Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Rating: 4.38 stars   13 reviews


PO Box 32294 Washington DC 20007 USA


Helping Sanctuaries Help Animals


Since late in 2008, we have directly helped place more than 3,875 animals in need of permanent sanctuary. During that same time period GFAS has helped sanctuaries obtain $427,181 in funding from foundations and private donors. Some of this help was via informing sanctuaries of funding sources not previously explored and the sanctuary subsequently receiving a grant;or via GFAS giving out grants directly; or GFAS soliciting major donors on behalf of animals in need; or GFAS writing a grant on behalf of a coalition of sanctuaries. GFAS has accredited or verified 45 sanctuaries, and we expect to nearly double that number before the end of 2011. This year we put on a very successful two-day seminar entitled "Taking Your Sanctuary to the Next Level." We continue to offer free webinars on a variety of topics, including grant writing.

Target demographics:

We cover all species except domestic cats and domestic dogs.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

We help place more than 1000 animals each year. Some are abandoned, some are from failed roadside zoos, and others come from research laboratories, cruelty cases, and a variety of other sources. The sanctuaries we work with directly benefit from mentoring in succession planning, disaster planning, board development, volunteer management, financial planning, responsible policies, and more, including animal care.


Accreditation: by the end of 2014 gfas has accredited and or verified 164 sanctuaries and rescues. Gfas also awarded a total of $4000 in compliance grants

outreach: gfas provided a variety of outreach programming in 2014. Gfas participated in six equine welfare workshops across the country. A webinar and workshop series was launched to support an avian education program directed at animal shelters called protecting captive birds: shelter care, placement and the law online webinars included succession planning for your organization and strategic planning: the process, the document, the now what funding was also secured to host a workshop focsuing sanctuary sustainability in bogor indonesia in 2015.

animal rescue transport and placements: in 2014 gfas assisted in the placement of more than 191 animals in need. Often these animals come from failed roadside zoos, owner surrenders or even failed sancutaries.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries not only assists sanctuaries with improving their professionalism and sustainabilty but also assists donors and sanctuaries to address the root causes of captive animal suffering and exploitation. GFAS has broadened the role of sanctuary to include a place of healing so that animals' emotional welfare is addressed with the same attention as their physical health and needs. Through their talented and dedicated staff and board, GFAS works to ensure that every animal who finds themselves in sanctuary will live a life fulfilled, safe, and enriched.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working together to rescue a large number of captive animals from deplorable and inhumane conditions. These rescue campaigns are enormously complicated, time-consuming and heartbreaking. They require diplomacy, tact, patience, an innate ability to work with a variety of agencies and people from all walks of life, and emotional strength and courage. GFAS staff has repeatedly shown their capabilities in these difficult arenas.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire more staff to take some of the burden off of the exective director's very full agenda and goals.

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