The American Sanctuary Association (ASA), founded in 1998, serves as an accreditation organization that holds member sanctuaries to higher standards of animal welfare practices. ASA also finds placement for homeless, abandoned and abused animals through a network of qualified care facilities. Equine Advocates is honored to be among the sanctuaries to be accredited by this wonderful organization.
“I have known Susan Wagner, the president and founder of Equine Advocates, for about 25 years,” ASA Director Vernon Weir said. “She has always had a single-minded goal, that of protecting horses from harm. That passion naturally evolved into starting a horse sanctuary and it is validated in the quality and care that she and the entire staff at Equine Advocates give to their equine residents. The American Sanctuary Association is pleased and proud to welcome Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary into our community of 47 accredited member sanctuaries.”
Equine Advocates was founded in 1996 and established Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary, a 140-acre horse sanctuary located in Chatham, NY, in 2004. The sanctuary is currently home to 80 equines, including horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, most of whom were slaughter-bound and/or the victims of abuse and neglect.
“On behalf of Equine Advocates, I want to say how honored and pleased we are to receive accreditation from the American Sanctuary Association,” Equine Advocates President Susan Wagner said. “Not only does ASA accredit sanctuaries, but its Board Members, some of whom run sanctuaries themselves, are extremely pro-active in helping to place animals.”
In addition to ASA, Equine Advocates is accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).
“We are so very grateful to the entire ASA Board, including Director Vernon Weir and President Tippi Hedren for recognizing Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary and welcoming us into ASA’s esteemed group of animal caregivers.”