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Mark McCracken – President
Saddlebred Rescue, Inc.
Saddlebred Rescue, Inc., is Verified by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries
August 3, 2012 (Blairstown, NJ) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. as of August 1, 2012.
Verification means that Saddlebred Rescue meets the criteria of a true equine sanctuary/rescue and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and they must also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles.
“We are very happy to announce the recent verification of Saddlbred Rescue. This rescue is doing a fantastic job rescuing and retraining Saddlebred horses enabling them to go on to second careers and enriched lives,” said Jeannine Alexander, Deputy Director of GFAS.
“As the rescue business is not regulated, it is difficult for donors to evaluate where to put their nonprofit animal support. We believe that achieving GFAS accreditation would be the equivalent to having a AAA rating from one of the credit rating agencies. We expect that having the GFAS status of Verified will open more doors to foundations and grant providers which will broaden Saddlebred’s ability to save horses. We also look forward to the additional credibility that pursuing GFAS Accreditation will bring,” states Mark McCracken, President.
The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by generous grants from PetSmart Charities® and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®.
About Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries
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. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting sanctuaries is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and hidden animal exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. These founding
leaders sit on the GFAS Board of Directors to continue guiding the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. They represent 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.
For additional information on Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, visit http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org.
Saddlebred Rescue, Inc.
Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. (SBR) is a 501 (c) (3) organization which exists to save unwanted horses from slaughter and return them to useful, productive lives, and to educate the public on concerns facing the Saddleseat breeds. SBR is unique as we employ a professional trainer to work with the horses in rehab allowing us a very effective evaluation system and strengthening our adoption process to provide the best match possible for our horses and their new forever homes. As a result, to date, the returns we have had related to mismatches for our adoption program are quite low. SBR also promises our rescues the provision of a “Safety Net” so that they are not found in danger again. SBR has rescued, rehabbed and re-homed nearly 600 horses since its beginning in 2006, winning the prestigious USEF “Heroes for Horses” award in 2007. By placing these horses in lesson programs throughout the country and as personal pleasure and trail horses, SBR has strengthened a fundamental base of the equine industry. SBR strives to be a good citizen within all areas of the horse industry and to set and live by high standards through our dealings with horse owners, trainers and instructors, breed associations, professional groups, youth groups, and with our supporters and volunteers.
Visit us online at saddlebredrescue.com, become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SaddlebredRescue, or call our adoption hotline, 908-605-6032.
About PetSmart Charities®
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities® has provided more than $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 4.7 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit http://www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.