"DreamCatcher Horse Ranch & Rescue Center has had a significant impact on finding homes for many of Central Florida's horses in need since opening their doors in 2009 and also has given a forever home to many others that weren't in a position to be adopted out due to medical issues or disabilities," said Alison Wheatley, founder of the rescue, who also expressed her pride in their accomplishment.
"We truly appreciate all the support and assistance from all the wonderful volunteers and sponsors who kindly donate their time and funds to help keep the dream alive. And also organizations such as GFAS which helped us in our mission to provide rescue services."
DreamCatcher Horse Ranch & Rescue Center was also awarded a compliance grant by GFAS to help make recommended improvements to meet Accreditation/Verification Standards.
Compliance grant funding is made possible through a grant from PetSmart Charities.
The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by grants from PetSmart Charities and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries in the United States and abroad. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting sanctuaries is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence.
GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and hidden animal exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. These founding leaders sit on the GFAS Board of Directors to continue guiding the organization's work in a collaborative manner. They represent top leadership from Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, World Society for the Protection of Animals, American Anti-Vivisection Society, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.
"Dreamcatcher was founded in Oct 2009 after realizing a need for a facility in our area due to the economic times and the amount of starving and abused horses that were appearing at the local animal control facility, "Wheatley explained.
"We received our non-profit status shortly after that and have taken in over 50 horses in the past four years, mainly from the animal control facility where they would have to be euthanized if we hadn't been able to take them. Some from owners who just couldn't afford to feed and care for them any longer."
"We have an extensive rehabilitation, training and adoption program," she said. "We also have several horses that will live her for the rest of their lives and will not be adopted out due to disabilities or health issues."
"We devote a large amount of time to raise the necessary funds through local fund raising events and obtaining public support to continue our work, through donations and recruiting
volunteers to work directly with the horses for the care and training they need," Wheatley continued.
"We also offer an extensive riding and educational program for the general public to come out and enjoy at the facility. Please see website or call us for further information on what we offer. All proceeds from our riding program go directly to the Rescue."