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Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Verification
On April 12, 2017, Pony Tales received the honor and achievement of Verification from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries!! See the official GFAS Press Release here! The verification process was time consuming and grueling at times, but it is an achievement that we have worked towards since we opened our doors. The GFAS is the only globally recognized organization that identifies legitimate animal sanctuaries. This Verification tells the world that Pony Tales can be trusted and that we are not a "fly-by-night, social media, send us your money" organization. The number of "rescues" that seem to crop up almost overnight is very concerning. While the vast majority of these "rescues" have the best of intentions, they do not realize that true rescue is more than the number of "likes" one can get on a post. True rescue requires your time (nearly ALL of your time), your devotion, and all too often your heartbreak. Only a handful of rescues in Wisconsin have achieved GFAS Verification and we are so proud to have done so in such a short period of time! We obtained 501c3 status and opened our doors officially in August of 2014. Here we are, less than 3 years later, a GFAS Verified rescue organization!. The board members of Pony Tales hold themselves to the highest standards of care and practices for each and every equine that we take in. This literally involves blood, sweat and tears. We are a small organization as of now, but our dreams are big. In order to achieve these dreams and accomplish our mission, we work day in and day out to provide the utmost care and spend endless hours trying to improve the life of all equines. This Verification tells the world that we can be trusted and that we will do our utmost best to help an equine in need.
But, we could not do this alone!! We are not the only ones here trying to make a difference. As such, we want to give a huge thank you to our wonderful volunteers and supporters. We could not have done it without all of you. Our board members worked tirelessly from the beginning to meet and maintain the strict requirements of the GFAS and our own standards. When we were exhausted, we relied heavily on the help of the amazing volunteers that are devoted to helping us continue and achieve the goals of our mission. When all hope seemed lost at times, we were carried on the shoulders of our wonderful supporters who never let us down and we refuse to let them down. It's at those darkest times that our supporters help us pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off and continue on. We truly could not do this without all of you and we hope you feel the same pride that we do in achieving GFAS Verification. You all played a big part in that and words cannot express how thankful we are!!
Once again, we want to thank you all for standing by us. We hope that this Verification will also encourage other rescues to strive for the same level of care and reach out to us with questions or for assistance if needed in doing so. Rescues need to work together. True rescues share the same goal. Helping the horses. There is no room for competition or grand-standing. We are stronger together than we will ever be alone.