Draft Gratitude Becomes the First Equine Rescue Organization in New Hampshire to Earn Accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Edited Press Release

Winchester, NH (June 10, 2024) – We are pleased to announce that Draft Gratitude has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first equine rescue organization in New Hampshire to receive accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). This prestigious recognition demonstrates Draft Gratitude’s unwavering commitment to upholding the highest standards of care and sanctuary operations for equines in need.

The accreditation from GFAS serves as a testament to Draft Gratitude’s dedication to providing a safe and compassionate haven for senior draft horses facing significant challenges. By meeting the rigorous equine care standards established by GFAS and undergoing a comprehensive site visit, Draft Gratitude has demonstrated its adherence to best practices in ethical principles, sustainability, finances, staffing, education outreach, security, safety, and other operational aspects.

Rebecca Roy, Founder of Draft Gratitude said “Accreditation from Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS)  shows our commitment to meeting the highest standards of care, ethics, and transparency in equine rescue and retirement. Over the last year, our focus shifted to growing better instead of bigger. The accreditation process guided us through strategic planning, documenting processes, and shaping the future of Draft Gratitude. We can’t do this work without our supporters and partners. It is important that they have confidence in the way we care for the horses and trust the way we run the organization.” 

The GFAS accreditation serves as a trusted symbol, enabling the public, donors, and grantors to identify Draft Gratitude as an organization that meets and exceeds industry-leading care standards for equines. It underscores the organization’s commitment to providing a safe and soft landing for horses in need, further solidifying its impact in equine welfare and sanctuary operations.

“We commend Draft Gratitude on achieving this pivotal milestone,” said Dr. Daryl Tropea, GFAS Program Director-Equine. “This accreditation is a testament to their dedication to the ethical and responsible care of equines, and it highlights the crucial role they play in providing a loving and nurturing environment for draft horses in New Hampshire.”

Draft Gratitude will continue its unwavering mission of giving senior working horses a second chance and a place to call home, ensuring that those unable to be adopted will live out their lives with the care they need and deserve. The organization remains committed to sharing its passion for saving draft horses and is available to speak at civic group meetings, horse clubs, or church groups to educate and inspire others about their important work.

For more information about Draft Gratitude and its mission, please visit the organization’s website at www.draftgratitude.com.

About Draft Gratitude
Draft Gratitude has given a second chance and a caring home to nearly 100 senior working horses. Prior to arriving, these horses lived in farming communities, working tirelessly for years. When they can’t keep up with the workload due to age or injury, they are replaced with younger horses and are faced with a bleak fate. That’s where Draft Gratitude steps in – regardless of the horse’s needs or prognosis. Draft Gratitude’s dedicated team works to ensure the health of the horses in a responsible and compassionate manner.

About GFAS
The mission of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries is to accredit and recognize sanctuaries and rescue centers, support them to achieve the highest Standards of Excellence, promote collaboration, and raise awareness of their work.