Return to Freedom ( RTF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the freedom, diversity, and habitats of America's wild horses through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation efforts. RTF provides sanctuary for almost 400 wild horses including 29 burros living in natural family and social bands, on a total of 2300 acres in California. Return to Freedom's American Wild Horse Sanctuary in Lompoc is home to Spirit, the Kiger mustang stallion who served as the model for the 2002 animated DreamWorks film, "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron."
Return to Freedom educates through a variety of programs and photo safaris (both on the range and at the sanctuary), volun-tourism, national outreach and public speaking events.
In 2004, after an independent investigation on public land Herd Management Areas, RTF founded the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign ( AWHPC), and a national coalition of over 50 diverse organizations.
Recently, RTF launched Return to Freedom Mustang Youth Coalition as well as Advocacy in Action- Wild Horse Rangers program to engage the public to participate on the range and advocate for changes that will protect wild horses and burros on their ranges across the west.