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Here are some highlights of activities going on with the Arizona Coalition for Equines (ACE). Please share with others interested in equine issues!
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It's Official! ACE is a Registered 501(c)3!
ACE has been granted nonprofit 501(c)3 status - that means all donations to ACE are now tax deductible! This will open new pathways and resources to provide assistance to Arizona's equine guardians as we continue to build the foundation and programs outlined in the ACE mission statement: to enhance the lives of all equines in Arizona through education and assistance to the owners and, when necessary, to prosecute persons who commit illegal acts of cruelty against equines.
Equines in Need: Foster and Permanent Homes
As the economy continues to challenge both the nation and Arizona , many equine caregivers are forced to permanently re-home or find temporary foster care for their animals. While ACE is not equipped or intended to provide "rescue" services, efforts are being made to spread information about equines in need. If you have room in your heart and home for "just one more", please let us know! (ACE does not accept or process any requests or postings for brokering or sales of equines. )
Visit the ACE web site for postings of horses in need under PROGRAMS REHOME REQUESTS
Equine Welfare WatchACE BrochureRunning an equine rescue can be incredibly rewarding, but it is also very hard work. The ACE brochure Before you start a horse rescue or retirement facility highlights key elements of running a rescue that are necessary to create a reputable, professional and sustainable organization. Please share this link with others and print it out to give to individuals or organizations looking to start their own rescue. Positive, informed and planned preparation builds higher service standards in this challenging venture. On the home page go to the Education Title where you will find the brochure.
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Verification and Accreditation Status
The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries. The Equine Unit of GFAS has developed evaluation criteria and mentor guidelines to assist rescues and sanctuaries in developing exemplary care and management of their organizations. According to GFAS, " the primary purpose of all sanctuaries is to humanely and responsibly protect and care for each individual animal resident. Therefore, each GFAS Verified or Accredited Sanctuary must meet specific criteria."
GFAS Verification: Each GFAS Verified Sanctuary must meet the following criteria:1. Humane and Responsible Care of the Sanctuary animals, verified by a site visit every three years.2. Nonprofit Status3. Required Licenses and Permits4. Commercial Trade Prohibition5. No or restricted Contact with Public6. Individual Welfare-Centric Research7. No Propagation
GFAS Accreditation: The criteria for a GFAS Accredited Sanctuary are based on the GFAS Standards of Excellence. The GFAS Standards of Excellence cover areas 1-7 as above and include 8-17 below:
8. Governing Authority9. Finance10. Guidelines (regarding acquisiton, handling, commercial activities and more)11. Education and Outreach12. Staffing13. Physical Facilities14. Security/Safety15. Veterinary Medical Program16. General Animal Care17. Animal Care by specific Animal
See the GFAS Accreditation Criteria at http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/gfas-sanctuaries/
for a more detailed explanation of each area evaluated.
Organizations granted GFAS Verification or Accreditation Status have the benefit of demonstrating to donors/ potential donors and supporters that they have met the GFAS rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards confirmed by a site visit , and that they also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles. To compete for donation dollars in a tough economic environment, it is important to achieve a rescue status dedicated to achieving high standards of care and business management. To request a GFAS evaluation or find out which rescues and sanctuaries have been through the evaluation process, visit the GFAS website at http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/gfas-sanctuaries/.
GFAS Verification is provided free of charge to interested sanctuary/rescues.
ACE Assistance Program
The premier goal of the Arizona Coalition for Equines (ACE) is to give equine owners the tools to help equines thrive in their care. To accomplish this, ACE has implemented a statewide Assistance program to provide help on a temporary, short-term basis to eligible applicants, with supportive education. We work to help owners keep their horses in their homes until financial challenges can be reconciled.
ACE evaluates each request for assistance on a case-by-case basis in order to remain flexible and responsive to critical needs.To date, ACE has processed help requests for more than 143 horses and their caregivers. Our services have included feed assistance, euthanasia and aftercare, minor veterinarian care, hoof care, emergency transport and foster care, law enforcement, prosecutorial and judicial support and resource services, welfare checks and site visits, and sharing information to find new homes for equines in need.Additional benefits include expanding partnerships between ACE, equine rescues and sanctuaries, and private individuals throughout Arizona. Special thanks to New Beginnings Paso Fino Rescue and Glenn Davis who helped a fellow Viet Nam veteran transport his horse over the Memorial Day Weekend when faced with re-locating and no way to accomplish it, a true tribute from one vet to another! Many thanks to the equine rescues who have stepped forward to become a part of the statewide helping hands for horses and owners!
ACE is also working at the national level to develop partnerships with other agencies that provide assistance services. Our newest venture involves cooperative work with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah.
ACE is able to provide financial assistance only if financial resources are available. If you can help, ACE now has the option for donors to subscribe and donate on a monthly basis, giving the amount of your choice by using the ACE website. This kind of sustainable income is vital - it assures ongoing services for the ACE assistance programs. Whether a one-time donation or a monthly subscription, every dollar goes directly to Arizona equines in need. ( To donate to a specific individual or service, please note that in the "seller information" box .)
Your donation will make a difference! Consider this:
Just $20 feeds a horse for five days.$45 provides hoof care.And if enough people participate, a simple $5 monthly donation subscription can sustain ACE's vital services! (Remember, all donations are tax deductible.)
If you prefer, checks may be mailed to:
Or visit the ACE website at: http://www.arizonacoalitionforequines.org and use the Donation buttons
9121 E. Tanque Verde Road Suite 105-183
Tucson, AZ 85749
Or visit the ACE website at: http://www.arizonacoalitionforequines.org and use the Donation buttons
Even if you can't afford to donate, we can still use your help! Let us know if you are interested in volunteering with the gift of your time and talent. We are currently looking for a volunteer to maintain our website and social media presence. For more volunteer ideas, visit http://www.arizonacoalitionforequines.org/how-to-help/volunteer-opportunities/.
Due to the high volume of assistance requests coming in to ACE, more Field Responders are needed. After completing training, Field Responders are assigned to make site visits to applicants to determine eligibility, conduct follow up visits and document assistance progress. Field Responders may also be assigned under the Equine Welfare Watch program to help citizens report suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement.
Course curriculum will cover:
- All About ACE:
- Working as a Team for Arizona Equines
- Arizona Agencies charged with Equine Welfare
- The ACE Assistance Program
- The ACE Equine Welfare Watch Program
- Arizona Revised Statutes 13-2910 Animal Cruelty Laws and Equines
- How to conduct a site visit
- Eligibility Determination
- Required Documentation and follow up
- Body Condition Scoring
Requirements: The ability to be objective and calm when viewing potentially disturbing equine welfare situations.
The first training course will be held in Tucson, date and location to be announced. If you are interested in attending this class, please contact Carol Grubb at 520-749-4026 or Headmare0@yahoo.com.
Coming Soon to an Arena Near You!
Positive Partnering for Progress
ACE is partnering with Pima Community College Non-Credit Continuing Education Department for equine caregivers and advocates. ACE is providing assistance and educational resources to the Horse Education and Rider Development (H.E.R.D. ) Program . Several courses have been scheduled for Spring 2013. Check the Pima Spring 2013 Schedule to enroll in Horse Behavior 101 and 102, and Spook in Place Demonstration with Darcie Litwicki , The Science of Saddling with Carol Grubb, Horse Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning with Sherry Simon-Heldt. More will be coming as they are developed!
Contact Missy Blair at PCC for more information! firstname.lastname@example.org
The goal of the Arizona Coalition for Equines (ACE) is to give equine owners the tools necessary to be successful in having all equines thrive in their care. ACE was developed to bring together horse advocates throughout Arizona who share a common goal of enhancing the care and treatment of all equines, and to prevent abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Equine ownership is a privilege that should not be taken lightly. ACE is focused on positive ideas and solutions for equines and their owners.
The ACE Board of Directors
Michael W. Duffey - Humane Society of Southern AZ & Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Southern AZ (ACE Chair)
Carol Grubb - Eclectic Equine (ACE Secretary)
Ruthanne Penn – Emergency Management, Coconino County (ACE Treasurer)
Michael Hutchison, DVM - Pegasus Equine Veterinary Service
Karen Pomroy - Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary
Betty Welton - Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge