We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Freiser and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, what’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The most important lesson that I have learned along my journey is that 100% commitment and passion requires great sacrifice, but such dedication comes with an even greater reward: success! It has taken me a decade to swallow this pill. The ups and downs of running a non-profit animal sanctuary on the scale that we do can be very overwhelming and at times paralyzing. With that said, I have done this long enough to know that there is no benefit in dwelling on the negative or the difficulties ahead. So, I wake up and I am reminded of my commitments and with all the love in my heart and drive in my soul, I put one foot in front of the other foot and I get to work. I know that from sun up to sun down if I work hard, take no short-cuts and have patience and trust in the process, in the end, I will be rewarded. I have made promises to every, single animal that we have rescued here. Whether a duck, chicken, horse, donkey or goat, I commit to giving them the best life possible. That level of commitment requires embracing a lifestyle that is difficult, demanding and, at times, inconvenient, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We need animals as much as they need us. Living this life is the reward.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I run a non-profit animal sanctuary in Ramona, California called King Wolf Animal Sanctuary. Myself, my wife and my mother and father live on 12-acres, where we provide forever homes to over 50 animals that needed a safe place to call home. Although there are many animal rescues, we are bit different because we never re-home animals. Many of the animals here have come from bad situations and have already been ping-ponged around from owner to owner. Some have come from feed-lots, some on their way to slaughter, others from auctions, and many just abandoned and given up on. This is a safe-haven, and that is what sets us apart. I expect nothing from these animals. We are patient. We are compassionate. Trust is earned here. Don’t get me wrong I know that there are very amazing aspects of the horse world, amazing owners and awesome trainers, but there is also a very negative side: most people expect to “use” their horses, and when that horse gets hurt, can no longer rodeo or show, or they just want an upgrade because their horse gets old, then many horses end up homeless. Horses live over 30 years. That is a huge commitment and one many are unwilling to consider when they rescue or purchase a horse. I started out rescuing horses after witnessing first-hand how horses are treated while I was living on an Equine Boarding facility. I do not need to get into details, but that experience was eye-opening and sparked my passion for horses, especially the ones that their owners no longer wanted because they could no longer ride or “use” them. Once I became a part of the rescue world, I began taking in other animals. Cows, mini horses, donkeys, goats, pot-belly pigs, chickens, roosters, ducks, feral cats, and dogs all call the King Wolf Animal Sanctuary home. I am proud that we can do this. I am proud that we keep our commitments to each and every animal that comes here. I have learned so much from doing this over the past decade. These lessons have shaped me into the person I am today. I have learned to trust in the process, no matter how tedious or long. I have learned to do what is right, not what is easy. I have learned that I can do whatever I put my mind to, and I have learned how important family is, how love and support is imperative, and how gratitude is crucial in forming a solid foundation for strong growth and long-term success.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Eat: El Zarape, Coasterra, Landini’s, Dumpling Inn & Shanghai Saloon, Bronx pizza, Saffron Thai, Mom’s Pies. Drink: Turtle Rock Ridge Winery, Milagro, Julian Cider Company, Modern Times, Waterfront, 21 Grand, West Coast Tavern, Station Tavern Hang-Out: Little Italy, Hillcrest, North Park & South Park. There is always something to do in all of these areas,..good people watching, events, farmer’s markets.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate this shoutout to my wife, Lori DeProspo, who has never stopped believing in me, my dreams, and our organization. She is a full-time Special Education teacher and in her free time, she is always willing to help me and provide support if I need it. Lori is the most optimistic person that I have ever met, and that positivity is contagious. I am so grateful for her unconditional love. I think that when someone says that they believe in you, that is all you need. It means the world to me, and I am so grateful to have her by my side.
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