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Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Maryland is Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Woodbine, MD, October 09, 2015 --( The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to Days End Farm Horse Rescue as of September 21, 2015.

Accreditation signifies that Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) meets GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed equine care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and has also demonstrated adherence to standards addressing the sustainability of the organization, ethical principles, finances, staffing, education outreach, security and safety and other operational aspects. We are thrilled to announce this achievement by DEFHR.

“Days End Farm Horse Rescue is an exceptional organization committed to meeting the needs of at-risk horses most often seized by law enforcement from cruelty and neglect situations,” said Daryl Tropea, GFAS Senior Deputy Director. “Although their expertise and success in rehabilitating critically ill horses sets the highest standard of excellence for equine welfare organizations, their extensive community education programs are also essential to their mission of helping all horses. In a perfect world, there would be no need for equine rescues but until that time, we are fortunate to have dedicated and committed organizations such as Days End Farm Horse Rescue.”

Erin Ochoa, Executive Director for Days End Farm Horse Rescue responded, "We are pleased and honored to receive our accreditation through GFAS. Their recognition of our commitment to excellence and quality of care for our animals will help us continue our work in protecting horses and educating people. It is our hope that through education DEFHR can make strides in helping to improve the quality of life of horses throughout the world."

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.

About Days End Farm Horse Rescue
Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) was established in 1989 as a non-profit animal welfare organization whose mission is to "ensure quality care and treatment of horses through intervention, education and outreach." DEFHR exists through the support of many thousands of people - volunteers, donors, staff and friends. As a premier all-breed rescue in the state of Maryland, DEFHR provides many of its services locally, nationally and internationally. Since 1989, DEFHR has gone from a small non-profit sheltering a few horses to a full-scale, well-respected rescue and rehabilitation facility sheltering 110 to 150 horses annually. All horses come through animal protection authorities from across Maryland and surrounding states, and after their rehabilitation, the horses are evaluated and provided the training needed to best prepare them for adoption. DEFHR continues to be a leader and model in the field of equine rescue and rehabilitation, providing legal documentation for court cases, educational programs, community outreach and animal disaster recover. DEFHR is often recognized as a trailblazer in the industry with a 98% rehabilitation success rate, a 94% adoption rate and a 4-star rating for the past 10 consecutive years for sound fiscal management by Charity Navigator, the nation's largest charity evaluator. For more information please visit

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 To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to
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