TAA Accreditation Application Available Online

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) has announced that the 2016 accreditation application is now available online.

Applications must be submitted by April 15. The application can be accessed on the TAA website at www.thoroughbredaftercare.org/accreditation.

Organizations must meet certain minimum requirements to be eligible for accreditation:

  • Organization must have a current status as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with the Internal Revenue Service or must be a registered charity in Canada.
  • Organization must have been operational for a minimum of three years.
  • Organization must house a minimum of five Thoroughbreds.
  • Organization must have an official euthanasia policy consistent with the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ guidelines.
  • Principals of the organization must have never been convicted of killing, abandoning, mistreating, neglecting, abusing, or otherwise committing an act of cruelty to a horse.
  • There must be no legal proceedings pending against the organization, or a principal of the organization, and related to the organization.

Submitted applications are evaluated upon five key areas: operations, education, horse health care management, facility standards and services, adoption policies, and protocols. Organizations passing the application review will be subject to site inspections of all facilities housing their horses. Organizations that receive accreditation are eligible to receive financial grants from the TAA.

“Our number of accredited organizations has grown steadily over the three years since the TAA began, from 23 organizations our first year to our current 56,” stated Kristin Werner Leshney, chair of the TAA accreditation committee. “We look forward to reviewing the new organizations that apply this year and hope to add more partners to our alliance to assist Thoroughbreds as they transition from their racing careers to the next phase of their lives.”

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