Racer Placers in Wisconsin is Verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

March 23, 2012 (Madison, WI) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Racer Placers, Inc., December 15, 2011.

Verification means that Racer Placers meets the criteria of a true equine sanctuary/rescue and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and they must also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles.

“We are very happy to announce the recent verification of Racer Placers, Inc. This rescue focuses on Standardbred race horses, giving those who are no longer winning on the track the opportunity to have a second career and a new life”, explained Jeannine Alexander, Deputy Director-Equine of GFAS. “They have an excellent retraining and rehoming program that allows them to match horses and families based on their abilities and needs,” she continued.

Weenonha Bratsett, Founder & President, responded to the news that Racer Placers had been Verified by saying, “Racer Placers is delighted to learn that we have been awarded Verification status by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries!This is an important milestone, as it identifies Racer Placers as a well- run humane equine welfare organization.”

Racer Placers, Inc. was 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 generous grants from PetSmart Charities® and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®.

About Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

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 worldwide. 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 often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. They represent top leadership from Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, American Anti-Vivisection Society, and National Anti-Vivisection Society.


About Racer Placers

Located in the rolling hills of southeastern Wisconsin, Racer Placers is an equine re-homing program dedicated primarily to the Standardbred race horse. Racer Placers provides these wonderful equines a place to relax, rest, and socialize before they are re-trained for a career after racing. Many of the horses go on to become pleasure driving horses, some become trail horses, and several have entered search and rescue organizations. Their steady temperament an horsemanship teaching methods to prepare these horses for a second career. Racer Placers is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, having acquired 501©(3) status in 2008. For additional information on Racer Placers, Inc. please visit us at


About PetSmart Charities®

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America,

PetSmart Charities® has provided more than $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 4.7 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).


About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to