PrideRock Wildlife Refuge Achieves GFAS Verification Status

Terrell, TX – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is honored to announce that PrideRock Wildlife Refuge, in Terrell, Texas, has achieved GFAS verification.

“We are excited to announce that PrideRock Wildlife Refuge has just been verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries” says GFAS Executive Director, Kellie Heckman. PrideRock Wildlife Refuge provides permanent sanctuary and shelter for mistreated and unwanted wild animals, primarily lions, tigers, cougars, bears and wolves. “It is heartwarming to see animals that were once mistreated or abandoned experiencing a life-time of peace and companionship at PrideRock Wildlife Refuge” says, Heckman.

Achieving GFAS verification means PrideRock Wildlife Refuge meets the comprehensive and rigorous definition of a true sanctuary and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals, meeting rigorous and peer-reviewed standards for operations, administration, and veterinary care established by GFAS, which is the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries. The verification status also provides a clear and trusted means for public, donors, and government agencies to recognize PrideRock Wildlife Refuge as an exceptional sanctuary. “Going through the certification process with GFAS has helped our organization by encouraging and empowering PrideRock to be the best we can be, thus generating an exciting new era of growth, which will ultimately benefit the animals in our care”. Says Gary Holliman, the Executive Director of PrideRock Wildlife Refuge. “We are excited to bring attention to the growing issue of misplaced exotic wild animals, primarily big cats, that need permanent homes after being abandoned, confiscated, abused, or neglected. We stand with these incredible creatures, and incessantly embody our mission to provide permanent care and love for the beautiful animals that cannot help themselves.

Unfortunately, there are so many misplaced and mistreated animals out there, so PrideRock is on the front lines to ensure that no animal should have to experience misery or neglect. Educating the public, primarily children, on the importance of animal rights and conservation, is the first step on snuffing out the issues that lead to abandoned or neglected exotic wild animals. These children are the future, and they can lead a wave of change as their generations grow older and more impactful. We realize that currently the issue of neglectful private ownership or improper care of these beautiful animals is currently a growing issue, therefor we understand the importance of growing to meet this need. Currently, the number of exotic animals needing homes is only going to climb, and we exist to rescue and serve them.

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 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.

About PrideRock Wildlife Refuge.

PrideRock Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization incorporated in 1998. PrideRock Wildlife Refuge provides permanent sanctuary and shelter for mistreated and unwanted wild animals, primarily lions, tigers, cougars, bears and wolves. We are not open to the public; therefore, a serene and peaceful atmosphere has been cultivated for the beautiful animals that reside at PrideRock. Each resident is fed a species-specific diet, placed in a species-specific enclosure, and provided enrichment in their enclosure so they can employ their instinctual behaviors. Once an animal arrives at PrideRock, a promise is made to them. We promise to never exhibit, breed, sell, or send them away, and we keep this promise until the end of their days. This has been promised for over 20 years, and we take pride in knowing that it will never be broken. This is because PrideRock Wildlife Refuge exists to serve both the animals and the community. The joy that comes from providing care and a comfortable home for the beautiful animals powers our sanctuary. It is a labor of love, and we cannot wait to see what the future holds.

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