More About CVHR

The GFAS Standards of Excellence were developed and reviewed by several working groups comprised of sanctuary managers, animal protection advocates, animal control officers, and veterinarians, utilizing existing standards from outstanding sanctuaries as a starting framework and refined/expanded upon based on knowledge and expertise of contributors. It is a working, dynamic document and will be continually reevaluated and revised to ensure the best possible standard of care.
It is anticipated that peer review and feedback, as well as industry innovations, will result in methodical updating of these standards. The standards cover:

  • Governing Authority
  • Finance
  • Guidelines (regarding acquisition, handling, commercial activities and more)
  • Education and Outreach
  • Staffing
  • Physical Facilities
  • Security/Safety
  • Veterinary Medical Program
  • Animal Care by Specific Animal Group


You can learn more about Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries here:


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