Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation of Oklahoma is Verified by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

(Guthrie, OK) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation as of October 25, 2016.

Verification means that Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation 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 Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation as an exceptional organization.

“We are proud to announce the recent verification of Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Director of Accreditation. “Rehabilitation and re-training for off-the-track thoroughbred horses is of utmost importance to this organization, as evidenced by the care each equine receives prior to adoption.  In addition, Horse and Hound’s focus on creating practical and purposeful relationships with horse owners, institutions, and stakeholders in the community demonstrates the organization’s commitment to equines-in-need in Oklahoma.”

“Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation is thrilled to receive verification from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries,” said Nelda Kettles, Executive Director of Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation. “We are proud to have achieved the high standards which an organization must meet in order to be verified by GFAS.  We look forward to continuing this relationship; we value the credibility that being verified by such a prestigious organization gives us, and acknowledge the peace-of-mind it provides to those we work with.”

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 Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation

Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation was created by a dedicated group of animal lovers to help find forever homes for off-the-track thoroughbred horses who could be rehabilitated and re-trained for a second career.  For those animals that have injuries that would prohibit any further career, Horse and Hound offers lifetime sanctuary care.  The organization operates solely with volunteer help, and no paid employees.  Horse and Hound hopes that, even in some small way, they can provide assistance for animals in need.  For more information, visit or call 405-206-4689.

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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