02/25/2014 11:27AM

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accepting applications for accreditation

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The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Foundation Inc. (TAA) has made its 2014 application for accreditation available, and qualified organizations are encouraged to apply before May 15.

Based in Lexington, Ky., the TAA serves as both an accrediting body for aftercare facilities for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers and a fundraising body to support approved facilities.

Accreditation status is determined after a complete review of an aftercare organization in the fields of operations, education, horse health care management, facility standards and services, and adoption policies and protocols.

“The American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Humane Association, among many others, have helped the TAA create a rigorous and thorough accreditation process that prioritizes one thing above all else — the welfare of retired Thoroughbreds,” TAA Vice President Madeline Auerbach said.

The TAA has six minimum requirements for an organization to be approved for accreditation. The organization must be a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service or be a registered charity in Canada; have been operational for a minimum of three years; house a minimum of five Thoroughbreds or/and 50 percent of its horse population; have an official euthanasia policy consistent with that of the AAEP; its principals must have never been convicted of killing, abandoning, mistreating, neglecting, abusing, or otherwise committing an act of cruelty against a horse; and the organization must have no legal proceedings pending against it or any of its principals or affiliates.

“After a lifetime of work, our magnificent Thoroughbreds deserve a great retirement,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has been making significant strides in raising the level of care for these magnificent animals, accrediting nearly two dozen equine aftercare organizations in just the first two years. We encourage all those doing the important work of caring for retired Thoroughbreds to apply and join the growing movement of organizations committed to the highest possible standards.”