United Pegasus Foundation in California is Verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Tehachapi, CA, August 01, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to United Pegasus Foundation as of July 25, 2014.

Verification means that United Pegasus 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.

“United Pegasus Foundation has long been an important lifeline for former racehorses in California,” said Daryl Tropea, GFAS Senior Deputy Director. “Since 1994, twenty years, Helen and the caretakers at the United Pegasus ranch have provided exceptional care and rehabilitation to ensure that hundreds of thoroughbred horses get the second chance to start a new career or find a final retirement home here. There is no denying that Helen has played a central role in the lives of countless horses with her endless commitment and dedication to their well being.”

Helen Meredith, President and Founder of the United Pegasus Foundation expressed her honor of being Verified by GFAS stating, “We are pleased that our Foundation has passed their (GFAS) strict standards in providing a properly run facility and standards of care for all our rescued horses and hope to be accredited in the near future.” She continued, “With so many ‘rescues’ today, we feel it is important to have such an organization as the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries overseeing the proper care of our equine friends and holding all rescues up to a higher standard of operation.”

The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from 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, 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 Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the ASPCA, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org.

About United Pegasus Foundation
The United Pegasus Foundation, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization is dedicated to helping thoroughbred racehorses. Founded in 1994 by Helen Meredith, who has been involved with the racing industry all her life, Helen knew so many thoroughbreds coming off the track needed a place to go, whether it was for retirement or to be retrained for a second career. Currently the United Pegasus Foundation is caring for 80 off track thoroughbred horses and 6 horses of various other breeds at the Foundation-owned 40 acre property in Tehachapi, California. UPF also has an additional 24 former PMU horses that are pasture boarded in Canada. For more information, visit www.unitedpegasus.com or call 661-823-9672.

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 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.
Global Federation of Animal Sactuaries
Daryl Tropea