Recipients of the 2022 Carole Noon and Outstanding Sanctuary Awards Announced

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries honors sanctuaries, rescue, rehabilitation, and transition centers for exceptional animal care, professionalism and ethics.

October 21, 2022 – (Washington, DC) The Board of Directors of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) today announced the recipient of the 2022 Carole Noon Award, Lynn Cuny of Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Texas. The Carole Noon Award is named after the late Dr. Carole Noon, a courageous and innovative sanctuary pioneer and champion of chimpanzees.

The GFAS Board of Directors also presented the annual Outstanding Sanctuary Awards to recognize excellence in humane and responsible animal care; professionalism and ethics; organizational sustainability; public engagement; and contributions to, and leadership within, the sanctuary field. Recipients included Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue, Maryland; Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary, U.K.; Three Ring Ranch Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Hawaii; and Global Sanctuary for Elephants, Brazil.

“This year’s award recipients truly embody and put into practice the GFAS philosophy of vision, dedication, and excellence in animal care,” noted Valerie Taylor, Executive Director of GFAS. “Part of the GFAS mission is to recognize sanctuaries and rescue centers and raise awareness of their work, and the 2022 Award recipients serve as exemplary models of many important characteristics attributed to true sanctuaries, demonstrating professionalism, collaborative spirit, and leadership, all for the animals – qualities highly regarded by GFAS and the late Dr. Noon.”

To learn more about each of this year’s award winners, click on the links below. GFAS urges everyone to help support the important work of these incredible organizations by making a monetary or in-kind donation, following them on social media, and signing up for and sharing their newsletters.

GFAS is a global leader in accreditation programs for animal sanctuaries, assessing facilities against a robust set of operational and animal care standards, including species-specific standards for elephants, great apes, big cats, horses, farmed animals, and others. More information about GFAS at and a list of previous awardees at

Carole Noon Award Winner:
Lynn Cuny, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation

Outstanding Sanctuary Award, Wildlife:
Three Ring Ranch Exotic Animal Sanctuary

Outstanding Sanctuary Award, Equine:
Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue

Outstanding Sanctuary Award, International:
Global Sanctuary for Elephants, Brazil

Outstanding Sanctuary Award, Farmed Animals:
Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary


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