GFAS Partnership with Animal Welfare Organization Insurance Program (AWOIP)

Dear Sanctuary Directors,

We have some exciting news! The AWOIP (Animal Welfare Organization Insurance Program) team is partnering up with GFAS, and your sanctuary, rescue, or rehabilitation center could benefit.

Over the past several years, AWOIP and GFAS have been working together to compile data from our member sanctuaries on the types of insurance coverages requested and needed. From this, the AWOIP has created unique insurance protections specifically geared toward the needs of equine, farmed animal, and wild and exotic animal facilities. Coverages available now include general liability, directors and officers, property, professional liability, and animal care, custody, and control – just to name a few! For those rescues and sanctuaries utilizing foster care placements, liability insurance is available which even extends coverage to foster homes.

In addition, AWOIP and GFAS have been assessing loss run data from our member sanctuaries. As risk mitigation is such a large component of the GFAS certification process and member sanctuaries employ the highest standards of safety, the AWOIP will offer credits for GFAS Accredited and Verified organizations. Credits will allow GFAS-certified organizations to benefit in the way of exclusive cost savings on coverages.

AWOIP centers their insurance business around their motto – “Caring for those who care”. Their staff is made up of a group of animal welfare advocates (and their pets, who often make their appearance in office). AWOIP recognizes the unique insurance needs of sanctuaries and are equipped with the resources and tools to provide the proper insurance protection and best practice tools to further minimize your risk. I know you all will enjoy working with them! To learn more, give AWOIP a call at 1-800-673-2558, Send an Email or visit them online: http://www.awoiponline.com/ . Make sure you mention your GFAS status, in order to take advantage of these exclusive credits.

As always, if you have questions, concerns or suggestions, please do get in touch. I can be reached at .

All the best,

Valerie Taylor
Executive Director
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries