Crossfire Equine Rescue in Texas is Verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

(Dayton, TX) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Crossfire Equine Rescue (CER) as of August 19, 2016.

Verification means that Crossfire Equine Rescue 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.

“Crossfire Equine Rescue is clearly dedicated to helping equines of all breeds across the state of Texas,” said Daryl Tropea, GFAS Director of Accreditation – Equine. “As a former large animal veterinary technician, the President and Founder, Annie Shurtleff and her volunteers ensure each equine gets the necessary nutrition and care needed to be ready for adoption. CER provides a unique mix of programs, one of which is the Silver Saddle Program for the care of elderly equines.”

“It has always been a goal of Crossfire Equine Rescue’s to be verified by The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries,” said Annie Shurtleff, President of CER. “Being verified gives Crossfire Equine Rescue the validation and privilege of being able to show the world that we are committed to the superior standards of excellence set forth by GFAS. Knowing that our attention to detail in responsible care, the superior quality of life we ensure our equines, and the countless hours of dedicated hard work shown by our team have been recognized by such an esteemed organization is truly a prestigious honor. Banding together in the fight against animal cruelty to move forward stronger and with the support of The Global Federation of Sanctuaries is truly a dream come true. This means so much to us.”

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. localhost.

About Crossfire Equine Rescue

Crossfire Equine Rescue is a 501c3 charity helping horses and people across the great state of Texas. We are dedicated to helping equines of all breeds. A big part of who we are centers on teaching tomorrows youth the importance of caring for, loving and saving tomorrows equines. Many older equines are considered “useless” but that is not the case with our “Silver” senior equines at Crossfire Equine Rescue.  Older horses find new life with lots of attention and are useful to children learning what the wonderful world of horses is all about. Senior equines have so much to offer especially in teaching compassion to the next generation of equestrians, rescuers and horse lovers. In allowing our mission to reach for tomorrow’s youth we help protect our equines not only for today but for generations to come.

Our organization provides rescue and rehabilitation of abused and abandoned equines as well as police seizures including neglect and starvation cases. We pull from auction houses, offer re-training, adoption services and most importantly love to animals in need. We find it of the upmost importance that each horse has the necessary daily hands on attention they need to thrive. Crossfire Rescue tries our very best to make sure every adopted horse is rehabbed fully from tail to the tip of their ears before they become available to go to a forever home. Being rehabbed fully mind, body and spirit gives them a better chance at a successful adoption. Once rehabilitated our equines are matched with their perfect forever home. We cater to the equines needs rather than just on a first come first serve basis. We find the best suited home for that specific equine for a lifetime full of love and adventures. Crossfire is a place of peace and hope for horses one where life begins and love never ends. For more information, visit or call 832-315-8861.

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 To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to

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