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Equine Rescue, Inc. of New York is Verified by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries
August 15, 2012

Equine Rescue, Inc. of New York is Verified by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

August 15, 2012 (Walden, NY) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Equine Rescue, Inc. and is Verified as of August 15, 2012.

Verification means that Equine Rescue, Inc. 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.

“We are proud to announce the recent verification of Equine Rescue, Inc of New York State. This rescue works closely with local authorities in cases of equine abuse and neglect and strives to return the horses to health and find each horse in their care a safe and loving home,” said Jeannine Alexander, Deputy Director of GFAS.

“Equine Rescue Inc. is thrilled to be a part of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries 'family'. It is a great honor to be recognized with verification status by our peers and we will continue to provide the best care possible for the abused and neglected equines that come through our doors,” Lynda Roemer-Broas, Vice-President.

Equine Rescue Inc. was awarded a compliance grant by GFAS to help make recommended improvements to meet 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 in the United States and abroad. 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 hidden animal exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. These founding leaders sit on the GFAS Board of Directors to continue guiding the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. They represent top leadership from Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, World Society for the Protection of Animals, American Anti-Vivisection Society, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.
For additional information on Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, visit www.sanctuaryfederation.org .

Equine Rescue, Inc.
Equine Rescue Inc. was founded in 1996 on ten acres of leased land from Willow Hill Farm in Montgomery, New York. In 1999, the founders purchased a farm in Bloomingburg, New York, a parcel of which was donated by the seller to the Rescue, and the operation was moved. In 2005 thirteen acres was donated and in 2006 an additional 32 acres was donated, which provided the impetuous to embark on a much needed expansion program. Equine Rescue Inc. specializes in horses that have been starved, abandoned, abused and neglected. They work with law enforcement agencies throughout New York State providing stabling and rehabilitation services to equines that are confiscated for cruelty and/or neglect. The organization also works closely with the DA’s office prosecuting such cases.
Visit www.equine-rescue.org to learn more.

About PetSmart Charities®

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities® has provided more than $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 4.7 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).

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 replique montre de luxe 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 www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.