My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, Washington, DC, USA
The stated mission and goals of GFAS are laudable, and certainly needed within the US sanctuary community. Sadly, lofty ambitions to go “global” have doomed this organization from the start. Despite being founded and funded by HSUS and other wealthy animal welfare organizations, GFAS has neither the resources nor the staff to take on the world. At present (Feb. 2018), they are operating without an Executive Director, and the Director of North American Accreditation has just resigned as well. Adding to their woes, the lack of transparency with which GFAS operates, accredits, and investigates complaints against accredited sanctuaries has many opting out of pursuing accreditation. So sad to see an organization - which has been laser-focused on encouraging transparency and sustainability for its constituents - suffer the consequences of ignoring its own requirements. Only time will tell....