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September 19, 2017 (Blanch, NC) - The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to Blue Bloods Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement as of September 8, 2017.

Accreditation signifies that Blue Bloods Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement meets GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed equine care standards which are confirmed by a comprehensive site visit. Accreditation also signifies adherence to standards addressing the sustainability of the organization, ethical principles, finances, staffing, education outreach, security and safety and other operational aspects.

“We are proud to announce the recent Accreditation of Blue Bloods Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Director of Accreditation – Equine. “Of all the Thoroughbreds born and bred for the US race industry each year, most will be retired by age six, if not earlier. The racing industry and the public are recognizing that there is an ongoing moral imperative to responsibly retrain and rehome these horses so they can thrive for the next 20 or 25 years of their lives, making the work done by Blue Bloods of such timely importance to the wellbeing of these horses.”

“The GFAS accreditation process is rigorous, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Accreditation assures our owners that Blue Bloods upholds the highest standards in horse management, facility operations and adoption screening.  And, it shows donors that we are upholding best practices for fiscal prudence, transparency and sustainability.,” said Elizabeth Macdonald, Executive Director of Blue Bloods Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement.

The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and the Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust.  

About Global Federation of Animal SanctuariesGlobal 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, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities 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. While the board includes those in top leadership at The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org.


Blue Bloods Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement is Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries