BUCHANAN, Va. (WFXR) — The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries and rescue organizations, has awarded accreditation status to New Freedom Farm as of April 20.

Accreditation signifies that New Freedom Farm meets the organization’s rigorous and peer-reviewed equine care standards which are confirmed by a comprehensive site visit.

Accreditation also shows adherence to standards addressing the sustainability of the organization, ethical principles, finances, staffing, education outreach, security and safety and other operational aspects.

The status also provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors, and grantors to recognize New Freedom Farm as an exceptional organization.

“We are honored to announce New Freedom Farm is the first Veteran and Mustang organization in history to receive the prestigious Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Accreditation. I literally started the process of applying for the GFAS accreditation on June 26, 2018, it became overwhelming, and I set it aside. On June 17, 2020, we had a flash flood, and an advisor to our board Gillian Deegan suggested I have a policy and procedure in place for disaster situations. It was then when I decided I wanted to follow the gold standards of care for animals. I wanted to be sure that not only our equine residents but also New Freedom Farm as an organization would enjoy the benefits of being guided by the highest standards. An accreditation from the GFAS means that we meet or exceed the rigorous peer-reviewed standards of excellence they set forth. I would like to thank Daryl Tropea from GFAS, Gillian Deegan, advisor to the board, the board of New Freedom Farm, the veterans, volunteers, and supporters of New Freedom Farm for all of the hard work that went into achieving this accreditation. Although we have reached our goal of Accreditation, we will continue to develop our facility, programs, and protocols to reach ever higher in our mission to heal our American Icons: the wild mustangs.”

Lois Fritz, Executive Director and Founder of New Freedom Farm

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.