It is the intent of the TAA to accredit all sizes and types of organizations. When going through the process, keep this in mind. Some standards and/or questions in the application may not be applicable to an organization of your size or type.
According to the TAA’s Code of Standards, accreditation status is determined after a complete review of five areas: operations; education; horse health care management; facility standards and services; adoption policies and protocols.
At a minimum, organizations applying for TAA accreditation must fulfill the following five requirements:
- Organization must have a current status as a 501(c)(3) federal not-for-profit (U.S.) or must be a registered charity within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada).
- Organization must have been in operation for at least three years, based on the filing date with the secretary of state or provincial business registry.
- At time of application, organization must either (1) currently exclusively own and provide care for a minimum of 5 registered Thoroughbreds, or (2) currently exclusively own and provide care for at least 3-4 registered Thoroughbreds AND must have exclusively owned and provided care for at least 10 registered Thoroughbreds over the previous 12 months. Registered Thoroughbreds leased by the organization or owned by third parties at the same facility should not be included.
- Organization must have a written euthanasia policy consistent with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). View the AAEP’s euthanasia guidelines.
- Organization, or a principal of the organization or individual directly related to the organization, shall not have any current legal proceedings pending against them which adversely impact the aftercare operations, the organization’s standards of care, or the 501(c)(3) status of the organization.
If you do not meet the above minimum requirements, please contact us at [email protected] with any questions.
Once the application is completed and reviewed, you may be contacted to schedule a site inspection for each of your facilities. This inspection will be conducted by representatives of the TAA.
Upon completion of the application, and site inspection(s), a review of your organization will be conducted to determine the awarding of accreditation.
Accredited organizations are eligible for TAA grants
The TAA’s Code of Standards and accreditation process have been reviewed and approved by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Humane Association.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors, Committees, and staff includes individuals and affiliated organizations actively engaged in Thoroughbred aftercare as well as funding for Thoroughbred aftercare. All information provided in any TAA Accreditation Application and all information provided in any TAA Grant Application may be fully accessible to such individuals and organizations at any time. Applicant fully releases and holds harmless TAA for any and all dissemination of such information to any such individuals or organizations.