Each November, we are given the opportunity to look back on the year and find gratitude in the steps that have been taken, both small and large. Our victories of all sizes have taught us as much as our setbacks – perhaps more. At the end of the day, we’re thankful for the beauty we’ve been privileged to witness and recognize how truly lucky we are every day.
Though we acknowledge the significant loss we recently faced with the passing of our much-loved Pocha, we also recognize the beauty that her life offered to each of us who knew her or admired her from afar. Every day brings with it challenges and rays of sunlight. We saw Pocha embrace both of those things in a way she likely never imagined. She taught us much about how to be better people and the importance of seeking joy in every small victory.
We look to the other elephants at sanctuary – and to those yet to come – and see the hope of a promising life ahead. There is no greater gift than waking up to a new day, facing what lies in front of you, and taking the lessons learned forward, even in the most formidable of times. We are grateful for every elephant who has crossed our path over the years. And we are grateful for you.
You are our support system when we are in need of lifting up. You are the reason that each elephant at sanctuary has had the opportunity to take their first steps out of their transport crates and onto natural ground. We believe that there is no greater and more loyal group of followers than you – those who have embraced Global Sanctuary for Elephants and hold us in your hearts throughout the year – our sanctuary family.
For this, and for so much more, we wish you happiness this Thanksgiving. May you find that tomorrow and the next day and the next all bring you rays of sunshine that are brighter than your challenges. We encourage you to celebrate your own victories of all sizes and hope to have you by our side for many more years to come.
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Carol saysNovember 24, 2022 at 2:15 pm
God bless all!!! Amen!🦃🙏🏻🦃🙏🏻🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘
Pam saysNovember 24, 2022 at 2:15 pm
Thank you for this beautiful Thanksgiving blessing. Much love to all beings at Sanctuary, and all who support the elephants.
Charlotte Hansen saysNovember 24, 2022 at 2:23 pm
Thank you–and WE are very thankful to YOU who work so hard at providing a great life for these enormous and wonderful ladies! And thank you for that Lady pic!!!
Alana saysNovember 24, 2022 at 2:26 pm
I am truly Thankful today for being part of the GSB family. May all residences have a Great day filled with plenty of special snacks & friendship.
Bonnie saysNovember 24, 2022 at 2:29 pm
Beautiful saided and Happy Thanksgiving to you all at the Sanctuary and the girls
Wim saysNovember 24, 2022 at 2:45 pm
Thank you for these beautiful words and thoughts.
Kenneth B. Newman saysNovember 24, 2022 at 2:57 pm
Happy Thanksgiving, and the elephants thank you EVEN MORE !!!!
Keryma Franco González saysNovember 24, 2022 at 3:08 pm
Muchas gracias por existir
John in Wisconsin saysNovember 24, 2022 at 3:16 pm
I bet I speak for many of your followers who would say WE are the ones who should be thanking you! The amount of joy and wonder I get from the sanctuary is incredible. A few years ago if someone had told me that I don’t think I would’ve believed it. However, what you do and how you do it is simply beautiful.
Kat Blais saysNovember 24, 2022 at 3:18 pm
thank you, that is a huge compliment to the work done here at the sanctuary. 💜
NANETTE Cummings saysNovember 24, 2022 at 3:59 pm
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Love 💕 all you do. Special hugs to all including the loving elephants.
Terry saysNovember 24, 2022 at 5:56 pm
There are no greater words than Gratitude, Love, and Thank you!
Tracy H saysNovember 24, 2022 at 6:15 pm
Happy Thanksgiving to each of you at GSB. We are all very thankful for each of you who make it possible for our beloved Eles to have the wonderful life at sanctuary! Love to all!
Sandi saysNovember 25, 2022 at 1:51 pm
This is so beautiful, thank you so much for your heartfelt thoughts. Love Sanctuary and the work that you all do and of course, the elephants. They are such amazing creatures and beautiful souls. So happy to be a small part of the journey that you’re on helping them. Have a wonderful day and I for one, would love to continue to be here for years to come, hopefully helping you guys too.
Alice saysNovember 25, 2022 at 5:57 pm
This was so beautifully written and reinforces the reason I am grateful for all of you at GSE and for your devotion to the best life possible for the elephants. Thank you for keeping us involved in your lifelong mission.
Rachel saysNovember 27, 2022 at 8:43 am
Late to the party but agree with John. The wonder and joy I receive as a loyal and fierce supporter of GSE lifts my spirit time and again. A HUGE THANK YOU for all you do to make the world a better place. Hugs and cheers to all.
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