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Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary of Tennessee is Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Cottontown, TN, June 10, 2017 --( The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary as of June 6, 2017.

Accreditation signifies that Safe Harbor 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 Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Director of Accreditation – Equine. “This organization is committed to providing rescue and rehabilitation services to equines and livestock animals through unique and innovative programming. Safe Harbor operates under such skilled, organized, and exceptional management, and thusly is a wonderful role model and resource for others in the animal welfare community.”

“We are so grateful to the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries for their thorough review of Safe Harbor. The Safe Harbor volunteer team works tirelessly every day to make our community safer for equine and livestock animals as well as at-risk youth. Accreditation is one of our most valued ways to demonstrate accountability for our mission, and we will proudly display our GFAS Accredited status moving forward," said Sariah Hopkins, President of Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary.

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 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, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries.

About Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary
​Safe Harbor Equine & Livestock Sanctuary (SHELS) is a middle-Tennessee based, volunteer-staffed, animal rescue organization that serves at-risk youth as well as equine and livestock animals from neglect and abuse backgrounds. Currently, SHELS has more than two dozen foster farms throughout middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, with primary operations in Sumner County. The organization is now a GFAS Accredited Sanctuary, is registered with A Home for Every Horse, and has been recognized by the ASPCA as the national model for equine fostering. Executive Committee members are DART Credentialed Responders certified by FEMA to assist in times of disaster. Safe Harbor Equine & Livestock Sanctuary is 100% funded by private donations. For more information about Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary, call (615) 997-0697, or 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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