February 1, 2016 (Dover Plains, NY)-  The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue as of January 21, 2016.

Accreditation signifies that Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue meets GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed equine and farm animal care standards which are confirmed by a comprehensive site visit. Accreditation also signifies adherence to standards addressing the sustainability of the organization, ethical principles, finances, staffing, education outreach, security and safety and other operational aspects.

“Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue is a great role model for equine sanctuaries, demonstrating excellence in equine best practices of care and non-profit management,” said Daryl Tropea, GFAS Director of Accreditation – Equine. “Also, Lucky Orphans is dedicated to the provision of humane education in their community. This is truly the mark of an organization that is destined to make a difference in the lives of equines and people, particularly children.”

“Being GFAS Accredited is an amazing achievement,” said Deanna Mancuso, Director and Founder of Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue. “It is the best gift I can share with all my volunteers and all our residents. Everyone who makes Lucky Orphans the best it can be should feel proud in what we have accomplished together.”

The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and the Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust.

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, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities 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. While the board includes those in top leadership at Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org.

About Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue is dedicated to providing a safe haven for unwanted, abused, neglected horses and to improve the relationship between horses and people. We are committed to raising funds to support the rescued horses in our care and will pursue the acquisition of grants, gifts, bequests and donations to support the organization. We are a no-kill rescue striving to promote the humane treatment and to strengthen the bond between horses and people through the education of people, especially children. Our goal is to properly unite humans and horses in a safe environment, using accepted methods to preserve the best equine care through informative and instructional guidance, education and administration adhering to the understanding of the need for the preservation of rural equine communities. We are not breed specific and promise each of our horses will never again know the abuse, neglect, abandonment or other injury that brought them to our facilities.

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue is now EAGALA certified and can provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Growth and Learning programs. Our EAGALA certified staff are committed to working side by side with the horses we rescue to help change the lives of people with a diverse range of struggles such as those suffering from addictions, depression, grief & loss, trauma, at-risk youth, and improving relationships in families and groups.

For more information, visit www.luckyorphanshorserescue.org or call 845-416-8583

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 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.

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