May 30, 2017 (Lyerly, GA) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc. as of May 30, 2017.

Accreditation signifies that Red Clay Ranch meets GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed equine 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.

“We are proud to announce the recent Accreditation of Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc.,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Director of Accreditation – Equine. “This organization is committed to providing rescue, rehabilitation, and sanctuary services to equines – a much needed service in their state.  Red Clay Ranch also operates with well-thought out and comprehensive business practices, ensuring the success, sustainability, and growth of the organization for years to come.”

“Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc. is honored to have been awarded full Accreditation by the prestigious Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.  The designation of Accreditation validates our efforts to save and offer sanctuary to some of the world’s most incredible animals!  It recognizes Red Clay Rescue for upholding the highest standards of care for the horses and it ensures that the Board of Directors demonstrates full transparency in the management of this non-profit organization.  Our followers can be guaranteed that their support is not only highly valued but that all gifts are put to the use intended by the donor.  RCR is most grateful for this coveted designation “, said Lee Rast, Executive Director of Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc.

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 Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc.

Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc. was established in 2011 to offer rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary to horses that had suffered from abuse, abandonment, starvation or neglect. Many of the equine residents have served humans throughout their lives but because of age or illness are discarded for a more serviceable animal.  Others have been seized by law enforcement because of owner neglect. Red Clay Ranch offers rehabilitation and care for the remainder of the horse’s life unless adoption to a good home is a possibility.  Thirty percent of Red Clay’s equine population is over 25 years old and 14 are totally blind; Red Clay recognizes the value in each life no matter the horse’s condition or situation. Red Clay Ranch’s residents live a full and dignified life; they are loved.  Thanks to donations, Red Clay Ranch is able to give voices to those who have none For more information about Red Clay Ranch Equine Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc., call 404-964-5665, email , or visit http://redclayrescue.org/

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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