POLICIES, STANDARDS & GUIDELINES
The Wild For Life Foundation is committed to being in compliance with WFLF operational policies, as well as relavent State and Federal laws and regulations in order to protect its mission, its beneficiaries, it assets and to honor donor/ grantor intent.
WFLF's Safe Haven Protection Policy
WFLF's Safe haven Protection Policy requires that WFLF assures the most secure and peaceful living environment and recovery possible for all animal rescue and sanctuary residents. WFLF does not open all of its rescue and sanctuary facilities to visitors and guests as our primary purpose is to benefit animals in need. We do not subject animals who have recently arrived or who are receiving or in need of medical care or who are in recovery to the stress of public display. Nor do we keep Wild Animals in captivity for the purpose of subjecting them to the stress of public display.
We are absolutely against commercial breeding. Our belief is that if people took more responsibility in their breeding practices, there wouldn't be as many companion animals in need of rescue. We exercise a strict no breeding policy, which is enforced through the provisions of our adoption and foster agreements. The Remedy clause applies to any breach of contract including breeding. The remedies at law for breach of the provisions of our agreement additionally entitle WFLF to injunctive relief in addition to material damages. All stallions and colts are gelded prior to being adopted into their new homes. The only exception is for endangered and rare wild horse breeds which are enrolled into a protective conservation program. All incoming stallions are housed in purpose built stud pens in a separate area of the Sanctuary and otherwise castrated post intake per vet clearance of health and wellness.
We believe that all animals deserve a humane end to life and we consider lethal injection by a qualified veterinarian humane euthanasia. Our policy stipulates that if Euthanasia is deemed necessary in the opinion of the treating veterinarian, that it is performed by injection administered by a trained, compassionate and competent veterinarian, to assure that it’s done with the highest degree of respect and with an emphasis on making the death as painless and distress free as possible.
WFLF is a no-kill rescue organization. WFLF will consider euthanasia for an animal only if we have exhausted all options of saving the animals' life or if in the opinion of a competent veterinarian that an animal's illness or injury is an irreversible or severely painful condition, wherein the quality of life for that animal has become substantially impaired and cannot be medically treated. Our policy is to never euthanize a healthy but difficult animals to make room for more, or as a management tool. Our organization will NOT euthanize a healthy but difficult equine.
WFLF's Biosecurity policy is a set of preventive measures designed to reduce the risks for introduction and transmission of an infectious disease agent. Infectious disease pathogens may be brought to and spread to the sanctuary premises through many avenues including people, horses, domestic animals other than horses, vehicles, equipment, feed and waste. WFLF's implementation of its Biosecurity policy and plan is stringently enforced to prevent the movement of diseases and pests on and off its rescue and sanctuary premises.
Human contact with horses can spread infectious disease agents between animals and humans. The biosecurity risks facilities pose can range from minor to major, depending on existing protocols:
Everyone is required to wash their hands before handling horses at WFLF facilties. Staff members and protgram participants are additionally required to wash their hands between handling different horses.
Transporters are required to sanitize their transport vehicles prior to introducing horse who are coming to WFLF facilities.
Visitors and Guests
Entry to WFLF's rescue and sanctuary facilities is by appointment through WFLF Administration. All volunteers, visitors and guests are required to sign in at the WFLF office upon arrival. For the safety and welfare of all concerned, visitors must be accompanied authorized staff.
WFLF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for volunteers, staff, visitors and beneficiaries. Each member of the volunteer staff should choose behaviors that contribute toward this end. Volunteers are expected to be good citizens and to engage in responsible behaviors that reflect well upon the WFLF, to be civil to one another and to others in the Foundation community, and contribute positively to the Foundation mission.
Volunteer vetting and assignment is governed by the Executive Director (ED) or WFLF Board authorized representative as approved by the ED. The scheduling of projects wherein volunteer services are deployed are governed by the ED. In accordance with nonprofit insurance requirements and WFLF policies, all volunteers are required to submit a completed WFLF Volunteer Information and Release Packet, successfully complete orientation and training for the tasks which will be performed at WFLF facilities, events, and or for the benefit of the Foundation. Volunteers are required to respect, uphold and adhere to WFLF policies and guidelines.
Standards of Care
WFLF implements high standards and best practices in all horse care which ties directly to our rescue and sanctuary success. WFLF adheres to stringent Standards of Care Policies and conducts its operations to meet the Nation’s highest standards and horse care guidelines as prepared and set forth by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the Homes for Horses Coalition, Animal Welfare Institute, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and The Humane Society of the United States. WFLF policies requires compliance with best practices in standards of animal care and general equine management and guidelines of care for the safety, welfare and protection of all animals that come under the umbrella of the Wild For Life Foundation. (More - Also see sustainability policies)
part of the WFLF commitment to responsible philanthropy, WFLF exercises transparency and regular communication about its missions and accomplishments. The WFLF annually keeps the following information available to the public via its website and/or through GuideStar and/or a written report:
• Mission statement
• Definition of geography and populations served
• Description of each major program with related accomplishments
• List of the Board of Directors
• Financial information including annual Income and Expense Reports
Donor Information Security
WFLF policy requires that the privacy of its donors is protected. Donor information including private contact and financial information of donors is protected under stringent security measures which are adhered to at all times.
Monitoring Mission and Strategy
Regular reviews of the WFLF’s mission and strategy by the Executive Board of Directors are implemented to assure that resources are used responsibly and that the strategy is consistent with accomplishing its mission.
No Contact Policy
It is the policy of WFLF to discontinue contacting any person upon that person’s oral or written request directed to the organization, its professional fundraiser, or other agent.
Conflict of Interest Policy
The standard of behavior at the WFLF is that all staff, volunteers, and Board members scrupulously avoid conflicts of interest between the interests of the WFLF Organization on one hand, and personal, professional, and business interests on the other. This includes avoiding potential and actual conflicts of interest, as well as perceptions of conflicts of interest.
Fundraising Code of Ethics
WFLF holds itself accountable to ethically generate or support ethical generation of philanthropic support and is a proud member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. As an AFP member WFLF abides by and and ensures, to the best of its ability, that all members of WFLF's staff abide by the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards. (Learn more)
Board of Directors Code
The WFLF Board expects of itself and its members ethical and business-like conduct. Board of Directors vow to understand, respect, support and uphold the mission, vision, bylaws, goals, philosophies, objectives, policies, services and programs of the WILD FOR LIFE FOUNDATION (WFLF) and the laws and regulations under which it is founded. Board members are prohibited from engaging in the misrepresentation of the WFLF and/or its policies. Disruptive or unprofessional or exhibitions of behavior that is deemed to be detrimental to the operations of the WFLF are grounds for disqualification and removal. Board members must exercise the duties and responsibilities of their positions with integrity, collegiality, and care. They must also represent WFLF with unconflicted loyalty and this accountability supersedes any conflicting loyalty such as that to their own personal or professional interests, or interest groups or membership on other Boards or staffs. Board members must avoid any conflict of interest with respect to their fiduciary responsibility and may not use their positions to obtain for themselves, family members, or close associates, employment within the Society. Board authority is further set forth in WFLF Bylaws and Policies.
The Wild For Life Foundation adheres to all laws and regulations that apply to the organization and the underlying purpose of this policy is to support the organization’s goal of legal compliance. The support of all staff and Board members is required to achieving compliance with various laws and regulations.
* Additional information about our policies is available upon request