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Patty Finch

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Review for ANIMEALS, Missoula, MT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am the director of Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).

When the GFAS learned that all the animals of Montana Large Animal Sanctuary and Rescue needed to be placed, due to the failure of the sanctuary, GFAS was happy to step into a leadership role and create teams to place the animals. But after the first people were on site to help, it soon became apparent that we were dealing with a cruelty situation and that the caretakers would need to leave.

Thank goodness for Animeals. Karyn Moltzen saw a need and filled it. She literally moved into the sanctuary, sacrificing (as it turns out) her Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years. I don't know what we would have done with Karyn and her staff from Animeals. They were there 24/7 caring for the animals in horrendous conditions, and the state of the animals I'm sure will haunt Karyn's dreams for a long time. What she and her team did is very difficult physically and emotionally.

Many nonprofits came together and thanks in large part to Karyn, all the animals were out of the sanctuary into foster or permanent care in just about a month. It was the largest sanctuary evacuation in the history of the US and Animeals was the shining star.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I helped coordinate the teams and raise funds, as did Karyn of Animeals, plus she was on site 24/7.

Review for PROJECT PERRY, Louisa, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I'm director of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

Matt Smith, the founder and Executive Director of Project Perry, the Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary, is one of the outstanding leaders in the sanctuary field. As a colleague noted, "One of the ways that Matt is exceptional is that he recognizes the big picture beyond the walls of his facility and he’s committed to being proactive in stopping birds from entering the pet trade and unprepared homes. He has investigated bird mills and has contacted large, national groups, like HSUS, in an effort to get them more involved in parrot issues."

Parrots: In terms of sheer numbers, their intelligence, their rich emotional lives, and their longevity, they are the most serious captive wildlife problem in the US. Most are kept in isolation, despite the fact that they are flock animals with rich social lives and strong bonds and almost never alone or outside calling range of another flock member, and most are deprived of their most basic mode of locomotion: flight. Kept in cages far too small with very little enrichment.

Matt is actively engaged in changing this. His sanctuary features spacious and interesting aviaries, where captive birds can full express their natural behavior while living with others of their own kind. Anyone who has seen a parrot in one of these aviaries instantly understands how needlessly cruel the traditional bird cage is.

Add to this the fact that Matt is a true executive director, with expertise in nonprofit management and an eager willingness to learn more every day.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I visited Project Perry and asked Matt to speak on how to start a sanctuary, because he did it right! Project Perry also took in parrots (seized in a cruelty situation) in need of sanctuary, when GFAS was trying to find good placements for them.

Review for EQUINE VOICES RESCUE & SANCTUARY, Green Valley, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I was part of the accreditation team which evaluated this rescue.

Review for Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Inc., Glenville, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Angel Acres 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 Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue is fully accredited by GFAS and one our shining stars.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

What is unique about this organization?

They take a leadership role, even creating a national billboard campaign. They don't wait for others to tackle the difficult problems. They do it. They tread where national organizations have feared to tread, actively campaigning against the cruel and needless practice of horse slaughter.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I was part of the accreditation team which evaluated this rescue.