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Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Our mission is to continuously improve the quality of care for animals requiring sanctuary. To this end, we: Accredit sanctuaries based on worldwide standards of excellence Facilitate operational and financial support Enhance effectiveness, recognition, and collaboration

Results: There are 150+ GFAS accredited sanctuaries worldwide that support the care of 20,000+ animals.

Target demographics: We support all animals in need of sanctuary except domestic cats and domestic dogs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We have an impact on more than 20,000 animals with our programs.

Geographic areas served: We work to improve the quality of care for animals requiring sanctuary.

Programs: GFAS is the only internationally recognized animal sanctuary accreditation body. We also offer educational opportunities to support the work of all true sanctuaries.

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Rating: 5

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.