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Simply put, the GFAS mission is “Helping Sanctuaries Help Animals”

In carrying out this mission, GFAS

GFAS Information Sheet

GFAS Information Sheet

  • promotes and validates excellence in sanctuary management and humane and responsible care of animals through international accreditation, collaboration, mentoring;
  • promotes the development of greater recognition and resources for sanctuaries;
  • seeks to eliminate the causes of displaced animals.

In actual practice, GFAS carries out this mission through:

  • Providing worldwide standards
  • Carrying out a global accreditation program
  • Convening
  • Educating
  • Speaking up for sanctuaries
  • Creating funding streams for responsible disbursement

Our vehicles are:

  • Accreditation/Verification
  • Direct sanctuary aid, including convening coalitions to place animals in need of sanctuary and raising new funds for transport, and the awarding of compliance grants
  • Resources on the GFAS website, webinars, workshops, and online species groups for accredited/verified facilities
  • Awarding  Carole Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence
  • Advocacy and the Captive Wild Animal Protection Campaign

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