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 

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