(Colfax, WI) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Pony Tales Refuge & Rehab, Inc. as of April 12, 2017.

Verification means that Pony Tales Refuge & Rehab 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. The verification status also provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors and grantors to recognize Pony Tales Refuge & Rehab as an exceptional organization.

“We are proud to announce the recent verification of Pony Tales Refuge & Rehab,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Director of Accreditation. “The dedication and passion of Pony Tales’ volunteers is remarkable, which allows for such attention to be paid to proper rescue and rehabilitation of neglected, abandoned, and unwanted horses.  In addition, Pony Tales’ efforts to collaborate with other area equine rescues and welfare organizations to provide humane and responsible care, and successful homes with new owners demonstrates the organization’s commitment to equines-in-need in Wisconsin.”

“We are honored and extremely excited to have achieved Verification from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries,” said Cindy Prince, Executive Director of Pony Tales Refuge & Rehab. “This is an achievement we have been working towards since Pony Tales’ inception in 2014. The high standards that GFAS requires for verification served as a guideline for us that we followed every step of the way. From the beginning, we have striven to separate Pony Tales from the ever-growing sea of rescues out there that give rescues in general a bad name. This Verification assures the world that Pony Tales is real and can be trusted. The wonderful people at GFAS were helpful and encouraging through this entire process and we cannot thank them enough for recognizing our commitment and helping us achieve our goals.”

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 Pony Tales Refuge & Rehab
Pony Tales Refuge & Rehab, Inc. is dedicated to rescuing equines of all ages, shapes and sizes from abandonment, abuse, neglect and slaughter. The organization specializes in critical care, refeeds, feral/unhandled equines, and orphaned foals. Upon arrival at Pony Tales, equines are cared for and rehabilitated on an individual basis and on the equine’s own timeframe.  Once the equine is determined to be ready for work, they receive training prior to adoption either through Pony Tales’ Annual Trainer’s Challenge or by volunteer trainers with the organization. They believe that training is very important prior to adoption as it shows another side to the equine that may be missed while they are at rest.  This allows for a full knowledge of the equines abilities as well as weaknesses, which ultimately makes it easier to find that “perfect fit” for them in a new home.  For more information, visit www.ponytaleswi.org or call 715-568-4174.

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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