Little Longears Mini Donkey Rescue of Westminster, Maryland is Verified by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

July 2, 2019 (Westminster, MD) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Little Longears Mini Donkey Rescue as of June 18, 2019.

Verification means that Little Longears Mini Donkey 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. The Verification status also provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors and grantors to recognize Little Longears Mini Donkey Rescue as an exceptional organization.

“We are proud to announce the recent Verification of Little Longears Mini Donkey Rescue,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Program Director-Equine. “The personnel at Little Longears have a very thorough understanding of, and experience in equine care-the donkeys benefit greatly from the responsible rehabilitation, retraining, and adoption programs provided for them.  The organization’s Founders seem to continually keep an eye focused on the future as well, strategizing and planning initiatives to increase program capacity and ensure organizational sustainability, all for the advantage of the animals in their care.”

“Little Longears is thrilled to be verified by GFAS,” said Valerie Lowe, Executive Director, Little Longears Mini Donkey Rescue.  “This is an important step towards significant credibility for our donkey rescue.”

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 Little Longears Mini Donkey Rescue
Little Longears Miniature Donkey Rescue is dedicated to the rescue, care, and safe sanctuary, when needed, of neglected, abused, or otherwise unwanted donkeys.  The organization also provides a safe haven for owners to surrender their donkeys to, in the event that they are no longer able to care for them.  For more information, visit

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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