The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is honored to announce that the Primate Rescue Center in Nicholasville, Kentucky, has achieved GFAS Accreditation.

The accreditation means the Primate Rescue Center meets the comprehensive and rigorous definition of a true sanctuary and is providing humane and responsible care of the primates, meeting rigorous and peer-reviewed standards for operations, administration, and veterinary care established by GFAS, which is the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries. The accreditation status also provides a clear and trusted means for public, donors, and government agencies to recognize the Primate Rescue Center as an exceptional sanctuary.

Established in 1987, the Primate Rescue Center was already the home to several dozen monkeys when it provided sanctuary to seven chimpanzees rescued from a research laboratory. Today, the Primate Rescue Center is home to more than 50 monkeys and apes, including 11 chimpanzees.

“For 25 years the Primate Rescue Center has provided the very highest quality of care to our residents. We are honored to have this standard of excellence accredited and praised by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. We applaud GFAS for creating standards to identify and distinguish legitimate animal sanctuaries,” says April Truitt, Executive Director of the Primate Rescue Center.

“The rescue stories of the monkeys and apes at the Primate Rescue Center are truly heartbreaking and inspirational. These animals and this sanctuary so deserve our ongoing support. The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries is proud to bestow Accreditation status on the Primate Rescue Center,” says Patty Finch, Executive Director of GFAS.

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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 the Primate Rescue Center
The mission of the Primate Rescue Center is to alleviate the suffering of primates wherever it occurs by:
providing sanctuary or referral to appropriate facilities; 
working to end the trade in primates both in the United States and abroad;
educating the public to the plight of primates caught in the breeder/dealer cycle;
assisting researchers and zoo personnel in finding appropriate placement for surplus primates;
encouraging compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws and animal welfare statutes.