When Adam Roberts was working to end the trade in big cats in the United States, he came up against a vexing problem: how do you know where you can send rescued animals where they will truly have a “good home”?
Fast-forward to 2007, when Roberts and others formed the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. With input from veterinarians, IFAW, HSUS, and AAVS, the group works to define very specific standards covering all aspects of animal care. Sanctuaries that meet the standards can be accredited — assuring rescuers and donors that the animals receive top-level care — and sanctuaries working towards meeting the standards can access mentorship and grants.
Join us as Roberts discusses GFAS’s animal-centered approach to defining quality care, how GFAS is extending its reach through international partnerships, and the tough questions around breeding, euthanasia, and where fundraising activities cross the line into exploitation.
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