October 23, 2015 (Gilmer, Texas) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement Home as of October 20, 2015.

Accreditation signifies that Safe Haven Equine 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.

“From the beginning of their application for GFAS certification, Safe Haven Equine Rescue was committed to setting a high bar for achieving compliance with equine standards of excellence,” said Daryl Tropea, GFAS Director of Accreditation – Equine. “Because most of their horses come from cruelty situations, Safe Haven Equine Rescue is dedicated to providing a healing and nurturing environment so these horses can find new and lasting homes. This organization is clearly devoted to sustainability ensuring that they will succeed in helping many horses in years to come”.

“Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement Home, Inc. is ecstatic to be accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. It is an honor to be recognized by our peers who share our devotion to these majestic horses. We look forward to continuing to provide the highest level of care to all the horses that come to us,” said Kerri Downs,” Vice President of Safe Haven Equine Rescue.

The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from 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, 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, the ASPCA, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org.

About Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement Home

Since 1999, Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement Home has been dedicated to rescuing abused, neglected, and distressed horses. Located just outside Gilmer, Texas, Safe Haven Equine Rescue has rescued and found loving forever homes for 400-plus horses and provided sanctuary for horses that could not be adopted due to age or disability. For more information about Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement Home, call 903.762.1432, email us at , or visit www.safehavenequinerescue.com 

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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