Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance in North Carolina is Verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

(Wingate, NC) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance (CERA) as of  May 1, 2014.

Verification means that CERA meets the criteria of a true equine sanctuary/rescue and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and they must also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles.

“Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance is committed to helping horse owners help their horses by furthering their knowledge,” said Daryl Tropea, GFAS Senior Deputy Director. “CERA was established in 2008 and strives to develop education programs not only for horse owners but law enforcement and animal control officials. CERA believes that education is the foundation for equines to have a safe and healthy home.”

Darlene wanted to share her favorite quote from an unknown author, “Animals DO have a voice. If you ignore their suffering, I will remind you of it. If you don’t understand them, I will translate. If you don’t hear them, I will be their voice. You may silence them but you cannot silence me as long as I live.”

The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®.

About Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. While the board includes those in top leadership at Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the ASPCA, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. localhost.

About Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance

Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance (CERA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to caring for abused, neglected and abandoned equines. CERA will also take in horses that are unwanted or who current owners are unable to care for them. CERA will assist in times of natural disasters such as weather related issues or individual tragedies. They will provide equines with medical and farrier care, good quality grain, hay and water. Equines are then rehabilitated and placed in approved and caring homes. Owners can also apply for assistance with their horses during hardships until they can get back on their feet.  For more information, visit or call 704-219-3559.

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to

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