Safe Haven is proud to be GFAS Accredited
What is the GFAS?
"The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is an international accrediting body for sanctuaries, rescue centres, and rehabilitation centres. GFAS is a charitable organization whose sole mission is to support and strengthen the work of animal sanctuaries worldwide. GFAS certification is recognized globally as the gold standard for animal welfare. Organizations certified by GFAS have met standards of excellence that ensure humane animal care and sound management practices. Individuals and foundations increasingly look for GFAS certification when considering their support of animal sanctuaries." GFAS Brochure
What does it mean to be GFAS Accredited?
"GFAS has two types of certifications: Accreditation and Verification. Both ensure that the facility has met high standards in areas such as:
humane animal care, including proper nutrition, housing, and handling
ethical fundraising practices
ethical acquisition and disposition of animals
prohibition on commercial trade of animals and their parts
prohibition on breeding, unless part of a bona do de release and reintroduction program
prohibition on invasive research
For Accreditation, an organization must also meet standards in areas such as:
governance, staffing, and finance
education and outreach
existence of written policies
Standards can be viewed on the GFAS website at
Safe Haven is proud to meet all the standards set by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.