The American Sanctuary Association
Founding Philosophy 

Nationally, there are hundreds of animal sanctuaries and shelters, 
rehabilitation centers and other organizations that assist, rescue, 
and provide refuge and humane care for animals. Offering an 
alternative to euthanasia, or a lifetime of suffering, all these groups 
have one thing in common: They are all struggling each year to 
accept into their sanctuary thousands of homeless native and non-
native wild animals and domestic animals with no place to go.
Yet there is no effective information center organized to identify,
evaluate, accredit and network these organizations into a working
coalition.

Organized to provide a more efficient means in which to find and 
identify quality facilities in which to place homeless abused or 
abandoned animals, facilitate the exchange of information among 
animal caregivers, and to create public awareness of this national   
tragedy, the American Sanctuary Association (ASA) was formed.

Sanctuary Definition: Any place of refuge designated as a sanctuary,
rehabilitation center, animal shelter or other similarly named organization,
in a properly administered environment, where humane and compassionate
care is provided to animals.

Taxon Advisory Committee (TAC) Definition: 
A committee of experts responsible for advising on appropriate husbandry for
specific groups of animals, the exact extent of these groups to be decided by
the board of directors.

Animal Definition: 
The word animals shall be held to mean and include any
living non-human creature.

Master Plan:
Policies and procedures that pertain to the specialized needs 
of sanctuary animals that will initially be addressed and 
established by the ASA in the following specific areas of concern, 
but are not limited to:

1.)Develop and establish an International Information Center to 
obtain and provide sanctuary information to member organizations 
which would involve establishing a database that will enable all 
members to work together cooperatively for the benefit of animals. 
The initial  database will establish, but not be limited to, the following

a. Identify appropriate sanctuaries, rehabilitation centers, animal 
    shelters and like organizations, and solicit their input and 
    participation as members.

b. Identify areas of expertise, if applicable, in which these 
    organizations excel.

c. Identify sanctuaries and organizations that do not wish to 
    participate but indicate a willingness to assist in emergency 
    animal rescue situations.

d. Identify non-member organizations who do not wish to 
    participate in any capacity, or who do not meet the ASA's 
    standards and/or policies related to animal care and welfare.

e. Identify other organizations which deal with animal care and 
    welfare issues, but do not operate a sanctuary or shelter.

2.)Establish Taxon Advisory Committees (TAC) comprised of 
    individual experts drawn from the membership. These TAC's 
    will be responsible for formulating guidelines and  criteria for 
    humane and compassionate care for specific groups of sanctuary 
    animals as  well as appropriate procedures for rescue, capture, 
    transportation and, if appropriate, subsequent rehabilitation and 
   release of such animals.

3.)To establish a committee to review grant requests. Member 
    organizations may apply for  financial assistance through an ASA 
    committee which will consider financial assistance in  emergency 
    rescue cases and for facility construction.

4.)Establish and administer a public educational program to bring 
    national attention to the challenges and problems of concern to 
    animal rescue and sanctuary organizations.

5.)Establish a consolidated national network to assist in introducing 
    legislative restrictions on the importation of exotic animals into the 
    United States, the objective of which is the eventual elimination of 
    such trade. Further, this network will also initiate action to eliminate 
    the commercial use of wild and exotic animals in the pet trade and 
    entertainment industry.