Mountain Valley Horse Rescue of McCoy, Colorado is Accredited by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

January 5, 2018 (McCoy, CO) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to Mountain Valley Horse Rescue as of January 2, 2018.

Accreditation signifies that Mountain Valley Horse Rescue meets GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed equine 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.

“We are proud to announce the transition from Verified to Accredited status of Mountain Valley Horse Rescue,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Program Director-Equine. “The progress this group had made since the time of their original Verification with GFAS is truly inspiring.  Much work went into obtaining funding for the recent purchase of their new property, while still providing excellent day-to-day care for the horses.  This myriad of improvements has ensured MVHR’s services will continue to help horses-in-need.”

“The GFAS Accreditation process was an outstanding exercise for MVHR to participate in,” said Shana Devins, Executive Director of Mountain Valley Horse Rescue. “Our growth and expansion over the last few years made this process a perfect next step, allowing us to carefully consider all aspects of our rescue, and ensure our sustainability for the long term for the animals we serve.”

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 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.

About Mountain Valley Horse Rescue
Mountain Valley Horse Rescue rehabilitates abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses with the hopes of finding them all loving adoptive homes.  For those difficult​ to adopt, we offer a limited number of sanctuary opportunities at our 115-acre ranch in McCoy, Colorado.  MVHR prides itself on caring for each equine that comes into our care as an individual, investing in their health, care, and training to find them safety and security for the rest of their lives.  MVHR also works to introduce people to horses and grow the community of horse advocates through a wide (and growing) variety of programming for people with the rescue horses. For more information, visit or call 970-376-1743.

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