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Howard B.

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Review for Center For Great Apes, Wauchula, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

While I have limited knowledge of this species, I co-manage a large accredited sanctuary for big cats and have some knowledge of what a good sanctuary looks like. I have visited Center for Great Apes a number of times and each time I am more impressed with the incredible job the do of giving a wonderful home to these animals who were so mistreated before being taken in here.

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Very Well

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Review for Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

GFAS serves a multi-faceted and critical role in the sanctuary world. Donors who love animals are inundated with requests from many facilities that call themselves sanctuaries but are in reality “pseudo-sanctuaries” who are engaging in animal abuse, not working to solve it. Many breed, buy, sell, put animals through the stress of taking them offsite to exhibit, and have substandard animal care. It is very difficult for donors to research each of these themselves, and almost impossible to do so without visiting the facility, which frequently not practical. GFAS has set high standards that assure a donor that they are assisting a true sanctuary that provides excellent animal care and does not add to the problem by breeding or engaging in other behavior that sends the wrong message the general public. For sanctuaries, GFAS standards in effect provide a set of goals that help them improve their operations and, once achieved, a way to more efficiently and effective engage donors. In addition, GFAS holds extremely well planned and orchestrated seminars on best practices where sanctuaries learn from experts and from each other. These meetings also foster relationships among top sanctuaries that result in their calling upon each other for advice and coordination of rescue and other efforts on an ongoing basis. Last, GFAS has played a critical role in coordinating and facilitating the placing of animals in need of rescue, particularly the very difficult situations where there are a large number of animals involved. It is amazing what this young organization has been able to accomplish in the few years of its existence with a small staff that have shown incredible dedication both in terms of the long hours they have worked and in the quality of what they deliver.

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As a GFAS accredited sanctuary we experience their effectiveness in the services they deliver to nonprofits like ourselves and the way in which being GFAS accredited is an important decision factor and comfort for our donors.

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

I hope they can attract more funding to expand their staff and the scope of what they can achieve. They accomplish an amazing amount with limited resources, but they could save many more animals from abuse or death if they could add more staff.

Role:  Client Served & We are a GFAS accredited sanctuary, we hosted and attended one of their two day training sessions, have worked with them on placing big cats in need of rescue and on stopping abuse of big cats.