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.