Brook Hill Farm in Virginia is Accredited by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries


September 18, 2012 (Forest, VA) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to Brook Hill Farm as of September 11, 2012.

Accreditation signifies that Brook Hill Farm meets GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed equine care standards which are confirmed by a comprehensive site visit. It also signifies adherence to GFAS’ rigorous and peer-reviewed operational standards addressing issues such as governance, financial stability, ethical principles, and safety. Accreditation status provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors, and government agencies to recognize Brook Hill Farm as an exceptional equine rescue facility.

“Brook Hill Farm stands out among a field of many wonderful equine rescues in their attention to detail beyond the expected excellence in equine care and rehabilitation,” said Jeannine Alexander, GFAS Deputy Director-Equine. “Brook Hill Farm has successfully developed an incredibly professional administrative structure that anchors the confidence their supporters have in their organization. For example, they have created a detailed business/strategic plan that clearly tells the story of their past achievements and highlights their strategic road map to future success. We are so pleased with their plan that we have asked and been granted permission to share some of their document templates with rescues/sanctuaries that are in the process of GFAS Verification or Accreditation. These models (and others) will help those wanting to complete the required documents for Accreditation but haven’t known where to start. Collaboration with other rescues/sanctuaries is an additional benefit of being a part of GFAS,” she concluded.

“To be accredited at this level is an honor, providing proof of credibility and professionalism in the field of animal welfare,” states Jo Anne Miller, the Executive Director of Brook Hill Farm. “We also would like to thank PetSmart Charities® and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for sponsoring the GFAS Equine Accreditation Program.”

“It is an honor to be recognized by the GFAS as an Accredited sanctuary, and gives us recognition of the good work that we do, showing the world that we are doing rescue right,” states Tracy Russler, the Assistant Director. “Being an Accredited sanctuary will open many doors, and gives validity to the work being done with rescue horses at Brook Hill Farm,” she continued.

Brook Hill Farm was awarded a compliance grant by GFAS to help make recommended improvements to meet Accreditation/Verification Standards. Compliance grant funding is made possible through a grant from PetSmart Charities®.

The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by generous grants from PetSmart Charities® and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®.


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 worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting sanctuaries 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. They represent top leadership from Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, American Anti-Vivisection Society, and National Anti-Vivisection Society.