The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Alaqua Animal Refuge as of Dec. 1, 2012.
Verification means that Alaqua 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.
"Alaqua Animal Refuge is an excellent role model combining compassion for the well being of animals, robust fundraising techniques and non-profit management best practices," said Jeannine Alexander,
GFAS deputy director-Equine. "This organization’s extensive education outreach and community programs set the bar high for all animal welfare organizations. President and founder Laurie Hood, is a dynamic and informed leader that is very involved in the day-to-day operations of the organization as well as policy development and advocacy in the community."
"The refuge is thrilled to be entering into an exciting new era by becoming a part of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries," said Laurie Hood, founder and president of Alaqua Animal Refuge. "GFAS has taken a much needed step in ensuring that donors can rest assured that their money is going to an organization that meets the strict standards of care they set in place. It is our honor to be recognized as one of those organizations, and we will continue to strive to provide the best care possible to all animals in need.”
Alaqua Animal Refuge 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.