By Amanda Lollar
After an intensive application process that included complete transparency on finances, budgets, long-term goals, policies, record keeping, employees, operating procedures, oversight, animal care sheets, veterinary care, budgets, emergency protocols and contingency plans, we are so proud to say that we are now accredited with the prestigious Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). We have been verified with GFAS for some time as well as accredited with the American Sanctuary Association, however, full accreditation with GFAS has always been our ultimate goal.
“It is heartwarming to see animals that are so often misunderstood and mistreated receiving the high quality, life-long care and respect they deserve at Bat World Sanctuary. Bat World Sanctuary truly maintains the welfare of the bats as their highest priority as demonstrated by their individualized intensive care of non-releasable bats and the extremely high survival rates of the bats they rescue, rehabilitate and release back into the wild”, says, Kellie Heckman, Executive Director of GFAS
Achieving GFAS Accreditation means Bat World Sanctuary meets the comprehensive and rigorous definition of an exceptional sanctuary and as such provides humane and responsible care for bats and meets the rigorous standards for operations, administration, and veterinary care established by GFAS. The accreditation status provides a clear and trusted means for public, donors, and government agencies to recognize and trust Bat World Sanctuary as an true sanctuary.
Read the full Press Release here.