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August 11, 2011
7 people found this review helpful


August 11, 2011
7 people found this review helpful

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries in the United States and abroad. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders representing top leadership from Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, World Society for the Protection of Animals, American Anti-Vivisection Society, and International Fund for Animal Welfare, now joined by National Anti-Vivisection Society. These founding leaders sit on the GFAS Board of Directors to continue guiding the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. I serve as executive director.

One of the main focuses of GFAS is accrediting animal sanctuaries/rescues. To become accredited, each organization has to meet operational standards covering governing authority, finance, guidelines, education and outreach, staffing, physical facilities, security/safety, and the veterinary medical program. In addition, the sanctuary/rescue must meet rigorous standards regarding animal care, confirmed in a site visit. It is a demanding process, but in the end, it is a highly meaningful stamp of approval to guide donors and those with animals in need.

Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary was one of the first equine sanctuaries to become accredited. We set the bar high, and our expectations were met and exceeded! I am extremely proud to state that Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary is fully accredited by GFAS and one our shining stars.


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careful examination of their financials, governance, policies, care...all aspects of their operations and animal care. I personally have done two site inspections of this facility and met with the Board of Directors and am totally inspired by their commitment to continuous improvement and the leadership shown by both the Board President and the Founder.

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make this organization and the fine work they do, especially on behalf of "premarin" horses and horses who have suffered other unbelievable abuses at the hands of humans, more known and recognized across the nation. They deserve your support!

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They have tackled the tough issues facing horses, such as their abuse in the making of premarin; and the horrendous use of horses in drug smuggling from Mexico to AZ. Education and SOLVING problems, to END abuses is a real part of their mission, not just lip service.

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