In the News!!
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Verification!!
On April 12, 2017, Pony Tales received the honor and achievement of Verification from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries!! See the official GFAS Press Release here! The verification process was time consuming and grueling at times, but it is an achievement that we have worked towards since we opened our doors. The GFAS is the only globally recognized organization that identifies legitimate animal sanctuaries. This Verification tells the world that Pony Tales can be trusted and that we are not a "fly-by-night, social media, send us your money" organization. The number of "rescues" that seem to crop up almost overnight is very concerning. While the vast majority of these "rescues" have the best of intentions, they do not realize that true rescue is more than the number of "likes" one can get on a post. True rescue requires your time (nearly ALL of your time), your devotion, and all too often your heartbreak. Only a handful of rescues in Wisconsin have achieved GFAS Verification and we are so proud to have done so in such a short period of time! We obtained 501c3 status and opened our doors officially in August of 2014. Here we are, less than 3 years later, a GFAS Verified rescue organization!. The board members of Pony Tales hold themselves to the highest standards of care and practices for each and every equine that we take in. This literally involves blood, sweat and tears. We are a small organization as of now, but our dreams are big. In order to achieve these dreams and accomplish our mission, we work day in and day out to provide the utmost care and spend endless hours trying to improve the life of all equines. This Verification tells the world that we can be trusted and that we will do our utmost best to help an equine in need.
But, we could not do this alone!! We are not the only ones here trying to make a difference. As such, we want to give a huge thank you to our wonderful volunteers and supporters. We could not have done it without all of you. Our board members worked tirelessly from the beginning to meet and maintain the strict requirements of the GFAS and our own standards. When we were exhausted, we relied heavily on the help of the amazing volunteers that are devoted to helping us continue and achieve the goals of our mission. When all hope seemed lost at times, we were carried on the shoulders of our wonderful supporters who never let us down and we refuse to let them down. It's at those darkest times that our supporters help us pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off and continue on. We truly could not do this without all of you and we hope you feel the same pride that we do in achieving GFAS Verification. You all played a big part in that and words cannot express how thankful we are!!
Once again, we want to thank you all for standing by us. We hope that this Verification will also encourage other rescues to strive for the same level of care and reach out to us with questions or for assistance if needed in doing so. Rescues need to work together. True rescues share the same goal. Helping the horses. There is no room for competition or grand-standing. We are stronger together than we will ever be alone.
2016 1-Day Open Door Shelter for Horses - First Ever in Wisconsin!!
On October 16, 2016, the Horse Plus Humane Society hosted the first ever 1-Day Open Door Shelter for Horses in Wisconsin here at Pony Tales. Originally, we expected approximately 20 horses to be surrendered. In the end, 56 horses and ponies were brought to the Shelter that day. With the help of numerous volunteers and Larry Dowell from the Horse Plus Humane Society California location, the Crew here at Pony Tales constructed nearly 50 individual pens to house the unprecedented number of horses.
The goal in getting other rescues involved was for them to act as a safety net for the horses. Should any horse be brought to the Shelter otherwise healthy and potentially adoptable, we wanted to be sure that such a horse would be taken in and evaluated, rehabilitated and eventually adopted out by a responsible, respectable rescue. In the end, four Wisconsin rescues stepped up to "catch" any such horses and two other rescues were each willing to take in one horse should the need arise.
The rescues are as follows:
Pony Tales Refuge & Rehab, Inc. - took in 12
Phoenix Rising Rescue and Rehabilitation, Inc. - took in 4
Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation - took in 7
Spirit Horse Equine Rescue - took in 4
Standbys: Racer Placers and Dane County Humane Society.
Horses of all ages, sizes, breeds and backgrounds arrived. The ages ranged from weanling to upper 20s and 30s. There were miniature horses, registered horses, blind horses, and very sick and/or crippled horses. Each horse was individually evaluated for quality of life by a veterinarian. The rescues, each expecting in the beginning to only take in 1-2 horses, took in a total of 27 horses. The other 29 were humanely euthanized on a later date.
Future events in Wisconsin are planned as clearly there is a great need here. For details, please stay tuned. For more information on Horse Plus Humane Society, please follow them on Facebook or visit their website.