary for animals to live forever, free of pain and full of love.
With the tremendous support of my mother and father, my wife and best friend, the 16-acre property in Ramona, CA, zoned for animals and agriculture, that my family purchased in 2012, the Sanctuary began to take shape. I was constantly confronted by owners and local rescues to provide abused and neglected animals a home here. I have also worked with amazing local rescues to give the animals they have rehabilitated and rescued a second-chance at a forever home.
There are 3 homes on our property, which is amazing so we can attend to the animals 24-hours a day. I have rescued over 70 animals in the eight years of living on the outskirts of San Diego County. Donkeys, alpacas, pigs, horses, miniature horses, goats, dogs, chickens, and ducks call this Sanctuary home.
There is so much that has happened over the course of eight years being involved in the horse community and saving animals, but what I would like to say is this: everyone can make a difference and help. There is nothing easy about this life choice. It takes a village. It involves a tremendous capacity to love unconditionally. I ask nothing of these animals, but in return, we are taught so much and experience so much joy.
I think we all know what it feels like to be given up on, to lose faith and trust in the world, but in healing these creatures and affording them patience and time to trust again, we are healing ourselves. I would like to share that with everyone.
Has it been a smooth road?
No. There has been nothing smooth about this journey. There has been a pain, loss, heartbreak, and fear. I have gotten injured and sick. The financial burden is so heavy at times I am not sure how we make it through the month. Horses get sick and accidents happen. Vet bills accumulate and tensions can arise when things get stressful. I have gained friends and lost friends along the way. I think a lot of people can’t wrap their heads around having so many animals and getting nothing in return.
I don’t milk goats or raise chickens for eggs. I expect nothing from my horses or minis, as far as riding or competing. But I have had to remain strong and determined to get through some of the hardest times of my life one step at a time. I am forced to be in the moment and believe that my purpose in saving these animals matters. I have nothing to prove, and we have all had to set our egos, wants and desires aside at times as we stand in the pouring rain feeding or in the sweltering heat mucking.
I always wake up grateful-no matter what to be able to live my dream and be surrounded by so much love. I always know that at the end of a steep, rocky and unstable up-hill, there is a downhill. Love keeps us all together here. If I wanted my life to be easier I would have remained a small-time DJ in Hillcrest with access to great food and parties all the time. I chose to follow my heart and that is never easy but it has been worth it.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with King Wolf Animal Sanctuary – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We are a non-profit Animal Sanctuary in Ramona, CA. We specialize in providing a forever home to animals in need, mostly farm animals, and horses.
My goal is to rehabilitate these animals and allow for them to live a happy and healthy life free of pain and fear. I want people to come and simply be with them..to heal themselves while healing them through socialization and trust. Compassion and love are key here. Being mindful is a something we all practice here, in a world so disconnected, I try to provide a space for people to connect, become grounded and be in the moment. If you are faced with a thousand pound animal, you are forced to be present. It a powerful feeling and a humbling one too.
I strive to make connections between animals and people when they are here, so that when they leave and go back down the hill, they will think about Charlie our cow saved from Slaughter or Daisy our BLM burro who needed a safe place to be forever after being given up on and take a second to smile and breathe and feel love if need be.
Pain and trauma is something most of the animals here have felt before getting here, and I believe they know when humans are also experiencing that. Animals here provide a safe space and a therapeutic environment for humans who are experiencing emotional and/or physical trauma.
I am proud of all of us for coming together and creating something from absolutely nothing. The dedication and commitment we all share are incredible to me, and I am so proud that we can now share this with the community.
What sets us apart? Well, we are a Sanctuary and we commit forever, no matter what. That means thirty or more years in a lot of these cases. We also do not discriminate. We take in all animals that we can handle, if it is a fit, we will try to make it work. My work here is my life. It is constant. It is thankless, but it is important.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The diversity is such an amazing characteristic of this city.
I think people here get so set in their routine that they forget that it won’t kill you to drive an hour to experience something unique and different. I think we forget that our free-range eggs and kale that we put in our smoothies every day comes from agricultural towns like Ramona. It is one thing to go to farmer’s markets or decide to go vegan but is another to come and visit the cow rescued from slaughter or support the farmer down the selling her/his vegetables.
We are craving authenticity as a culture, as a city. I encourage everyone to step outside their comfort zone and visit some authentic people and places.
Tax-deductible donations can be made through the King Wolf Animal Sanctuary PayPal account.
- Address: 18663 Oak Ridge Lane Ramon, CA 92065
- Website: www.kingwolfanimalsanctuary.com
- Phone: (619) 559-2337
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