(Tucson, AZ) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Tucson Wildlife Center, of Tucson, Arizona, on May 27, 2014.
Verification means that TWC meets the criteria of a true wildlife 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.
“Tucson Wildlife Center provides an important service to surrounding communities by serving as a rescue and rehabilitation resource for wildlife in need,” said Jackie Beckstead, GFAS Director of Accreditation and Field Operations. “In addition to operating a high-quality wildlife rehabilitation center, they work to raise awareness and provide education on the needs of wildlife in the desert southwest.” “Wildlife that are in need of rescue, rehabilitation, and permanent sanctuary are provided with the highest level of care at our facilities,” explained Dee Kidd, Executive Director of Tucson Wildlife Center. She continued, “GFAS Verification is important to us as we continue to strive to improve both our facility and our protocols for animal care. We are grateful to the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and proud to have received GFAS Verification.”
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. localhost.
About Tucson Wildlife Center.
Tucson Wildlife Center offers a 24-hour emergency room, volunteer veterinarians on call, and trained rehabilitation experts to care for injured and orphaned animals, release transportation to native habitat, and educational opportunities. All services are provided free to the public. You can visit the Tucson Wildlife Center website at www.tucsonwildlife.com.
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