Horse Helpers of the High Country (Horse Helpers Inc.) is “Verified” in North Carolina by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. February 12, 2012 (Zionville, NC) – The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded “Verified” status to Horse Helpers of the High Country on December 20, 2011.

Verification means that Horse Helpers 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.“Horse Helpers of the High Country is an important resource for Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee,” said Jeannine Alexander, GFAS Deputy Director-Equine.

“The High Country is unique in its mix of farming and tourism. Because both industries involve horses, it is particularly important to have equine rescue options,” explained Amy Hudnall, President of Horse Helpers of the High Country. She continued, “GFAS verification is very important to us; they provide a standard of rescue best practices, support for funding sources and education, and open a network of resources that would otherwise be unavailable to us. We are appreciative of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and proud to have received GFAS Verification.”