The horse-rescue organization gained a national recognition that will help it grow

LIMA — Begin Again Horse Rescue Inc. a local charity that rescues horses from suffering or slaughter, is now recognized by a worldwide organization, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

The GFAS supports animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. Begin Again Horse Rescue met strict standards to be honored by the foundation. A nonprofit, GFAS will work with BAHR to ensure it is “supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence,” according to the federation.

Tammy Lozipone is secretary for BAHR Board of Directors. She said that going through the verification process with GFAS helped BAHR by “encouraging and empowering” the organization to be the best it can be. She said that means an era of growth for BAHR and even more help for horses.

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 includes people in top leadership at The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and American Anti-Vivisection Society.

“We are proud to announce the verification of Begin Again Horse Rescue,” stated Valerie Taylor, GFAS equine program director. She stated that the focus of BAHR — “the rescue of equines that are at risk of neglect, abuse, or going to slaughter” — is admirable. “Most notably, Begin Again’s work doesn’t stop after rescue and rehoming. The group follows up with, and visits, adopted horses throughout their lives, ensuring that the equines will always be safe.”

The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust.

All volunteer-run except for a paid farm manager, BAHR prevents as many horses as possible from suffering or going to slaughter. Based at a 28-acre farm in Lima, it provides a temporary place of rest and recuperation for horses found to be neglected or abused. BAHR does not sell horses, but facilitate the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of those animals in their care.

“We strive to find as many loving, informed homes for as many horses as possible,” according to BAHR, which depends solely on donations and grants.

“We will accept horses in any condition, as space allows, that are surrendered by private owners, through county animal control facilities, and by purchasing kill-pen horses from livestock auctions,” according to the organization, which focuses attention on horses within a two-hour radius of the farm.

For more information, visit http://beginagainrescue.org/ or call 585-322-2427.

If you go

WHAT: Begin Again Horse Rescue volunteer, open house days

WHEN: Volunteer Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Open House Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Begin Again Horse Rescue Farm, 2828 Plank Road (Route 15A), Lima

DETAILS: Help out on the farm on a volunteer day or tour and learn more at an open house. The events run each weekend in December. More information at 585-322-2427; or http://beginagainrescue.org/