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DoubleHP is first GFAS Sanctuary in South Dakota
Horse Help Providers, Inc. in South Dakota is Verified by Global Federation of Animal
SanctuariesMay 9, 2012 (Crooks, SD) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only
globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal
sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Horse Help Providers, Inc (DoubleHP) as of December
Verification means that Horse Help Providers, Inc (Double HP) 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.
“We are very happy to announce the verification of Horse Help Providers, Inc. (DoubleHP). This
rescue is practicing effective equine care and excellent management of available resources.
DoubleHP has used it extensive experience with equine starvation cases to develop a highly
effective refeeding protocol. Nursing emaciated and abused horses back to health can be very
challenging and Double HP should be proud of the work they’ve done in their community,” said
Jeannine Alexander, Deputy Director – Equine, GFAS.
“Becoming a GFAS verified equine sanctuary is really such a huge honor!We are a small
facility compared to many other GFAS sanctuaries throughout the nation, yet we are held to the same high standards of horse care. We are proud of that. And extremely grateful for GFAS’s confidence in us, as the first GFAS verified sanctuary in South Dakota!Our volunteers and sponsors have kept us going for 10 years; our rescued horses have taught us all about being kind and forgiving and appreciating life. And GFAS has given us a new level of pride and
motivation to do even more – for the horses,” states Darci Hortness, Founder & Director.Horse Help Providers, Inc. (DoubleHP) was awarded a compliance grant by GFAS to help
make recommended improvements to meet Verification Standards. Compliance grant funding is
made possible through a grant from PetSmart Charities®.
The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by generous grants from PetSmart
Charities® and 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 in the United
States and abroad. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting sanctuaries 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 hidden
animal exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. These founding
leaders sit on the GFAS Board of Directors to continue guiding the organization’s work in a
collaborative manner. They represent top leadership from Born Free USA, The Humane Society
of the United States, World Society for the Protection of Animals, American Anti-Vivisection
Society, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.
For additional information on Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, visit www.sanctuaryfederation.org
Horse Help Providers, Inc. (DoubleHP) has been the voice for horse welfare in South Dakota for the past ten years, setting an example for excellent horse care in South Dakota and inviting new and hopeful horse owners to come and learn from the best -- our rescued horses!Doing horse chores provides excellent physical exercise, caring for horses (feeding, grooming, etc.) is the best therapy, riding a rescued horse is an impossible-to-describe privilege, and DoubleHP offers these experiences. Along with programs in horse rescue and owner education, DoubleHP
promotes animal welfare and population control through their Spayngeld program (spay and
neuter of dogs & cats, and gelding/castration of colts/stallions).
For additional information on Horse Help Providers, Inc (DoubleHP), please visithttp://www.newhopehorses.org/ .
About PetSmart Charities®
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization
that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of
companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets.
The largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities® has provided
more than $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and has
helped save the lives of more than 4.7 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To
learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home
for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).
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.