May 1, 2013 (Chino Hills, CA) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Red Bucket Equine Rescue as of April 1, 2013.
Verification means that Red Bucket Equine 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.
“Red Bucket Equine Rescue is an important resource for homeless horses in Southern California,” said Jeannine Alexander, GFAS Deputy Director-Equine. “Not only is their commitment to rehabilitation and re-training remarkable, but also their commitment to preserving the dignity of each and every horse is exceptional. Red Bucket Equine Rescue’s amazing volunteer base greatly contributes to their high success in placing horses in new forever homes.”
“We are honored to have completed our GFAS Verification. It is our goal to serve the slaughter bound, abused, abandoned and neglected horses of our surrounding communities,” said Susan Peirce, Founder and President of Red Bucket Equine Rescue. “In the near future, we look forward to changing the paradigm of how Americans view rescued horses. We hope people will visit their local rescues before deciding to buy or breed a horse. Peirce continued, “We appreciate the opportunity to work toward exceeding the high standards of GFAS Accreditation and the accountability it creates.”
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/rescues worldwide. The goal of GFAS in
working with and assisting sanctuaries/rescues 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 often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. They represent top leadership from Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the ASPCA, and American Anti-Vivisection Society. <http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org> www.sanctuaryfederation.org.