Panhandle Equine Rescue Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Verified
February 1 2013 (Cantonment, FL) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Panhandle Equine Rescue (PER) as of February 1, 2013.
Verification means that Panhandle Equine 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.
“Panhandle Equine Rescue came into existence because so few resources existed in north Florida for equines involved in cruelty and neglect investigations,” said Jeannine Alexander, GFAS Deputy Director-Equine. “This organization works closely with law enforcement ensuring these equines get the protection and care they need until a final home can be found.”
“It is such an honor to be Verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, an organization that is recognized worldwide in promoting excellence in sanctuary management and in humane care of animals,” said Diane Lowery, President of Panhandle Equine Rescue. “ To be Verified, opens up many doors for our organization, not only in receiving grants, but also to assure potential donors that we are legitimate and put the welfare of our horses first”.
Lowery continued, “We have so many long term goals still left to meet. Verification by GFAS is one more bridge that we have crossed towards making our dreams come true. There are still so many horses out there that need us.”
Panhandle Equine Rescue was awarded a compliance grant by GFAS to help make recommended improvements to meet Accreditation/Verification Standards. Compliance grant funding is made possible through a grant from PetSmart Charities®.
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®.
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 worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting sanctuaries 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. They represent top leadership from Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, American Anti-Vivisection Society, and National Anti-Vivisection Society. www.sanctuaryfederation.org