1.) No Breeding. (Exception: Programs which serve to keep highly endangered animals from becoming extinct will be evaluated on a case by case basis) 2.) No use of animals for any commercial activity that is exploitive in nature. Commercial activities are defined as follows: a.) Allowing free roaming public access to the animals or the sanctuary. (Exception: Legitimate, responsible zoological facilities that comply with the guidelines and the policies of the ASA will be evaluated on a case by case basis) b.) Using sanctuary animals for exhibition. (Exception: Sanctuaries that offer guided educational presentations and are licensed by the USDA will be evaluated on a case by case basis) c.) Using sanctuary animals for entertainment. d.) Buying, selling, trading or auctioning animals or their body parts. e.) Any other activity inconsistent with the humane care and welfare of sanctuary animals. 3.) Sanctuaries will obtain and maintain 501(c)(3) federal non-profit tax exempt status at all times. (Exception: Sanctuaries not fitting this requirement may be evaluated on a case by case basis) 4.) Sanctuaries will obtain and maintain all permits and licenses required under city, county, state, federal, and international laws and statutes. 5.) Sanctuaries will obtain and maintain individual organizational policies that will outline and provide acceptable responsibility for the lifetime care and welfare of animals in their custody, or if the animal can be rehabilitated, until they are released in the wild. (Exception: An animal may be relocated to a member or non-member sanctuary. These moves will be evaluated by ASA on a case by case basis) 6.) Sanctuaries will establish and maintain an emergency plan for animal escapes, fire, flood or other catastrophes. 7.) Sanctuaries will provide proper veterinary care for all animals for which they are responsible. 8.) Sanctuaries will establish and maintain a humane euthanasia policy for animals who are severely injured, terminally ill or suffering. This program will be under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. 9.) Membership in ASA is by invitation only, and approval is given after review and acceptance of the Sanctuary Accreditation Application. A non-refundable application fee of $15.00 must accompany the application form. 10.) Upon acceptance, the application fee of $15.00 will be applied to the first years membership fee of $50.00. The balance of $35.00 will be due and payable to the American Sanctuary Association at the time of acceptance. An annual fee of $50.00 will be required thereafter for membership. Membership fees are non-refundable. 11.) A person with authority to act on behalf of the applicant sanctuary will complete the Sanctuary Accreditation Application in full and have it notarized before any evaluation and acceptance will be considered. 12.) All sanctuaries accepted for membership in ASA agree to work cooperatively with other approved sanctuaries. Any problems, disagreements or grievances will be presented to the ASA Board of Directors. 13.) All approved sanctuaries agree not to initiate or distribute mis-information or rumors that will cause harm to another sanctuary that is affiliated with ASA. 14.) Additions, deletions and changes to policies may be requested by member sanctuaries through the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is authorized to add, delete or change these policies by a majority vote. 15.) All member organizations agree to mail an ASA newsletter, produced by ASA, to its members once a year. All members agree to promote ASA in its newsletter and/or website, and, when possible, in the media. 16.) All member organizations agree to help recruit other new member organizations in their state. Policies and Guidelines Justification for Exceptions 1.) Exception to the no breeding clause: There are many reputable sanctuaries that are involved with endangered species survival programs. A case by case evaluation will enable the ASA to accept those that are breeding for the right reasons and eliminate those that breed under the guise of saving endangered or threatened species, when they are in fact breeding these animals to sell as pets or other commercial purposes. 2.) Exception to no commercial activity, allowing free roaming public access to resident animals: Many zoological facilities have chosen not to be licensed by the American Zoological Association, but are USDA licensed and assist in rescue and placement of unwanted animals. A case by case evaluation will allow the ASA to accept those that can be a valuable asset and eliminate those that allow the surplus breeding and trade in animals. This same exception may apply to AZA accredited zoos which have adopted ethical policies on the breeding and trade in animals. However, this exception shall not be construed to apply to facilities commonly referred to as "roadside zoos," or "roadside attractions." 3.) Exception to all member organizations shall maintain 501(c)(3) federal non-profit status: There are many organizations that are funded by private foundations and other sources that do not necessarily require this tax exempt status. A case by case evaluation will allow the ASA to recognize and accept those organizations. 4.) Exception to utilizing sanctuary animals for exhibition clause: There are many sanctuaries that are licensed by the USDA that give excellent guided educational presentations to schools and the general public, emphasizing the injustices of keeping wild and exotic animals as pets. A case by case evaluation will allow the ASA to accept these worthwhile organizations and eliminate those that use animals for commercial purposes. 5.) Exception to rehabilitation and release, or relocation, to another member organization clause: There will be those that choose not to become a member of the ASA, that can still provide excellent care for an animal who needs to be relocated. A case by case evaluation will allow the ASA to utilize these non-member organizations. However, the ASA will not be able to offer financial support for rescued animals accepted by non-member organizations. The ASA is striving to form an alliance of all organizations that can contribute a vital service to thousands of unwanted animals, many of whom are killed unnecessarily because of a lack of communication, cooperation and working in unification to assist these animals. Therefore the ASA will avoid inadvertently alienating those that can participate by allowing case by case evaluations instead of creating unconditional statements in our policies and guidelines. The ASA realizes that there is NO EASY way of separating the organizations that truly exist to help animals, from those that are using animals for personal or commercial gain. The ASA will make an exceptional effort to impartially evaluate individual cases to avoid unfairly denying membership to any organization.