SBR Verified by GFAS

08/02/12 Press Release:  SBR Verified by GFAS

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) announced that Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. (SBR) has been awarded Verified status as of August 1, 2012. SBR becomes one of only 126 organizations worldwide to achieve this recognition. GFAS is the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS's rigorous animal care standards and adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles. "We are very happy to announce the recent verification of Saddlebred Rescue. This rescue is doing a fantastic job rescuing and retraining Saddlebred horses enabling them to go on to second careers and enriched lives," said Jeannine Alexander, Deputy Director of GFAS.

"As the rescue business is not regulated, it is difficult for donors to evaluate where to put their nonprofit animal support. We believe that achieving GFAS accreditation would be the equivalent to having a AAA rating from one of the credit rating agencies. We expect that having the GFAS status of Verified will open more doors to foundations and grant providers which will broaden Saddlebred Rescue's ability to save horses. We also look forward to the additional credibility that pursuing GFAS accreditation will bring," states Mark McCracken, President.

The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by generous grants from PetSmart Charities and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. For additional information on GFAS, visit www.sanctuaryfederation.org.

Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization which exists to save unwanted horses from slaughter and return them to useful, productive lives, and to educate the public on concerns facing the Saddleseat breeds. SBR has rescued, rehabbed and re-homed nearly 600 horses since its beginning in 2006, winning the prestigious USEF "Heroes for Horses" award in 2007. 

(Condensed article taken from the 08/02/12 press release.)