We are all fans of The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN and have "adopted" Liz, an Asian elephant, that has been lucky enough to retire to her forever home at the Sanctuary. According to The Elephant Sanctuary they exist for two reasons, first, "to provide a haven for old, sick or needy elephants in a setting of green pastures, dense forests, spring-fed ponds and heated barns for cold winter nights" and also "to provide education about the crisis facing these social, sensitive, passionately intense, playful, complex, exceedingly intelligent and endangered creatures."
You can only imagine the cost of caring for an elephant, much less 14. Liz, alone, eats 103 lbs. of hay and/or vegatation, 20 lbs. of hand-mixed whole grains and 3 lbs. of fruit and vegetables EACH DAY! Also, as a result of inadequate care before coming to the sanctuary, Liz contracted Tuberculosis. Elephants contract and suffer from TB just as humans. Currently, Liz is on her second round of treatment. Her caregivers say she is handling it well and hope this will be her last. As much as we would like to visit the girls (did I forget to mention all of the elephants are girls?), the sanctuary does not allow visitors so they can live the rest of their lives without having to perform ever again. Because The Elephant Sanctuary is a non-profit organization, it exists solely through donations from others.
We plan to continue our fundraising throughout the year.
Each Thursday night from 5-8pm we host an open Sit 'N Stitch. Bring any project you like and come join the fun. You will find all knitters, spinners and weavers of all ages and experience levels, but we all share a love of fiber.