Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement of North Carolina is Verified by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

(High Point, NC) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement (SHERR) as of May 25, 2014.

Verification means that SHERR 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.

“Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement is well on its way to becoming an essential resource for horses in need in North Carolina,” said Daryl Tropea, GFAS Senior Deputy Director. “Although this is a fairly young organization, SHERR is committed to ensuring each rescued equine receives the care and rehabilitation needed to prepare them for adoption into loving new homes.  Volunteers are an integral part of this process and they are involved in all aspects of the organization.”

Gin Wiltsey, Executive Director of Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement, expressed her pride in receiving GFAS Verification stating, “It is truly an honor and privilege to be part of such a prestigious animal welfare group- The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries!”

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 Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement

Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Retirement is a 501(c) 3 non profit that was founded to rescue horses in need of food, shelter and medical attention due to neglect or abuse in an effort to improve their quality of life. Furthermore, SHERR will provide a place or assist in finding a place of retirement for older horses that are unable to perform the tasks intended for them. Our philosophy is based on the belief that since we domesticated horses, we must take full responsibility for their lives. SHERR’s goal is to find permanent placement with responsible loving adoptive homes for horses as companion riding mounts and retired pets. All of them need a home, a sanctuary. For more information, visit or call 336-884-2007.

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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