United Pegasus Foundation of California is Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

(Tehachapi, CA) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accreditation to United Pegasus Foundation as of September 1, 2014.

United Pegasus first achieved Verified status by GFAS in July of 2014 meeting criteria for providing humane and responsible care to equines. With dedication and commitment to demonstrating high levels of professionalism, United Pegasus has now achieved Accreditation.  Accreditation signifies that United Pegasus Foundation meets GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed equine care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and has also demonstrated adherence to standards addressing the sustainability of the organization, ethical principles, finances, staffing, education outreach, security and safety and other operational aspects.

“United Pegasus Foundation is an excellent organization committed to the needs of at-risk thoroughbred racehorses,” said Daryl Tropea, GFAS Senior Deputy Director. “This organization is now in its 20th year of service rehabilitating and adopting hundreds of former racehorses into loving homes.  United Pegasus is proof that hard work and dedication can make a difference and save equine lives. Only a small percentage of thoroughbreds that are bred to race actually make it to the track. Countless horses with race track injuries are often discarded and their futures are glum unless organizations such as United Pegasus Foundation are willing to provide the needed rehabilitation and retirement these horses deserve.”

“Also,” continued Tropea, “We are always encouraged by and proud of organizations that complete the verification process and continue on to improve their programs to meet the requirements of accreditation.”

“We wish to thank the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries for approving our accreditation.  It is a great honor to be accredited by an organization that does so much work to make this world a safer place for all animals,” said Helen Meredith, Founder and President of the United Pegasus Foundation.

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. localhost.

About United Pegasus Foundation

The United Pegasus Foundation, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization is dedicated to helping thoroughbred racehorses. Founded in 1994 by Helen Meredith, who has been involved with the racing industry all her life, Helen knew so many thoroughbreds coming off the track needed a place to go, whether it was for retirement or to be retrained for a second career.  Currently the United Pegasus Foundation is caring for 80 off track thoroughbred horses and 6 horses of various other breeds at the Foundation-owned 40 acre property in Tehachapi, California. UPF also has an additional 24 former PMU horses that are pasture boarded in Canada. For more information, visit www.unitedpegasus.com or call 661-823-9672. 

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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