from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Freedom Hill Horse Rescue as of December 20, 2019. Verification means that Freedom Hill Horse Rescue in Owings 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. The Verification status also provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors and grantors to recognize Freedom Hill Horse Rescue as an exceptional organization.

“We are proud to announce the recent Verification of Freedom Hill Horse Rescue,” said Daryl Tropea Ph.D.,GFAS Program Director-Equine. “Freedom Hill conducts outstanding rehabilitation, retraining, and successful re-homing programs, all to the benefit of the horses. The organization’s Board Members, and volunteers are tremendously dedicated and involved in a hands-on way, ensuring both responsible and humane equine care and organizational growth and sustainability.”

“For 15 years, Freedom Hill Horse Rescue has maintained the absolute best care possible of all the horses that come to us, shared our equine knowledge with our volunteers and the public in the hope that quality care is given to all horses, and has always exhibited transparency of our operations,” said Lori Harrington, President of Freedom Hill Horse Rescue. “To be recognized and verified by such an esteemed organization as The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries on our 15 year anniversary, is a dream come true. It is truly an honor to join a group of organizations that share our commitment to the high standards of equine care, our goal to provide a safe and happy environment for them and our true love of helping horses and people.”

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