TAA Receives 27 Accreditation Applications

Organizations hope to be accredited by TAA in order to receive grants.

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced it has received applications for accreditation from 27 eligible aftercare facilities. These organizations will now begin the TAA's process of review and onsite examination to be eligible for consideration for grants in 2013 and 2014.

Applications were submitted from facilities in 13 different states in the United States and from two organizations in Canada. The facilities range in location from Kentucky, New York, and Maryland to Arizona, Washington, and California, and represent a cross-section of rescue, retirement, retraining, and adoption programs, according to a TAA release.

"We're encouraged by the level of interest shown by such a diverse group of organizations in our first year of operations," said Mike Ziegler, executive director of TAA. "Continued support from all aspects of the industry is critical in order to support our accredited facilities and the great work they are doing to help retired Thoroughbreds."

To be considered for accreditation, organizations must complete a detailed application process and careful onsite examinations by TAA inspectors and independent veterinarians. Facilities eligible to apply for TAA accreditation include those conforming to the following four broad standards:

Possess 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status;

Have been operational for at least three years;

Care for a resident population of at least five horses, with at least half the horses being Thoroughbreds; and

Follow a euthanasia policy consistent with that of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

The complete TAA Code of Standards for aftercare facilities and the accreditation application are available at http://www.thoroughbredaftercare.org/.